The two-day event streams online for free
The first-ever TRANSPINAY SUMMIT, an online event hosted by the Society of Trans Women of the Philippines (STRAP) and supported by Google, is just around the corner.
At 1PM (Philippine Standard Time) on both December 11 and 12, TRANSPINAY SUMMIT 2021 gathers corporate and medical professionals, academics, innovators, influencers, activists, advocates, and allies in a safe space to talk “enabling a future-ready transpinay.”
At the conference, transpinays can learn about issues pertinent to the community such as transitioning, financial literacy, the trans advocacy and movement, workplace and career, self-expression, love and dating, among other topics. This streams online on the STRAP official Facebook page for free.
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Hosted by Miss Trans Global 2020 Mela Habijan, TRANSPINAY SUMMIT 2021 also aims to serve as a channel that promotes a better understanding of “diversity, equity and inclusion, especially regarding gender identity among transpinays.” As a support group for the transpinay and by the transpinay, this summit is where members of the community can expect accurate and reliable information. Rampant misinformation is what Rain Villagonzalo, Executive Director of STRAP, and the team hope to address.
“The challenge is: How do we help transpinays beyond the organization get the right information?” she begins. “In the absence of a national anti-discrimination law that protects our trans sisters, we need to double-down on [education]…We hope that the knowledge that they’ll get from the summit will empower them as they navigate and enrich their daily lives.”
Crucial to expanding STRAP’s reach is the support lent by tech giant Google. In this way, the company actualizes its commitment to empowering the LGBTQIA+ community and championing diversity, equity and inclusion.
“STRAP’s first-ever transpinay forum is important as it will holistically equip the community with helpful knowledge and inspiring stories that can guide them in making confident decisions about their journey,” shares Bernadette Nacario, Country Director of Google Philippines. “We have made progress for the community but we still have a long way to go…Allyship in thoughts, words and actions is also crucial. To win this fight, we need more allies who can champion and defend the transpinay community.”
Tune in to the TRANSPINAY SUMMIT 2021 on December 11 (Saturday) and December 12 (Sunday) at 1 PM via Facebook live stream. For more information and to stay up to date with the Society of Trans Women of the Philippines, follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram.
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