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At 81, granddad is grandma! (SA) Top Rated Bookmark 

At first glance this 81-year-old grandmother of six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren looks like any sophisticated, well-groomed elderly woman with a taste for beautiful clothes. It?s only when you are aware of her history that you notice she sometimes seems to forget who ?or what- she is, sitting with her legs apart or suddenly speaking with a deeper voice. But if you didn?t know you would never guess until recently Georgina Parson was a loving grandfather.

oia should reach other towns (SA) Top Rated Bookmark 

March 23, 2006: ?This year, it has got bigger and better and the audience has expanded,? says Nody Murphy ? the director of the Out In Africa (OIA) film festival, referring to the growth the festival has so far advanced. According to Murphy, OIA should in the future be taken to other towns and cities than only in Johannesburg and Cape Town as it is happening. She stressed that gay communities stretch also into rural areas and small towns such as Pietermaritzburg and Grahamstown.

Films illuminate intersex darkness (SA) Top Rated Bookmark 

March 5, 2006: THE annual Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which kicks off in Joburg this week, puts a magnifying glass on the issue of gender and sex changes.

out in africa aims to produce more gay films (SA) Top Rated Bookmark 

Although in some parts the film festival honors Busse, the theme stretches to on one of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex?s (LGBTI) subsumed topic. Transgender will be the main focus in this year?s festival.

Jali: Homophobia inbred (SA) Top Rated Bookmark 

Prison psychological services director Dr Lorinda Bergh testified she found it startling that no policy had been developed to protect homo- and transsexual men in jail.

Fired transsexual wants R4.6m (SA) Top Rated Bookmark 

Bloemfontein ? A transsexual, who was fired by the SA National Blood Service, is suing it for R4.6m. The Bloemfontein transsexual, Nicky Kleynhans, has revised his claim against the service and it now stands at nearly R4.6m.

Survey: Media 'prejudiced' against gay community Top Rated Bookmark 

"They ignorantly confuse transgender issues with gay and lesbian people. For example, by portraying gay men as very effeminate -- using an image of a man in a dress to represent gay people..."

Clash over Nigeria cross-dressing

Police in northern Nigeria have clashed with Muslim youths angry at a Sharia court's decision to grant bail to 18 men accused of dressing as women.

memorial service: azu udogu (1975 – 2007

The Nigerian national who stayed in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg in South Africa achieved so much as an individual in that she was a drag artist, a performer and owner of Azu-Link travel agency.


Liesl Theron, Director of Gender DynamiX, says that street shelters are traditionally structured to accommodate either men or women. Transgender individuals – who may be in a process of gender reassignment or who simply identify as the opposite gender – are not catered for by the existing network of shelters offering short-term accommodation to indigent people.

not ashamed of her sexuality

April 23, 2007: “My parents thought I was automatically a girl judging by my genitals. But I later adopted the name Viktor because I am transsexual. I am not bound to masculine or feminine expressions and roles of gender,” says Juliet Viktor Mukasa

Transgender group calls for more time to consider 'inhumane' bill on sex status - 2003 (SA)

Sex organs are not the only basis to determine the sex of a person. "It is positively inhumane to require us to undergo surgical alteration of sex organs given the immense risks involved, the number of hospital stays, the immense amount of physical pain, and the frequently unsatisfactory results and debilitating consequences,"

Nigeria transvestite handed fine

A Nigerian Islamic court has sentenced a man to six months in prison and fined him $38 for living as a woman for seven years in the northern city of Kano.

Transgender group calls for more time to consider 'inhumane' bill on sex status

Sex organs are not the only basis to determine the sex of a person. This was the heartfelt plea from the Cape Town Transsexual/Transgender Support Group in parliament yesterday who said the Alteration of Sex Description and Sex Status Bill forced them to undergo painful sexual mutilation to assume the gender they identified with. September 10, 2003

First Pan African LGBTI Conference

Despite these challenges, activists at the conference made significant progress in establishing an African regional LGBTI federation. African activists at the conference created an 11-member, interim board to govern the newly formed Pan-African LGBTI federation. The activists set up five regions in Africa – North, South, East, West, and Central – and elected two representatives from each region. Special attention was paid to the issue of gender parity and it was decided that each region should be represented by one male and one female representative if possible. The final seat on the board was reserved for a Transgender activist.

transsexual murdered at okahandja

Neighbours said the victim, who lived as a transsexual and preferred to be known as "Karlien", must have known his attackers, as there was no sign of forced entry in to the small house.

Exhibition of Transgender Body-Maps

"The body maps showed the diverse and difficult life experiences of trans people – and also the triumphs! Trans people shift gender boundaries a little further – allowing all of us to live with a little more freedom" said Sally-Jean Shackleton, the chairperson of Gender DynamiX. "Shifting those gender boundaries comes with some dangers though – at best, trans people suffer harassment and names calling – at worst, discrimination and violence"

John Qwelane's homophobia 'appalling'

JOHANNESBURG — Gays for Equitable Media (GEM) finds it regrettable that veteran journalist John Qwelane continues to use his column in the Sunday Sun (republished on News24) to expound his homophobic views.

Going to the Dogs

“Something is rotten in this country, seriously stinking.” He refers to the new legislation as the “stabani Act”, and slams the Constitutional Court for wanting “to make this country the “trahssie” capital of Africa.” "In addition to his bigoted opinions, the use of the words “stabani” (a derogatory term for gay) and “trahssie” (derogatory term for an inter-sexed person) are particularly repulsive," says GEM.

Spiritual Intersexuality: Sally Gross of South Africa

Sally writes a moving piece about her intersexuality and advocacy, and critiques the prevailing norms of human rights and feminist activisms. She has written several articles about intersexuality, including the essay “Intersexuality and Scripture”, which was published in September 1999 in the British journal Theology and Sexuality. Sally lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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