Organisation

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Matrix Support Group (MSG) Established, Lesotho

The Matrix Support Group (MSG), also known as the People’s Matrix Association, was established. Although the NGO caters to the whole LGBTIQ+ community throughout Lesotho, they have a strong trans presence. Their founder and Executive Director, Tampose Mothopeng, is a trans man. They run a number of trans-specific programmes and research projects, such as the …

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First African ARC International Conference, South Africa

Gender DynamiX (GDX) attended the ARC International conference in Johannesburg. This was the first time that ARC held a conference in Africa, and it was at this conference that many self-identified trans people from other countries and trans-African activists met in person. This conference played a significant role in the preliminary understanding of trans in …

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

Gender Dynamix’s (GDX) founder, Liesl Theron, travelled to Nigeria in order to meet 7 trans women in Lagos, Nigeria. This was the first outreach between GDX and Nigeria. The meeting came to be after a discussion Liesl had with Nigeria’s Reverend Jide Macaulay from House of Rainbow earlier in that year during the International Lesbian, …

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ILGA Establishes an Affiliate Pan African Organisation, South Africa

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). The African caucus had to determine the ILGA-Africa constitution and one of the decisions was to establish the Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) board, …

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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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Gender DynamiX (GDX) founded, South Africa

Gender DynamiX (GDX), the first registered African-based organisation focusing solely on the trans community, was founded in South Africa by cis woman, Liesl Theron, and her trans partner, Lex Kirsten in July 2005.   Due to work insecurity and a lack of knowledge about the employment rights of trans persons, the cis-trans couple decided that Liesl …

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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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The first African Intersex Organisation formed, South Africa

Anti-Apartheid and intersex activist, Sally Gross, worked with a reporter from the Mail & Guardian to populate and provide information to the public to educate about Intersex and to create awareness around the formation of the Intersex Society of South Africa (ISOSA), a name modelled on the Intersex Society of North America, as Sally had …

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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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