On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), we stand with Ricky Nathanson. Ricky faced degrading abuse in her home country of Zimbabwe, simply for being transgender. She was targeted for using a women’s bathroom, and arrested when she would not pay a twenty-dollar bribe. Ricky is the Director of Trans Research, Education, Advocacy, and Training (TREAT), a trans-focused organization in Zimbabwe. We are honor her resilience and agency in refusing to accept the status quo through taking the case to court and working to ensuring a better future for all LGBT people in the country and beyond. All across the region, the law is twisted and abused by those with homophobic and transphobic sentiments. Like Ricky, we will rise against stigma and discrimination and stand strong in our call for accountability from governments, call for freedom, equality and dignity for all!
5 February 2014
Zimbabwe. Ricky Nathanson is a self-identified transwoman, she is an energetic businesswoman and a fierce activist against all forms of injustice in Zimbabwe.
In mid-January, while attending a meeting at a prominent hotel, a Zanu PF youth leader threatened Ricky and tried to extort money from her, claiming that he would have her arrested for “being somebody she is not.” Read more...
7 March 2013 Zimbabwe. GALZ says statements attributed to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the Herald edition of Thursday 7 March 2013, as well as the online version of the Herald where he is quoted as having said those who want to marry another from the same sex have a problem addressing MDC-T supporters in Glenview are reckless and unfortunate coming from the Prime Minister. Read more...
Ricky Nathanson speaks about the treatment she received at the hands of Bulawayo police
17 February 2014
South Africa, Johannesburg.
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Jabu Pereira, founder and director of Iranti, was born in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Jabu now resides in Johannesburg and is a photographer, videographer, curator, researcher, activist and a leader in human rights.