'Research, data collection must account for trans gender people'

Monday, July 01, 2019

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TransWave Jamaica which represents the transgender community, here has called on the Jamaican Government to “affirm the identity of trans people” by accounting for gender identity when conducting research and collecting data. “Furthermore, TransWave Jamaica calls on the Jamaican Government to take a holistic and trans-inclusive approach to transgender health and well-being, using the process of self-determination for transgender people to access affirming health care and social support services,” executive director of the group Neish McLean said in a press statement,

TransWave Jamaica last Tuesday hosted it's second Trans Health and Wellness Conference under the theme 'Promoting Inclusiveness and Equality'. The conference was moderated by Carla Moore with greetings coming from Manoela Manova, UNAIDS country director, among others.

It featured panels representing members of the trans community along with speakers from partner organisations, including Equality for All Foundation Jamaica Ltd, J-FLAG and Jamaica AIDS Support for Life.

“The Trans Health and Wellness Conference provided the space for meaningful discussions about trans health and well-being, and engaged persons within the community and wider public around a range of topics including research, media and trans-inclusive health care.

“Inclusion and equality are at the centre of TransWave Jamaica's advocacy and is an integral conversation, as the organisation works to advance the health, welfare and well-being of the transgender community in Jamaica. For this reason, the conference was hosted in an effort to reaffirm a holistic image of the local trans community and to discuss the barriers which exist in trying to achieve inclusion and equality,” McLean said.

“For almost four years TransWave Jamaica, as the country's first non-profit organisation solely dedicated to promoting trans health and well-being, has been advocating for the social inclusivity, recognition of rights, and legal protection of the transgender and gender non-conforming community.”


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