BECOMING HIM, a trans memoir of triumph

: Mabenge (L.)

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202pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018


Landa Mabenge was born in 1981 in Umtata, moved to Port Elizabeth as a child and studied at UCT. In 2014 he became the first known transgender man in South Africa to successfully motivate a medical aid to fund his gender affirming surgery. Mabenge works as a transgender activist and educationalist through his consultancy, Landa Mabenge Consulting. In 2017 he was selected for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

"Brilliantly written. Fiercely brave. Effortlessly inspiring. His story is one of never allowing circumstances to dictate your destiny." Nickolaus Bauer, ENCA journalist