Monday, July 28, 2014

NL and NS Transgender Activists to visit PEI Pride!


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

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

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

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:

Questions and interviews:

Jennifer McCreath
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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