Transgender woman challenges Montenegro society 

Hana Konatar, a 21-year-old transgender woman from Podgorica, Montenegro, plans to study graphic design -- once she manages to enroll at the university as a woman.  

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Why this story matters:

Living as a transgender person in a conservative society such as Montenegro is a difficult task. But although she is very young, Hana has already shown courage to challenge traditional patriarchal values. She volunteers in local LGBT+ associations in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica and wants to undergo sex reassignment surgery. 

"This is a very difficult battle, especially from my position of living in a society that does not tolerate [small differences], let alone such big ones," says Hana."So at every moment I have to remember that I'm a trans and that this is Montenegro."

Once she legally becomes a woman, the administrative barriers which she now has to struggle with will not distract her from her studies. And from her life.

"I haven't lived until now. Censorship, hiding, violence and fear and all the things that defined me haven't let me live."

Details from the story:

  • Hana Kolatar told Radio Free Europe (RFE) that she was a victim of bullying and violence throughout her primary and secondary education. 
  • She has filed a law suit against an acquaintance from her school who attacked her, according to an RFE report. 
  • At the moment, she takes hormone therapy and plans to conduct sex reassignment surgery to be able to change her identity documents. 
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