Having been established in 2005, Gender DynamiX (GDX) is the first registered Africa-based public benefit organisation to focus solely on trans and gender diverse communities. What started as a mere vision, slowly grew into a grassroots organisation. GDX has since become an institutionalised non-profit organisation (NPO) that is fundamental to the development of the trans and gender diverse movement(s) in South Africa and across southern Africa.
Our key priority areas of work include:
by LGBTIQ+ Civil Society
Today, 16 June 2020, is Youth Day in South Africa and it is with immense outrage and great sadness that the LGBTIQ+ community mourns the death of Kirvan Fortuin, a young beloved, talented, and vibrant community leader. We condemn the violence that has robbed us all of their beautiful life and all the amazing possibilities that came with it. As a collective of LGBTIQ+ organisations in South Africa, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Kirvan’s family and loved ones.
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Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Gender Dynamix applauds the government of Gabon particularly the parliamentarians for recognising and acknowledging the existence of the LGBTI. This was reflected when 48 parliamentarians in the lower Senate house voted for decriminalising. We can only hope that the precedence set by the lower house will be similar to that that will be set by the upper house.
However, it becomes challenging for us to celebrate some of the victories while on the other hand, our refugee siblings are going through the most currently in Kenya. Kakuma is one of the world’s largest refugee camps and is home to a significant LGBTIQ community.
Come Work with the ITF!
The ITF is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. We are the only international participatory fund that is led by and for trans people. Our grantmaking is intersectional and we support trans-led groups whose work contributes to social justice, movement building and the liberation of trans people.
We are a small, collaborative and dynamic staff team that is passionate about trans movement building and ensuring funding flows to trans-led groups working across the globe.
We are looking to hire a Program Officer and Program Associate to join us.
BOOK LAUNCHED: TRANS RURAL NARRATIVES
Gender DynamiX is incredibly proud and excited to bring you “TRANS RURAL NARRATIVES”, a book project which amplifies the voices and visibility of rural-based trans and gender diverse persons.
The book colours itself through the right to self-determination as it pertains to gender identity and allows trans and gender diverse individuals from various provinces and rural backgrounds in South Africa to share their narratives and lived experiences on gender recognition on their own terms.
Through a trans community participatory research approach, the book aims to identify the limitations to the realisation of legal gender recognition in the country, provide a data resource on the lived realities of trans and gender diverse individuals in rural and semi-urban areas, and contribute to the development of a contextual black trans theory in South Arica.
Gender DynamiX launched the TRANS RURAL NARRATIVES book via webinar on Wednesday, 24th June 2020.
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Amplifying Trans and Gender Diverse voices from Southern Africa
Join us every Tuesday at 14h00 Central African Time, for an in-depth online conversation about the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on the mental and physical well-being of trans and gender diverse persons.
Registration is now open, kindly click on the link below and fill out the Registration Form, once we receive the form, we will send out the Zoom link to all participants:
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#MyRightoMyIdentity #TransRightsareHumanRights #LetOurVoicesBeHeard
#YouAreNotAlone #WeAreHereForYou #Transgender #GenderDiverse
#GenderNonConforming #HumanRights #EqualityForAll
Southern Africa Trans Forum (SATF), in partnership with the University of Hamburg
COVID-19 is a global crisis, and it will affect all of us, but history has shown that disasters and crises have the worst devastating effects on society’s most vulnerable groups. It is for this reason that the Southern Africa Trans Forum (SATF), in partnership with the University of Hamburg, is conducting a survey to gain an understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on trans health care.
SATF wishes to encourage trans, gender non-binary and gender diverse people from across the Southern Africa region, to complete the online questionnaire on this link:
For more information, please feel free to email:
Transgender Rights Activists Champion Telemedicine
Activist Anil Padavatan says the Covid-19 lockdown has delayed treatment and surgery for many trans people, ‘so you can imagine the psychological impact of that’.
There are no rules when it comes to Gender
There is absolutely nothing you must abide by and there’s no such thing as ‘boy things’ and ‘girl things’. Playing with your look is one of heaps of ways you can explore or express your gender.
