Litnet – Christina Engela 2010 – 2014

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Christina Engela

Christina Engela is a trans-woman who lives in the sunny South African city of Port Elizabeth (known as the Windy City) – a tourist haven with an unhealthy preoccupation with apples and whose mascot symbol is a Jackass Penguin – which should give you some idea of what she has to deal with on a daily basis. She attributes her weird sense of humour to her unusual family and friends and perhaps having too much time to herself as a child. At school she was known for her quirky poetry and weird sense of humour, which came in handy while directing a school play (which, incidentally, involved three toilet rolls, a walkie-talkie and a hammer marked “Exhibit A”).

After completing high school in 1991 at the tender age of 18 she enlisted in the Army and spent the next few years wondering what the hell it was all about anyway and “Why is that fat man with the red badges shouting at me?” She qualified as a computer technician (A+) in 1999 and moved into the network support environment, where she gathered a lot of experience in conflict resolution and self-control. Travelling 5 km just to push a power cable back into a monitor and give users Dirty Looks became a genuinely fulfilling experience.

At the age of 26 she came out as transgender and began a difficult process of transitioning from male to female, undergoing her final surgeries in January 2006. She has, in the course of the past ten years, written eleven books, eight of them being sci-fi comedy novels using GLBT or I characters, and the rest being books on human rights matters affecting the pink community. Her articles on gay and transgender rights are reproduced on several places on the web.

As an agnostic she has little time for people who claim to know any gods personally and who campaign for the removal of the equality and civil rights of others based simply on their ignorance, intolerance and what they think they know. When she encounters people who claim “God hates …” and “God says …” she loves to check their pockets for any hidden communication devices (white for the Big Guy, red for the Other Place).

She doesn’t take kindly to being treated like a second-class woman or human being, and her passion is working for the unity, dignity and equality of the pink community against oppression and prejudice. For this reason she became an activist for the pink community, and is closely involved with two South African GLBTI rights groups, SA GLAAD and ECGLA.

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South Africa’s response to Uganda’s Gay Law

Christina Engela 2014-02-27 “People like you make me ashamed to be seen as a South African.”

A rift right through the pink community

Christina Engela 2012-07-11 “Not only are we being hunted and victimised by those outside who hate us – but now we are being hunted by predators inside our own community as well!”

Removal of sexual orientation protection clauses from the Constitution?

Christina Engela 2012-05-16 Imagine that a group of right-wing Afrikaners suggested the invalidation of clauses in the Constitution protecting against discrimination on the basis of race, and only in certain areas under their influence?

Let’s see how long this stays up

Christina Engela 2012-02-08 I saw a post on Facebook in which the poster asked what a political party’s position was on legalising the drug trade in South Africa. The poster was of the opinion that legalising the trade would make things better and more controllable.

Traditional hatred

Christina Engela 2012-01-17 What an interesting holiday season this has been! Three weeks went by so fast that I once again find myself writing the first article for the new year!

Crime and contemplation

Christina Engela 2011-12-15 This past week I have been contemplating crime … that is, the concept of crime and punishment. People seem to think that punishment and the concept of consequence provides a framework of limitations which go beyond just saying “don’t”. Punishment …

Top 11 2011: Christina Engela’s list of events concerning the LGBTI community

Christina Engela 2011-12-15 This is a list of the top 11 events concerning to LGBTI people in SA in 2011. It has been compiled by Christina Engela, a trans-woman who lives in the sunny South African city of Port Elizabeth (known as the Windy City) – a tourist haven with an …

There is in prejudice no fairness, nor equality

Christina Engela 2011-12-07We are all losing a little bit of our equality and freedom, a little bit at a time. All of us, in every social grouping, whatever the basis for discrimination or differentiation, are affected.

We are Big Brother

Christina Engela 2011-12-01

Passing on the Torch

Christina Engela2011-11-23 It is very close to the end of another year, and the time has come again for me to reflect on the past, to take stock …

Lessons in love

Christina Engela 2011-11-17 I love you … The words are cheap and easily said these days, aren’t they? I love you … They can buy you happiness, trust, romance, company, wealth – anything your heart desires – if you use them well. Depending on your skill, and the extent of your …

Mirror, Mirror

Christina Engela 2011-11-10

Challenges of life

Christina Engela2011-11-02

Dismantling fear

Christina Engela 2011-10-27

Kicking the crutch

Christina Engela 2011-10-20

Will somebody please think of the children?

Christina Engela 2011-10-14

It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Christina Engela 2011-10-06

Blind eyes, deaf ears

Christina Engela 2010-08-12 Sometimes I get despondent because it feels like my efforts are wasted, my warnings go unheard, my words fall on deaf ears like seeds falling on hard, dry earth. It was just three short years ago when I first started my “career” in human rights …

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