Facial hair removal is one of the most urgent, safety enhancing, mental health improving, and empowering medical treatments for many trans women and non-binary people.
YES surgeries are happening. The High Cost Treatment Pool is operating, and trans women are being sent to Manakau based surgeon Dr Rita Yang, after 6 months of hair removal treatment in the genital area, as per Rita's preferred method.
Are you queer, trans, non-binary, takataapui, intersex, LGBTQIA+, MVPFAFF, or questioning? Have you accessed any mental health support in Aotearoa? (For example, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, or therapists) Are you aged 14 or older?
Raw Sugar Monthly Social is Back! *Tatataapui * Trans * Intersex * Queer * Rainbow * Plus friends and whanau* Raw sugar is a FREE event, a SOBER event, it is WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, and has GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS. Come and spin some yarns by the fire, meet other lovely people, and have a good time.
Our Reo Māori kupu for Whiringa-ā-nuku (October) are: Ka aha te rā - date, Ka aha te wā - time, Kei reira - location (or) kei hea? - where?, Homai - what to bring , Waea mai - contact details.
The Youth '12 survey of 8,500 secondary school students in NZ showed 1.2% identified themselves as transgender. With a population of 4.693 million, 1.2% = 56,316 trans people in NZ. A further 2.5% reported being unsure of their gender. Make the spaces you are in be safe spaces to come out.
As a progressive country, New Zealand prides itself on being world leaders in human rights - from votes for women, to decriminalisation of sex work, equal rights is a strong part of how kiwis see themselves. But a small handful of anti-trans extremists, or 'Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists' are attacking the human rights of transgender people, with a focus on transgender women.
Our peer support workers can assist you with name change and gender marker change at any time, and we now have a lawyer available fortnightly at The Gender Centre to assist you with other legal issues too. These could be, for example, human rights, employment, custody and family issues, or if you are in trouble with the criminal justice system.
The BDMRRA is due for it's 2nd reading very soon - the exact date is unknown. At this stage, the public have an opportunity to debate the issues and tell MPs what they think. Please contact your local MPs and talk with them, tell them what you think, give them your personal stories.
Last week we joined other takataapui and rainbow community orgs and met with Wellington's Mayor Justin Lester and the Wellington City Council city planners, to talk about how to make Wellington more rainbow friendly.