Transgender* Awareness Week Celebrated

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Counties Manukau Health is proud to celebrate Transgender* Week of Awareness for the first time, from 12 to 20 November 2018.

The Northern Region DHBs (Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs) are celebrating five years of working together to make healthcare better for Gender Diverse and Transgender people. The services now available are the result of countless hours of hard work over many years by staff, and members of the transgender communities.

Transgender Week of Awareness celebrates this work, as well as acknowledging the continuing discrimination that gender diverse and transgender people face, highlighted by the Human Rights Commission in 20071.

Find out more about the gender affirming healthcare services we provide to Gender Diverse and Transgender people by visiting Healthpoint.

Read more about the history of the Transgender Health project in the Northern Region here.

More about Transgender Week of Awareness:

The purpose of Transgender Week of Awareness is to educate and raise awareness about gender diverse and transgender people, and the issues associated with transition or identity. The week concludes with Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), where those who are transgender and have died as a result of transphobia or prejudice are remembered. 2018 marks the 20th time that TDoR has been held across the globe. Learn more about Transgender Week of Awareness here.

*Transgender is used as a generic word which acknowledges the diversity of terms that people may use to describe themselves. This can include (but is not limited to): Aikāne, Akava’ine, Fa’afafine, Faafatama, Fafafine, Fakaleiti, Māhū, Tāhine, Trans, Transsexual, Genderqueer, Whakawāhine, Tangata ira tāne, Vakasalewalewa, Palopa.

To Be Who I Am: Report of the Inquiry into Discrimination experienced by Transgender People. Human Rights Commission, 2007. Read More.