Becoming Him a Trans Memoir of Triumph - Landa Mabenge (Paperback)

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In April 1981, Landa Mabenge enters this world, trapped in a girl’s body. From an early age, Landa is aware that he does not relate to his female form, despite being socialised as a girl. In this groundbreaking and brutally honest memoir, Landa Mabenge establishes himself as a resounding and inspirational voice for
anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms. In mesmerising detail, Becoming Him lays bare Landa’s tortured world, growing up trapped in the wrong body, while unflinchingly tracing his transition from female to male.

Product Details

Barcode
9781928420224
Department
Books
Released
1 Aug 2018
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Landa Mabenge
Binding
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Language
English
Number of Pages
208
Dimensions
235 x 155 x 15mm (235g)

Summary

In April 1981, Landa Mabenge enters this world, trapped in a girl’s body. From an early age, Landa is aware that he does not relate to his female form, despite being socialised as a girl. In this groundbreaking and brutally honest memoir, Landa Mabenge establishes himself as a resounding and inspirational voice for anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms. In mesmerising detail, Becoming Him lays bare Landa’s tortured world, growing up trapped in the wrong body, while unflinchingly tracing his transition from female to male. His childhood in Umtata is brutally shattered, when at age 11 an angry woman and her zombie-like husband unexpectedly arrive to force him to accompany them to Port Elizabeth. Life in PE with "The Parents" soon morphs into a Dickensian nightmare. Landa is subjected to horrific physical, emotional and psychological abuse as he descends into a world of isolation and shame. He recalls his prison of powerlessness: “I count the years I will have to remain a slave. There are seven before my redemption: 7 x 365 = 2555 days. Today is nearly at an end. By the end of tomorrow there will be 2554. By the end of the week, 2548. And so I will myself on. Eventually the day will come when I will be free.” At 18 Landa is finally able to escape PE to study at UCT, where he tries to embrace life as a butch lesbian, but he remains tortured by his female body. After a close-to-death break down, Landa finally finds strength to embark on an arduous four-year-long journey to physically and legally become “him," relentlessly researching what it will entail to embark on gender alignment. In 2014, Landa makes history by becoming the first known transgender man in South Africa to successfully motivate a medical aid to pay for his surgeries through the Groote Schuur Transgender Clinic. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, Becoming Him is a unique story of torture and triumph, bravely opening the lid on cultural shame and abuse against those who choose a path less travelled. In 2017 Landa was selected out of over 60,000 African applicants for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Today Landa lives a transformed and happy life as a transgender educationalist and consultant.

Classification

General Subject
Sociology
BISAC Subject 1
Social Science / Gender Studies
BISAC Subject 2
Social Science / Black Studies (Global)
BISAC Subject 3
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / General
BISAC Subject 4
Family & Relationships / Abuse / Child Abuse
BISAC Subject 5
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BIC Classification 1
Gender studies: transsexuals & hermaphroditism
BIC Classification 2
Black & Asian studies
BIC Classification 3
Child abuse
BIC Classification 4
Memoirs
BIC Classification 5
Black & Asian studies
Library Subject 1
Transgender people - South Africa
Library Subject 2
Mabenge, Landa
Library Subject 3
Female-to-male transsexuals - South Africa
Dewey Classification
306.768092

Author Bio

Having realised the agony that comes with being transgender and the limitations to access, justice and care, Landa registered a social enterprise in 2016, Landa Mabenge Consulting, and now works primarily with the Stellenbosch University Equality Unit to create access to education and awareness as well as linkages to care for transgender students. He avails himself as a speaker and facilitator and uses his personal journey as a resource to catalyse access to information in this field. He has also established strong relations with NGOs in the space and was asked to be part of a symposium in 2017 to look at amending the basic education curriculum to include gender identity and sexual orientation in schools as part of life orientation. Landa also regularly engages with the Transgender Clinic in trying to develop tools and strategies to extend awareness to the private sector as well. It is this work that saw him selected as part of 1000 young African leaders chosen from 64 000 applicants for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African leaders.