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Spring Into Summer Talk Series - Melanie Payne

Spring Into Summer Talk Series - Melanie Payne

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  • Tue 13 Nov ’18, 5:30pm – 8:30pm


Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Gold Coin: $2.00

Transgender Conversations with Melanie Payne, a Whangarei Transgender advocate and educator, who will present a fun introductory insight into some of the jargon, myths and misconceptions that surround the Gender Diverse Community.

A snapshot of Melanie’s life in Whangarei and her perspective on New Zealand’s standing on human rights, education and health for it’s Transgender citizens in a binary world.

An interactive presentation with questions and answers participation, informative resources and links in a light-hearted learning experience.

Transgender Awareness Week – 14 to 20 November 2018, is held to educate and raise awareness about gender diverse and transgender people and the issues associated with transition or identity. The week ends with Transgender Day of Remembrance, to remember those who have died as a result of transphobia or prejudice.

Transwoman Melanie Payne - A brief biography
Born in England’s Midlands a long time ago. As a young man the former Melvyn travelled extensively throughout Britain and Europe working as a shopfitter and construction site manager before emigrating to Whangarei in early 2002 and starting a property development company in Northland.

The Transgender Mel began to evolve a few years later and then as both she and New Zealand legislation developed, the fully-fledged Transwoman Melanie journeyed throughout South East Asia, Australia and The Pacific as a proud Kiwi citizen.

With a lifelong political passion for Peace, Social Equality, Civil and Human Rights, Melanie talks emotionally of how the deaths, in the last five years, of two of her close humanitarian mentors led her to publicly advocate on behalf of Gender Diversity and against the status quo of a binary world rooted in the ideology of patriarchy.

Melanie is always quick to point out that she doesn’t speak for other transgender individuals, instead striving to point to social anthropological history to give an insight into how today’s binary society is only a very recent cultural construct in the timeline of human evolution.

Whilst not shying away from discussing the all too familiar and often tragic effects of Transphobia, she uses her perceptive humour to engage in an open, fun and frank questions and answer forum to dispel many of the assumptions and misconceptions surrounding Gender Diversity.

Registration Essential. Spaces are strictly limited. Entry includes light refreshments.

Register by:
- Email to libraryevents@wdc.govt.nz
- Phone - 09 430 4206
- Visit any branch of Whangarei Libraries.

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