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Rikki Nathanson

Rikki Nathanson, a Trans woman, sues police and others, Zimbabwe

Rikki Nathanson, a Trans woman, sues police and others, Zimbabwe 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 …

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The Transgender Network of Liberia (TNOL) Founded, Liberia

The Transgender Network of Liberia (TNOL) was founded by Karishma Richards-Kwofie in 2014. The organisation was initially under the umbrella of Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL). When TNOL sought registration status as a legal entity in order to rent office space, open a bank account, and apply for funding at the Liberia Business Registry, their …

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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 Angolan President at the time, José Eduardo dos Santos. Her appointment as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador came at a time when many acknowledged that Angola …

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Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA) Sues State of Kenya and NGO Coordination Board, Kenya

On 23 August 2013 the board of Transgender Education & Advocacy (TEA), comprising 3 trans Kenyans – Audrey Mbugua, Maureen Muia, and Annet Jennifer – sued the Kenyan State and the NGO Coordination Board for refusing to register TEA as an NGO. The State and the Board opposed the case, indicating that they could not …

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High Court Upholds Trans Woman’s Human Rights Violation Petition

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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Founding of  Tanzania Trans Initiative (TTI), Tanzania

Tanzania Trans Initiative (TTI) was founded as a non-governmental organisation (NGO)  in Tanzania in 2013.  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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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 marginalized and overlooked transgender community in Zambia. Through a collection of 21 short stories and poems, the book seeks to recognize and validate the existence of trans community members in Zambia. …

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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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Murder of Trans Person, Thalepo Makhutle, South Africa

Thalepo Mkhutle, a 23-year-old person from Kuruman in the Northern Cape province, who identified as gay and transgender, was callously murdered in June 2012. Mahkutle was a volunteer at a local Gay and Lesbian organisation, the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Organisation (LEGBO) in the Northern Cape, and also participated as a drag queen, Queen Bling, …

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Trans Woman, Sues the State for the Right to Gender Marker Change, Botswana

Batswana trans woman, Tshepo Ricky Kgositau, applied to the Civil and National Registration office in Gaborone, Botswana to change her documentation in the national register from male to female in 2011. She argued that the State has a duty to realise the constitutional protection of rights and amend her Omang (identity document), as “her birth-assigned …

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2010 – The first Trans Health & Research Pre-conference in Africa

November 2010 – Gender DynamiX hosted the pre-Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference in Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. The purpose of the pre-conference was to create awareness around the baseline situation experienced by trans people throughout South Africa – both in rural spaces and cities where there is, at minimum, a basic level …

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Labour Court Rules in Favour of Trans Woman, South Africa

The South African Labour Court ruled in favour of reinstating Christine Elhers after she took her employer, Bohler Uddeholm, to court for unfair discrimination and for dismissing her based on her gender identity. Judge Francis not only ruled for reinstatement but ordered the company to backpay Christine the salary she had lost between her dismissal …

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Auntie Tiwonge and Steven Monjeza Sentenced, Then Pardoned, Malawi

In May 2010, Auntie Tiwonge and Steven Monjeza were sentenced to 14 years of hard labour after being arrested on charges of gross indecency for publicly celebrating their relationship the previous year.  However, Malawian President Mutharika reversed this decision after a meeting with UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and gave the couple a full pardon. Homosexuality …

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SistaazHood Founded, South Africa

SistaazHood is the first sex worker support group in South Africa, founded by trans women who were part of the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) based in Cape Town. Led by trans women sex workers, Sistaazhood focuses its support and advocacy specifically on trans women sex workers. SistaazHood was founded after an initial …

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