Trans Profile – Jessica


There has been a lot of discussion about transgender issues recently. In Jamaica, as it probably is anywhere, it is a complex topic. If you find the whole thing confusing, take a look at the “terms and phrases” section of this blog from TransWave, a new (very new) organization that seeks to support the transgender community in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Here is Part One of a great interview with Jessica. Part Two to follow…

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(This is part one of a two part series. Part one focuses on Jessica’s personal journey to becoming the “ultimate” her. Part two focus on health care issues facing transgender persons in Jamaica and how she plans to change it. This interview was edited for length and clarity.)

Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for being a part of TransWave’s Transgender Profile Series. After meeting you, and watching a video of you at the Larry Chang Human Rights symposium, I knew we had to feature you on the site. Could you share with us a bit about your family background?

Thank you. Okay..let me take a deep breath. I was born in Kingston & St. Andrew. I was raised in a Christian family: father, Jehovah Witness, and mother, Pentecostal. Growing up as a very poor family but [we] try to mek ends meet, and all of that. I attended school…

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