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

http://livemag.co.za/featured/transgender-in-south-africa/

On accessing healthcare as a transgender person in South Africa

https://www.groundup.org.za/article/changing-your-gender-south-africa_3305/

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.

https://mytransevolution.wordpress.com

She has also been published by Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/phumelele-nkomozake/realities-of-living-in-a-black-xhosa-trans-body-are-trans-right_a_22027115/

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

http://afropunk.com/2017/08/glowup-intricacies-transgender-woman-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

https://www.tsena.co.bw/power-girl-tshepo-kgositau

An interview with ARTivist Kat Kai Kol-Kes

http://afripopmag.com/2016/07/29/being-kat-kai-kol-kes-a-motswana-trans-womans-art-and-activism/

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

http://10and5.com/2017/04/26/exclusive-gender-non-conforming-rapper-mxblouse-drops-debut-ep-and-visuals/ 

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

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2014/nov/27/-sp-transgender-relationship-jail-exile-tiwonge-chimbalanga

An interview with Zanna Chetty

https://www.thedailyvox.co.za/transgender-sa-people-identified-different-ive-sexually-abused/

News Articles

Trans people seek bias-free healthcare

https://mg.co.za/article/2017-07-28-00-trans-people-seek-bias-free-healthcare

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

https://mg.co.za/article/2017-01-10-transwomen-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)

https://mg.co.za/article/2016-07-22-00-my-body-is-a-battleground-how-rural-trans-people-struggle-to-live-out-their-rights

Trans men: The ‘invisible’ group in SA’s HIV health plan (Mail & Guardian)

https://mg.co.za/article/2017-06-29-00-trans-men-the-invisible-group-in-sas-hiv-health-plan

Poetry

What it feels like to be transgender by Lee Mokobe

 

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