About Audrey Mbugua and some mis-informed Kenyans on Twitter.

Some Kenyans on Twitter (#kots) will hurl abuses at people they don’t know because they are richer than them, more beautiful, handsome, drive nice cars, live in good neighborhoods, and especially because they are women.

These personalities have self-defeating feelings of inadequacy, inferiority issues and live in severe state of depression, and the blame-it-on-somebody-else-syndrome acquires them some sort of short-lived fame, then their gold-fish memory will find some other person to release this negative energy to. And the vicious circle continues.

That is neither here nor there. I don’t pay any attention to bored people. The boredom in my life is a task by itself.   

Until the matter in hand is that one that hits closer home; then all alarms in my head goes off.

Yesterday was what the media refers to as ‘the drama in court day’. First of all, I need a better explanation of the word drama because I fail to understand how you can put the name Audrey Mbugua and drama in the same sentence.

You see, Audrey Mbugua is a transgender woman who had a sex change, from male to female. She has taken the Kenya National Examination Council to court because they have refused to change her earlier name as a male, Andrew, to Audrey-her now female name, in her school certificates.

And that is what brought the social media and local TV stations into a standstill. Gender and name change.

Two things I have a right to do if I so wished because it is my fucking body and name! Now where is the drama in that?

Lah-Fucking-Duh! You cannot even blow your nose in this country without batting an eyelid. Apparently, citizens of zero importance in your life have taken it upon themselves to teach you which angle to use while sleeping in your own freaking bed. You are not Kenyan enough if you don’t drive a fast Subaru.

I saw Audrey being interviewed some time back about her sex change, gender identity disorders and being a transgender woman. She articulated the issues so well and I realized that the public has a lot to learn when it comes to understanding issues relating to transgender people.

She is a beautiful woman with a beautiful personality. I liked her so much when I saw her on TV.

Many people, out of sheer ignorance associate transgender individuals with homosexuality, which are two different entities. Changing her sex to that of a female does not make Audrey a lesbian, nor does it make her gay. It is a sex change, period. Who she sleeps with or whether she has male/female genitalia is none of your business.

Having people ask how she have sex makes my head want to pop. I mean, what does it have to do with the air you breathe?

There are some sensitive matters and then some. Just put yourself in Audrey’s shoes for one minute. I dare you to walk in them just for a day.

It is a heroic effort being on national television discussing issues that are considered ‘un- African’. She is a human activist and she is educating people that look, I don’t care how many cameras you zoom in my face but I gotta say what I gotta say!

Imagine the hassles you grow through in a government office trying to acquire one document. Now multiply that in ten folds. Pressing people day in day out to align your birth documents because just like the rest of us, you want to rightfully gain employment.

Imagine sitting at home jobless with your school papers because some laws treat you like a second class citizen and you don’t ‘exist’ anywhere in their set of ‘employable’ citizens.

Words can be thrown in casually, bandied out easily, but give it a thought on the depth they are felt with by her and others who are facing the same predicament. Especially when it is something they have absolute no control over.

Kids born with both male and female reproductive organs are never discussed in the society. Most parents will decide which gender to give the kid, dress him/her as such and the poor kid is left at the mercies of this crude world. How the kid discovers that he/she is different from the rest of us is mostly upon them and their God.

But Audrey is out here, trying to give a voice to the many in our midst, and the best some Neanderthals can do is call her names. Maybe she won’t show it because she has developed a cold ear but in the end, it is unfair and wrong. People need to think twice before rudely dismissing off others.

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Audrey Mbugua is my hero. She is fighting for her rights because she is a Kenyan citizen, rights many of us wouldn’t dare fight for because we have been gagged by society and corridors of power. Rights she rightfully deserves but which she is forced to work up a sweat to get.  She really is a brave young woman.

I sincerely hope that this state can be empathetic to the Transgender community. This state needs to protect their rights and freedom.

As a people, we are all looking for love. I genuinely pray that we find it and learn how to return it to other people. Specifically to people like Audrey Mbugua.


23 thoughts on “About Audrey Mbugua and some mis-informed Kenyans on Twitter.

  1. You hit it right on spot. Though am not really close to her, I personally know her and know where she is coming from. She knows how to handle herself and ignores her detractors right. I once saw her being jeered at by some taxi drivers but she ignored them as if they didn’t exist. I think she is a strong woman.


    • queerisme says:

      She is! These Nairobi streets leaves her with no option, people can be mean, Good Lord! I know her fight for justice will not be in vain. Thanks for stopping by Chara.


  2. miminoshi says:

    Reblogged this on Oh well. and commented:
    Humanity test at its best.


  3. Striped Blouse says:

    This I will have to reblog.What you say is true and what Kenyans are saying against her is plain mean, crude and arrogant.It is even embarrassing how one dismisses her without being in her shoes for a day.


    • queerisme says:

      I felt so bad i could cry! Its as if the meanies cant give birth to trans kids aargh! God help us I say. Thanks for the re blog doll, we really should preach about this!


  4. Striped Blouse says:

    Reblogged this on Breaking Down the Walls.


  5. Eubert says:

    I have studied with her in Campus. She is such a brilliant lady. We should not ignorance and stupidity cloud our thinking, many Kenyans need to appreciate the power of the almighty lord. Transgender and homosexuality are different. I say fuck you all who think its a curse to be a transgender baby.


  6. SisterSeeker says:

    So true and so deep and so right Queerisme. Kenya has some SERIOUS problems crawling up her ass-insecurity,graft,5 hour blackouts,and Audrey has done nothing to make all these issues any worse or any better. Kenya as a country needs to grow up and start dealing with real problems. Leave Audrey alone and for chrissakes give her her rights and dignity as protected by the constitution. For a country that prides itself in it’s Christian values and holier-than-thou attitudes-know this, how you are behaving Kenya is NOT WHAT JESUS WOULD DO. Take that to the bank you hypocrites.


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  8. lyneoyugi says:

    I knew her the University and trust me she has a strong spirit. Go on girl.


  9. Nihal says:

    God alone is the Judge..lets treat each other with respect and let Audrey be…


  10. This is a great post. A little bit of correction though, there is a difference between being born transgender and being born intersex. The differentiation of gender in trans persons occurs in the brain and not body while the differentiation in intersex happens in both the brain and body.


  11. Bizstler Inc says:

    Reblogged this on Bizstler Inc..


  12. bdh63 says:

    I hope your government soon decides that each person is entitled to change their name if the proper forms are filled out. I hope your government stops allowing one of its citizens to fall between the cracks and not live a productive and useful life. We all need each other. It doesn’t benefit anyone to prevent her from living her life in a way that harms none and is an inspiration to other people who may live with secrets and need their voices heard. We should all love each other not judge each other, hard as that is to do. What a great post!


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