Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jennifer McCreath cancels NL Provincial PC Party Membership

BREAKING NEWS: Jennifer McCreath cancels NL Provincial PC Party Membership

Here is an e-mail I just sent to party president. I will provide more details and explanation for my decision in the near future....

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Hi Mark,

I am writing to respectfully let you know that I am cancelling my membership with the Provincial PC Party of NL affective immediately.

Given the recent handling of the HVP situation, and given the controversial and questionable cabinet shuffle, (specifically, the appointment of an unelected person to a major portfolio, who just so happens to be Fabian Manning's niece), unfortunately, I no longer believe that this party reflects my political opinions, values, morals, or beliefs.

At the same time, I want to say thanks to you, as party president, and the many others who were welcoming and accepting of me, as a human being, while I was an active member of the party.

I wish you and the party the best of luck, as you attempt to rebuild and revitalize yourselves, but for now, it is in my best personal interest to become politically-neutral. I still hope to remain engaged with the party, as a general member of the public.

All the best,

-- Jennifer McCreath
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
http://www.jennifermccreath.com
info@jennifermccreath.com
www.twitter.com/Jenn_McCreath
709-753-9529

 #nlpoli

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gleason & Brigance - ALS inspirations!

As the world seems busy dumping ice buckets on each other, I wanted to take a closer look at two ALS inspirations. Steve Gleason and O.J. Brigance played in the NFL for many years, and had to retire early, due to ALS. While they are both now confined to a wheelchair and have to use a computer to speak, through retina eye scanning, they are still making huge impacts in society as role models, motivational speakers, and as activists who are both leading charity organizations to raise funding for medical research for ALS.  For More information, see their websites and photos below......  I have also created a video in which I speak a little bit about the disease, as well as find a friend to nominate me to take on the challenge, of not only water buckets, but activism for this cause as well.

http://www.teamgleason.org/

http://www.brigancebrigade.org/








Sunday, August 10, 2014

Time change for Asher MacDonald Networking Breakfast 10.45 am

the trans networking breakfast originally scheduled for 7.45 am has been moved to 10.45 am to accommodate attendees.


time change for Oromocto Pride Event! now 2.45 pm

Note: the Pride flag waving event originally scheduled for 6.45 am at Oromocto Town Hall has been moved to 2.45 pm to accommodate attendees.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Newfoundland Transgender Activists to visit Fredericton Pride and Host Protest!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Newfoundland Transgender Activists to visit Fredericton Pride and Host Trans Rights Demonstration!

Transwoman and trans rights activist, Jennifer McCreath from Newfoundland, will be visiting Fredericton NB on Sunday August 10 to march in the Fredericton Pride parade, and to host a trans rights demonstration (aka peaceful protest) to raise awareness to the fact that the Government of New Brunswick has the worst record in the country, in terms of providing products and services to members of the trans community.

Jennifer is best-known for parlaying her trans status with her athletic legacy as a marathon runner, her political activism, and her flamboyant personality; into public educational and advocacy work regarding issues affecting transgender, transsexual, panssexual, and intersexed individuals. McCreath is in the early stages of launching her own Jennifer McCreath Foundation, an organization that will carry out educational, activist, and peer support work for members of the trans communities all over Canada, with a core focus on Eastern Canada.

McCreath realizes that trans people in the 4 eastern provinces of Canada, are at a significant disadvantage, compared to trans people elsewhere, given the current states of Government trans health policies, trans legal identification document issues, as well as general societal attitudes towards trans people in terms of employment, housing, physical safety, bullying, and general social acceptance.  McCreath points out that New Brunswick is one of only two provinces that do not offer funding for medically-necessary trans procedures. New Brunswick and Quebec are the only provinces east of Saskatchewan, that do not officer explicit protection for trans people in their provincial human rights codes. New Brunswick is also one of the provinces that does not allow government ID documents to have the sex changed, unless transsexual surgeries are performed, a matter that was recently declared a human rights violation in the province of Ontario.

McCreath is deep into her pre-launch tour of her Jennifer McCreath Foundation, a tour which saw several successful events last month during PEI Pride in Summerside and Charlottetown, including a well-attended and well-covered trans rights demonstration and march event, that took place in front of the PEI Provincial Legislature.

McCreath's New Brunswick tour starts with a trans round table event Saturday Night at 7.30 in Dieppe. Then carries on with a sunrise rainbow and trans flag waving event Sunday morning in Oromocto, the proceeds with a networking breakfast in Fredericton, followed by the Trans Rights Demo and March in front of the New Brunswick Legislature at 9.30 am.  McCreath will wrap up her day by leading a trans contingency in the Fredericton Pride parade.

