5pm – 7.30pm International Transgender Solidarity Social, 178 Willis street [link here] [with support from GMA]
7.30pm – 9pm Navigating Access; Rainbow and Disabled, Micheal Fowler Centre, [link here] [with support from GMA]
March 31: Transgender Day of Visibility, and 1 year anniversary for The Gender Centre. Launch of National Free Binder Programme, and Free Facial IPL Club (Wellington branch). [watch our blog for more details].
Kia ora koutou e te whanau, this year Gender Minorities Aotearoa and supporters will be walking in the Auckland Pride March, which will be held on February 9th at 4.30pm, starting at Albert Park on Princes Street, Auckland. We will meet and gather at a rally point to be set soon so watch our social media for updates!
We will be marching for trans and intersex health care (including takataapui and non-binary folks), and will provide gorgeous placards in the trans flag colours, to paint your messages on! All supporters of trans and intersex rights are welcome to join us!! Medical and other costumes welcome!
Placard Painting Day
What: This event is for creating placards to take on the pride march the following week. Our theme is Trans Healthcare Now!
Who: Gender Minorities Aotearoa and supporters. All trans (including non-binary and takataapui folks) and intersex people, rainbow folks, whanau, friends, and other supporters are welcome! We would love your support and assistance!
All materials provided.
Bring your freshest ideas for slogans and be there!
Vinegar Hill rainbow camp was beautiful! We sold hot dogs, vegetarian nachos, ice blocks, and soft drinks, and we raised $409 (before costs) – a wonderful maiden voyage for the fund raising hot dog trailer! We had an awesome time together having fun, meeting rainbow folks and their whaanau from all over Aotearoa, and hearing about the cool things that others are doing, as well as sharing our whakaaro.
Big thanks to everyone who donated to the trailer fix up fund, helped to clean and paint, picked up fridges, worked out gas bottles, camped at the hill and cooked in the trailer, and of course to everyone who brought he kai and drinks!
We’re looking forward to feeding folks at festivals over the summer – Out in the Park and the Aro Valley Fair are booked in, and others will be on the cards too. If you’re keen to volunteer with Aunty Dana’s op shop, the hot dog stand, or The Gender Centre in 2019, feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org – there’s always plenty of work to be done and lots of fun along the way!
Transgender Awareness Week runs from November 12th – 20th, it’s purpose is to raise awareness about trans people, including intersex and non-binary people, our lives, our humanity, our struggles, and our joys. It ends with TDoR, Transgender Day of Remembrance, on November 20th – a day to remember the trans people around the world who have been lost to murder. It is also a day to affirm our resolution to fight for the living, and to end all stigma, discrimination, and violence against trans people.
This Transgender Awareness Week, we have a simple message for Aotearoa New Zealand: Trans people exist, and that’s a positive thing.
Invercargill and Hamilton can also expect to see them on November 18th.
Big shout out to trans folks in smaller cities, towns, and rural areas – let’s work together to make sure every local community embraces us fully and gives us the opportunities, respect, and love we deserve.