As the transgender movement rises across Africa and the world Batswana have formed their own transgender identity oriented organisation titled Rainbow Identity Association (RIA) aiming to offer support trans people whose identity was not recognised by the lesbian, gay and bisexual community as well as the general society as their programs excluded the trans community.
Officially opened in May 2010 by Transman Skipper Mogapi, RIA, is a non profit association of trans men and women, queer, gender questioning, transsexual and gender non conforming people in Botswana.
Asked about the importance of forming a new organisation instead of including Trans people on the already existing Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LeGaBiBo) Mogapi said Rainbow Identity focuses on gender identity while LeGaBiBo focuses more into sexual orientation.
He added, “Although RIA has three months since it opened office, we have managed to get buy in from different organisations that now we can call our stakeholders and the reception was most welcomed by organisations such as BONELA, Ditshwanelo, Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) etc.
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