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Transgender with a mission

Although it took her family more than a decade to accept her sexuality, Rina managed to overcome the challenges thrown at her at an early age and is now helping others. The 33-year-old transgender said her family kicked her out from their home in Kedah when she was 13 after discovering she liked to dress up as a girl.\n

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1st September 2012 08:17

Alessia Valenza

"I was homeless and would wander around the streets," she said. "Nobody would give a job to a 13-year-old so to make ends meet, I became a sex worker," she said at the launch of PT Foundation’s renovated HIV/AIDS centre here.

At 16, she discovered the foundation when other homeless people told her about it. It was at one of the foundation’s clinics that Rina learnt she had HIV.

"However, with the help of the foundation, I continued my schooling until I obtained a diploma in architecture," she said.

Rina wanted to show her parents that she had made it good despite them rejecting her. However, her father died three days before her return.

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