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There are many African organisations. groups and individuals who over the years have contributed in invaluable ways to the story of the Trans and Intersex Movement who are not yet included in our timeline.

We want to acknowledge and include all verifiable contributions.  

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Who are we?

We are a group of African activists who have all been actively involved in the early years of the Trans and Intersex Movement in Africa.  We are committed to preserving the history of the trans and intersex movement,  communities and organisations on the continent.

Liesl Theron

South Africa

Gabrielle Le Roux

South Africa

Partnership Agreement & Fiscal Host

In March 2023 The Trans and Intersex History Africa website (TIHA) and GenderDynamiX (GDX) signed a memorandum of agreement to formalise a partnership of alliance.

While you are here..

As we develop our website we will include a library of media including podcasts, sound clips, live interviews and discussions such as this video where Victor Mukasa talks to Liesl Theron about the founding of Gender DynamiX and the emergence of what later became the trans movement in Africa.

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  • 1950
  • 1975

    1975 – Military Coup Ends “Carnivalesque”, Mozambique

    In the early 1970s, Mozambique was still under colonial rule....
  • 1 October 1992
  • 1994

    The Travestis, Ivory Coast

    In the Ivory Coast, the Travestis* was a prominent group,...
  • 1998

    Woubi Chéri, Ivory Coast

    The documentary, Woubi Chéri, focused on the lives of Woubis*,...
  • 2000

    2000 — The First African Intersex Organisation Formed by Sally Gross, South Africa

    Anti-Apartheid and intersex activist, Sally Gross founded the Intersex Society...
  • 9 February 2003
  • 9 September 2003
  • December 2003

    December 2003 — Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA) Established, Kenya

    Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA) was established in Kenya in December...
  • 15 March 2004
  • 2005
  • May 2005
  • July 2005

    July 2005 — Gender DynamiX (GDX) Founded, South Africa

    Gender DynamiX (GDX), the first registered African-based organisation focusing solely...
  • July 2005

    Victor Mukasa Sues Government, Uganda

    Juliet Victor Mukasa, human rights defender, and activist from Uganda...
  • 25 February 2006

    Kenyan Seeks and Receives Asylum in Canada

    Kenyan-born Biko Beauttah arrived in Canada to seek asylum because...
  • 31 October 2006

    Burundian Refugee Receives Asylum in South Africa

    Alexandra Rubera, a trans woman from Burundi, faced arrest and...
  • December 2007
  • May 2007

    ILGA Establishes an Affiliate Pan African Organisation, South Africa

    The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) hosted a conference...
  • 2007
  • July 2007

    July 2007 — Gender DynamiX (GDX) Reaches Out to Trans Women in Nigeria

    In July 2007, Gender Dynamix’s (GDX) founder, Liesl Theron, travelled...
  • August 2007

    IAAF Requires Gender Verification Tests for Botswana Athlete

    Gold medallist Paralympian, Tshotlego* Morama (now Paul Morama) from Botswana...
  • December 2007

    First African ARC International Conference, South Africa

    Gender DynamiX (GDX) attended the ARC International conference in Johannesburg....
  • 2008

    Matrix Support Group (MSG) Established, Lesotho

    The Matrix Support Group (MSG), also known as the People’s...
  • February 2008
  • 17 April 2008

    Global Dialogue on Transgender Rights

    The African Regional Sexuality Resource Centre (ARSRC) invited Liesl Theron,...