West Africa Trans Forum (WATF)

West Africa Trans Forum (WATF) is a network of Trans * people and/or groups led by Trans, intersex and non-conforming * people in West Africa

West Africa Trans Forum (WATF) was founded in June 2017. It is a network of Trans * people and/or groups led by Trans, intersex and non-conforming * people whose work requires a strong movement both nationally and regionally because they face a great threat in issues of violations and discrimination. The mission of WATF is to address violence, stigma and discrimination against trans people in West Africa and Cameroon through regional advocacy and awareness raising, to ensure trans specific healthcare and HIV care & treatment through sensitization of healthcare workers and key state and non-state actors and to improve the capacity of individuals and organizations through small grants and capacity strengthening initiatives.

Tajassod-Qorras

Tajassod is a trans embodiment project that focuses on bringing forward information for trans individuals to try to have a healthier and safer future in their “homes”.

Tajassod is a trans embodiment initiative that focuses on bringing forward information for trans individuals to try to have a healthier and safer future in their “homes”. It functions through two strategies: information availability and practical networking. The idea of Tajassod was born in November 2016 out of a need for information and a support network for a trans activist when he started hormone treatment. Despite being an established activist with access to language, internet, lawyers and organizations that cater to trans individuals, many gaps arose. Tajassod’s goal is to enable the trans community to have access to transition procedures, treatment and information locally without them having to migrate/travel from Lebanon to seek friendly and informed medical interventions. It also aims to increase visibility for trans-organized initiatives and integration of trans politics in the civil society in Lebanon. Tajassod is housed by Qorras, which is a relatively new group aimed at politicizing the access to information and creating spaces for mutual learning around gender and sexuality.

Trans Mreža Balkan

Trans Network Balkan (Trans Mreza Balkan – TMB) formed in 2014 to provide support and empower trans, inter and gender variant (TIGV) communities in post‐Yugoslav countries where they face high levels of gender‐based oppression, discrimination, violence and segregation.

Trans Network Balkan (Trans Mreza Balkan – TMB) formed in 2014 to provide support and empower trans, inter and gender variant (TIGV) communities in post‐Yugoslav countries where they face high levels of gender‐based oppression, discrimination, violence and segregation. TMB is currently most active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. Their primary areas of work are providing TIGV persons, especially youth, with information; raising awareness on TIGV issues; providing peer support, convening and connecting TIGV activists; and coordinating joint capacity building and peer‐learning activities. They are catalyzing TIGV leadership by supporting the development of TIGV groups in countries where there is not yet any TIGV infrastructure, and supporting groups to grow and learn through peer exchanges and information‐sharing.

Trans Bantu Association of Zambia

Trans Bantu Zambia (TBZ) works to inform, educate and sensitise Trans* and intersex persons, particularly young people, families and their support structures.

Trans Bantu Zambia (TBZ) works to inform, educate and sensitise Trans* and intersex persons, particularly young people, families and their support structures. In 2014, they released their first book “We Exist,” made up of stories, poems and narratives of trans people living in Zambia, their families and allies.  TBZ promotes youth leadership, political and civic participation, wellness through sport and art and access to services (safety shelter, crisis counseling & therapy clinic, life skills school).

Trans Aid – Association for promoting and protecting the rights of trans, inter and gender variant persons

Founded in 2012, Trans Aid is the first trans group to form in Croatia, working to create a just society that includes the right to gender and sex self-determination.

Founded in 2012, Trans Aid is the first trans group to form in Croatia, working to create a just society that includes the right to gender and sex self-determination. Their work is helping to advance legal and medical practices that increase the trans community’s access to gender marker changes and healthcare. Their community empowerment, cultural events and educational strategies are also increasing visibility of trans issues and building greater public acceptance. They are inspiring new platforms to form, such as Trans Network Balkan, launched in 2014, as well as “Trans Parent,” a new initiative for parents of transgender people.

S.H.E, Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa

Based in East London, Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (S.H.E.) was formed in 2010 to address the gender imbalance in the African trans movement, build the leadership of trans women, and work for greater inclusion of trans women and their issues in African women’s and feminist movements at the local, national and regional levels.

Based in East London, Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa (S.H.E.) was formed in 2010 to address the gender imbalance in the African trans movement, build the leadership of trans women, and work for greater inclusion of trans women and their issues in African women’s and feminist movements at the local, national and regional levels. At the local level, S.H.E. works with trans women in peri-urban informal settlements and township communities, predominantly in the Eastern Cape Province, where they run support groups and ‘co-powerment’ programs. At the national level, they collaborate with women’s movements to raise issues of violence against trans women, and with trans and intersex organizations to advance campaigns for access to health care. At the continental level, they build the capacity of trans and women’s rights organizations. They held the first African Transformative Feminist Leadership Institute, which brought together 14 transgender women activists from 8 countries working to advance a feminist agenda for trans women on the African continent, starting with the release of the “African Transfeminist Charter.”

