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(user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for transgender readers on 08/05/2014 tagged with gender identity, human rights, religion
Being disabled is not easy. It is never easy. Discrimination, especially on the labor market, is pervasive and everywhere. Being a disabled transgender, however, like me, is totally an adventure. There are no rules, there is no script..
Since 25 years ( I am 51 now) I know that I am transgender, mtf, and two summers ago I came out of the closet..Now I am calling myself everywhere Petra. I identify as female, lesbian and a feminist. But I have a strong sense of humour, especially black humour..You have to if you are like me disabled from birth, sitting in a wheelchair and at the same time transgender..
Luckily I had already made a lot of experience in emancipation as a bodily disabled person when I decided to come out of the closet.. that really helps. I know I am lucky to live in a very tolerant country, but also personally I am not afraid. And luckily, most female friends are very supportive, and after my coming out I got new female friends. So I am a happy person.
And you wont believe me, but I am a dedicated christian, active in my church and a theologian and religious scientist. In my local church I luckily do not experience any discrimination.. it is a church where also many gay and lesbian people come, and one of the pastors is gay also. So that is a part of my story.. love, Petra
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Peter Dankmeijer (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 24/02/2014 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation
GALE has have prepared a number of courses on sexual diversity education, which can (for European countries) be funded under Erasmus+. Each course is 4 days and one or two days come-back meeting. The courses should be done in another country than your own to get it funded. If your application is accepted by the EU, your own contribution is about â‚Ź 180 for both travels and courses, while the EU will pay all travel, accommodation, food and course fees.

The courses are:

Peer education on sexual diversity - How to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics with students and young adults
Schools without homophobia - Be an effective change maker in your school and more effective in mobilizing the team in combating homophobia
Dealing with strong opinions - Learn how to deal with strong opinioned students, who deny the holocaust, think homosexuals should be killed, Muslims should be sent 'home', women should be treated like property and Jews should be gassed
Strategic advocacy to mainstream attention for homophobia in schools -Assess the implementation of the right to education in your region or country and strategize a high impact strategy to improve it
Assess homophobia and transphobia in schools - This training is a workshop, which completely supports you to prepare a research strategy in your country.

Read more at http://www.lgbt-education.info/en/training/open_courses.
The deadline for application is 17 March, 12:00, and the application needs to be done by the legal representative of your organization. The application form is quite long, but GALE has made draft texts to make the application easier for you. If you want GALE support, please send GALE a note of interest: http://www.lgbt-education.info/en/training/note_of_interest. We will then contact you to offer support. In the week of 10-15 March GALE offers personal support via skype or phone. If you needs this, please make an appointment so they don't get overwhelmed with requests and can plan their work.
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vreer (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for transgender readers on 03/07/2012 tagged with gender identity
A recently published article in the Dutch Review for Sexology (TvS) in the framework of the ongoing research into sexual health in the Netherlands done by dr. L. Kuyper indicates that more than half of the Dutch population abhors lack of gender clarity in the persons they meet. 57,3% answered Yes on the question "When I meet someone I find it important to know that person's gender" and 12,3% actively wants to avoid trans* people or gender variant people. While 59% thinks it to be ok that trans people undergo sex reassignment surgery, still 38,3% is of the opinion the trans person should pay up themselves. Another 8 or 9% would break off contact if a friend would tell them they were changing gender.
Source: Tijdschrift voor Seksuologie Vol. 36-2 pp.129-135 (ISSN: 0167-5915)
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vreer (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for transgender intersex readers on 20/04/2012 tagged with at the work place, health, gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation
About one or two weeks ago a Dutch court decided that hermaphrodites (persons with a certain intersex condition) do not have to undergo medical procedures in order to get their preferred sex registration recognised. Anticipating the new gender recognition law and political statements of government,a general registral mistake law can indeed be used for this aim and not the (currently) archaic gender recognition law that requires sterilisation.
We have been instrumental in both the political statement and in the pointing the lawyer to the right grounds on which to act.
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vreer (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for transgender intersex readers on 13/09/2011 tagged with gender identity, human rights
Transgender Network Netherlands and Human Rights Watch together with COC this Thursday will present a report called Controlling bodies denying identities" on the situation of transgender people in the Netherlands to the secretary of Justice.
One of the first countries to have a gender recogntion law in the 1980ies the Netherlands now is backbencher in the range of countires having sich a a law. Lately Portugal surpassed Holland with a law requiring only Portugese citizenship, majority of age and a diagnosis of gender dysforia. The last four years Dutch ministers on several occasions said the human rights violating Dutch law should be revisioned but until now little initiative has come from that.
It is to expected that the coming bill will do away with all required medical treatment for legal sex reassignment but wil still be pathologising trans people by requiring a diagnosis of gender dysforia.
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I am quite busy these days in organizing the Congenid trans world conference in Barcelona, Spain from 1-6 June. It will be the first of its kind, to host mainly activists on gender identity/expression (trans*/inter). There have been pre-conferences on trans at ILGA ocnferences, but this one is completely related to trans/inter/gender identity/expression affairs. Preapring a Declaration on our human rights that builds on the Yogyakarta principles, the issue paper by COE Commissioner Hammarberg and other.
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