Kia ora e hoa mā!

Nō Ingarangi ōku tīpuna
E noho ana au ki Ōtautahi
Ko tēnei taku mihi ki ngā tangata whenua te rohe nei
Ka mihi hoki au ki ngā tohu o te rohe nei
He kautohu au i Qtopia,
He Rainbow Advisor au i Pegasus Health,
He Vice-President au i Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa,
Ko Jennifer Shields toku ingoa.

I’m Jen - I’m a queer and trans artist, activist, advocate, and educator from Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. I’m currently director and healthcare lead at Qtopia, a social change and social support service for the whole LGBTQIA+ community based out of Ōtautahi, running a national training programme for gender diversity in primary care. I’m also the Vice-President of PATHA, the Professional Association for Trans Health Aotearoa.

I’m also a photographer, a writer, a public speaker, an ex-radio DJ, a less-ex party DJ, an art and festival producer, a homebrewer, a cat mama, and was once in a band that was described as the punkest band in Ōtautahi.

The Edit is a mostly-irregular newsletter, a place for some longer-form writing, some series of pieces, a place for thinking aloud, a place for organising and connecting. Haere mai - welcome.

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"Jennifer Shields hates terfs because they have two things he'll never have: a uterus and a job" - substack terf, 2023