In 2018, trans activists from around the world gathered to give back to their communities – by raising money to make and distribute binders to areas where many trans men cannot access them. So many individuals helped out in making this initiative a success, and we thank them all.
Iranti will be distributing binders for South Africa. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (+27) 11 339 1476 for info.
Change in society starts with our ability to give and the compassion to care.
October 2018, South Africa
In 2018, Kagiso Maema was brutally murdered in South Africa's North West Province - just one of countless trans women and other LGBT+ persons to suffer violence in the region. Her body, identified by her tattoo which read "Bitch Makoya", was dumped in a field not far from the tavern she used to visit with friends.
Follow Kagiso's mother, and community in the search for answers as we ask: #WhoKilledKagisoMaema?
Official film launch and community dialogue at The Market Photo Workshop, Ramolao Makhene Theatre, 138 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Newtown, Johannesburg on Thurs 25 October 2018 at 17:30 for 18:00
20 September 2018, South Africa
On 1 September 2018, Gugu (Gustav) Modise, a trans woman, was brutally murdered in the North West town of Ventersdorp. Gugu’s stabbing is just the latest incident of many against members of the LGBT+ community in the region.
A suspect was arrested in connection with the murder, which came as a surprise to some community members who feel that there has been little police response to the rising tide of gangsterism and violence in the town. Iranti has received reports that the Ventersdorp Police even close their premises at night and are thus unavailable to the public.
Gugu’s friends, family and community are devastated by the loss of this energetic and loving soul, and we cannot rest until they receive justice. We demand swift action against the perpetrators of this crime, and answers from the police.
We demand #JusticeForGugu
This was not the first case of its kind in Ventersdorp. In 2014 Disebo “Gift” Makau was brutally murdered in her own home. Iranti tells her story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pDqK...
Issue 4 of ZwaKala Speaks! Iranti’s quarterly newsletter, is here! We take a look at what has happened in the world of the ZwaKala Project since our last edition, speak on the emotional journey that was our B*tch Makoya documentary production, and of course celebrate Pride in all its diversity! Click here to read more.. Download it here...
Home Affairs vs the heart: Wendy and Nomfundo's story
13 September 2018, South Africa
Wendy and Nomfundo Ngidi-Kessman are a loving couple like any other, but South Africa's Department of Home Affairs spent 18 months denying Wendy's right to a spousal visa. Without the visa, Wendy, who is from America, cannot live or work in South Africa with her partner. After a lengthy battle, through the courts and the media, Home Affairs finally bowed to pressure and validated the couple's marriage with a visa. But their fight may not be over yet...
A warm welcome to Iranti’s Finance Manager, Mmaletsatsi Moeketsi
By Kellyn Botha
6 August 2018, South Africa
The Iranti team is proud to welcome our newest member, Mmaletsatsi Moeketsi, who has taken on the vital role of Finance Manager.
She has years of finance experience, having worked at the Norwegian Church Aid, a key ecumenical grant maker working towards eradicating poverty and inequality. Mmaletsatsi has worked as an accountant and bookkeeper for more than 18 years and has had a passion for the subject from a young age. Read more...
Seamster or tailor
Iranti is looking for a skilled seamster or tailor from within the trans and gender-diverse community who can work closely with us to sew a number of chest-binders.
We have sewing patterns for the binders, which must be strong and neat upon completion. These will be distributed to transmasculine and nonbinary persons in the region, to promote safe and cost-effective chest-binding solutions.
Anyone who is interested should email email@example.com by 8 August 2018 with a brief letter of motivation, and examples of sewing or tailoring work done prior. We may request in-person assessment of work samples.
Last year intersex activists from the region came together to release a statement calling for increased protections and recognition of intersex persons. Iranti is pleased to announce the translation of this document into KiSwahili and French, in an effort to reach even more people across the continent
Botswana - High Court Hearing: Challenging Criminalisation of Same-sex Sexual Relationships
29 May 2018, Botswana
Our comrades at LEGABIBO, have issued the following statement regarding the upcoming High Court hearing which seeks to challenge Botswana’s continued criminalisation of same-sex sexual relationships. We stand with our African neighbours as they continue to fight for LGBTI+ rights, and for human dignity! Read more…
Remembering Nkunzi: An activist,
a healer, a husband and a parent
Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde was born on 7 December 1975, in politically active and vibrant Soweto. This healer, activist, and trailblazer stands within a long lineage of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) activists who have shaped and challenged South African discourse around issues pertaining to the often-fatal forms of violence this community is subjected to. Here rests a life which defiantly rejected erasure, and audaciously demanded contemplation and unabridged memorialisation. Read more...
Early in 2016, the Department of Home Affairs met with LGBTI civil society, including Iranti, to discuss progress and challenges on the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Union Bill.
Organisations raised a variety of issues that the Department of Home Affairs needed to address, including gender marker changes for transgender individuals, birth registration for intersex children, and marriage inequality due to the discriminatory provision in section 6 of the Civil Union Bill. This section has had a severe impact, and only 28,6% of Home Affairs branches have marriage officers who are willing to marry same-sex couples.
We welcome the current action to overturn section 6, which has created this situation, through allowing for civil service marriage officers to decline to solemnise civil unions of couples of the same gender. This is the only instance where a marriage officer is entitled to refuse to solemnise a union.
We urge civil society and members of the public to submit their comments of support on the amendment to make it in line with human rights standards, through following this link by 28 April 2018. It’s an important action that will only take a few minutes of your time!
Please click here to send a preprepared letter to Parliament: