Naughton’s project, This is How the Heart Beats, calls attention to the forced migration of LGBTQ refugees in East Africa. The series follows the refugees as they flee their homes in Uganda, seek haven in Kenya, find resettlement in the United States, and for some, make a decisive return to Uganda.
I am a male-to-female transgender. I’ve always felt different since I was young. I never identified as male, ever. Growing up, I never knew my real parents. I’ve been in different foster homes – three of them so far. It’s been tough. The first foster family thought I was a girl. When I was eight or ten, I started exhibiting feminine characteristics; growing breasts and hips. My foster parents were afraid. They said, “This is an omen. Hatumwezi”.