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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.

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.

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