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

Monday, July 28, 2014

NL and NS Transgender Activists to visit PEI Pride!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Transwoman and trans rights activist, Jennifer McCreath from Newfoundland, will be visiting Summerside and Charlottetown PEI on Wed July 30, to attend two official PEI Pride events, and to organize several trans-themed events of her own. She will be accompanied by Nova Scotia transwoman and activist, Trina Conrad of Halifax.

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 with Conrad, and others, 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 hopes her visit will encourage trans PE-Islanders 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 PEI LGB and T communities. She also hopes that her presence in the province, combined with the events she has organized, will help shine a light on the issues currently faced by trans people in PEI, and act as a catalyst to stimulate conversations about how society can better learn to accept and embrace, trans people.

McCreath and Conrad will be attending official PEI Pride events, the Cupcake Decorating, 1 pm at Atlantic Superstore, in Charlottetown, as well as the Pride Coffee House 7 pm at Beanz, where McCreath will be on the agenda to give a brief speech.

"I am really excited to have been invited to appear at PEI Pride's Coffee House event on July 30, where I will introduce myself and talk a little bit about the work I have planned for the Jennifer McCreath Foundation. I look forward to engaging the PEI LGBT community in my work, and I encourage anyone in the area to come out and support PEI Pride," said McCreath.

McCreath and Conrad are also organizing the following 3 trans-themed events:

Trans Pride Flag Waving Event - Summerside, PEI, Town Hall, 11.15 am

https://www.facebook.com/events/549385161831980

Trans Pride Flag Waving Event - Charlottetown, PEI, City Hall, 3 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/621503774630546

PEI Trans Issues Demonstration - Charlottetown, PEI, Province House, 4 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/245826458949390/

McCreath will also be touring Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in August, where she will march in Fredericton's official pride parade, as well as organize trans-themed events in Fredericton, NB, Moncton, NB, and Scotsburn, NS.

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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Newfoundland's first Trans March and Rally 7/13/14

History was made July 13, 2014, as members of the St. John's trans community and their allies attended a rally and march at Confederation Building on Prince Philip Drive.  This was a grass roots movement that I organized in attempt to raise awareness to some of the challenges still facing members of the trans community, a the overall LGBT community 'celebrates' Pride Week.

Although the turn out of 10, was a far cry from the 2000 who attended the official Pride parade later in the week, the event attracted the attention of CBC Radio, who did a 9 minute live interview with me on site

Included in the attendance, was Rebecca Martin, another keen local trans activist, who also received a radio interview from CBC, later in the week, to discuss trans issues. 

There was also a special appearance by my alter-ego, Trans Mysterio, my pro wrestling character, who added some fun to an otherwise serious event. 

The rally lasted 2 hours, with more than 1000 cars driving by on the busy intersection. Many folks honked horns and waved in support. The march consisted of an out and back 2 km walk down Prince Philip Drive towards lovely Kent's Pond.  Along the way, we found a portable toilet, and declared it was 'gender neutral'.

It is my hopes that this will be the first of many annual trans pride marches in this city. It was an honour to share this event with some of the really keen trans activists in this city.