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Living My Life Exhibition returns to Sheffield

Trans exhibition ‘Living my life’ returns to mark Trans Day Of Remembrance

The ‘Living My Life’ exhibition – a series of inspiring images that capture and celebrate the individual lives of trans people – re-launches on 2 November 2011 at The Workstation.

Organised by the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health in partnership with TransBareAll, the exhibition aims to improve wider understanding of the issues and challenges that trans people face.

The exhibition also supports the CHIV ‘Living My Life’ booklet, which provides guidance for people who identify as trans, or who are beginning to explore their gender identity.

The exhibition, which was initially launched in February by Former Sheffield resident, Reverend Sarah Jones, is being re-launched to coincide with Trans Day Of Remembrance (a day to remember those who have been lost due to anti-transgender bias, prejudice or hatred).

Reverend Sarah Jones, who shared her personal experience of making a gender change and becoming the Church of England’s first trans priest at the February opening said: “The ‘Living My Life’ resource pack is a work of art in itself. It provides clear, accurate and sensitive advice and is a wonderful exploration of human diversity. This pack and exhibition are much needed and will certainly be a positive contribution to the area of gender identity and equality.”

Tony Atkin, Sexual Health Promotion Specialist at CHIV, who organised the exhibition and booklet, said: “We are excited to re-launch the exhibition as it was so well received earlier in the year. It is everyone’s right to live their lives free from discrimination and harassment. But people with a trans identity are often marginalised and can experience discrimination in their everyday lives.

“The ‘Living My Life’ project is unique because it brings together guidance, with real photos and views from the trans community. The aim is to help build confidence so people feel comfortable about their gender identity by highlighting the positive experiences of other trans people. “

The ‘Living My Life’ exhibition is open to the public from 2 November to 2 December 2011 at The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX, Monday – Friday 9am-8pm. Copies of the ‘Living My Life’ booklet can be ordered from CHIV here.  

To find information about local and national services for trans people contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

• The Transgender Day Of Remembrance (20 November) is a worldwide day set aside to memorialise those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. For more details visit the TDOR website www.transgenderor.org

• It is estimated that between 1 in 11,500 and 1 in 4,000 people identify as trans in the UK (Source: Department of Health (2008) Trans: A practical guide for the NHS. London, DH Publications; and The Gender Identity Research and Education Society, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel (2008) Services for people with gender dysphoria. Calderdale Council.)

• TransBareAll are a national organisation who work with the trans community, helping people accept their bodies and live fulfilling lives. http://www.transbareall.co.uk/

• Lee Gale, founder of TransBareAll, said: “The newly produced Living my Life booklet is a long awaited resource for the trans community. The information is easy to read, inclusive and so valuable to someone exploring or questioning their gender identity. I’m really excited about the exhibition and can’t wait to see the whole series of images. Trans issues are still very unknown or misunderstood in the wider community so having a resource like this will make accessing information and help so much easier for trans people.”

• The photography for the exhibition and booklet, and the design of the Living My Life resource was undertaken by diva creative. diva is an award-winning social marketing agency that specialises in targeting diverse and hard to reach communities to close the social inequality divide.