Transgender - Interplanetary Travel From Mars to Venus?

Helen Dale

Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
10th March 2018
Transgender | Gender | Unusual | Women

John Gray suggested that Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus — but have you ever wondered what it’s like to feel you are on the wrong planet or to travel from one to the other or about what’s involved?

There has been significant coverage recently on television and in the press about transgender issues — with a trans hostess on the Oscars, trans and drag competitors on Celebrity Big Brother and Transformation Street, Annie Wallace plays Headmistress Sally St. Claire in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks (the first trans actress to play a regular trans character in a soap in the UK)— as well as earlier programmes such as My Transsexual Summer and the comedy Boy Meets Girl and, of course, Hayley from Corrie.

But how accurate are these programmes and reports?

Whether you are merely curious about gender variance or want to find out more because you deal with or may have to deal with trans/ gender variant people at work, as friends or members of your family, this workshop is the answer.

It will also examine the difference between male and female brains — why the sexes behave differently and, perhaps, help attendees to understand each other better. As there are significant levels of common ground between gender identity and sexuality, those working with gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals should also find this workshop of value.

The session then looks at Helen’s own personal journey, how she hid her secret for decades, how she came out to friends and family and at work – with humorous anecdotes on the way; her thought processes as she decided whether transition was appropriate; the treatment involved and her life post transition and surgery.

Helen is an experienced presenter of workshops dealing with trans issues; she has chaired a charity supporting transsexual and intersexed individuals; is a counsellor specialising in gender identity issues and a counselling supervisor. She has received national awards for her work in this area including the Butler Trust award presented by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

Talks to voluntary organisations and charities and social groups in the Northwest are "expensed"; commercial and public sector organisations' talks are chargeable

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About Helen Dale

Helen Dale - Biography

Helen is a counsellor specialising in Gender Identity issues and a counselling supervisor; founded and was chair of Inner Enigma, a charity, based in Manchester, supporting individuals considering or undertaking gender reassignment and helped found a:gender a pan civil service group for transsexual/ transgender/ intersexed individuals.

She was the first openly transsexual employee within the Probation Service nationally when she joined Greater Manchester Probation in 1999. She acted as lead on trans issues in Probation and has served on various NPS/ NOMS Strategic Diversity boards.

She won a Butler Trust Award in 2009 for work on transgendered issues within NOMS; this was presented by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace. In 2015 she was awarded Honorary Life Membership of a:gender in recognition of her work. She also won the Communications Award at the first National Probation Service Diversity Awards.

Since retiring, she has become a “Diversity Role Model” with a charity that goes into schools to talk to pupils about homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying. She also presents a range of workshops and talks on trans issues and experiences adapted to suit specific audiences. Workshops for commercial/ public sector organisations are chargeable and are available nationally. Those for charities or voluntary organisations and social groups are provided for expenses only within the Northwest.

Helen is also an author and has published four books on Amazon:

  • A Tale of Two Lives - her autobiography
  • Transgender Tales - a collection of a diary kept from 1997-9 when she was trying to decide if she was transvestite or transsexual; some short stories written at that time and other anecdotes
  • A Practical Guide to Understanding Gender Variance - a handbook aimed at anyone dealing with trans people
  • Summer Dreams an authentic story of the transgender community and illustrates the wide range of trans people's experiences, the problems, prejudices and fears that they face (and some of their own prejudices) — and the fact that being trans is just one facet of their lives. It was inspired by a true incident when the author was about 19.

The books are on sale at talks/ workshops and she is currently working on a second novel.

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