Learn/unlearn: transgender identity & experiences

*Learn/unlearn is a work-in-progress educational resource project highlighting all my favourite articles, covering various social issues. This post focuses on transgender African people’s experiences. 

Blogs, vlogs and interviews

Sandi Ndelu is a black trans woman & activist in South Africa. You can read her interviews here:

To be young, black and transgender in South Africa

On accessing healthcare as a transgender person in South Africa

Phumelele Nkomozake is a Black Xhosa trans woman (and SRC Transformation rep 2018 at Rhodes). Her lit blog covers topics such as her experience as a trans woman, xhosa culture, gender, race, colourism and sexuality.

She has also been published by Huffington Post.

Glow Mamiii is the first South African trans woman to document her transition on Youtube. Catch her on Youtube.

She has also been interviewed for Afropunk: The GLO’WUP: the intricacies of being a transgender woman in South Africa

Laverne Cox, star of the Orange Is the New Black, produced this documentary about young trans men and women and their experiences in the USA:

The T word

A profile interview focusing on Motswana activist and Gender DynamiX executive director Tshepo Ricki Kgositau.

ARTivist Kat Kai Kol-Kes speaks about trans women’s art and activism

M(x)Blouse on being gender non-binary, their relationship with hip-hip and their debut EP

The story of Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a Malawian trans woman who was forced into exile.

Zanna Chetty speaks about why she started Trans Rights Awareness Movement.

Genderqueer: Existing outside the boundary by Dylan Bush

News Articles

Trans people seek bias-free healthcare

Torment for trans women ‘sent to the mountain’ to learn to be men 

‘My body is a battleground’: How rural trans people struggle to live out their rights (Mail & Guardian)

Trans men: The ‘invisible’ group in SA’s HIV health plan

When being you could cost you a quarter of a million rand

This is what it’s like being a sex worker: ‘Police dragged me out in public naked’


What it feels like to be transgender by Lee Mokobe