“If you have that manly aspect”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015).

She looks shocked at what I asked.

“Well of course. Because it’s easier for women to be accepted as lesbian because people think its just a phase.”

“See even when you club it’s easier for a trans man to be beaten than for a woman. If you have that manly aspect — you see?”

I probed her about a recent attack on a lesbian woman in the community, “But ███  was beaten and is not trans — ”

She said, “yeah but they kept on telling her ‘you dress like a man, you dress like a man.’”

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