A full list of event details and Facebook events can be found here:




questions and interviews:

Jennifer McCreath
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
http://www.jennifermccreath.com
info@jennifermccreath.com
www.twitter.com/Jenn_McCreath
709-753-9529



Facebook Events for Jennifer McCreath NS and NB Trans Tour Aug 8-10, 2014



Networking Trans Breakfast - Starbucks, Scotia Square, Halifax, Aug 8, at 7.45 am

Networking Trans Round Table - Dieppe, 30 Englehart, Unit G, Aug 9, 7.30 pm

Sunrise Rainbow and Trans Flag Ceremony - Oromocto Town Hall, Aug 10, 2.45 pm

Networking Trans Breakfast - Cora's, Fredericton, 476 Queen St, Aug 10, 10.45 am

Trans Rights Demonstration and March - Fredericton, NB Legislature, Aug 10, 9.30 am

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Newfoundland Trans Activist McCreath to visit NS and NB Aug 8-10!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Transwoman and trans rights activist, Jennifer McCreath from Newfoundland, will be visiting Nova Scotia and New Brunswick August 8 - 10 to promote trans rights and attend Pride events. She will be accompanied to some of the events by Nova Scotia transman and activist, Asher MacDonald of rural Cumberland County NS.

Jennifer is best-known for parlaying her trans status with her athletic legacy as a marathon runner, her political activism, and her flamboyant personality; into public educational and advocacy work regarding issues affecting transgender, transsexual, panssexual, and intersexed individuals.

McCreath is in the early stages of launching her own Jennifer McCreath Foundation, an organization that will carry out educational, activist, and peer support work for members of the trans communities all over Canada, with a core focus on Eastern Canada.

McCreath also hopes to resurrect the grass roots concept of the East Coast Trans Alliance, a vision she first conceptualized in 2011, with the idea that trans activists would be better-served by coming together and fighting battles of a common cause. McCreath realizes that trans people in the 4 eastern provinces of Canada, are at a significant disadvantage, compared to trans people elsewhere, given the current states of Government trans health policies, trans legal identification document issues, as well as general societal attitudes towards trans people in terms of employment, housing, physical safety, bullying, and general social acceptance. McCreath notes that there are very few family doctors will to prescribe hormone therapy treatment for trans patients in NS and NB, something they are quite capable of doing. This causes unnecessary wait times and unnecessary schedule overload of the one trans-friendly endocrinologist in Halifax.

McCreath is also concerned that PEI and NB are the only 2 provinces in Canada who do not provide Government health care funding for trans surgeries, even when deemed medically-necessary by doctors.  McCreath also has concerns that trans NS and NBers are unable to change ID documents without having surgery, something that is expensive, and something that not all trans people require.  McCreath also wants to see NB amend their provincial Human Rights Act to include Gender Identity and Gender Expression, something most other provinces have already done.

McCreath hopes her visit will encourage more Atlantic transpeople to come out publicly and organize themselves better so that they can better speak and advocate for themselves, as well as collaborate with trans communities of other provinces to fight common battles.

McCreath also sees this visit as an opportunity to develop networking contacts and friendships with members of the NS and NB LGB and T communities. She also hopes that her presence in these provinces, combined with the events she has organized, will help shine a light on the issues currently faced by trans people in NS and NB, and act as a catalyst to stimulate conversations about how society can better learn to accept and embrace, trans people.

Last month, McCreath hosted successful trans flag waving events at town halls of Summerside and Charlottetown PEI, and also spearheaded a very well attended trans rights demonstration event, out from of PEI provincial Government headquarters, Province House.

McCreath will be hosting a 'networking breakfast in Halifax on the morning of Aug 8, then will be dropping into a trans camping event in Scotsburn NS on Aug 9. Then on the eventing of the 9th, she and Asher will co-host a 'networking round table discussion' of trans issues with Moncton's River of Pride, in Dieppe NB, then travel to Fredericton to host a similar trans rights demo in front of the NB provincial government headquarters on the morning of the 10th, then march in the official Fredericton Pride parade.

McCreath, a Nova Scotia native, looks forward to this leg of her tour "I am really excited to come back to my original home of Halifax to host an event that will bring trans activists together to discuss the issues. I am also excited to return to New Brunswick, a place that actually has a rather large closeted trans population. I look forward to taking steps to raise better awareness of the issues, and help build a foundation that will lead to some solutions," McCreath said.

Event Schedule:

Networking Trans Breakfast - Halifax, NS, Aug 8, 7.45 am

Trans camping event drop-in - Scotsburn, NS Aug 9, TBA

Networking Trans Round table - Dieppe, NB, Aug 9, 7.30 pm

Sunrise Rainbow and Trans Flag Waving Ceremony - Oromocto, NB, Aug 10, 6.45 am

Networking Breakfast with Asher MacDonald - Fredericton, NB, Aug 10, 7:45 am

Trans Rights Demonstration - Fredericton, NB, Aug 10, 9.30 am

Marching in the Fredericton Pride Parade, Fredericton, NB, Aug 10, noon


A full bio of McCreath can be found here:

http://jennifermccreath.blogspot.ca/2012/11/updated-bio-11012012.html


Questions and interviews:

Jennifer McCreath
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
http://www.jennifermccreath.com
info@jennifermccreath.com
www.twitter.com/Jenn_McCreath
709-753-9529