History made: Photos from Africa Trans* Day of Visibility
South Africa, 5 December 2015
On the 5 December 2015, Iranti hosted its first Africa Trans* Visibility Day at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, which brought together Transgender activists from Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Namibia. Panel discussions on Trans* rights, accessing healthcare, legal recognition, employment, safety and security, allowed participants to observe experiences of panellist's daily lives. The day visibilised transgender lives within Africa and celebrated freedom and ownership of their lives. The afternoon programme ended with musical performances and gatherings.
Photos by Dean Hutton
MCee Seo Mooketsi opened Africa Trans* Visibility Day with a beautiful poem.
African Trans* Visibility Day panel discussion moderated by Jabu Pereira with Shawn Mugisha from Uganda, Ricki Kgositau from Botswana, Tampose Mothopeng from Lesotho, and Jholerina Timbo from Namibia.
Shawn Mugisha spoke about transgender issues and the recent attacks against transgender persons within his home country, Uganda.
Ricki Kgositau from Gender Dynamix spoke about the case that she is pursuing in Botswana.
Reggie Maleme from Gay Umbrella said that we need to join together and activate for people in African states that have anti-homosexuality laws and that discriminate against transgender persons.
A screening of the short documentary "They want to see Me Dead" which focuses on the recent attacks towards transgender persons in Uganda.
Dr Anastacia Tomson held an 'Ask a Doctor' session.
The audience engaging during the morning sessions at Africa Trans* Visibility Day, Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.
Activate, a LGBTIQA students organisation at Wits University, had a stall at the Africa Trans* Visibility Day.
Iranti had a stall selling t-shirts, packers, pumps and vibrators on the day.
Khwezi Ndlela performed for the crowd at the African Trans* Visibility Day.
Stephanie Legari from GLOR entertained the crowd in the afternoon programme.
Sam Ndlovu from Zimbabwe performed a tribute song "Malume" in remembrance of the late Malume from Rock of Hope, Swaziland.
Snowy Mamba and friends posed for the camera.
Mosa Mahlangu enriched the crowd with his latest gospel hit song on the day.
Refilwe Mooketsi graced the event with a beautiful performance and had the crowd singing along.
Director of Iranti, Jabu Pereira, was excited on the success of the
first African Trans* Visibility Day Event.