[Press Release] Transpinay human rights defender in two-day training with Bumese transgender advocates

Changmai, Thailand — Naomi Fontanos, Chairwoman of the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), the pioneer human rights advocacy organization of transpinays (transgender/transsexual Filipinas), is in Changmai, Thailand to facilitate a two-day training workshop on transactivism among transgender advocates from Burma.

The 2nd Burmese Transgender and Transsexual Human Rights Training Workshop  on 20-25 November 2011 is organized by the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB),  a Changmai-based foundation that conducts a broad range of training and advocacy programs for grassroots organizations and community leaders.

“We are making history once again as one of the leading transgender human rights organizations in the world by being invited to share our activism experience and expertise in the Philippines with the transcommunity from a neighboring ASEAN country,” Fontanos observed.  “We are humbled and honored by this recognition and are more than happy to be of service to transmovements around the world,” she added.

Fontanos, who has been STRAP’s leader for two years, will be in Changmai for two days to discuss basic transgender issues, needs and concerns, gender identity and human rights, transgender activism  and STRAP’s successes under her leadership .

The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) is the pioneer human rights advocacy and support organization of transpinays (transgender/transsexual Filipinas). We seek to improve the public understanding of transsexualism, campaign for the right to define one’s gender identity and expression and work towards building a supportive  community amongst transgender/transsexual Filipina girls and women and a society free from transphobia and discrimination.

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