Gender DynamiX

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August 2014 — Gender Dynamix (GDX) Submit Bid to Host the 2018 WPATH Conference, South Africa

In August 2014 Gender DynamiX (GDX) and Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital’s Multidisciplinary Transgender Clinic collaborated in their efforts to submit a bid to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to host the 2018 WPATH international conference.  South Africa’s GDX was the first African organisation to become a member of WPATH in 2007.

31 May 2014 — 2nd Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference, South Africa

Trans and Intersex Africa (TIA), Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender and Intersex Women of Africa (S.H.E), and Gender DynamiX (GDX) hosted the 2nd Trans Health, Research and Advocacy Conference in Cape Town, South Africa between 31 May and 2 June 2014. This was the largest conference in the series to date and …

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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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1 November 2012 — Sex in Transition Launched, South Africa

The publication, Sex in Transition: Remaking of Gender and Race in South Africa, by Professor Amanda Lock Swarr, published on 1 November 2012, takes the reader through the Apartheid times of South Africa, and how the lives of those who lived across or in between the gender binary system were impacted. It also explores how …

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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.

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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2010 — The First Trans Health & Research Pre-Conference in Africa, South Africa

In 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 of …

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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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May 2010 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 1, Part 1, Namibia

May 2010 — Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme: Year 1, Part 1 The first part of the Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, hosted by Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a partner organisation from East Africa, was launched in Namibia in May 2010. It was with great …

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2010 — SistaazHood Founded, South Africa

SistaazHood is the first sex worker support group in South Africa, founded in 2010 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 …

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20 November 2009 — Launch of “Trans: Transgender Life Stories from South Africa”, South Africa

On 20 December 2009, The Gay and Lesbian Archives (GALA) and Gender DynamiX (GDX) launched the book, Trans: Transgender Life Stories from South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa. It was first book of its kind on the continent. The specific date was selected as it is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). The …

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August 2009 — Trans and Intersex Rights Groups Respond to Public Debate About Caster Semenya, South Africa

In August 2009, Intersex South Africa (ISSA)’s Sally Gross, U.S. academic Amanda Lock Swarr, and Gender DynamiX (GDX)’s Liesl Theron co-authored a critical think piece that was published in the Fall edition of the Feminist Studies Journal. The piece, “South African Intersex Activism: Caster Semenya’s Impact and Import”, looks at the public responses from ISSA …

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July 2009 — Launch of Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme

In July 2009, South Africa’s Gender DynamiX (GDX) and a partner organisation in East Africa* formed a partnership to host an Eastern and Southern African Trans and Intersex Regional Exchange Programme, which would commence in May 2010. The Programme would bring together 16 activists from Botswana, Burundi, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe …

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17 May 2009 — The Humiliation and Death of Auntie Victoria, Tanzania

17 May 2019 — The Death and Humiliation of Aunty Victoria, Tanzania Auntie Victoria was reportedly the first openly identified trans woman in Tanzania. She received gender-affirming surgery in Europe many years ago (surgery dates undocumented). When she returned to Tanzania, her home country, she owned a tavern, and generated her own income. She was …

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