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:
Trans Activist Leader, Lee Siba Mothibe, passes
31 March 2020 - It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of our beloved colleague, comrade and friend, Lee Siba Mothibe, who passed away on the morning of 30 March 2020. She was a fierce activist and sister to many in the LGBTQIA+ community and will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was an inspiration to many with the visibility she brought as a transgender woman in South Africa.
5th August 1984 to 30th March 2020
A leader gone too soon.
We will miss you dearly.
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.
Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) Commemoration
Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV)
by Khanyisile Phillips – Community Engagement Coordinator at GDX
Today the 31st of March is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), a day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness around the discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. Today, we pay homage to members of the trans and gender diverse community who stood up, advocated for and worked tirelessly to advance the rights of trans and gender diverse persons. The issue of transgender visibility is complex and in a state of constant evolution, with experiences that are outside of the cisgender binary have often been erased. The trans and gender diverse community is incredibly diverse, and the adversity we face strongly intersects with racism, economic privilege, education, and sexual orientation. Furthermore, as advocacy efforts increase, the community is becoming more and more visible with trans and gender diverse persons becoming more connected and share their stories.
Notice to all Gender DynamiX Community Members and Partners
Over the past few weeks Gender Dynamix (GDX) has reflected and engaged in internal dialogue on our response to COVID-19. A lot has changed from early December 2019, when the first cases of COVID-19 was reported, to now. The available data and information reveal that if we continue on the basis of ‘business as usual’ and should we not put stringent measures in place to manage our response that we will likely contribute to worsening the situation. GDX’s response has been 4-fold, which include the following Actions:
ACTION 1: EDUCATION AND PROMOTION OF HYGIENE AT WORK AND HOME
ACTION 2: SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SELF-QUARANTINE
ACTION 3: SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL AND POSTPONEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
ACTION 4: REMOTELY WORKING FROM HOME
Currently, there is a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Cape Town, Western Cape. Our team members make use of public transport systems and interact with many people who frequent our office on a daily basis. As a means to act responsibly and support positive health outcomes, GDX has temporarily closed its physical office as of 16h00 yesterday, 17 March, to Friday, 3 April. Depending on the guidance received from institutions such as the World Health Organisation and the South African government we will likely have to extent this period of office closure, if necessary.
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:
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.
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 ...
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.
The American Film Showcase (AFS) is the State Department’s flagship film exchange program and is implemented by the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts. AFS supports the exchange of U.S. films, filmmakers, and film experts in support of foreign policy priorities. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy South Africa announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to support the 2020 American Film Showcase in South Africa, with a specific focus on the use of documentary film for conveying human rights messages.
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.
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!
If you are trans and gender diverse identifying please email your CV to: so that we can have you in our database for future employment opportunities.
We would also be able to link you with trans and gender diverse friendly employers.