Focusing on the present
Today is a day that comes around only once before it becomes ‘the past’. Today is a time frame of 24 hours that goes as quickly as it arrives. Today is also what makes up our history. What we do today can and does affect our lives.
Tapatoru would like to contribute to today in many ways. There will be opportunities when Tapatoru would like to be with trans friends and whanau to enjoy ‘today’ and contribute to good memories.
Eventually, Tapatoru would like to organise the types of gatherings that would extend to our Maori trans whanau and that would inspire them to join in and enjoy themselves. We believe that our whanau deserve more than what is currently out there, and that we need ‘by trans – for trans’ events, so that our spirit feels connected and we embrace connectedness through unified action and a united voice in things we would like to do for our aging Maori trans whanau.
We know that life is too short because when we do meet up, we look around to see who is not there or who has passed away and we reflect that with sadness. So we now need to make the most of our time together and one step further would be to assist Tapatoru in its work through support and participation.
Parliament passes 'Self-ID Bill' at third reading, making it easier for trans people to update birth certificates
9 Dec, 2021 02:54 PM4 minutes to read
Green Party MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere.
Politicians shared emotional messages to the "brave" trans and wider community as they supported legislation that allows people to change their birth certificates to reflect who they are.
It has been over four years since the Bill was introduced, and it has been thoroughly debated - at times fiery - at each stage finally getting to a point where today it passed its third reading today unanimously.
Green Party MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, a longtime advocate in the rainbow community, was in tears and had to pause to gather her emotions as she spoke in support of the Bill in the House.
"This bill recognises that those who need to amend their birth certificate can do so, that the courts do not have the right to make that choice for them, that parents do not have that right, that cis-gender people who don't even know them or care about them do not have that right.
"As a takatāpui, cis-lesbian fem ally to our takatāpui, trans and intersex non-binary whānau, I am very proud to commend this bill to the house," she said.
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TO BE WHO I AM
In 2006 the Human Rights Commission launched the world's first inquiry by a national human rights institution into discrimination experienced by transgender people.
The focus was on three areas: experiences of discrimination, access to health services, and barriers to legal recognition of gender status. The Inquiry process placed emphasis on participation of and accountability to the widest possible range of trans people.
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NEW ZEALAND's OWN BEN: TRANSGENDER AT 10 YEARS OLD.
Transgender teen co-writes kids' book
A transgender teenager has co-written a children’s book which she hopes helps other trans youngsters.
Florida 14-year-old Jazz Jennings hopes I Am Jazz helps transgender kids who are struggling. You can buy it on Amazon here
"They shouldn't be afraid to step out of their shadows,” she’s told People.
"I hope this book will help them to be who they are and stay true to themselves … I want them to know it's OK to be different and unique, and that they should be proud of themselves and who they are."
Jazz has also featured in a documentary I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition and has incredibly supportive parents.
She is an honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation who speaks at universities, medical schools, conferences, conventions and symposiums and successfully fought to be able to play girls’ soccer after being banned.
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By Mike Wesley-Smith
Monday 14 Mar 2016 6:57 p.m.
Ben Brockwell-Jones is a remarkable young boy.
Why? Well, Ben was born a girl.
He was born Anoushka-Mei Lewisa Jones and it only took him a few years to realise what was wrong and to recognise that inside, he was male.
He started wearing boys' clothes when he was three.
He is transgender, which simply means he identifies as a male even though he was born female.
It is important to stress that gender identity is separate from a person's sexual orientation -- that usually develops in the second decade of life.
There are many Kiwis like Ben out there. A 2012 survey of 8500 students revealed four of every 100 young people said they were either transgender or unsure of their gender.
Ben is now 10, and with the full support of his family, he is about to face the next step in becoming the gender he wants to be.
Story went to meet Ben to speak to him about his journey so far.
Watch the video for the full Story report.
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