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Category Archives: Trans*
A film about an issue facing children and youth that is far too often overlooked or sensationalized for political reasons. If you support this film and the children and families it represents, then please consider supporting the organization that is working on behalf of these kids, TransActive Education & Advocacy
TranSE, Transgender South East peer support group…
meets at the Cheshire Home, John Street, Waterford
every second Friday of each month.
TranSE • Transgender SouthEast
Transgender South-East in association with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) & sOUTh
Cordially invites you to the Trans Voices ‘Touching the Surface’ Book Launch
• Friday 20th July 2012
• Bishops Palace, The Mall, Waterford City
The Mayor of Waterford Councillor Jim D’arcy will officially launch this first ever book of its kind in Ireland
Canapés, wine, tea, Coffee and Light refreshments will be served
A number of guest speakers will join us on the night
Please RSVP by Tuesday 17th July (if possible) to Vanessa@teni.ie
Touching the Surface’ is a landmark publication celebrating trans experiences from across Ireland. The collection contains prose, poetry, artwork and photographs from more than forty contributors.
Trans Voices ‘Touching The Surface’ has previously been successfully launched in Dublin and Cork and now Waterford, see the TENI site for more details on the book.
Come and show your support for the launch and some of our very own Waterford friends who also feature in the book! The cover graces beautiful Tramore and a proud Waterford local!
“Well here we go, it’s about time we launched this in Waterford. There is a great representation of Waterford Women in the book, even though this is a National publication Transgender South-East are well in.
The front cover is the beautiful view of Brownstown Head from the Beach at Tramore, there is also a nice profile of the” back of me” (something that many people like to see).
The launch is in Bishops Palace (across the road from Waterford Crystal Showrooms) a beautiful location for such a special book. Canapes will substitute Blaas and scallops, and wine will substitute Large Bottles of Guinness. We will have some Trad music from our very talented members, sure what else would ye want. So please come along and support what certainly is a groundbreaking resourse from the Trans community in Ireland.
Join us in Geoffs Bar after for a bit of a session, thanks for all your support as always xx”
The book has submissions from people who identify across the entire gender spectrum, and will be an invaluable resource for trans* people all over Ireland. Touching the Surface contains poetry, photographs, and narratives about the trans* experience, as well as examples of art work and drawings.
“We had a fantastic response to our call for submissions,” said Orlaith O’Sullivan, Communications Officer for TENI. “We received entries from a great diversity of ages and gender identities across Ireland. Portrait photographs, poetry, short stories, memoirs and artworks – the collection reflects the personal, political and creative spheres of trans people across the country.”
For the publication, TENI even received a submission from as far afield as Russia, from a young trans man whose visit to Ireland had been an inspiration to him. TENI also worked with BelongTo’s IndividualiTy group, whose members submitted poetry, stories, images and thoughts on identity and questioning gender.
“From well-known figures like Lydia Foy and Panti to anonymous voices from small rural communities, the book marks the wealth of trans experiences in Ireland,” said O’Sullivan. “It is a beautiful, funny, poignant read. We at TENI hope that it will raise awareness – and a smile.” by Gaire.com: Book launch
Buy the Book : Touching the Surface : ‘Trans Voices in Ireland’ costs €10
As editor of the Trans*Wexford facebook page, hosted by Gay Wexford, I regularly seek Trans* stories to share on the page. May appears to be the month of Transgender children. A positive trend? In the stories highlighted below we’re shown the healthy aspects of children coming to terms, or rather their Parents, Teachers and adults around them, with their real gender. It would have been good to share some Irish stories too.
Transgender children: Learning to listen to their reality By Petula Dvorak, Published: May 20 in the Washington post
Kathryn wanted pants. And short hair. Then trucks and swords.
Her parents, Jean and Stephen, were fine with their toddler’s embrace of all things boy.
They’ve both been school teachers and coaches in Maryland and are pretty immune to the quirky stuff that kids do.
But it kept getting more intense, all this boyishness from their younger daughter. She began to argue vehemently — as only a tantrum-prone toddler can — that she was not a girl.
Five-year-old Tyler, known until last fall as Kathryn. After much angst and much research, Tyler’s parents made two difficult decisions.
- The first, to allow their child to identify as a boy.
- The second, to go public with their story.
(Dvorak has not used the family’s full names.)
Transgender at five–
Introducing Our Parents’ Generation To Transgender Children Can Be Hard But Rewarding
Posted: 05/16/2012 11:22 am .huffingtonpost.com by Wayne Maines
“I said, “Listen, you cannot ever say you hate the President. He is our President and Commander-in-Chief. You can say you disagree with his policies, but you cannot say you hate him.” My little boy looked up at me, scared and looking a bit puzzled because of my harsh tone. I was on edge because I had just come from a school meeting to address the bullying and harassment that his sister was being subject to at school. I said, “Hate is such a strong word, lets not use the word hate in our family.” The grandfather looked at me with a smile, extended his hand and said “you’re a good dad.” I shook his hand and said, “There is another reason why I needed to teach my son about hate at such a young age. You see, he has a twin sister who is transgender. She was born as a boy, but is a girl trapped in a boy’s body. …more
Gender born, gender made
These are children who have taught us that our gender does not lie between our legs, but between our ears,” Diane Ehrensaft is an advocate for transgender children, a parent of one herself and the author of the recently published “Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children,”
(The Experiment, 2011). genderborngendermade.com
Mon 10:24 AM, May 07, 2012
Mother Of Transgender Child Fears Amendment One
Alice Walz is a mother of three children: two boys and a girl. Her daughter, however, was born a boy named Brogan. Around age 3, Brogan started saying that he was really a girl…. more
nbc Los Angeles
Transgender Teen’s Journey From From Meghan to Mason “Really, Really Good”
By Bruce Hensel | Friday, May 18, 2012
Transgender surgeries are becoming more popular, especially among teens. Doctors say the teen years may actually be the best time, both medically and emotionally, for this type of surgery more
Saturday, May 5, 2012
It’s not all blue and pink: A glance at Manchester’s transgender community
By Jessica Wilson
In Native American tribes, the twin spirited body is the most prized gift of nature.
A berdache, or two-spirit, is someone who possesses two souls within one body- one male and one female. …
But what if the soul of a person doesn’t fit inside the body they were born in? What if a little boy believes he is a girl? Or if a little girl desperately wants to grow into a man?
As much as 3% of the UK population feel this way. more