Following the amazing success of the recent consultations by NHS England, the following twitter clubs will be taking place:
Tuesday 17 December 1 pm- Minorities within the trans* community (for example intersex, people with disabilities, people from ethnic minorities etc)
Thursday 19 December 8 pm- Children and young trans* people
Wednesday 8 January 1 o clock- Older trans* people
Tuesday 14 January 6 o clock- wrap-up session: any issues not covered so far.
These targeted sessions aim to address specific issues for trans* people in terms of their experience of and barriers to services, whether it be GICs or general health services. Having discussed the sessions with the NHS England team, I feel really positive about the data from these sessions actually being recorded and put to good use. So, please get involved, have your say
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Socialists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)
“A friend and comrade Ira Putilova has been detained today by UKBA officials. Ira is an LQBTQ person from Russia who is currently claiming asylum in the U.K for her own safety. In Russia she was harassed, followed, and attacked, by state officials, the police and Neo Nazis because of her political activism and LGBTQ status; if she is returned to Russia she is likely to face torture, detention, and potentially death. Today (06/12/13) she was taken by UKBA officials to Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre and may face imminent deportation. We have recently lost contact with Ira, but are hoping to speak to her later tonight when she arrives at Yarls Wood. In the mean time, we ask everyone reading this to spread the word about Ira and her situation, and to contact groups or people who might be able to help- All and any actions of support/solidarity are greatly appreciated by Ira and her Friends.”
Can anyone with any experience or contacts in immigration/asylum PLEASE contact myself or my friend Faith Taylor (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Following the success of Trans Health Matters in March 2013, the second event aims to provide a trans* voice into the health debate; providing practical solutions for trans* engagement and for strategic inclusion in the health & social care sectors.
The 2014 event is supported by cliniQ, the innovative trans* health and well being NHS service in central London; it’s partner providers and the National LGB & T Partnership. It will look at specific health needs and issues of trans* inclusion in the planning and delivery of health, public health and social care services.
In the spirit of the event, Trans Health Matters wants to include trans* people at every stage of its development. We’d love to hear what trans* people want from the day:
What matters to you with regards to trans* health and well-being?
What can the program include that would make it appealing to you? (i.e. what sort of activities or discussions are relevant for you)
How can we make the event as inclusive, rewarding and accessible as possible?
To have your say, join us on twitter, 4pm this Sunday (December 8th) on the hashtag #transhealthmatters
The third and final NHS twitter club (for now) will be taking place on Tuesday 26th, again using the hashtag: #NHSGenderID
The first two sessions have been super engaging and I hope, for the NHS, quite illuminating. All the opinions, complaints and suggestions have been fantastic and useful. A lot of venting has understandably occurred, and I think in a lot of ways the process has felt quite cathartic. Hopefully this is the beginning of a move towards partnership working with the NHS, and towards tangible improvements in services.
I think the third and final session for non-binary identified people is maybe the most important session yet. Due to justifiable anxiety around honestly presenting ones gender (gender fluidity or lack of gender) at GICs, its likely that “non-binary” goes under the radar within NHS services. I certainly know of a lot of anecdotal information from Genderqueer friends who felt the need to “butch up” or “femme up” for GIC appointments. I’m sure this isn’t news for most of us!
This is a huge opportunity for genderqueer and non-binary people to engage with the NHS and importantly, show they are not as invisible or so few in number as service providers may believe.
Happy tweeting! #NHSGenderID
In anticipation of World AIDS Day, Durex & MTV has agreed to donate one condom for every share of this video (with the hashtag #SomeoneLikeMe) to the world’s most HIV affected countries.
That could mean approx. 10 million condoms! Get sharing, people!
Just a snippet of the discussion from yesterday:
Here’s the deal, the NHS and the Department of Health know they have it wrong in terms of supporting gender variant people and by their own admission, are not sure how to get it right. Recently, they seem to have come to a groundbreaking solution – “Why don’t we ask trans* people what they think?”
This is happening, now.. Today in fact! NHS England are hosting a series of twitter clubs using the hashtag #NHSGenderId:
•Friday 15 November 4 pm, focusing on Trans women
•Wednesday 20 November 12 pm, focusing on Trans men
•Tuesday 26 November 8 pm, focusing on Trans* & non-binary trans people
Suggested topics for consideration are as follows:
–What works well in the gender identity services?
–What are the gaps? How can they be addressed?
–What does good look like?
–How can we make a difference to people’s lives?
Please get involved, be engaged and be honest.. I feel like these topics are going to invite a lot of anger (and rightly so), but constructive criticism and suggested solutions will be so, so valuable!
We had two really great discussions at the Evolve trans* youth group this month. First off, we talked about the things that friends, family, MAP staff and doctors could do to be really good allies for trans* people.
Here’s what the young people came up with:
- Good allies would stand up for you when other people are being unpleasant or abusive. We also talked about how just staying with you when abuse is occurring can be really powerful.
- Good allies would not ask intrusive questions about your identity, your genitals or any other aspects of your trans* experience
- They would be open and receptive and have a willingness to learn about how to understand trans* people’s lives
- They wouldn’t be judgmental
- Good allies would have a positive approach and would not be ashamed to be seen with you or be ashamed of people knowing you are trans*
- They wouldn’t treat you any different from how they did before you came out, except they would use the name, pronouns you prefer and would respect your identity
- They would ask how you would like to be treated e.g. What pronouns do you want to use?
- They wouldn’t make negative comments about your body or gender presentation e.g. your body looks weird, you should wear your hair a certain way etc.
- Good allies would be willing to challenge peoples negative attitudes and misconceptions
Our second discussion was about what trans*-friendly services should look like.
This is what we think:
- Gender neutral bathrooms are essential
- It can help if there is diversity within the staff, ideally someone from an LGBT background who can relate to the stress and anxiety of the coming out process
- Trans* friendly spaces should be accessible for ALL trans* people, which includes cultural sensitive services, wheelchair access etc
- Positive images of trans* people should be on show
- Trans* friendly spaces should deliver on their promises of being trans* friendly and should always consult trans* people themselves on how to do this
- Any forms that needed to be filled out should be inclusive, not just male and female tick boxes
- The service should have workers that respect trans* identities, who do not just stick to the binary model
- Trans* friendly services should have a sense of humour!
- An awareness of confidentiality
- Safe spaces to change clothes etc.
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According to their website (www.someonelikeme.tv):
It’s sex education without the boring bits. Honest, inspiring, fun and truthful
It’s a chance to talk to people like you. People with the same questions, hopes and fears
A celebration of the things that make us different and the things that make us the same