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From the series Beyond Gender.
Samantha Fritz, with a permanent smile and a sense of humor, regardless of her homeless condition and painful childhood memories, does not speak about herself bitterly: “I think ever since kindergarten I used to wear my sisters clothes during the weekend. At night I also dressed in girl’s clothes and pretended to “cook” while others were sleeping, but one day I fell asleep with clothes and all”. Her mother caught her and told her father. Samantha was under six. In junior high, she was accused of abusing her younger brother and kicked out of her house. She found work in cheap restaurants and with difficulties got her college education. “I started having psychosomatic problems and was sent to the University Medical Center and from there to a specialties hospital because they thought I had AIDS, but it turned out negative. I was sent to a psychiatrist and started receiving hormones and getting help for my gender dysphoria and to be able to assume my role”. Although Samantha participated in student social movements and worked in several non-governmental organization, the left also rejected her. In the Communist Party, they used to call her a “bourgeoisie deviation”. Today she says: “I feel this society has no moral standing or humanity. Mexico has changed, but very little. My present activism is to promote an ambitious project through an organization called Dignidad Trans. It requires time, sacrifice and tolerance. It is a daily struggle to incorporate us to the national project.
Also by Rogelio Pereda
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