INTERSEX AWARENESS DAY

Transbantu Association Zambia in partnership with Youth Armory cordially invites you to Intersex awareness day. This is a day where we get to celebrate the lives and existence of intersex persons. Youth Armory is a faith-based organization looking to improve the livelihood of intersex persons through sport and education. Among other activities will be a donations desk targeted towards contributing to dormitories for young intersex persons. 

Come join us as we celebrate young people of diversity!

 

Remembering MaliQ Akayo, a beloved member of TransBantu Zambia

DATE:3 APRIL 2019POSTED BY:KELLYN BOTHACATEGORY:ARTICLE, EDUCATION, HEALTH, PR INTERNATIONAL 2019, SOUTHERN AFRICA, TRANSGENDER.

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Maliq Akayo was a member of TransBantu Zambia, one of that country’s most vocal transgender advocacy organisations. MaliQ participated heavily in work to expand the organization’s size, reach and refine its operating procedures. Photo: Supplied

It is with great sadness that Iranti has learnt of the passing of MaliQ Akayo, a beloved member of TransBantu Zambia. Another inspiring member of the African transgender community is gone too soon.

MaliQ facilitated a number of trainings and community building activities at TransBantu, and helped introduce the organisation’s first Human Resources and Financial policies; thus helping TransBantu from a grassroots advocacy group, to an internationally recognised voice in transgender rights in Zambia.

“With his exceptional, lighthearted personality, MaliQ was the kind of person who treated everyone warmly enough that people could call him a friend,” said a memorial statement written by TransBantu. “MaliQ made countless sacrifices for the transgender and intersex communities by dedicating his time and efforts towards advocacy for transgender and intersex persons, even when he could not be paid for six consecutive months. He endured family and societal ostracisation for his affiliation and work targeted at improving the lives of his peers.”

At the community level, MaliQ provide psychosocial support and counselling to young people living with HIV, and LGBTI Zambians. He honed his knowledge and advocacy skills through participation and contributions made at AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) trainings, and a range of other regional workshop opportunities.

Iranti cannot express enough its condolences to the team at TransBantu and the trans and intersex community in Zambia. In an age where gender-diverse Africans are facing renewed onslaught and discrimination, it is truly heartbreaking to lose another friend.

“When great people like MaliQ pass away,” says the team at TransBantu, “disappointment and bitterness reach a peak; and one way to honor their legacy is to continue their struggle.”

MaliQ spent much of his time implementing new strategies and ideas that he had learnt at various regional trainings and workshops. His interactions with activists across borders brought valuable knowledge to the Zambian trans community, and brought fresh ideas from Zambia to activists in Southern Africa. Photo: Supplied

 

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“Five thing activists should know about the impact of #YogyakartaPrinciples 10 years after” is the title of the Rainbow Talk our ED Kim Vance delivered at the 2016 ILGA World Conference. It is interesting to realize how the principles apply to your daily life, how they guide the work of some UN agencies, how they have been used in court cases…

Throughout this video you will notice the five key things you can take away from the Principles, things that are very important for the activists’ community. The YP have set up definitions on sexual orientation and gender identity and much more…READ MORE...www.yogyakartaprinciples.org

 

OUTRIGHT Namibia opened the first outreach health centre for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community (LGBTI) in Windhoek last week.

This coincided with the celebration of the international day against homophobia, transgender and biphobia held annually on 17 May to bring attention to the discrimination and violence against the LGBTI community.READ MORE....www.namibian.com.na/67503/read/First-intersex-health-centre-opens

Being trans is not a mental disorder anymore

 ICD-11 is officially released.  

 

The World Health Organization has just announced the completion of the ICD-11 and released the official on line version. A link will be shared in the next hour, once the embargo is over. 

 

The announcement does not mark the end of the ICD-11 process, but the beginning of a new phase, focused on implementation and assessment at the country level. The new ICD version will be presented for final approval at World Health Assembly in May 2019.  

 

As anticipated, all trans-related categories have been deleted from the ICD Chapter on Mental and Behavioral Disorders. At the same time, new trans-related categories have been introduced: Gender Incongruence of Adolescence and Adulthood and Gender Incongruence of Childhood.These categories have been included in a new ICD location, Chapter 17 on Conditions Related to Sexual Health. Therefore, WHO rules that being a trans or gender diverse person does not mean to suffer a mental disorder. Today, a shameful history of pathologization, institutionalization, “conversion” and sterilization begins to come to a close. 

 

The work to depathologize trans and gender diverse lives is far from complete: 

 

- Committed and organized advocacy will be more needed than ever to ensure effective implementation at the country level, to remove pathologizing regulations while ensuring full access to legal gender recognition and to gender affirming healthcare. 

- Gender Incongruencemust be reviewed and replaced as soon as possible with a category that is both able to retain its utility while removing normative or othering content. 

-Gender Incongruence of Childhood must be removed from ICD-11, through national, regional and international mobilization in favor of depathologizing gender diversity in childhoodentirely and for good.

- Trans and gender diverse depathologization in ICD-11 must be accompanied by a bold reaffirmation of our ultimate goal: full depathologization grounded in human rights and, particularly, on universal access to healthcare. 

- Many people around the world have severely suffered the impact of pathologization. As any other victim of human rights violations, they have the right to truth, to rehabilitation and to reparation. 

 

To review the ICD-11 process and analyze its outcomes, to plan for next steps and articulate global strategies, partner organizations in the international ICD-11 initiative will be hosting a series of webinars, stay tuned! 

 

In solidarity, 

Being trans is not a mental disorder anymore: ICD-11 is officially released.  

 

The World Health Organization has just announced the completion of the ICD-11 and WHO have released an online version of the ICD-11 which removes trans identities from the mental health disorders chapter. Read TGEU's statement here: https://tgeu.org/world-health-organisation-moves-to-end-classifying-trans-identities-as-mental-illness/

The announcement does not mark the end of the ICD-11 process, but the beginning of a new phase, focused on implementation and assessment at the country level. The new ICD version will be presented for final approval at World Health Assembly in May 2019.  

As anticipated, all trans-related categories have been deleted from the ICD Chapter on Mental and Behavioral Disorders. At the same time, new trans-related categories have been introdu

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COPS CHASE "FEMALE" MAN FROM CHURCH

 

Police in Lusaka this afternoon ejected and sent away a male MMD cadre from the Anglican Cathedral of Holy Cross for posing as a woman during the 10th memorial service of president Levy Mwanawasa.

Kalemba in Lusaka reports that the said cadre known as Miyanda has been a member of the MMD praise choir since the days of the late president and easily passes for a woman given his feminine dress style and mannerism.

Police presence was heavy at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus where President Edgar Lungu and his political nemesis Hakainde Hichilema were also in  attendance.

Miyanda arrived in a neatly tailored yellowish African flair dress with blue patterns in it and a matching blue purse and chitambala.

His facial makeup consisting of lip stick and foundation, high heels and a classy blue purse sealed his appearance as a woman attracting admiration from male onlookers, but that would not be for long.

When one male police officer saw a potential lover in Miyanda and decided to confide in a colleague, he was shocked to be told by a female MMD cadre who had overhead the conversation that  his "crash" was in fact a man.

Too shocked to believe, police officers then followed the cadre in church and fished her/him out.

After a body search, police officers confirmed that Miyanda has a male organ, they ordered that he leaves the premises of the church where President Edgar Lungu was also in attendance.

Police confiscated his dress and let him leave the premisses in a body hugging bum short and body top.

The Yogyakarta Principles: five things every activist should know

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