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In solidarity with our Nigerian trans and non-binary siblings

Published: 17 June 2021 Tags: By LGBT Foundation

We are deeply disappointed to see Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s transphobic essay about non-binary writer Akwaeke Emezi and other Nigerian trans writers.

Misgendering trans and non-binary people is always transphobic and always unacceptable.

So rarely do trans and non-binary people get to tell our own stories. It is saddening to see a well-established writer use her influence and power to try to silence the voices of trans communities.

We know that many in our community once took strength from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words. We acknowledge that it is painful to see someone who once wrote so powerfully about the dangers of the single story now join with anti-trans campaigners in perpetuating a single, false narrative about trans people.

We are also clear that this false narrative causes real harm and contributes to a hostile living environment for trans and non-binary people globally. We are especially aware that global trans and non-binary voices of colour, particularly Black voices, are at a particularly vulnerable intersection of racism and transphobia, and this situation is inevitably going to add further pain and hostility coming from such an influential Black writer.

Today, we stand in solidarity with our Nigerian trans and non-binary siblings. We want our trans and non-binary communities to know that we are with you in the fight against transphobia in all its forms.