TENI & Pavee Point launch gender identity resource for Traveller community

A resource for Travellers that will raise awareness about transgender people was launched by TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) and Pavee Point yesterday, 6th September 2018.

“We know trans Travellers exist and through our work we want to ensure positive visibility and inclusivity in the Traveller rights’ movement going forward,” said Aoife Mallon, Pavee Point Primary Health Care Co-Ordinator.

In launching the resource, Tracey Reilly, Pavee Point Traveller Community Development Worker, explained:

“This project is a unique partnership as it brings together marginalised communities to work together to promote inclusion. We want to fight all types of discrimination. We also want to ensure that services are better suited to address the needs of our communities.”

This culturally appropriate resource for Travellers, which focuses on what it means to be trans, followed a training exchange. Pavee Point provided culturally appropriate training to TENI staff, and TENI then provided training to Pavee Point about what it means to be trans. Each of the two trainings were developed in partnership with, and tailored for, each prospective audience.

“By working together to increase the understanding of trans identities we can change the way trans people are treated and viewed,” said Gordon Grehan, TENI Operations Manager.

“We hope this will ultimately reduce transphobia in Ireland and help to improve outcomes for this very marginalised group. The positive visibility and acceptance of Travellers who are trans is crucial to their improved mental health and wellbeing.”

Physical copies of the resource will be distributed nationally among Traveller and LGBTQI groups, and is available online here.

This resource is the result of TENI’s ongoing work and partnership with Pavee Point. This partnership takes an intersectional approach, exploring the experiences faced by both communities through shared learning and exchange, in order to see a change in practice and an increased awareness in both communities.

TENI seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families.

Visit: teni.ie

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