Category Archives: Transgenderism in Africa

2014 Nov. 27: The night that was…

… with Miles Rutendo Tanhira (right) and Pendo James (left)  at SATS gym in Stockholm. Camera used:  Canon 6D with 50mm lens. © Photos by Zanele Muholi             Related links 2014 Nov. 27: “I am … Continue reading

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2014 Aug. 8: To be honest I love how I look

My name is Katiso Kgope, and I was born on September 18, in 1995. I was born in Glen Wood hospital, Benoni my parents are Mandla Kgope and the late Mpho Kgope – Monyake. I was given the name of … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 24: Jack Daniel’s

  by S’bu Kheswa Yehla ngomgogodlo! Triple distilled and twice as smooth!  It has been very long since I enjoyed my favourite drink. When one is on some weight-watching tip one misses out on goodies but once in a while … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 13: Frustrations of a transgender man

by Njabulo Masuku Accessing treatment for a transgender person in South Africa is frustrating. Although we are almost 2 decades into the democracy in South Africa not all of us are enjoying the benefits of the Bill of Rights.  The … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 4: I sensed something was wrong

by Christina Mavuma My visit to the clinic was the worst day, I will never forget. This is one of the problems I never imagined myself experiencing, but unfortunately I came across it. On the 17th of October 2012, I … Continue reading

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2013 Oct. 2: ‘I am a normal transgender woman’

by Christina Mavuma My name is Christina Moemedi Gugulethu Mavuma. I am from rural Eastern Cape ‘eMfondweni, Transkei. My parents moved to Botswana and decided to live here with us. I have a younger and older sister as well as … Continue reading

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2013 March 28: Inkanyiso members at work

L-R: Thuli & Lerato L-R: Ricki & Chuma L-R: Muholi, TP, Ntombi & Lesego L-R: Charmain, Ricki & Chuma L-R: Ntombi & Lesego L-R: Malik and Botshabelo Visuals by Nqobile Zungu captured at the HIVOS LGBTI activists capacity building training … Continue reading

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