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August 2015 – An Intersex Report is Launched in East Africa

Intersex genital Mutilation (IGM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Both a form of societal control In August 2015, a report on violations to children and people born intersex or with differences of sex development was launched in an East African country airing the most revolting abuses and violations that intersex people experience.  The highlight of …

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Sex in Transition Launched, South Africa

The publication, Sex in Transition: Remaking of Gender and Race in South Africa, by Professor Amanda Lock Swarr takes the reader through the Apartheid times of South Africa, and how the lives of those who lived across or in between the gender binary system were impacted. It also explores how people from different races in …

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Sumaya Dalmar, the first known Trans Woman in Somalia

June 2014 – Somalian-born Canadian photographer, Abdi Osman, held an exhibition named ‘Labeeb’ at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.  The project features large photographs and a short double-projection video of Sumaya Dalmar, a trans woman originally from Somalia. The double projection, which shows two videos playing simultaneously, underscores the artist’s attempt to engage with …

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Trans Activist from Uganda Granted Asylum in the U.S

Nikilas (Nikki) Mawanda, a trans man and activist from Uganda and founder of an NGO in the country*,  was granted LGBTIQ+ asylum status in the U.S. on 20 March 2014. It was months after fleeing his home in Uganda due to the state-sanctioned violence of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which was passed by the Ugandan parliament …

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Death of Sally Gross, South Africa

Prominent anti-Apartheid and intersex activist, Sally Gross, passed away on 14 February 2014.  Her last communication had been with prominent New Zealand-based intersex activist, Mani Bruce Mitchell, a friend who had posted a GoFundMe appeal for help on Gross’s behalf in January of the same year.  Sally’s founding of and work as part of Intersex …

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Rikki Nathanson

Rikki Nathanson, a Trans woman, sues police and others, Zimbabwe

Rikki Nathanson, a Trans woman, sues police and others, Zimbabwe January 2014 – Rikki Nathanson, a Zimbabwean trans woman and modelling agency director was detained by police* after Farai Mteliso, a Zanu-PF Youth League leader, performed a citizen’s arrest on her. She was arrested for being a ‘criminal nuisance’ because she visited a bar in …

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Trans Musician Named as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, Angola

Trans Angolan musician, Titica, was made a UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador on 7 October 2013.  Titica is a pioneer in a local music genre called ‘kuduro’, and even performed for the Angolan President at the time, José Eduardo dos Santos. Her appointment as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador came at a time when many acknowledged that Angola …

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High Court Upholds Trans Woman’s Human Rights Violation Petition

On 14 June 2013, Kenya’s High Court upheld Batha Nthungi’s petition filed a year earlier, in which she declared that being stripped and physically assaulted by the Kenyan Police violated her human rights (A.N.N v Attorney General). The Court agreed that the stripping of her in the glare of the media was meant to humiliate …

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Non-Binary Street Performance by Neo Masinga in Nairobi, Kenya

June 2013 – Neo Musangi, a Kenyan non-binary artist and activist, performed publicly in front of the building of the Kenia National Archives. The aim of the performance was intended to dismantle the gender binary and create awareness about non-binary identities. In a street performance, as citizens looked on, Neo Musangi took the audience through …

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Founding of  Tanzania Trans Initiative (TTI), Tanzania

Tanzania Trans Initiative (TTI) was founded as a non-governmental organisation (NGO)  in Tanzania in 2013.  The organisation is dedicated to the trans and gender-nonconforming (GNC) community as a whole, as well as trans and GNC sex workers, and the portion of the trans and GNC community living with HIV/AIDS. The focus of their work is …

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2013 – Trans Bantu Zambia Self-Publish First Trans Short Story Book In Zambia

We Exist, published by Trans Bantu Zambia in 2013, is a self-publication that serves as a powerful platform to give voice to the often marginalized and overlooked transgender community in Zambia. Through a collection of 21 short stories and poems, the book seeks to recognize and validate the existence of trans community members in Zambia. …

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Trans Man Makes History as Participant of Mr Leather Contest, South Africa

A trans man made history in December 2012 when he participated in the third South African Mr. Leather contest. He came out as trans while on stage during his speech. At the time of the contest, SA Leather’s constitution stipulated that only cisgender and gay or bisexual men were allowed to participate. Subsequently, SA Leather …

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Murder of Trans Person, Thalepo Makhutle, South Africa

Thalepo Mkhutle, a 23-year-old person from Kuruman in the Northern Cape province, who identified as gay and transgender, was callously murdered in June 2012. Mahkutle was a volunteer at a local Gay and Lesbian organisation, the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Organisation (LEGBO) in the Northern Cape, and also participated as a drag queen, Queen Bling, …

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 IAAF Passes New Policy on Gender Verification

The events of Caster Semenya’s gender verification spiralled into an international debate about intersex* conditions and gender. The IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation and International Association of Athletics Federations, now known as World Athletics) and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) reviewed its regulations and policies, particularly the sections on routine gender verifications for all female …

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Trans Woman, Sues the State for the Right to Gender Marker Change, Botswana

Batswana trans woman, Tshepo Ricky Kgositau, applied to the Civil and National Registration office in Gaborone, Botswana to change her documentation in the national register from male to female in 2011. She argued that the State has a duty to realise the constitutional protection of rights and amend her Omang (identity document), as “her birth-assigned …

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