During the 35th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group, Lesotho received 10 Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) Recommendations. Out of the 10 recommendations made, Lesotho accepted two coming from Argentina and Costa Rica. The two recommendations are:
Liberty Matthyse Executive Director of Gender Dynamix and Sanja Bornman from Lawyers for Human Rights discussed the implications of Jade September's legal win against the state to have her gender expression as a transperson within our prisons, respected and accommodated.
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The Department of Correctional Services received a tongue lashing for the way it has treated transgender prisoner Jade September in a Western Cape High Court ruling giving her the right to be called a woman in the men's prison she is being held in. 'Unlawful' treatment of transgender prisoner slammed in court judgment.
Court rules trans inmate Jade September be allowed to express her gender. Judge Chantal Fortuin found September's case amounted to unfair discrimination and ordered sensitisation training for all ...
Pretoria - In a huge victory for equality, transgender prisoner Jade September won the right to be express herself as a woman, although she is at present in a male prison. The Equality Court ...
This has been a momentous moment not only for an individual but for an entire community and region. Gender Dynamix would like to congratulate Rikki Nathanson on the massive victory achieved for trans and gender diverse persons against the Zimbabwean government.
GDX Statement on UGANDA AND LIBERIA
Violation of LGBTI rights
in Uganda and Liberia
In as much as there has been good developments and happenings in South Africa, we cannot ignore the contradictory scene happening in other African Countries. GDX is aware of the LGBTI persecution(s) taking place in Uganda and Liberia. As an organisation GDX is and continues to be aware of the LGBTI arrests taking place in Uganda, and the possible return of the Anti Homosexual Act, which will introduce the death penalty for LGBTI identify persons. The Ugandan government has announced that it plans to sentence to death persons participating in consensual same-sex relationships. Furthermore, there have also been attacks on LGBTI persons in Liberia which happened on the 10th of November 2019.
GDX PRESS STATEMENT
Human Rights Council Renews the mandate of UN'S Independent Expert against violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Gender DynamiX welcomes the Renewal mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert against violence and discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for the next three years by the Human Rights Council. GDX would like to acknowledge and thank each state which voted for the mandate to be renewed and most importantly voting against 10 hostile amendments to the mandate. The mandate of the Independent Xxpert on the Protection Against Violence and Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was established by the Human Rights Council resolution 32/2, adopted in 2016.
GDX PRESS STATEMENT
DISAPPOINTING RULING ON DECRIMINALISING HOMOSEXUALITY IN KENYA
The ruling of Kenya’s High Court on the decriminalisation of homosexuality on sections 162 and 165 of the country’s colonial-era Penal Code was much awaited by LGBT persons in Kenya, East Africa and the global community at large. However, the ruling has been, much to the dismay of LGBTQ communities in Kenya and elsewhere.
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UNAIDS and UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, are seriously concerned by new criminal law provisions that came into force yesterday, 3 April 2019, in Brunei Darussalam. The provisions, which impose the death penalty for same-sex sexual activity, adultery and for having a child outside of marriage, breach a number of international human rights norms, including the right to be free from torture and from cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment. The provisions will have a significant negative impact on overall health and well-being.
Black Drag Magic Wins 2nd Prize at World Press Photo Awards. What a remarkable achievement.
It is wonderful to experience the recognition of Black Queer excellence and celebration of Black Trans Talent from South Africa. Well done Belinda Qaqamba Fassie on taking the 2nd prize at the World Press Awards with your exhibition 'Black Drag Magic'. It has certainly been an honour for Gender Dynamix to have exhibited your exhibition at last year's 4th Regional Trans Health, Advocacy and Research Conference. You are an incredible human rights activist, role-model and inspiration to many. Your passion and brilliance inspire many within our very community. Continue to take up space and open up space for many more of our trans and gender diverse siblings to do the same. Keep on shining! Yours in Solidarity!
Congratulations Liberty and Adriana!
Congratulations to Gender DynamiX’s Executive Director, Liberty/Glenton Matthyse, for successfully completing your Strategic Business Management Course at UCT.
Congratulations to our New Financial Manager, Adriana Beukes, for successfully completing your UCT Project Management Foundations Course.
Well done on your outstanding achievements!
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