Posted on December 11, 2018
A grant was awarded for the provision of training and guidance for the Traveller and Roma communities on what it means to be Transgender. The project was a partnership between Pavee Point, LGBT Pavee and TENI. The project aimed to create a greater sense of belonging for trans people, by using the following approaches:
- Tackling discrimination and violence towards trans people.
- Working with service providers to ensure their services and policies are trans inclusive.
The organisations that came together on this project created a guide for Traveller and Roma about what it means to be Transgender which can be found here. https://www.paveepoint.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Transgenderleafletprint.pdf and also provided training for servicer provider organisations on how to be more inclusive.
This project highlighted how collaboration in the non-profit sector can strengthen marginalised communities and bring together individuals from two traditionally marginalised communities to work together to promote inclusion, counter discrimination and ensure that services are better able to address the needs of vulnerable communities.
The project stems from meetings between Pavee Point, LGBT Pavee and TENI over the past year, whereby specific needs in both communities were identified. Trans Travellers articulated the isolation they face from the Traveller community for being trans and the discrimination encountered from LGBT organisations for being a Traveller. Research highlights that the Traveller and trans community share experiences of violence and prejudice. This innovative project looked at the intersectionality of the experiences faced by both communities and through a shared learning and exchange created a change in practice and an increased awareness in both communities. The strength of the project is that it comes from and is created by, the Traveller and trans community, with full support of both national organisations.