/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Groundbreaking Study Uncovers Need for Safer Shelter Access for Female-to-Male Transgender/Transsexual People/

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:        Launch of groundbreaking research regarding safe access to
                 Toronto's Shelter system by Female-to-Male (FTM)
                 Transgender/Transsexual people. The study entitled Invisible
                 Men: FTMs and Homelessness in Toronto calls upon the City of
                 Toronto and the Province of Ontario to provide better
                 funding and resources to support FTMs within the Shelter
                 system who are at-risk of violence, discrimination and
                 marginalization within the system.

                 Key Findings and Recommendations of the Research will be
                 presented by a panel of experts.

    WHO:         Phil Brown: General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing
                 Administration, City of Toronto
                 Maura Lawless, Executive Director of the 519 Church Street
                 Community Centre
                 Christina Strang, Case Manager at Fred Victor Centre,
                 Bethlehem United Shelter
                 Michael Shapcott, Director of Community Engagement at
                 Wellesley Institute
                 Community-Based Research Team including members of FTM

    PHOTO OP:    Members of FTM community, city officials, community
                 partners, researchers

    WHERE:       Toronto City Hall, Committee Room No. 2

    WHEN:        Friday June 20th, 2008 -11:30am -1pm

    WHY:         Homeless FTMs experience an unacceptable amount of violence,
                 isolation, stigma and discrimination within a system that is
                 intended to support all communities at-risk. Further, many
                 FTMs report being unsafe in men's shelters, and unwelcome in
                 women's shelters. The launch of the study will provide
                 recommendations to improve safer access to the city's

For further information:

For further information: Michael Shapcott, Wellesley Institute, (416)
972-1010 x. 231

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