Liesl Theron co-founded Gender DynamiX (GDX) in 2005, a human rights organisation
promoting freedom of expression of gender identity, focussing on transgender, transsexual
and gender non-conforming persons. Liesl is one of the three co-founders of Transitioning
Africa, a newly formed coalition between GDX, SIPD – Uganda and Transgender and Intersex
Being a gender activist she is actively involved in the organised LGBTI sector of South Africa.
Her work focuses on the intersectionality of gender and Other bodies. Her research as part
of her Masters degree at the University of Cape Town explores the struggles, support and
forming of identity of SOFFA’s (Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies) of trans people.
Gender DynamiX published its first book, an anthology. TRANS: Transgender Life Stories
from South Africa. Liesl was throughout the process from interviewing, conceptualising to
being actively part of the focus group hands-on involved in this book. She contributed a
chapter to this book, The SOFFA perspective.
She also has chapters published respectively in: Tapestry of Human Sexuality in Africa,
titled “Access to shelters for LGT people in Cape Town”, and Reclaiming the L-Word –
Sappho’s daughters out in Africa with title name: “Orientation Quiz”.