The Pearl of Africa is very topical in presenting this personal story of the life of a transgendered individual at a time when they’re continuing to gain visibility all over the world and demanding a spot at society’s proverbial table.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rouse live in Michigan. Between them, they have FIVE adopted children. They couldn’t legally adopt all five jointly because the laws of the state prohibit unmarried couples from adopting. But being a lesbian couple, they couldn’t get married anyway because same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in their state. This leaves their family very vulnerable to being split up should something happen to one or both of them.