The group Transsexuals of New Zealand (TSNZ) has made the jump from being an informal Facebook group to holding its first formative meeting late last month in Auckland.
The newly formed organisation, which is currently free to join, was bought about by what some saw as the needs of Transsexuals to be recognised, not just absorbed into a wider community, thus losing their identity.
The Committee created to run the group has been charged with coming up with goals and aims focused on advancing matters important to Transsexuals.
TSNZ Committee Chair Roxanne Henare says the group “was formed by Jasmine in June 2011 because those who identified as transsexual had been negated. It offers the opportunity for Transsexuals (both man and women) who identify with the group a place where they can belong and that focuses solely on their needs.”
Roxanne explains her personal reasons for leading the group. “As a Transsexual for 30 years and part of the movement since it came to New Zealand 30 years ago, I felt the Transgender label had been placed upon me without my permission. Over the years I have harboured some resentment towards that label.”
TSNZ is not anti-Transgender and supports any GLBTI initiatives as long as they don’t work against the Transsexual community. “We also have a lot of friends in other organisations and are happy to make referrals if people should not feel comfortable with our group,” says Roxanne.
Find out more about Transsexuals of New Zealand through their website http://tsofnz.wix.com/transsexualsofnz#!home/mainPage.
Photo | TSNZ Committee Chair Roxanne Henare