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 – An interview with Sandi Ndelu


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 is 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 a trans woman and the first South African woman to document her transition on Youtube. Catch her on youtube: beadssomething 

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 on Motswana activist and Gender DynamiX executive director Tshepo Ricki Kgositau


An interview with ARTivist Kat Kai Kol-Kes


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


Genderqueer: Existing outside the boundary by Demelza Bush

http:/ www.bhekisisa.org/article/2015-04-10-00-i-am-genderqueer-comfortable-with-my-identity-at-last

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


An interview with Zanna Chetty


News Articles

Trans people seek bias-free healthcare


​Torment for trans women ‘sent to the mountain’ to learn to be men (Mail & Guardian)


‘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 (Mail & Guardian)



What it feels like to be transgender by Lee Mokobe



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