Accept LGBTI Cyprus presents ‘Transvember’:
The second week of November is designated as Transgender Awareness Week, while the international Transgender Day of Remembrance is marked annually on November 20th, in memory of the year’s victims of transphobic attacks.
With this in mind, and given that Accept LGBTI’s advocacy efforts now find a Gender Recognition Law bill headed for debate and vote in the Cyprus parliament, Accept presents ‘Transvember’: a series of November events to spread awareness of trans rights, as well as to raise visibility of the island’s trans community.
TRANS-THEMED MOVIE NIGHT
Date: Friday, November 23rd
Location: University of Cyprus
A Fantastic Woman (2017). Trans woman Marina's life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy. The Chilean production, directed by Sebastián Lelio and starring trans actress Daniela Vega was nominated and awarded by a slew of major international film festivals, capturing the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 1 hour, 44 minutes.
JESSICA LYNN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA
Date: Tuesday, November 27th
Location: University of Nicosia
In collaboration with the University of Nicosia, Accept will host Jessica Lynn, an American trans advocate and activist, who will give a presentation on her experiences as a trans woman and parent.
The presentation is part of the Butterfly Project - Jessica’s ongoing initiative to raise awareness and acceptance for gender non-conforming communities worldwide.
Till now, she has shared her story over 600 times in 18 different countries, and is internationally considered among the world’s foremost transgender speakers, due to her dynamic, honest speaking style and willingness to answer audience’s most challenging questions on trans topics.
PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON LGR BILL
Date: Friday, November 30th
Location: EU House
Transgender individuals in Cyprus face systemic and everyday discrimination given that there is no process enshrined in law to facilitate change of name and gender marker, but rather only an ad hoc procedure that is based on irreversible surgeries.
This unofficial system is incredibly time-consuming as well as physically and financially arduous for trans individuals, who may not ultimately wish to undergo surgical interventions, or whose health or finances do not permit them to do so.
Such an obstacle to trans people’s legal gender recognition impacts almost every aspect of their life, from feeling safe in applying for jobs, opening a bank account, renting an apartment, or travelling overseas, to being confident to navigate their school and university years and graduate with certificates bearing the name and gender they identify with.
During the public presentation on the LGR bill being lobbied for by Accept, a panel of experts will present the provisions of the bill and its current status in progressing towards a parliamentary vote.