[LISTEN] Author Landa Mabenge pens 'trans memoir of triumph' to help others heal

Cape Town resident and author Landa Mabenge has penned a memoir about his journey as a transgender man.

The debut book, Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph, describes his triumph over a turbulent and abusive childhood, and his triumphant journey to embrace his identity.

Read also: 'My child came out as transgender' - advice on sex ed and modern-day parenting

From an early age, Landa was aware that he does not relate to his female form, despite being socialised as a girl.

Raised by abusive parents, he kept a countdown of the number of days left before he could escape his household to attend univeristy.

He opened up about his struggles at university, his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts, his gender transition, and advocacy work.

Read more: How to empower trans and gender non-conforming children

Mabenge says he shared his story in order to help others who are in need of healing or fighting their own obstacles.

I moved from love, into a space of hatred and I had to adjust extremely quickly.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

I tried to run away, they caught me and they beat me.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

Behind the picket fence of suburbia, it was another life.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

I didn't know what was going on with me, I think that what drove me deeper and deeper into the dark hole. Into depression, into the suicidal space.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

I could not quantify into words what is actually going on with me. Who am I? I don't make sense.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

My body [was] the bane of my existence every single day. It was hell.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

When I started my transition, I started alone. I was working and I started my hormone therapy.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

I feel that I am adding to the healing process.

Landa Mabenge, author of 'Becoming Him: A Trans memoir of Triumph'

The book is published by MF Books and is available online and in all major bookstores.

Listen to his moving story on The Pippa Hudson Show:


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