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:
Position Paper Launch
Keeping the Promise of Dignity and Freedom for All: A Position Paper on Legal Gender Recognition in South Africa
This Position Paper was developed and published by Gender DynamiX (GDX) and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). It outlines the organisations’ position on the right to legal gender recognition in South Africa. The paper advances a model of legal gender recognition based on self-determination enabling individuals in South Africa to have their gender legally recognised and reflected on identity documents based on a simple process of self-declaration. The model advanced here would include options for non-binary genders, as well as an option to omit gender markers completely in identity documents and in the identification number issued at birth registration.
Trans Day of Remembrance 2020:
Fighting for our futures
On Trans Day of Remembrance (TDoR), 20 November, we remember and honour trans and gender-diverse people whose lives were taken away from us.
Day after day, trans people around the world fight for our human rights and social justice. Year after year, we demand that trans people are protected from violence. We demand that our human rights are respected. We demand our right to live.
It’s National Coming Out Day!
Zoey Black, our Legal and Education Advocacy Officer, sat down with a few of her friends and documented their thoughts on queer identity and their stories and experience around coming out.
This very raw short film gives an intimate perspective into the conversations and experiences of gay, bisexual, lesbian, trans and non-binary persons in Cape Town, South Africa.
Special thanks to:
Blythe Stuart Linger
Happy National Coming Out Day!
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’.
social media feeds
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!
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.
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.