Announcements

International Transgender Day of Visibility

In celebration of (International) Transgender Day of Visibility (31 March), Iranti has teamed up with the
Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to offer Identity Document applications as well as assistance with gender
marker and/or name changes to transgender persons at our offices – House of Iranti.


Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender diverse persons, as well as a celebration of their contributions to society. The day is also focused on raising awareness
of the work that still needs to be done to end the discrimination and exclusion faced by transgender persons
worldwide, and ensure the protection of their human rights.


Currently, trans and gender-diverse persons with identity documents which do not reflect their gender identity (and
gender expression) face challenges and access barriers in their daily lives. The ability to access to healthcare, travel,
job opportunities, voting, and many other services which cisgender people take for granted, is severely impacted by
trans persons not having legal gender recognition.


This upcoming Trans Day Of Visibility is aimed at addressing the difficulties and discrimination that trans and
gender-diverse people face when attempting to obtain identity documents that reflect their true identity. In
collaboration with the Department of Home Affairs, Iranti will be providing a safe and inclusive space for trans and
gender diverse people to get assistance with their gender marker change applications as well as apply for ID
documents.


The existing laws facilitate the barriers that trans and gender diverse people face in obtaining identity documents;
therefore, Iranti calls on the National Department of Home Affairs to remove gender markers from identity
documents, repeal the Alteration of Sex Descriptors and Sex Status Act (Act 49 of 2003) and replace it with
depathologised legislation, that grants trans and gender-diverse people the right to self-determination.
In breaking the barriers, Iranti invites trans and gender diverse people who need assistance with their ID documents
(either for applications or for assistance with gender marker and/or name changes) to come to House of Iranti on
Thursday 31 March, where DHA officials will be on hand to provide assistance and information.


The details are as following;
Venue: House of Iranti – 30 Wimbledon Road, Brixton Johannesburg
Time: 09h00 to 16h00


Services that will be offered:

ID applications
ID application = First issue (Birth certificate, ID copy of the parent, and the parent must be available)
= Re-issue (ID no and R 140,00)
= Temporary ID (ID no and R 70,00)
= Passport (Copy of ID and R 400,00)


Gender Marker Change applications
Home Affairs officials will:
• Collect gender marker changes applications, for processing at their offices;
• Collect the details of people who have applied previously and may have had issues, to follow up and feedback
to us at a later stage
• Home Affairs will also provide information on the requirements, processing, time frames, costs, and any
other thing related to gender marker changes applications.

  1. Please note that DHA will not be processing gender marker/name changes onsite, but will provide
    information on these processes

    In addition to this, Wits RHI will provide Clinical Services to people who will be at the venue.

For media enquiries contact:
Nolwazi Tusini, Communications and Media Manager
nolwazi@iranti.org.za

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