Trans Awareness Week: 13-20 November 2017

Being transgender in South Africa is not easy. I grew up in a country that threw gay people and interracial couples in jail not so long ago. Today we have one of the most progressive constitutions in the world protecting LGBTI people. Unfortunately, our constitution remains far more progressive than the hearts and minds of…

Transgender in Focus: Into the Light – Juanita’s Story

Born intersex, Juanita survived botched surgery that (mis)shaped her life growing up. It was decided shortly after her birth that she should be male. It was the wrong decision. She recently reversed it. This is her story, as told to MARELISE VAN DER MERWE. (Posted 2015) Original post: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-07-08-transgender-in-focus-into-the-light-juanitas-story/#.WgWuNVuCyM8 Juanita (36) is a specialist in satellite…

Trans Stereotypes and the Media!

This morning, I was shocked when I noticed the ad campaign being run by my Internet Service provider. Not only did I find it harmful and offensive, I was highly disgusted because they highlight Transgender stereotypes in their ad campaign. Below are an example of three of their ads. Add number 1 Add number 2…

How I would change the lives of Trans & Intersex people in South Africa, if I had the opportunity.

In my last blog post (https://metamorphosis1979.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/constitution-of-south-africa-what-is-means-to-me-as-a-transgenderintersex-woman/) I focused on the constitution of South Africa and how I felt it failed me and probably fail other transgender people. I felt bad for writing such a negative piece and I thought a lot about it this last week. South Africa has many challenges. We have corruption in…

Dear “friend”, yes I am an Asshole

TRIGGER WARNING: Abuse, Sexual Assault, Suicide & Language If there is one thing I’ve gotten used to in life, it is “friends” not really being friends. I admit, it is partly my fault, because when the darkness sets in, I tend to distance myself from people. When people enter into my dark space, not know…

Transgender Day of Visibility

I am Juanita Catherine van Zyl. I’m a Transgender woman from South Africa. I want to show my support for Transgender Day of Visibility by proudly sharing a picture of myself and sharing a few thoughts. International Transgender Day of Visibility or TDOV takes place on 31 March every year. The purpose of the day…