John Gray suggested that Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus — but have you ever wondered what it’s like to feel you are on the wrong planet or to travel from one to the other or about what’s involved?
There has been significant coverage recently on television and in the press about transgender issues — with
a trans hostess on the Oscars,
trans and drag competitors on Celebrity Big Brother
Annie Wallace plays Headmistress Sally St. Claire in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks (the first trans actress to play a regular trans character in a soap in the UK)
as well as earlier programmes such as
My Transsexual Summer and
the comedy Boy Meets Girl
and, of course, Hayley from Corrie.
But how accurate are these programmes and reports?
Whether you are merely curious about gender variance or want to find out more because you deal with or may have to deal with trans/ gender variant people at work, as friends or members of your family, this workshop is the answer.
It will also examine the difference between male and female brains — why the sexes behave differently and, perhaps, help attendees to understand each other better. As there are significant levels of common ground between gender identity and sexuality, those working with gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals should also find this workshop of value.
The session then looks at Helen’s own personal journey, how she hid her secret for decades, how she came out to friends and family and at work – with humorous anecdotes on the way; her thought processes as she decided whether transition was appropriate; the treatment involved and her life post transition and surgery.
Helen is an experienced presenter of workshops dealing with trans issues; she has chaired a charity supporting transsexual and intersexed individuals; is a counsellor specialising in gender identity issues and a counselling supervisor. She has received national awards for her work in this area including the Butler Trust award presented by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.
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