Loch Sheldrake, NY – The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission, in partnership with Gender Equality New York, will host a discussion forum at SUNY Sullivan’s Seelig Theatre in Loch Sheldrake this Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m.
“Everything You Wanted to Know About Transgender, Non-Binary and Intersex People…But Were Afraid to Ask” will tackle a timely and topical subject in a sensitive, open fashion, including a “Trans 101” presentation and an interactive panel consisting of local community members who will tell their personal stories.
“The audience will be encouraged to ask questions to gain a better understanding of those who are gender-expansive,” said District 1 Legislator Scott Samuelson. “For some attendees, this may be their first opportunity to meet local transgender, non-binary and intersex folks – and those folks are eager to meet their fellow County residents, too!”
“The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission is steadfast in its mission to foster mutual respect, understanding, and equity of treatment for all persons in Sullivan County,” noted Sullivan County Human Rights Commission Executive Director Ari Mir-Pontier. “In order to do that, we need to understand each other and be open to the people we encounter in our communities. This forum will enable us to ask questions that will lead to constructive conversations and will undoubtedly clear up some misconceptions.”
The overarching goal of this effort (and the organizations involved) is to increase understanding and respect and decrease discrimination and violence. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GenderEqualityNY or call the Human Rights Commission at 845-807-0189.