|Allyson is focused and ready.|
Local and Central government don’t seem to even understand the word accessible. Guess it’s because the decision makers and the policy developers have never had to think about walking, let alone using a walker or a wheelchair (I started using a walker 3 years ago).
With the disability sector making up 20% of the voting public we can make housing a central election issue. The Bill of Rights needs to be strengthened. The optional protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities needs to be signed and the wage exemption for disabled people needs to be removed – just to mention the first things that need addressing.
I think it would be good to for the health system to send people over to Thailand for these operations, and come up with a loan system to help support those who want surgery but who can’t afford to have surgery. Also a funding system to help with laser and electrolysis costs. I’d imagine something like a health insurance scheme that Targets trans people.
In 1997 I discovered the Pride Centre in Auckland which was in the very early stages of including trans people. I joined the board for 3 years. I helped organize TransIT; a social support group for trans people. TransIT lasted for about 3 years and developed into GenderBridge (established in 2000).
Through TransIT I met up with 4 other trans women who became friends, and really supported me through early years of my journey. We enjoyed meeting up for dinner once a month before TransIT meetings.
|My Sister's Village Little Hucklow by Allyson Hamblett.|
But it would have been great if the role had been performed by a trans actor, and we had seen a trans woman receiving an award for her performance. I also enjoyed watching “Different for Girls”.
|The Wedding by Allyson Hamblett.|