CONNEK Interview with CONNEK ambassador: Emani Gabbana Edwards

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Tell me about your experience with queerness.
”My experience living in Jamaica as a trans woman as it relates to queerness has been very hard. Imagine if you constantly had to live in fear because of who you are? Having to take private taxis to safe spaces just to feel free to be yourself? However when I’m in safe spaces with other queer community members it’s the time of my life! We know how to support each other against all odds when we are together.”

How do you conceive of home?
”Jamaica is a beautiful island of wood and water, Dancehall and Reggae music. However it is hard for (Trans community) members to access and navigate.”

What is one of the biggest myths about Jamaica?
”That there are no safe spaces for LGBT people. Although it’s a struggle, the LGBT community here has managed to get access to a few safe spaces here in Jamaica for fun and leisure.”

Why is the CONNEK project important to you?
”CONNEK is important to me as an ambassador because it give's me the platform to connect with LGBT people around the world and allies. I BELIVE IN THE CONNEK MOVEMENT.”