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Dayon Monson Biography
The LGBTQ community has been growing over the past recent years and gaining acceptability among quite a number of people. There are however places, countries and authorities all over the world that do not condone such identification and set up stringent measures to keep their members in check.
Countries like the United States of America legalized gay marriage which was widely celebrated by the LGBTQ community and countries such as Tanzania have the same people jailed for up to 14 years. LGBTQ activist Dayon Monson is one such person and in this article, we will be looking at her biography.
Dayon Monson Real Name, Age and Place of Birth
Dayon Monson was born in 1994 in Tanzania. Dayon Monson’s real born name was Erick Jumanne before she changed it to her current name. The twenty-six (26) year old was born male and details on her family and siblings at the time of this article’s publication had not been established.
Dayon Monson Education Background
Dayon went to the Rift Valley Academy based in Kijabe, Nairobi Kenya. She stayed for a little while in Kenya which made her make friends of which they did a collaboration in the song “Same Love” that was advocating for LGBTQ rights.
Dayon Monson Personal Background
Dayon was born male and later on identified herself as a woman. The ‘Xboy’ rapper and singer is a transgender woman who has sparked much attention online and in videos. She applies make up, dresses and behaves as woman and expects to be treated as such. Being a transgender and making rounds on widespread music videos, it was not long before the Tanzanian authorities caught up with her.
Dayon Monson Activism Journey
Dayon Monson faced an uphill challenge after appearing in a remake of “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The original single featured Kenyan rapper Nuludini Kabugo Mugerwa who was one of the six artists who remade “Same Love” under the moniker Art Attack.
This video brought her further into the limelight as being perceived gay. The video speaks out about the rights of the LGBTQ community and the challenges that they face on a daily basis in countries that do not embrace their identities.
This is particularly true for African countries that still rely on traditional beliefs and cultures. Aspects such as gayism, lesbianism and transgender individuals are unheard of and even considered criminal.
Dayon was then interrogated by the authorities and consequently confined for two weeks without the knowledge of anyone – not even her close friends and family. This was the tipping point of her life as she clearly saw the hostility of her home government toward people like her.
She then went into hiding and did not continue with normal day activities such as reporting for work. She has talked before about how unsuitable and uncomfortable her work condition in Tanzania was, whereby she was forced to dress, behave and even talk like a man hiding her true identity for so long.
In her hiding following the two weeks in prison, Dayon secured asylum in Canada. She got assistance from the 13-year-old Rainbow Railroad organization in Winnipeg. Several other LGBTQ refugees have also secured asylum in Toronto, Canada. These are safe communities that allow the refugees lead a better life safe from death and jail threats.
The Rainbow Railroad which now hosts Tanzanian Dayon Monson takes part in fundraising activities for their beneficiaries and has in the past been able to raise more than $1 million in supporting and fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Dayon gave a keynote speech in the latest fundraising event talking about her life in Tanzania and the challenges she faced there and in contrast to the state in Winnipeg.
Dayon Monson Boyfriend/Husband
Dayon is married to her gay lover Lorenzo Cruz. As stated above, the two are currently living in Canada under the Rainbow Railroad organization in Winnipeg.
Dayon Monson Production
Dayon Monson produced and starred in a documentary launched on YouTube in the month of March, 2020. She addresses the plight of the LBTQ and stands as an activist for her kind’s rights.
Dayon Monson Net Worth
The LGBTQ activist is estimated to be over $40,000 by net worth as of the year 2020. She gets her livelihood from her organization and various jobs that she secured in Winnipeg.
Dayon Monson Contacts/Instagram
Dayon goes by the handle @dayon_monson on instagram