Rwanda: Activists want trans and intersex legal rights

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09/15/2023

Maily Isaro, a transgender woman in the Central African nation of Rwanda, has faced various forms of discrimination since publicly coming out as trans. She lives in a country that is considered progressive on LGBTQ issues — particularly when compared to its northern neighbor, Uganda, which earlier this year enacted one of the most draconian anti-LGBTQ laws on Earth. Ghana’s laws already criminalize gay sex by forbidding “unnatural carnal knowledge,” but the West African country wants to go a step further in its efforts to outlaw the LGBTQ community. Rwanda does not criminalize same-sex relationships, however members of the LGBTQ community criticize the government for not sufficiently protecting them from stigma and violence.

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