Putting the T in LGBT: trans and gender-diverse (in)visibility and activism in South Africa

SOURCE: Civil society in the global south
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2018
TITLE AUTHOR(S): Z.Essack, N.van der Pol, S.Ndelu, J.Schoole, L.L.A.van der Merwe, H.Van Rooyen
SOURCE EDITOR(S): P.Kamruzzaman
KEYWORDS: GENDER EQUALITY, HISTORY, IDENTITY, TRANSGENDER
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10693

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Abstract

The aim of the chapter is to engage with historic and contemporary forms of trans resistance and activism and to understand the ways in which the trans movement in South Africa intersects with other social movements. The chapter engages with the historical background, the ongoing invisibility of trans people, the politics of the tensions between trans activism and sexual orientation activism, and the importance of intersectional understandings of trans experience. The chapter also engages the historical and political arc of trans identities and the trans movement from which global North histories differ those in the global South.