Tatenda Ngwaru came to the United States with sixty dollars and the hope that she would finally find a place she belonged. Raised as a boy in rural Zimbabwe, she spent her teens trying to understand her complicated gender identity in a highly restrictive society before finally discovering she was intersex, a person born with both male and female sex characteristics.
Tatenda's decision to embrace her identity in a country where being queer is criminalized and stigmatized caused a rift in her family and eventually forced her to flee Zimbabwe after receiving community pressure and threats of violence.
Two years later, Tatenda has learned that even a diverse, queer-friendly city like New York is a hard place to make home. Driven by a desire to educate others about the lives of intersex people, she fights homesickness and personal demons to tell her story during New York Pride.
Food for Queers
Stay Safe. Not Hungry
Providing support for LGBT2Q+ folks experiencing food insecurities within the City of London