South Africa

I’m Lethukukhanya, known as Leticia. I am from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal, one of the biggest townships in South Africa. I’ve been born, bred and buttered in KwaZulu-Natal in Umlazi. I’ve lived here for 30 years now, though I have travelled around, around the country, the different provinces, and even went out of the continent, to do some work for the trans community.

I am a humble but ambitious person. I’m a businesswoman who runs a catering company, a beautician and also a student at the Durban University of Technology, doing public relations and communications.

I started working for the Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre as a peer educator and then progressed to becoming a data capturer and finally was promoted to doing monitoring and evaluation.

I have many siblings, one brother and one sister on my mother’s side. Then on my father’s side, there are 22 of us from different mothers. Of the 22, 8 of us are homosexuals and that becomes a strong support for me, to be in a family environment that is surrounded by the LGBTI community.

My family is a family that believes in God – we are Christians, and my parents are pastors. We are a family that loves one another, a family that can be crazy sometimes and even when we go through challenges, we do it together, fighting negative things and overcoming them together.