Thursday, December 03, 2015
Africa Trans* Visibility Day In South Africa
One of our pioneering trans models in Lauren Foster was born and grew up in South Africa. The Gender DynamiX trans org was founded there in 2005 by Liesl Theron, and you have had groundbreaking trans advocates in other African nations like Audrey Mbugua of Kenya and Victor Mukasa of Uganda.
But it has unfortunately taken time for people there and on the rest of the planet to realize that trans people exist on the African continent along with some amazing trans human rights advocates and give them the attention they deserve.
The Johannesburg based organization Iranti is organizing Africa Trans* Visibility Day, which will kick off on December 5 in Johannesburg from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM local time at Constitution Hill..
The Africa Trans* Visibility Day event has attracted attention by activists from Lesotho, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Botswana and host nation South Africa to celebrate the upcoming International Human Rights Day on December 10 and discuss trans rights and other social justice work on the African continent.
The Africa Trans* Visibility Day will also serve as a platform and organizing opportunity for African trans people to claim their human rights and push for access to health care, legal recognition, employment and safety and security issues in their various nations.
And I couldn't be happier as a child of the African Diaspora that this event is taking place.
I hope this serves as the catalyst for other trans events on the African continent that lead to the recognition of the humanity and human rights of trans Africans in their various nations, and I hope the event is successful.