Monthly Archives: August 2013

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 … Continue reading

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[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 … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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From safe harbours to equality?

From 31 of July to 2 August, I attended the Human Rights conference held right before the World Outgames in Antwerp, Belgium. The conference was part of the “human rights” aspect that GLISA, the international body that organises the games, … Continue reading

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