So I went out from the house and I caught a lift from Glen Nora to the highway south, and there I just stood on the highway and hitchhiked some trucks. I said, my mother threw me out of the house and I said, I need a lift to Beitbridge [the border crossing with South Africa]. We got to Beitbridge and he said, where do you want to go now?
But my mother realized that I was attracted to men, and she said, I cannot live with a gay in my house. We were living in Glen Nora [a high-density suburb of Harare].
His real name is Tendai N.; he took a woman's name while wearing women's clothes almost constantly between the ages of thirteen and fifteen.
Though he now has reverted to men's dress, most of his friends still call him by his nickname.
I thought in Joburg I would find a place for myself, you know.
So he hid me in the truck and got me across the border without a passport and to Joburg.They caught me because I had no papers, and I was finally deported back to Harare when I was thirteen.