STORMONT LAUNCH OF THE GENDER IDENTITY PANEL

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:15

STORMONT LAUNCH OF

THE GENDER IDENTITY PANEL

An historic occasion and another first for

Focus: The Identity Trust

Junior Minister Megan Fearon launched The Gender Identity Panel

The first of its kind, a new panel made up of transgender individuals, members of their families and influential political and societal leaders. The panel will engage with and advise government and organisations in fulfilling their obligations towards transgender people and their families and to increase their inclusion in society.

Focus: The Identity Trust is the only organisation on the island of Ireland to represent those Transgender Individuals with Gender Identity Issues and exclusively represents those individuals protected under current N.I. Equality Legislation.

A spokesperson for the Trust said "We recognised that if we are to change societal attitudes to decrease prejudice and discrimination, then we must have our voice heard undiluted; the voice of those with the lived experience. For too long, others have been speaking on our behalf.

"We are delighted to have Martina Anderson MEP as our Patron, Martina has been of enormous support to us over the years and has recognised and spoken publicly on behalf of our constituents in Brussels and in Ireland, both North and South.

"We ask for nothing more than to be accepted as part of society, the same as everyone else."

Junior Minister, Megan Fearon said: “I am delighted to launch the Gender Identity Panel today and celebrate the achievements of the Transgender Champions of the Year. 

“The Gender Identity Panel will empower transgender and intersex people and their families, not only to enhance their quality of life but to achieve immediate and lasting change."


 

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