Resources for LGBQIA+, Transgender & Queer People

* “LGBQIA+, Transgender and Queer” includes trans, transsexual, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, gender diverse people, crossdressers, ALL genders and non-genders, and ALL sexual orientations (asexual, pansexual, bisexual, etc.)

This journey is NOT an easy one, but many people say that once they live as themselves and stop living a lie, the relief and freedom of being themselves outweigh, or at least balance the difficulty of the journey. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

The reality that we live in a world that does not understand LGBQIA+ and specifically Trans, Queer and people who do not conform to gender or sexual orientation norms is very real. And so is the stigma. The fear of reaching out for any medical, social or psychological treatment is very common and understandable, and there is not one person in this community who has not avoided asking for help as we often face discrimination and emotional and/or psychological and/or physical violence.

But, there is help out there. Please continue to empower yourself by knowing you are NOT alone. Reach out for help. Support each other. While expecting discrimination, also allow for the fact that you might get the help you need. We need to build the society we need to help us by ourselves by working with the system as it is, and by finding and sharing people out there who are willing to listen and help.

  • This list is FAR from complete and will continue to be updated in collaboration with the resources listed below and the many activists working to improve healthcare for LGBQIA+, Trans and Queer people. It is in the process of being updated to distinguish between general and trans-specific gender-affirming healthcare for previously disadvantaged rural and urban communities who cannot afford healthcare, and rural and urban communities who can afford healthcare and/or have medical aid.
  • This list would not have been possible without the input of countless, tireless and dedicated activists, allies and resources in South Africa.
  • As stated above, the support and healthcare spaces for LGBQIA+, Trans and Queer people are not ideal, but they are improving and growing in number each day. This improvement and growth is also very much dependent on your help, so please, if you know of more resources, please let me or any of the other NGOs and resources below know.

EVERYONE on this list has been referred by LGBQIA+, trans and queer people or trans- and queer-friendly medical professionals. So they are ALL great. But, if you have a bad experience, please let me or any of the other NGOs and resources know.




SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICA

  • Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) – Pan-African intersex, lesbian, gay, trans and intersex rights organisation.


CAPE TOWN

NGOs, General LGBTQIA+ resources 
(ALL have been recommended by trans/LGBTQIA+ community and are trans-friendly and queer-friendly. If you have a bad experience, please let me or any of the other NGOs and resources know).
  • GenderDynamiX – Oldest transgender resource in South Africa.
  • Triangle Project – Clinic, support group and psychotherapy in Cape Town.
  • Protea Psychosocial Support Project for Trans People – To establish an environment in which superior quality psychosocial care services can be rendered to improve the lives of trans people. 073 636 7470, http://www.ppsptp.org.za/
  • MySexualHealth: CanNOT recommend this practice highly enough! They have the most trans-friendly space I’ve EVER encountered. Psychologists, GPs, sexologists, psychiatrists, STI & HIV testing, Lancet with trans-friendly nurse, support groups, etc. etc. Practices in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. More expensive than most, but SO worth it if you can afford it.
  • Pan Africa ILGA (PAI) – Pan-African intersex, lesbian, gay, trans and intersex rights organisation.
GPs, Endocrinologists (HRT) and general healthcare
(ALL have been recommended by trans/LGBTQIA+ community and are trans-friendly and queer-friendly. If you have a bad experience, please let me or any of the other NGOs and resources know).
  • Dr Elma De Vries – elmadv@cybersmart.co.za / 0828286259
  • MySexualHealth: Headed by Dr Elna Rudolph. CanNOT recommend this practice highly enough! They have the most trans-friendly space I’ve EVER encountered. Psychologists, GPs, sexologists, psychiatrists, STI & HIV testing, Lancet with trans-friendly nurse, support groups, etc. etc. Practices in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. More expensive than most, but SO worth it if you can afford it.
  • Dr Carol Goedhals – 021 553 1030
  • Dr Steven Cornell – rccsteve@viamediswitch.co.za, 021 689 5141
  • Dr Irma Louw – 021 686 6130
  • Groote Schuur (if you do not have medical aid and/or )
Mental Healthcare: Psychologists, therapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, etc.
(ALL have been recommended by trans/LGBTQIA+ community and are trans-friendly and queer-friendly. If you have a bad experience, please let me or any of the other NGOs and resources know).
  • Adele Marais – adele.marais@uct.ac.za
  • Ronald Addinall – Triangle Project and ron.addinall@uct.ac.za
  • Claire Jaynes – Counselling Psychologist, Library Square, Wilderness Road, 7708 Cape Town, cjaynespsych@gmail.com
  • MySexualHealth: Headed by Dr Elna Rudolph. CanNOT recommend this practice highly enough! They have the most trans-friendly space I’ve EVER encountered. Psychologists, GPs, sexologists, psychiatrists, STI & HIV testing, Lancet with trans-friendly nurse, support groups, etc. etc. Practices in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. More expensive than most, but SO worth it if you can afford it.

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