Much of the world may have come around to the idea that there exists a whole spectrum of sexualities â€“ from heterosexual to homosexual and beyond. In Africa, a continent whose societies, on the whole, are still very traditional, such ideas are only starting to be raised as a new generation begins to free itself of traditional constraints.
Morine is one of Nairobiâ€™s few transgenders, belonging to a small and exclusive group that didnâ€™t exist until recently. As a transgender, Morine has made the conscious choice not only to accept her sexuality, but to accept it openly in a society where such a choice remains illegal. The result is a woman who has had to develop very thick skin, but who is very comfortable in her own body.
Still living in the same community where she grew up, Morine now owns and works in her own hair salon. Through this she has not only gained respect among her peers, but has created a much better life for herself and has been able to move into her own apartment, across the road from the slum in which she grew up.