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Interview Arya

Arya is a transgender woman in her mid-30s and is the household-head of a family of choice of six queer people including: one transgender man, one transgender woman, two lesbians, a gender non-conforming individual and a cisgender heterosexual woman. The six people met each other during LGBTIQ protest parades in Nairobi, Kenya in 2018 and discovered that some of the members lived in the same neighbourhood. They discussed the idea of a shared living arrangement for a while, but the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated their plans of co-residence. They have lived together for approximately 6 months and created an intentional family as a matter of choice and by mutual agreement. The chosen family is one of the most marginalized and excluded family structures from mainstream society in Africa in general and in Kenya in particular.