Agender’s transformational transgender conference – By Matt Akersten

Transgender delegates from around New Zealand met in Wellington at the weekend to share stories, network and help build the transgender community. Trans support network Agender’s president Joanne Clarke tells says the 2009 conference was a busy and life-changing three days.

“It went really well. We had around 75 delegates, and including presenters added up to over 90 people,” she tells Wellington’s Mayor Kerry Prendergast and gay MP Grant Robertson were among the opening speakers. Like many of us, Grant Robertson had been inspired by the Harvey Milk movie, and its message of “you gotta give ’em hope”.