Board of directors
Chris is passionate about their work in the trans and gender diverse community. Not only does Chris train in the field of gender affirming healthcare, but also works with trans and gender diverse clients. Chris is a clinical psychologist, Reverend and a PhD candidate. Their Doctoral in Psychology focusses on trans healthcare and the way trans and gender diverse people navigate the healthcare system. They has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences and congresses. Chris also serves on the management committee of the Sexuality and Gender division of the Psychological Society of South Africa and the Board of the Gay and Lesbian Network in Pietermaritzburg. Chris was also part of the core team developing ‘Practice Guidelines for Psychology Professionals Working with Sexually and Gender-Diverse People’. Chris is the proud parent of two wonderful children. Chris is passionate about Gender DynamiX and the wonderful work GDX is doing – “It is important to serve our trans and gender diverse community by doing hope”.
Edmore is currently the Board Chairman of FAMSA, a South African based NGO whose mission is to support individuals, families, organisations, communities and society to build, restore and sustain functional relationships. He is also a Board member for Hearts of a Champion Africa, an NGO whose strategic mission is to encourage the youth to become men and women of character and integrity.
Elma de Vries
Elma de Vries is a family physician who works at Heideveld Community Centre in Cape Town. She is a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town and is a member of the Transgender Clinic Team at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town. She has worked in hospitals in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo before moving to Cape Town. She served as the chairperson of the Rural Doctors’ Association for 4 years (2000-2004). She was a board member of Sothemba AIDS Action (a local faith-based NGO that provides HIV counselling, support and community projects) from 2004 to 2009. She served as President of the Board of Médecins Sans Frontières South Africa from 2007 to 2009.
She is passionate about the right to access health care and became interested of the work of Gender DynamiX in 2006 when it had just been established. She is a co-author with dr Arnaud de Villiers of “A Guide for General Practice: Hormone Transition Therapy” that was published by Gender DynamiX in 2013. She has presented workshops at medical conferences on access to health care for sexual minorities and transgender healthcare and trains health professionals in gender affirming healthcare.
Robin is a public health specialist and epide-miologist in the Western Cape Government, Health Department, as well as a senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. He has special interests in social policy analysis; continuity of care, maternal and child health; vulnerable populations; infectious diseases and chronic conditions.
Lesiba is a human rights and gender activist who contributed a lot to the LGBTI community and she is the founder of the Uthingo Rainbow LGBTI organisation in Daveyton, east of Johannesburg. Before this, she was a beauty queen who identified the need for change in her township and started support groups for LGBTIs and community members.
Lesego is a scholar in the Psychology discipline and a human rights activist, specialising in Research Psychology and Clinical Psychology. He has an extensive experience in working with marginalised groups, both in the Public and private sector. He has occupied various leadership positions in projects that focused on reproductive health within South Africa. He has worked for a Youth lead Organisation that focused on the reproductive health, economic development and managerial capacitation of other NGO’s. He has also managed projects where they were contracted by various Departments, such Department of health, Social Development and also the Department of correctional services. For a number of years Lesego has been using research as an advocacy tool to sensitise other scholars in the discipline about the LGBTI community, and has presented in various platforms. He is also a member of the Psychological Society of South Africa (Psyssa).
Lesego is currently doing his PhD, he holds a Master’s degree in Research Psychology and Clinical psychology, Bachelor of Social Science Honors Degree and also a certificate Project management. His previous Master’s Degree was focused on trans- identities and the Medico-legal discourses and lastly his area of interest includes Decolonising gender, marginal identities, race theories, queer studies, trans-identity studies and Forensics.
Anne Hilton is a trained professional nurse and holds an Honours Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Natal, Durban. She works as an independent consultant on gender justice and economic empowerment. She has worked for several years in the fields of entrepreneurship development, access to finance for the emerging business sector and reducing gender barriers in the economy. Anne also has experience working with gender-based violence survivors and issues impacting on the rights of the LGBTI community and SRHR.
Tee Lukhozi is a Transgender man who works as a Telesales Agent for Cell C in KZN Durban. Previously he worked for Legal and Tax and Mr Price Mobile. In March 2010 He did a course in HIV and AIDS Counselling with Life Line Durban as he was promised employment with a particular NGO based in Durban. After completion of the course he was forced to go back in the telesales industry as no employment was granted with the NGO. He has been in the Telesales industry for the past three years. Tee studied at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal Howard College, Doing a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science. Due to being disowned by his mother he was forced to drop out of school within the first year and find work.
He has recently been granted a seat as a Board Member with Gender Dynamix and seeks to help the Organisation saw new heights and better the lives of Gender non-conforming people to accessing proper Healthcare.