Kenya: Anti-Transsexual Discrimination in Medical Services – Audrey Mbugua

Following the director of Kenya’s largest referral hospital’s blocking of an operation for a transsexual person, Audrey Mbugua argues that the director’s actions constitute a basic infringement of a person’s human rights. Denouncing the insistence on a ‘no objection letter’ from the 25-year-old individual’s parents as ‘insane and barbaric’, Mgubua underlines that one does not have to be transsexual to understand the injustices transsexuals face. With anecdotal reports indicating a 97 per cent success rate for male-to-female reassignments and gender-identity disorder well-established within international psychological knowledge, Mgubua emphasises the underlying ignorance informing the director’s actions.