FORA.tv Speaker - Rebecca (Jani Myriam) Wise

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Biography

Rebecca Wise founded the Transgender Resource Center in 2006 to provide peer support to Second Life's transgendered population. In the ensuing two years, the organization has grown to include over 800 members managed by a committed staff of unpaid volunteers. To support their mission, they host in-world events including open house outreach socials, guest speaker presentations and lectures, and moderated peer support group sessions. They also provide referrals to local behavioral health resources and offer in-world resources intended to facilitate and encourage serious exploration of gender identity. Their work has been mentioned in several articles published in the mainstream press and was featured in an article appearing in the August 25, 2007 issue of New Scientist magazine. They have also worked with an academic researcher seeking to understand the therapeutic potential of virtual realities for those suffering from Gender Identity Disorder.

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Virtual Social Change: Nonprofit Commons in Second Life

05.28.08 | 00:52:16 min | 0 comments