Advocating for a better life for people who use drugs in Indonesia

My name is Edo Agustian. I live together with my children and mother in Bogor, a medium-sized city in Indonesia. Since 2006, I have been working in the civil society sphere, focusing particularly on increasing access to harm reduction services…

The power of peer education

I am very happy that I am a woman now, in spite of the sacrifices, intolerance, and stigma I always experience. I took androgen suppression and female hormones, all self-prescribed. These help my body to look the way I want, but it has been…

Being an advocate for people who use drugs in Nepal

My name is Bijay and I am man of 46 years. I live with my wife and two children in Patan, an area close to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. I used to work as an automobile mechanic, but nowadays I work full-time as a programme manager at the organisation…

Being a lesbian in Botswana

My Name is Lady Tabengwa. I am a lesbian woman of 25 years and I have a girlfriend. I live alone in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. To earn money, I work as a business administrator. Being a lesbian has influenced my life in a sense that…

How to reach those who are still in the closet

In Pretoria, there is more acceptance of LGBT than in the South African countryside, because of better access to information in the city. Yet, there is still a long way to go, even though the constitution protects the human rights of all citizens,…

Being a transsexual and sex worker in Costa Rica – Dealing with a double stigma

My name is Dayana. I am a transsexual woman of 29 years old. I live in Cartago in Costa Rica together with a good friend, a transsexual girl of 18, who is like a sister to me. To earn money, I do sex work. Daily, I load myself up with good energy,…

Being a gay man in a multi-cultural society

My name is Elliot. I am a gay man. I live in Pretoria with my father, two brothers and an uncle. In my country, South Africa, the law has made it easier for LGBT people to protect themselves. Nowadays, we have a voice and freedom of speech.…

LIVING MY DREAM AS A GAY MAN

I am a gay man of 22 years. Together with my mother, three sisters, little brother and my aunt, I live in Pretoria, South Africa. And I have a partner. I work as a peer educator for OUT, which is an organisation that aims to advance the health…

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