Cyprus Mail

Trans activist to speak about her journey at two Nicosia venues (Updated version)

Jessica Lynn

Transgender activist Jessica Lynn will be speaking at two events this week on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The first event is taking place today Tuesday and it is co-organised by Accept LGBTI Cyprus and the University of Nicosia (UNiC). The second event followed by Panel Discussion with academics is taking place Wednesday at CVAR (Severis Foundation) and it is co-organised by Aequitas and UCLan Cyprus.

Lynn is an American transwoman who has spoken about her personal journey over 600 times in 18 different countries, as part of ‘The Butterfly Project’ – an initiative she created to raise awareness about transgender and gender non-conforming rights and challenges.

For ACCEPT LGBTI Cyprus, her presentation is part of ‘Transvember’ – a series of November events organised by the organisation to highlight transgender rights as lobbying for a Cyprus legal gender recognition law enters its final stages. For Aequitas, this event is seen as part of its awareness raising activities.

“So popular have these presentations proved – given Lynn’s courage and honesty in sharing her own story, as well as fearlessly answering audience questions – that she has been appointed a Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador, and is also a Stonewall School Role Model,” Accept said in an announcement.

‘‘We are very much looking forward to host Jessica and our panellists and to welcome our guests this Wednesday evening at CVAR. It will be a very informative as well as touching evening’’, said Aequitas’s representative Andreas Andreou to Cyprus Mail. ‘’We are expecting many guests, amongst them representatives of institutions of the State, Embassy representatives, as well as academics, lawyers and colleagues from the civil society’’ he added.

Lynn has also presented to the British medical community on trans-related healthcare needs, at the invitation of the UK’s National Health Service.

On November 27 at UNIC’s Unesco Hall, Lynn will give the Cypriot public “a chance to better understand the key challenges of the transgender journey, allowing those who know little about the subject to ask their questions surrounding the topic”, Accept added. The talk at UNic is on November 27 at 6.30pm at UNESCO hall.

Wednesday’s talk by Jessica Lynn, co-organised by Aequitas and UCLan Cyprus, at CVAR, Severis Foundation in Old Nicosia from 5.30pm until 20:30 (includes cheese and wine break) will be followed by a panel discussion involving mainly university professors in EU law and human rights. Both sessions (talk and panel discussion) will be followed by a Q&A. Issues to be discussed include ‘Trans rights – the European and international legal framework’, ‘Towards legal gender recognition in Cyprus’, and ‘Health and healthcare experiences’ and inequalities trans people face in the system. ‘‘There is no question you cannot ask me’’ said Lynn in a promo video published in the event’s page on Facebook.

Reservations are necessary for Cvar event at: Alternatively, call 25582333 or email [email protected]

For more information regarding Jessica Lynn’s talks, please visit the following Facebook event pages:

Tuesday’s event by Aceept LGBTI Cyprus:

Wednesday’s event by Aequitas and UCLan Cyprus:




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