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August 2015 — An Intersex Report is Launched in East Africa

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 report is titled, “Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Both a Form of Societal Control”. …

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November 2014 — High Court Rules in Favour of Trans Woman in Case Against Kenya National Examination Council, Kenya

In November 2014, trans woman Audrey Mbugua won the case taken to the Kenyan High Court in March 2013 Audrey Mbugua (JR Case No. 147 of 2013) to compel the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to change the name on her high school diploma. She also sought the removal of the male sex marker on …

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29 October 2014 — Registration of the Fairy Godmother Community Project by Trans Drag Queen, Sandra Dee, South Africa

The Fairy Godmother Community Project was founded in Cape Town, South Africa by Sandra Lentoor, also known as Cape Town drag queen, Sandra Dee, and was officially registered on the 29th of October 2014. From District 6 to District Royalty We talked to Sandra Dee in December 2023 about the founding of the Fairy Godmother …

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June 2014 — Sumaya Dalmar, the First Known Trans Woman in Somalia: Exhibition and Death, Somalia/Canada

In 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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20 March 2014 — Trans Activist from Uganda Granted Asylum in the U.S., Uganda

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. Asylum was granted months after fleeing his home in Uganda due to the state-sanctioned violence of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which was passed by the Ugandan …

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14 February 2014 — Death of Intersex Activist 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

January 2014 — Trans Woman, Rikki Nathanson, Sues Police and Others, Zimbabwe

In 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 Bulawayo, dressed as a woman, and allegedly used the bathroom …

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2014 — Founding of Tanzanian Trans Initiatives (TTI), Tanzania

Tanzanian Trans Initiatives (TTI) was founded as a non-governmental organisation (NGO)  in Tanzania in 2014.  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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7 October 2013 — 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 then Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos. Her appointment as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador came at a time when many acknowledged that Angola was moving …

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2013 and 2007 — Strategic Action Litigation (SAL): Legal Advocacy for Intersex Persons in Kenya

Strategic Action Litigation (SAL) is a process in Public Interest Law whereby members of a marginalised group deliberately and proactively take a test case to court for the purpose of establishing a positive legal precedent with legal implications that go beyond the immediate litigants. This specific kind of litigation aims to achieve broader social change. …

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14 June 2013 — High Court Upholds Trans Woman’s Human Rights Violation Petition, Kenya

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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June 2013 — Non-Binary Street Performance by Neo Musangi in Nairobi, Kenya

In 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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March 2013 — Trans Woman Files Case Against Kenya National Examination Council at High Court, Kenya

In March 2013 Audrey Mbugua, a trans woman, filed a case (JR Case No. 147 of 2013) at Kenya’s High Court to compel the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to change the name on her high school diploma. She also sought the removal of the male sex marker on her certificate. In November 2014, Mbugua …

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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 marginalised and overlooked transgender community in Zambia. Through a collection of 21 short stories and poems, the book seeks to recognise and validate the existence of trans community members in Zambia. …

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December 2012 — 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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1 November 2012 — Sex in Transition Launched, South Africa

The publication, Sex in Transition: Remaking of Gender and Race in South Africa, by Professor Amanda Lock Swarr, published on 1 November 2012, 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 …

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