Parenting a transgender child? Here's where to find help

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Parenting a transgender child or teen can feel overwhelming, isolating and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Be sure to reach out for professional advice and support.

There are several excellent local organisations and services you can turn to including, but not limited to:

The Gender Identity Development Service is part of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. It is run by child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Simon Pickstone-Taylor. For State-run gender-affirmative healthcare phone +27 (12) 685 4103 or email

Or to contact Dr Pickstone-Taylor at the Neuro Diversity Centre (private practice), phone +27 (12) 200 8327 or email

Matimba is an advocacy organisation that aims to educate and support transgender and gender-variant kids and teens, as well as their families, to cultivate a healthy, caring and safe environment for gender-diverse youth. Phone +27 74 084 5237 or email

Be True 2 Me is a trans-led non-profit organisation that supports transgender, nonbinary, intersex and gender-queer individuals, as well as those connected with them (included schools, employers, parents and caretakers). Send them a WhatsApp message on 081 455 1183 or email 

Iranti-org is a queer human rights organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa, working within a human rights framework as its foundational platform for raising issues on Gender, Identities and Sexuality. Phone +27 (11) 339 1468 or email

Gender DynamiX aims to advance, promote and defend the rights of trans and gender nonconforming persons in South Africa, Africa and globally. Phone +27 (21) 447 4797 or email

Triangle Project is a non-profit human rights organisation offering professional services to ensure the full realisation of constitutional and human rights for LGBTI persons, their partners and families. Phone +27 (21) 422 0255 or email

GALA Queer Archive (Gala) is a centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and education in Africa. Founded on the principles of social justice and human rights, Gala’s primary focus is to preserve and nurture LGBTI narratives in South Africa, as well as to promote social equality, inclusive education and youth development. Phone +27 (11) 717 4239.

Transgender and Intersex Africa (TIA) focuses primarily on Black transgender and intersex people living in rural areas and black townships in South Africa. Their advocacy programme seeks to ensure that trans and intersex rights are recognised and protected. Contact them here.

Find more transgender support resources here: Crossing the Divide

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