Tag: Transgender Heroes

Transgender Hero #2: Audrey Mbugua

Audrey Mbugua is a 26-year-old Kenyan transwoman.  She is currently suing both the Kenya National Examinations Council and the Attorney General for failing to recognizing her gender identity.

Audrey is seeking to have her name changed on the certificates she earned and her identity cards and to have those reflect her new gender.  She says she has suffered prejudice and discrimination because of the reactions of potential employers to the disparity between her appearance and the data on her identification.

We realise that the matter is tricky… We may have to liaise with the registrar of births and deaths for the necessary procedures to be followed before we can put in a proper reply.

–lawyer for the State

Judge Weldon Korir refused to grant a 30-day period sought by the state, saying the case was of urgent nature.  Then he gave he respondents three weeks to reply instead.

The parties are to meet again in court on August 6.

Transgender Hero #1: Jacob Rostovsky

I’m starting a new serious which will be added to periodically, which I shall call Transgender Heroes.  I will add people to the list as I encounter them and personally judge them to be heroic.  

Now there are plenty of people I’ve known about for years who qualify, but I shall endeavor to shine the light on those who I deem will be helping to carry us forward.  

First up is Jake Rostovsky.  I invite you inside to hear Jake’s story.