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The mere fact that one identifies as male or female is something most people take for granted. But for some people gender identity is a thorny issue, especially for those who find it hard to fit in what society classifies as ‘normal’. This is because society has adamantly refused to accept that they exist. Such is the life of 14-year-old Roy*. He lives in the farthest corner on the second floor of a six-storey building in Eastleigh. When he wants to talk about anything that bothers him, his mom tells his three-year-old sister to watch the door so no one eavesdrops on the conversation. This is exactly what happened during our interview. Once she takes her position, Roy’s mother Njeri* begins to narrate how doctors messed up her son.

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