“We Fight More Than We Sleep”: Shelter Access by Transgender Individuals in Cape Town, South Africa

Recent study on shelter access by transgender individuals in Cape Town, South Africa was carried out for Gender DynamiX by Andrei Ouspenski, Master of Social Work candidate from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Data was generated from a literature review, document analysis, focus group and one on one interviews. Recommendations for future legislature writing, policy making and shelter management were provided.

This research study was made possible due to the commitment of all those who shared their time and experience, most importantly members of the transgender community of Cape Town. The report was edited and reviewed by academics, activists and advocates. It was launched on July 23rd in Cape Town.

Transgender access to sexual health services in South Africa

This 2012 study is the first research report in South Africa to address the sexual health and practices of transgender people. Once understood, these factors can be used to inform the development of new interventions or the adaption of existing evidence- based interventions to meet the unique HIV prevention needs of transgender populations.

Research report written by Marion Stevens, and will interest medical and HIV Service Providers, Academics, LGBTI Organisations. Available for download in PDF:


For journalists or members of the public wishing for a summary of the report, a brief overview of the research findings can also be downloaded here:

GDX Advocacy Analysis

This is a 2007 research paper examining Gender DynamiX’s strategies and tactics with an ultimate assessment of its successes and failures and related recommendations.

It is written by Meghan Davidson Ladly, a student in Toronto, Canada, and will interest academics and those interested in Transgender Studies in South Africa. Available for download in PDF: