In conjunction with the Assume Nothing exhibition on display at Palmerston North's Te Manawa gallery, the Human Rights Commission is offering free workshops for and about transgender people. Assume Nothing : Georgina Beyer in the exhibition Trans 101 - an introduction, happening 11 - 1pm on Saturday 18 April, is for people who want to understand more about the issues faced by transgender and transsexual people. Questions may include: 'What do all the different terms mean?' and 'How can I support a trans workmate or family member?' The Human Rights Commission's Transgender Inquiry will be discussed, along with ways you can support its actions and recommendations. Young and Trans workshop is about working positively with trans youth. From 2pm – 4pm on Saturday 18 April, this workshop is specifically tailored for youth workers, guidance counsellors, health professionals and others working with young people. It focuses on creating schools, youth groups and health services that are positive, inclusive and safe for trans youth, and will include guest speakers who work with trans youth and young people who identify as trans. Jack Byrne - one of the trans people featured in the Assume Nothing exhibition - introduces the people photographed by Rebecca Swan and filmed by Kirsty MacDonald in the Trans Tour workshop. On Sunday 19 April, 10.30am – 12.00 noon, this event will highlight the power of sharing stories and images, as trans people define their gender identity and build support for their human rights. Trans poets, filmmakers, artists or performers will be invited to talk about their work. All sessions are free and take place at Te Manawa, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North. Spaces are limited so please book by Tuesday 14 April - call 06 355 5000 to book.
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First published: Sunday, 12th April 2009 - 10:55pm
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