A privileged diagnosis: who gets access?

Today there was a stakeholder meeting regarding the clinical field tests for the ICD-11 proposals. During this meeting transgender activists, other clinicians, policy experts, etc. were given an opportunity to give feedback and ask questions regarding the field trial protocols that were developed in the two previous days. The meetings wasn’t all that special, as it was simply a feedback meeting, but one particular part … Continue reading A privileged diagnosis: who gets access?

[stage] Hayani

Atandwa Kani and Nat Ramabulana collaborated in one beautiful two person performance called Hayani, meaning “Home”; the play tries to capture that concept in a South African context, and portrays the stories of two South African boys who grow up to be men. It is honest and poignant, and very funny. The two stories begin with the journey they take as children from Johannesburg to … Continue reading [stage] Hayani

“Literally” speaking…

Thanks in part to the overuse of “literally,” Merriam-Webster says the word can now mean its exact opposite. Huh? – Dana Coleman. Salon.com I remember an episode of How I Met Your Mother where one of the characters gets accused of always correcting people when they say “literally”, but in effect refer to something “figuratively”; of course, I found this hilarious. Yes, people misuse the … Continue reading “Literally” speaking…

Coding Gender: ICD-11 Revisions in SA

Currently, I am attending a meeting regarding the ICD-11 revisions of certain F codes – specifically those related to sexuality and gender; the ICD is the International Classification of Diseases that is compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, the WHO is revising the ICD from its tenth version to version eleven, as the ICD-10 was approved in 1990 – that’s more than two … Continue reading Coding Gender: ICD-11 Revisions in SA

Rethinking South Africa’s Women’s Day

Today is National Women’s Day in South Africa, commemorating the women’s march against pass laws held on 9 August 1956, and concurrently, August in South Africa is considered to be “women’s month”; thirty-one days are better than just the one it seems, and August is marked by women’s festivals and events, ranging from discussion evenings to concerts. In many ways these “days” to commemorates some … Continue reading Rethinking South Africa’s Women’s Day