Trans & Intersex

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2016 — Publication of “Ending Pathological Practices Against Trans and Intersex Bodies in Africa”

In 2016, South Africa’s Iranti, as well as the Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Stop Trans Pathologization 2012 (STP) team, and Transgender Europe (TGEU), hosted a workshop to share knowledge and learning and to form advocacy strategies against the pathologisation of trans and intersex people in Africa based on …

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2015 — Trans Activist Movement of Namibia Changes its Name to TIAMON, Namibia

The Trans Activist Movement of Namibia, which operated as a trans desk under Out-Right Namibia (ORN), had a leadership change in 2015, and with the new director, Deyoncé Naris, it became fully independent from ORN and was registered as the Trans Intersex Androgynous Movement of Namibia (TIAMON).

2 June 2014 — Declaration on Gender Incongruence of Childhood (GIC), South Africa

The Cape Town Declaration on Gender Incongruence of Childhood (GIC) was publicly released in June 2014, 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 …

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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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13 November 2012 — 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 with 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. Sibusiso Kheswa, GDX’s Director, and intersex activist Sally Gross argued that applicants …

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Transitioning Africa meets with Cloe Swenke

2012 — Transitioning Africa (TA) Meets with the USAID Africa Bureau, Kenya

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.

27 May 2012 — Ushirikiano Panda Changes its Name to Jinsiangu, Kenya

Ushirikiano Panda, formed in December 2011, officially changed its name to Jinsiangu on 27 May 2012. The name Jinsiangu, comes from the two Swahili words, ‘jinsia’ and ‘yangu’, meaning ‘my gender’. Jinsiangu was established with the hopes of turning into a fully-fledged community-based organisation. Jinsiangu is committed to ITGNC-led, pro-humanity and pro-equality organising. Vision Diversity, Autonomy …

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2012 — 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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2011 — Formation of a 3-Organisation Coalition, Transitioning Africa (TA), Africa

In 2011, co-hosts of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, Gender DynamiX (GDX) and their partner in East Africa, 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 …

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2011 — Changes Introduced to the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, Africa

Due to the way in which participants had progressed and excelled beyond the current format of the workshops, in 2011 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 …

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May 2011 — Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa (S.H.E) Established, South Africa

In May 2011, 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 Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme. Vision and Mission Part of the founding reasons derived from …

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May 2011 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 2, Part 1, Uganda

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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2011 — Formal Launch of Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA), South Africa

While Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) was founded in 2010, it officially ‘opened its doors’ in Pretoria and became formally known in 2011. Its founder, Tebogo Nkoana, worked at Gender DynamiX (GDX) until TIA was founded in 2010. TIA began working in the northern areas of South Africa, focusing on rural areas and townships.

September 2010 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 1, Part 2, South Africa

In September 2010, 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* was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The Programme achieved two tangible and practical results. The first was that the 16 activists finalised the details …

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June 2010 — First Lusophone Trans Workshop, Mozambique

For the first time on the African continent, a Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) trans workshop was presented in June 2010 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 …

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