Check out our 2018 International Trans Day of Visibility video featuring an interview with S.H.E. Founder Leigh Ann Van Der Werwe:

Rainbow Identity Association

The Rainbow Identity Association is a trans and intersex-led organization working to build strong, active and resilient transgender and intersex communities in Botswana and improve their lived realities.

The Rainbow Identity Association is a trans and intersex-led organization working to build strong, active and resilient transgender and intersex communities in Botswana and improve their lived realities. RIA’s programs provide spaces of support and celebration, from running support groups across the country to hosting a signature high-profile annual multi-gender soccer tournament, as well as Trans* and Intersex Pride, the first such pride event on the African continent. Building public support of issues of gender identity, gender expression and bodily diversity is a major priority, and to that end, RIA engages both friendly and hostile sectors such as the women’s movement, progressive human rights movement, religious leaders, traditional leaders and political parties. As a trans feminist organization, they take leadership holding panels and dialogues on the needs of criminalized and marginalized women, bringing together the issues of transgender women, lesbians, sex workers, rural women and domestic workers under one framework. They also engage in advocacy and litigation strategies towards facilitating access to healthcare, achieving legal gender recognition, securing anti-discrimination protections based on gender identity and expression, affirming the right of trans people to retain custody of and adopt children, and ending medical violence against intersex infants.

Iranti-Org

Iranti-Org formed in 2012 to help local and regional lesbian, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming (LTIGNC) movements in South Africa and across the continent use media as a platform for mobilization and shifting public dialogue.

Iranti-Org formed in 2012 to help local and regional lesbian, trans, intersex and gender non-conforming (LTIGNC) movements in South Africa and across the continent use media as a platform for mobilization and shifting public dialogue. They support organizations to document human rights violations and produce evidence-based materials, and they also support cultural production to change attitudes about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Iranti-Org does this work to address the poor media capacity of LTIGNC groups, most of which don’t have media and documentation equipment or training in how to work with media; digital security is also a pressing need. In an exciting development, they recently launched an LBTIGNC Media Makers Network that supports activists across Southern Africa to produce their own media. In South Africa, Iranti-Org’s own media production and reporting plays a key role in strengthening the national LGBTQ movement. In collaboration with LGBTQ community groups across the country, they investigate hate crimes, use their reporting to hold the state accountable for addressing violence, and document LGBTQ mobilization.

Geten, Centre for LGBTIQA People’s Rights

Founded in 2001, Geten was the first organization in Serbia to acknowledge and base its work primarily on gender identity and expression.

Founded in 2001, Geten (formerly Gayten-LGBT) was the first organization in Serbia to acknowledge and base its work primarily on gender identity and expression. Its mission is to contribute to removing all forms of violence and discrimination toward LGBTIQ persons. Geten’s advocacy contributed to the adoption by the Serbian Parliament of amendments to the law on healthcare, enabling body modification procedures for trans people to be covered by health insurance.

In addition to advocacy, Geten builds and empowers trans, intersex and queer communities through support groups, an LGBT SOS help line, culture and arts, education, and networking. Kris Randjelovic, coordinator of Geten’s trans and intersex section, identifies as intersex and trans, and led the call to form Geten’s intersex support group two years ago. Geten is conducting qualitative research on intersex issues, and translating and publishing information to aid in the education of medical professionals, intersex people and their families.

Check out our 2018 International Trans Day of Visibility video featuring an interview with Geten-LGBT’s Intersex Section Coordinator Kristian Randjelovic:

Kristian was also featured in our 2016 Intersex Awareness Day video:

Trans and Intersex People (TIP) for Human Rights in Nigeria (THRIN)

The first and only transgender and intersex organisation in Nigeria.

TIP for Human Rights In Nigeria (THRIN) was formed in 2013 by a Nigerian transwoman, Emmanuella David-ette as a secret Facebook group called TransNigeria, which has now grown to have a membership of over a hundred and sixty and still counting with more Trans/Intersex individuals now identifying with the group.

THRIN has grown since its inception in 2013 as a Facebook forum and has now become an entity. Their mission is to promote the respect of the rights of every human being irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identities and/or expression, and that includes health and wellbeing. They hope to become the top leading Trans and Intersex leading organisation in Nigeria, West Africa and then globally. Their mantra is: Sugar is sweet, Honey is sweeter, BUT our Relationship is the sweetest.