This essay is a response to “Unpacking the LGBTI Communities,” by Audrey Mbugua. I do not know the author of this article personally but I am enamoured by her eloquence with the regards to the positioning of the “tagging” of the “T” onto the LGB. However I do not agree with the exclusions hazarded in the writer’s attempts to unpack the LGBTI community. Sure, according to the author, “[t]he issues concerning LGB people stem from sexual orientation, whereas those of transgender people stem from their gender.” I almost said as in gender role but no. For me, matters are more personal and so is my gender identity. I say who I am. No matter what the wider communities positions are. I matter because I say I do as an African (Black) transsexual woman (gender identity) who identifies as a lesbian (sexual orientation) and that all there is to it.
In her article, “unpacking the LGBTI Communities” the writer’s heterosexuality is instantly apparent from the tone of this article but that does not excuse her cavalier attitude towards those transwomen who exercise their choice to be different from the hetero-normative dictat. Unpacking the LGBTI without considering the fact that some transpeople do identify as L, G, or B, is an act of exclusion and the reasoning behind this statement will become apparent in due course. Continue reading
The so-called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual (LGBTI) movement is fast becoming a frightening nightmare. There seems to be widespread human rights abuses that are being ignored; the violations committed by some homosexuals against transgender persons do not merit the interventions they deserve. It’s high time we stopped pussyfooting on this issue – time to call a spade a spade not a big spoon. We need to stop pampering some people with the common cliché of gays and lesbians are ignorant of trans issues and justifying human rights abuses orchestrated by some gays and lesbians.
In the month of February, a commentary was published named ‘LGBT: Transgender rights not simply gay rights’[i]. I authored that commentary and as expected I received a lot of criticism from a section of gays and lesbians. For some, I could sense palatable denial and the fear of being deserted by those they thought gave them the security of numbers. Additionally, there was this other section who came to learn of the mistakes they had been making in their LGBT organisations. It’s for the latter that I will delve into the topic of unpackaging the LGBT community. Continue reading
How would you define marriage?
I would define Marriage as the union between two adults, either heterosexual or homosexual. For the benefit of sexual minorities or same gender loving people, marriage can be extended to same gender loving people that are in a committed relationship and ready for a (legal) recognition. However it is important to note that there should be a legislative clarity on the age of the persons concerned. Marriage can also be defined as the legalizing of the commitment between two people. It could be legalized under the law in places where there is a law to legalize such unions, especially for same gender loving people. It is also a way in which two people further show their commitment to each other sometimes by exchanging wedding bands or rings, which turns marriage into a covenant. It is however generally difficult for same gender loving people to show such public confirmation of their relationship. However, in countries like South Africa, United Kingdom and Canada it is legalized. Also under the law, marriage gives couples rights to inheritance, child custody, etc. Continue reading