Amada EN

AMADA I am Amada. I am 12 years old. I always felt like a girl although I was not born that way. When I was younger, my family could not see who I was, yet because they loved me they did a lot of research and realized that inside, I was a girl. Once I […]

Andy y Patty EN

ANDY Y PATTY In March 2020, the pandemic struck Guayaquil. My partner Patty and I lost our jobs. We were left without a place to live, and had contracted COVID-19. We took refuge at my aunt’s apartment. Patty developed a high fever, her kidneys ached, and her blood pressure dropped. As soon as she started […]

Zumak EN

ZUMAK I am forty years old. I have overcome many challenges to be able to take pride in my sexual identity and my roots. I have overcome religious imposition, racism, a lack of opportunities; the double discrimination of being both queer and indigenous. Each day I confront the contradictions between my life in the city […]

Emilio EN

EMILIO The trans community is reliant upon medical treatment and professional support to ensure a safe and healthy transition, yet public health providers in Ecuador completely ignore these needs due to prejudice or ignorance.  Dismissed by doctors, many in the community are left with no option but to attempt hormone therapy without medical supervision. I’ve […]

Gledys EN

GLEDYS Destiny is a very important part of my identity. Through her, I saw the possibilities of what I could become. Gender roles have always restricted me, preventing me from embracing my femininity. I now identify as non-binary, and refuse to adhere to the norms that others expect of me. The art of drag has […]

Mikaela EN

MIKAELA For me, to fall in love is to be attracted to a person’s energy, not simply their gender. I am attracted to the aura that moves within us all, I let myself go and do not consider whether that energy is masculine or feminine. I ask myself what would the world look like if […]

José y Santiago EN

JOSÉ Y SANTIAGO Few are willing to embrace the challenges of raising a child orphaned by violence or abandonment. We long for that experience. We have been together for thirteen years, but the law continues to deny us the possibility of having a child. As a family we have already overcome challenges imposed on us […]

Odalys EN

ODALYS To live as a transgender woman in Ecuador is to experience violence every day. I was sent to prison as a young woman. I was beaten and raped. Throughout that struggle, my mother’s support never wavered, she was the hope that never abandoned me. Women in Ecuador face many struggles. The brutality of prison […]

Edgar EN

EDGAR I did not want to exist. That idea came to me again and again, as the only solution to my pain. I grew up as a «weird» child, in a deeply homophobic world. I learned that the only way to protect myself was to remain invisible.  I made an effort to be the best […]

Doménico EN

DOMÉNICO There is more to identity than the names and labels society chooses for us. My journey of self-discovery began only after I recognized that I was trans non-binary. Once I’d opened my mind to the possibilities of my being, I could no longer take refuge in traditional gender roles. The only true names are […]