July, 2009
ISSN 1179-0210
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Welcome

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Kia ora, talofa lava, malo e lelei, fakaalofa lahi atu, nisa bula vinaka, kia orana and welcome to the fourth issue of To Be Who I Am.

We hope you like the new blog format which gives you the option of commenting on newsletter articles.

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Christchurch Workshops 28 July and 18 August

Shane

Shane

The Human Rights Commission is holding three free trans workshops on Tuesday 28 July and Tuesday 18 August alongside the Assume Nothing exhibition at Canterbury Museum. The workshops have been fully booked in other cities and over 300 people have attended them in the last year.

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Human rights hui for trans people

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On 2 and 3 March over 40 trans people from Whangarei to Dunedin came to a national human rights hui at Tapu te Ranga marae in Wellington. The youngest participant was still at school and brought her grandmother along to share this journey with us all. This ground-breaking hui was the first time many of the trans people who have been involved in the Transgender Inquiry at a regional level met each other.

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Help create a resource for schools

Jaimie - a GenderQuest member

Jaimie - a GenderQuest member

Do you want to help the Human Rights Commission develop an online FAQ factsheet for schools? Any suggested questions and answers or offers of help are very welcome.

We would particularly like to hear from trans students and parents or teachers. Contact us on transgenderinquiry@hrc.co.nz.

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Health professionals working with trans people

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In June 2009 a small number of Auckland health professionals, including a trans woman, attended the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Norway. There they talked with Australian colleagues about establishing an Australasian branch of the WPATH.

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New passports policy

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The Department of Internal Affairs has confirmed a change to their policy about when a trans woman can have an F on her passport and a trans man can have an M.

If a trans person is able to obtain a Family Court declaration changing their sex details, those new details will be accepted for a passport.

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Have your say

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The Transgender Inquiry found that often trans people did not have the opportunity to have a say in decisions that affect their lives. Submissions are due soon on two documents relevant to trans people:

  • Statistics NZ’s Review of Culture and Identity Statistics (by 14 August).
  • Agender NZ’s and Transgender.co.nz’s second draft of its Trans Health Guide (by 31 July).

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UN committee speaks up for trans people

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In a very significant move, a United Nations treaty body has stated that gender identity is a prohibited ground of discrimination in international law. This spells out countries’ obligations to not discriminate against trans people.

This recently adopted General Comment on Non-Discrimination also includes the first explicit reference to the Yogyakarta Principles. These principles apply international human rights law to gender identity and sexual orientation issues.

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NZ Commission celebrates the Transgender Inquiry in Indonesia

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In May the New Zealand Human Rights Commission joined other national human rights institutions (NHRIs) at an Asia Pacific Forum (APF) meeting in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Participants from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Jordan, Nepal, New Zealand, Palestine, Korea and Thailand talked about how they can better protect and promote the rights of trans, gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

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Agender conference celebrates diversity

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Chief Human Rights Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan was in good company at the Agender national conference over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Other speakers included Agender Patron Carmen Rupe, Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast and Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson.

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For more information about the Transgender Inquiry, please contact Jack Byrne at jackb@hrc.co.nz or 0800 496877

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