Last Updated: 03 May 2012
Tranzform is a support group for trans* youth, their friends and supporters. We have fortnightly meetings in central wellington for discussions, information, food and frivolity. Whether you’ve already gone through a gender transition, you’re questioning who you are, or feel like you just don’t fit into male or female, you’re welcome in our group. Tranzform is a place where you can let your glorious self out, explore your gender with youth in the same boat, and be safe doing so.
*trans. Being trans is about gender. If you don’t fit societies rules about what kind of gender is acceptable, then you may fit under the trans umbrella. It’s separate from your sexuality (who you’re attracted to). Your gender is about you, your body, how you’re seen by others, and how you feel inside your head. There are countless words in many different languages and cultures to describe different genders. For more information on transgender rights in New Zealand, some inspiring personal stories, and a great list of what being “trans” might mean, you can go to “To Be Who I Am”. If you don’t fit into these categories or prefer not to have a label for your gender, that’s cool too, you are welcome at Tranzform.
We do our best to make Tranzform a safe space for everyone who comes along. We love new members, and if you’re new to the group you can meet with one of our friendly facilitators for a coffee before you come to your first meeting. They can let you know what the group’s about, and make it a bit easier to take the brave step of approaching a new group. We have our meetings at a private venue so your attendance can be as discrete as you want it to be. In the interest of safety, we ask you to call, text or email our facilitators to find out when and where we meet.
What we get up to
Tranzform is primarily a support group, and is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. Being differently gendered can be a scary and isolating experience, especially without support and friends who understand where you’re at. At Tranzform you can walk into a room full of safe people, who are there for the same reason as you. You can talk freely about issues that can be dangerous or uncomfortable to discuss with your friends and whanau. We work on the idea that just having somewhere where you can relax, wear what you want, and find solidarity with people going through the same stuff, can make all the difference. We sometimes hold workshops on particular topics that affect the transgender community, and host awesome guest speakers, as well as participating in youth events, watching movies and going on group outings.