Transgender activists visiting P.E.I., planning demonstration

Colin MacLean
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Jennifer McCreath following her other passion of marathon running.

Transgendered rights activist Jennifer McCreath will be visiting P.E.I. Wednesday to attend two official P.E.I. Pride events, and to hold a flag waving event and demonstration while in the province.

She will be accompanied by Nova Scotia transgendered activist Trina Conrad of Halifax.

McCreath, from Newfoundland and Labrador, is best-known for parlaying her trans status with her athletic legacy as a marathon runner, her political activism and her advocacy work regarding issues affecting transgender, transsexual, panssexual, and intersexed individuals.

In addition to attending the Pride Week Coffee House at Beanz, McCreath will take part in a Trans Pride Flag Waving Event at Summerside Town Hall Wednesday at 11:15 a.m., with the same event happening at City Hall in Charlottetown at 3 p.m.

A demonstration is then planned for 4 p.m. at Province House.

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.

“Trans people in the four 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,” she said.

McCreath hopes her visit will encourage trans-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.

Organizations: Pride Week Coffee House, Province House, Jennifer McCreath Foundation Trans-Islanders

Geographic location: Eastern Canada, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador Charlottetown

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