Talking Transgender 27th May 2016

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Join us on the 27th May at the Cafe of Dangerous Ideas for an evening discussing all things transgender with our two guest speakers: Fran Monroe and Rowena Wallace.

Rowena Allen is Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner. The Commissioner will champion the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians within the Government. Ms Allen is an effective, experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTI Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors. Ms Allen has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI  Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009. As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ms Allen established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving her a particular understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas.

Frances Monro is a 45 year old transwoman who works as a mental health peer support worker and learning and development consultant. She uses intentional storytelling about her lived experience of mental illness to build trust and rapport, and provides support from the perspective of a peer.Frances is involved in the delivery of Mind’s 5 day peer support work training. Frances has a lived experience of recovery from a personality disorder diagnosis, and experience in peer support groups, phone support, and keyworking.

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