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14 MAY 2012
'Touching the Surface: Trans Voices in Ireland' Book Launch
TENI is launching 'Touching the Surface: Trans Voices in Ireland' on 17 May. The landmark publication celebrates trans experiences from across Ireland and will be launched by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Maria Parodi. The event will include readings, performances, and your chance to get a copy of the book hot off the press.
The launch will occur in conjunction with a photo exhibition of words and images from Touching the Surface. The exhibition will run in the Wood Quay Civic Offices. All events are part of Dublin City Council Social Inclusion Week and coincide with IDAHOT - the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
"We had a fantastic response to our call for submissions," said Orlaith O'Sullivan, Communications Officer for TENI. "We received entries from a great diversity of ages and gender identities across Ireland. Portrait photographs, poetry, short stories, memoirs and artworks - the collection reflects the personal, political and creative spheres of trans people across the country."
For the publication, TENI even received a submission from as far afield as Russia, from a young trans man whose visit to Ireland had been an inspiration to him. TENI also worked with BelongTo's IndividualiTy group, whose members submitted poetry, stories, images and thoughts on identity and questioning gender.
"From well-known figures like Lydia Foy and Panti to anonymous voices from small rural communities, the book marks the wealth of trans experiences in Ireland," said O'Sullivan. "It is a beautiful, funny, poignant read. We at TENI hope that it will raise awareness - and a smile."
Dublin City Council Social Inclusion Week events: http://www.dublin.ie/dcdb/social-inclusion-week2012-events.htm#Thursday_17th
There will be space for changing in Wood Quay, for those wanting to change attire before the launch.