“Homophobia and discrimination is the main thing affecting LGBT people,” says Kaluso, recognising not everyone has the same warmth of her close family. “It means that people aren’t able to come out, or that family chase people away.”

She believes it goes to the extent that “people are dying silently”. Because stigma and discrimination can make it almost impossible to access HIV prevention and treatment services.

Click on the photos below to read Kaluso’s story on transgender rights.

Community Health Rights Advocacy (CHeRA) has been assisted by a grant from the Rapid Response Fund.

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