Forced to leave her country

Tatenda Ngwaru was raised as a boy by her parents in her hometown of Gutu, Zimbabwe. But as she later recalled, "As soon as I knew how to differentiate genders, I knew I was a girl. It was instinct." Still, it wasn't until she underwent surgery for a hernia that she and her parents learned the truth--that Tatenda was intersex, meaning that her body does not fit easily into the categories of male or female. Determined to help others like her, Tatenda founded an organization to promote awareness and intersex rights but then had to flee her home country due to the persecution of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Read this article published by Katie Couric Media to learn more about Tatenda and what she is doing now.

This Intersex Woman Had to Flee Her Country--Now She Wants the World to Know Her Story


Pinto, Emily. (2022, January 3). This Intersex Woman Had to Flee the Country--Now She Wants the World to Know Her Story. Katie Couric Media.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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