24th March: 3.00pm
Trans Activism: A Changing Landscape
A panel of trans activists from grassroots and NGO organisations discuss a plurality of approaches to organising for the challenges faced by the trans community in Ireland.
The contours of trans activism in Ireland are shifting; grassroots organisations are springing up at a significant rate to redress perceived deficiencies created by the limitations of top-down organisational models. Ideally, representatives from the Small Trans Library, the Trans Equality Network of Ireland (TENI), Origins Eile, the Trans Writers Union, 343, Pavee Point and Transgender NI will unite under one roof to discuss the challenges facing trans people in Ireland, and the plurality of approaches that are being adopted in order to provide for their needs.
A healthcare crisis threatens trans people in Ireland both north and south of the border – what possible avenues does the trans community have to redress this crisis in the absence of state support? How has the COVID-19 crisis affected our communities, and what is being done to provide for them through these life-altering times? In what ways do these issues affect trans people from other minority groups? How does the volatile media climate surrounding trans lives in England interact with the conversation here? Which organisations get recognition for their efforts?
The answers to these questions are pertinent not only to the trans community. Trans people, and trans organising, have been on the cutting edge of international media attention throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The implications of this conversation bear significantly on the changing face of political activism in the digital age, and the answers to these questions have far-reaching consequences regarding the limits of our efforts.