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2007 and 2013 — 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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May 2007 — ILGA Establishes an Affiliate Pan African Organisation, South Africa

In May 2007, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) hosted a conference in Johannesburg with the aim of establishing an organisation affiliated with them on the African continent — a Pan Africa ILGA (PAI). Background The African caucus had to determine the ILGA-Africa constitution and one of the decisions was to establish the Pan …

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Burundian Refugee Receives Asylum in South Africa

Alexandra Rubera, a trans woman from Burundi, faced arrest and death threats from private citizens and the police in her native country on an ongoing basis. Alexandra moved between Burundi and Rwanda as she had a parent from each country, making access easier to both countries. When life became too difficult for her, Alexandra had …

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Liesl Theron Hosts First Gender Diversity Awareness Workshop, South Africa

Liesl Theron, then a member of the Good Hope Metropolitan Community Church (GHMCC) coordinated a full-day workshop for its members under the title, “Gender Diversity Awareness”. This came about due to Liesl’s personal involvement with trans and gender-diverse people. Liesl and her partner at the time, Lex Kirsten, were introduced to each other by a …

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Intersex Rights Included in Legislation for the First Time Worldwide, South Africa

The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, Act 4 of 2000 (PEPUDA), which is sometimes referred to as The Equality Act, was passed by the South African government in 2000 to protect its citizens from discrimination, hate speech, and harassment. Following the work of LGBTIQ+ activists, PEPUDA was amended in 2005 and …

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Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act, South Africa

Following on from the parliamentary hearings on 9 September 2003, the Sex Description and Sex Status Act, Act 49 of 2003 was altered, signed by the President of South Africa and circulated in the Government Gazette, on 15 March 2004. The Act was amended in 2004 to address the concerns that arose after the Act was enacted in …

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9 September 2003 — Parliamentary Hearings on the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act, South Africa

On the 9th of September 2003, a group of organisations and interested individuals, including Sally Gross, Simone Heradien, Estian Smit, members of the Cape Town Transsexual/Transgender Support Group, the South African Human Rights Commission, and the Commission on Gender Equality, made oral presentations during the parliamentary hearings to advocate for amendments to the Sex Description …

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Zimbabwe Unwittingly Represented by a Trans Woman at the Cricket World Cup, South Africa

South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup, and on 9 February 2003, during the Parade of Nations and as part of the opening ceremony, the event’s organisers appointed models to walk in the parade, holding banners to represent each participating country. Senegalese-born model, Barbara Diop, had done modelling work in South Africa (she moved …

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Woubi Chéri, Ivory Coast

The documentary, Woubi Chéri, focused on the lives of Woubis*, Yossis**, and other members of the Branché*** community in Ivory Coast. The award-winning documentary was featured globally in various film festivals and on a number of documentary platforms.  Shortly after Woubi Chéri’s release, Barbara from L’Association des Travestis de Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast Transvestites Association), …

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1975 – Military Coup Ends “Carnivalesque”, Mozambique

In the early 1970s, Mozambique was still under colonial rule. Then, in April 1974, political upheaval in Lisbon, Portugal resulted in a coup within the Portuguese military and the dictatorship in Portugal was overthrown. This had a ripple effect on the colonies, including Angola and Mozambique. The Lusaka Accord was signed in September of that …

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1950s to late 1970’s – Carnivals:A Safe Space For Travestis, Crossdressers And Queer Performers In Mozambique 

While cross-dressing, queerness, homosexuality, and all forms of LGBTIQ+ identities as known today were not widely accepted in day-to-day life in Mozambique, during the 1950s through the 1960s to the mid-1970s, the annual Carnival, which had been taking place from the 1950s, provided an opportunity for [male] femininity, cross-dressing, and queer performances.  There was no …

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