In this paper, I will try to explain the social, legal, health and religious mechanisms which create anti-transgender motivated oppression and which can be used to formulate policies that creating understanding and tolerance of transgender individuals, punish those who perpetrate violence and discrimination on transgender people. Much of it will touch on ignorance of transgenderism some basics concepts such as the difference between religious fundamentalism, sexism, social conservatism and the lack of legal integration of transgendered people.
I believe that the plight of transgender people in Kenya is a legitimate one that needs to be urgently addressed if it is to be laid to rest. Because of the conflation of transgenderism and homosexuality, the common fallacies that come out when we look into the history of “transgender hate” oppression is that it’s mostly labeled as “gay hate” oppression. But, on a closer look, a vast majority of these “gay hate” crimes are actually atrocities done on Kenya’s transgender community.
Men and women gathered Tuesday at the Women’s Center to discuss issues surrounding transgendered people and their role in “The Vagina Monologues,” as part of V-Week.
The event, sponsored by Spectrum, centered on topics including stereotypes, job discrimination, gender identity, sexual violence and gender re-assignment surgery.
SOUTH AFRICA – 02 February 2009: Gender DynamiX, the only African based transgender organisation, has recently won the South African NGO Network (SANGONET)’s 2008 NGO Web Awards, making it the only LGBTI organisation, which participated, with a web presence that deserved such an honour.
GDX plays a vital role in the local transsexual and transgender community. If you’re gender variant, stuck in Africa and don’t really know where to turn, their website is probably a good place to start. ^_^