We are absolutely delighted that the amazing Frans Gertenbach has teamed up with Trans Radio for his Portrait of the People Exhibition which is running until the 14th August 2021 at Artcetra Studio in Rosemary Street Belfast.
Frans has created 16 amazing portraits of people from the Transgender Community and is kindly raising funds for TRUK Listens. If you are in Belfast then please pop in and have a look at Frans amazing work
What Frans has to say.
Everyone deserves to live in a world free of violence and discrimination, including those whose gender identity and expression does not match their assigned at birth sex.Transgender people have existed across cultures and throughout time and history, it is nothing new – what is new is the heightened awareness of gender diversity and the transgender community through visibility in society and heightened media coverage.Every transgender person’s story is as unique as they are. A lot of people know what it means for a person to be gay – but there is still a lot of confusion and misinformation out there about what it means to be transgender. There are differences between coming out as lesbian, gay or bisexual and coming out as transgender. The LGBTQIA+ community places a great importance and value on the idea of being out in order to be happy and whole. When a transgender person has transitioned and is living their life as their authentic self, or is transitioning, or is finding their way to transition, that is their truth – the world sees them for whom they truly are.Through a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, misinformation, and fearfulness for the unknown, many transgender people, and people close to them, and other people sometimes find it difficult to understand what it is to be a transgender person.TRUK LISTENS is a CIC (Community Interest Company) with community counsellors that listen, help & support callers in confidence and do not judge them. Some people do not have the support of friends or family, others do have friends or family to talk to but find talking to someone neutral can also be helpful. All of their operators are from the Transgender or wider LGBTQIA+ community and understand the issues faced by transgender people, their partners, family and friends. TRUK LISTENS is there for people, whatever their age or whatever worries or concerns are on their mind.TRUK LISTENS is a free & confidential helpline (calls or WhatsApp) available 8am-2am (BST) 0800 009 6640, Because everybody needs to talk sometime.
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