SHE’s: Miss Trans Diva supports other Trans people

By Nombongo Nxele

May month marks international day against homophobia, transphobia celebrated on May 17 and yet not many know that we have a trans organisation based in East London. NTU News decided to catch up with the reigning Miss Trans Diva. 

Miss Cowan Tracey – Lee Douglas is a transwoman from East London in the Eastern Cape and works for the Department of Health.  Douglas began her medical transition in March 2016. She was recently crowned Miss Trans Diva at a beauty pageant celebrating transwomen. Tracey is now an ambassador for a trans organisation in Eastern Cape called Social Health Empowerment (SHE) better known as Impilo Yethu which is a feminist collective of Transgender African women.

SHE has three programmes such as the Impilo Yethu Health and HIV services for the LGBTQI community, the feminist programme and their Cultural programme. 

The reigning Miss Trans Diva Douglas said, “My goal as an activist is to contribute to the empowerment of transgender women to alleviate poverty in our communities. I want to be a role model who restores faith and hope in others to give back to the trans community. I voluntarily participate in outreach events, network and support other trans people.”

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