Kaye Candaza, who has been an active transgender/gender activist since 2008, feels a need to help other transgender women to realize their needs and attain their human rights since she herself is a victim of abuse, “I was abused by my father, abandoned by my family because I am different...”. She knows how it feels to be isolated and excluded due to gender identity and expression.
As early as her conscious mind can remember, Kaye, as widely known, already felt that she's a woman, “since I was 6 to 7 I already know, am a woman”. However, it was only until she met Bemz Benedicto and the rest of the STRAP members, she realized the beauty of activism and the urge to speak for the rest who also have transgender experience, “discrimination from family, school, workplace; these situations all pushed me on trans activism”, she added. Since then, she became part of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines and very much active to fight and speak for LGBT rights.
Notwithstanding her current location, Netherlands, Kaye is pursuing her advocacy towards gender equality and does not consider her distance to hamper her quest for, “EQUALITY! Equal protection - equal opportunity and equal rights to everyone”, she quickly added, “My contribution, being part of strap and other human rights/LGBT rights advocate/activist, is to promote awareness through online activism.”
Asked about herself, Kaye humbly responded, “Matalinhaga ang life story ko (My life is full of mystery). I am now working as a Nursing assistant in Netherland while finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing”, confessed this beautiful transgender lady who is also a hair and make-up artist.
Association of Transgenders in the Philippines