Trans & Intersex

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Declaration on Gender Incongruence of Childhood (GIC), South Africa

The Cape Town Declaration on Gender Incongruence of Childhood (GIC) was publicly released, requesting the removal of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnoses that pathologise gender diversity in children and youth. The Declaration was issued by a working group of 40 delegates from 11 countries who met on 2 June 2014 …

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Appeal to Parliament Regarding Failure of Implementation of the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act, South Africa

Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a cohort of other trans organisations lodged an appeal to the South African Parliament on 13 November 2012 with regard to the ongoing failure to implement the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Act, Act 49 of 2003.

Transitioning Africa meets with Cloe Swenke

Transitioning Africa (TA) Meets with the USAID Africa Bureau

The three directors of the Transitioning Africa (TA) coalition met in Nairobi with Dr Chloe Schwenke from the USAID Africa Bureau. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss support from the U.S. Agency that would culminate in an African Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care for Trans Persons, similar to the Blueprint in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Following the meeting, TA sent a letter to the USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development), with a proposal to form a partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). TA suggested that this proposed partnership would collectively work on developing a model appropriate to African realities, creating a Blueprint for Transgender and Intersex Health Care for sub-Saharan Africa.

August 2012 – Formal Registration Of Trans Bantu Zambia (TBZ), Zambia

on 14 September 2008, Trans Bantu Zambia (TBZ) came into existence. It officially became a registered entity in August 2012. However, they stick to celebrating their birthday each year on the 14th of September.

TBZ was officially recognized as a company limited by guarantee by the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA). To kick things off, they had some support from the Transitioning Africa (TA) project. Their first strategic plan was supported by the Transitioning Africa (TA) project, of which TBZ was one of the small number of Trans organisations that were recipients of the TA sub-granting initiative.

In their early days, TBZ used an info brochure to spread awareness and advocate for their cause. Their vision was crystal clear – they aimed for a fair world where everyone’s rights were respected. They wanted equality and fairness to be the norm, with justice accessible and enjoyed by everyone, including Transgender and Intersex individuals.

Founding of Iranti, South Africa

Iranti was founded by Jabulani Chen Perreira in 2012. Jabulani, the organisation’s leadership, and the entire team is composed of trans, lesbian, and intersex persons. Iranti is an African regional organisation that involves media and documentation in its advocacy. Intersex Society South Africa (ISSA), founded and run by Sally Gross until her passing, underwent a …

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Formation of a 3-Organisation Coalition, Transitioning Africa (TA)  

Gender DynamiX (GDX) and their partner in East Africa as co-hosts of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, approached Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) to form a 3-organisation coalition, which would be known as Transitioning Africa (TA). The coalition would work together on future projects advocating for the human rights …

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Changes Introduced to the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme

Due to the way in which participants had progressed and excelled beyond the current format of the workshops, the host’s Gender DynamiX (GDX) and their partner organisation in East Africa, decided to reassess the format of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme for 2012 and onwards.  Initially envisioned as a …

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Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa (S.H.E) Established, South Africa

Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa (S.H.E) was formally established by Leigh Ann van der Merwe, following the announcement of the organisation’s formation during the regional Exchange Programme. Part of the founding reasons derived from the regional Exchange Programme in May 2011, hosted in Uganda, where trans feminine …

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Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Part 1, Year 2

The first part of the second year of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, hosted by Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a partner organisation from East Africa, took place in Uganda in May 2011. This was a watershed workshop as the number of activists, who numbered 16 the year before, grew …

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Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 1, Part 2

The second part of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme hosted by Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a partner organisation in East Africa* achieved two tangible and practical results. The first was that the 16 activists finalised the details for the “MSM/WSW & Trans Position Paper”, and it was released internationally …

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Lusophone Trans Workshop, Mozambique

For the first time on the African continent, a Lusophone* trans workshop was presented by IGLHRC (the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, today known as OutRight International) and Gender DynamiX (GDX) in Maputo, Mozambique. Due to language barriers, it is extremely difficult to establish networks in Mozambique and Angola where the main spoken …

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First Inter-Continental Trans and Intersex Advocacy Meeting

Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE) organised the first of its kind, international trans and intersex advocacy meeting in Barcelona, Spain, with participants from all regions and all continents. The meeting consisted of 2 parts. June 1–3 was the Trans* Action = Trans* Rights pre-conference, followed by the International Congress on Gender Identity and Human …

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