Tag Archives: LGBT

LGBT Youth Awareness Training

LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014Friday 9th May 2014: 2-5pm at the ELOP Centre
Cost £30 per person

Sexual orientation and gender identity are two of the protected characteristics specified in The Equality Act (2010) as minority groups at elevated risk of experiencing many health inequalities and discrimination. Ensure your organisation and staff are LGB&T aware by accessing ELOP’s multidisciplinary LGBT Youth Awareness Training.

ELOP Booking Form – LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014<
ELOP – LGBT Youth Awareness Training Workshop May2014

Men’s Health & Wellness Workshop – Tuesday 15th April

7.00pm to 9.30pm @ ELOP

Health & Wellness for Gay, Bi & Queer Self-identified Men.

Following on from our previous workshops on ‘Love, Sex & Intimacy’ for Queer guys, I’ll be co-facilitating a health session next week for guys from the LGBTQ communities. We’ll be sharing tips on exercise (suitable for all abilities); healthy eating; tackling stress; keeping a healthy sleep schedule and looking at how to maintain your sexual health. We’ll also be discussing health concerns that are particularly relevent for men aged 30 and up.

30+ Men’s Group – 7.00-9.30pm
Social evening for GB&T men twice a monthly on Tuesday 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.
On the 1st Tuesday of the month, we meet at ELOP. On The 3rd Tuesday we’ll be arranging an event or outing elsewhere.

Club Mellow Men’s Groups @ ELOP
56-60 Grove Road
E17 9BN

Contact us for details.
Email: info@elop.org – Tel: 020 8509 3898
Cost: £2

This is one of the coolest projects I’ve seen in a long time. PLEASE give generously.

Check out North London’s incredible trans* and queer friendly service Open Barbers


Open Barbers is a queer and trans* friendly haircutting service in North London offering wicked haircuts and an inclusive atmosphere. Here is their manifesto:

“Open Barbers is a hairdressing service for all genders and sexualities led by Greygory, Klara, Felix and Clancey.

Who we are and what we do:

We offer a personalised and warm haircutting experience with a queer and trans friendly attitude. We seek to promote the diversity of identities in society and celebrate people’s appearance in the way they wish to be seen.

Open Barbers started in March 2011, building on hairdressing skills and experience developed by Greygory and Klara over the last decade. Open Barbers has already participated in several events including Latitude Festival, Schmoozing For Art with artist Brian Lobel and the Jewish Community Centre, Bar Wotever, Queer Fayre and House of Stars. The experience has been extremely well received creating a thriving mailing list and online interaction from Open Barbers clients. An interview with Open Barbers features in Dapper Q online magazine celebrating our new initiative, bringing international acclaim to our diverse approach.

Contact us:

If you are interested in coming along or making an appointment, please contact us at openbarbers@gmail.com”

URGENT HELP NEEDED – LGBTQ Activist facing deportation to Russia

“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 (thefaitht@gmail.com) as soon as possible.



Call for speakers and workshop leaders at UEA’s Transgender Conference 2014

Having recently been made the organiser of the Barbara Ross Association conferences, I am currently looking for:

  • People who are interested in submitting abstracts for either oral or poster presentations
  • Any groups/individuals who would like to lead workshops or seminars
  • Individuals or groups who would be keen to present or collaborate with the conference committee in some way other than those above – we welcome new ideas!
  • Trans* visual artists, filmmakers and musicians

Please keep abstracts to 250 words and include the following in the body of your email:

  • Title of paper
  • Name(s) of presenter(s)
  • Affiliation(s) of presenter(s), including department/unit
  • Contact e-mail address

The conference will run at the University of East Anglia (Norwich) on September 5th, 6th and 7th 2014.

Here is the programme from the TG 2012 conference, to give you a feel for what the events are like. Please do NOT be put off if your submission varies from the examples below. We are keen to expand and improve on previous events and are particularly keen to hear from trans people of colour, people from the creative industries and anyone working with the community within the helping and/or medical professions but ALL submissions are welcomed.

Conference Programme Saturday
Welcome by Barbara Ross OBE, CQSW
Olivia Johns Ma (Oxon) “True to Both Selves?” Reflections on Gender Identity
Bernard Reed OBE & Terry Reed OBE (Gender Identity Research & Education Society): Current Issues in Transgender Healthcare and Equality
Dr Francesca Swords (Endocrine Specialist) – Monitoring Hormone Therapy & Health After Reassignment Surgery
Mr Gennaro Selvaggi (Surgeon) – Male to Female surgical techniques – Personal Experience
Dr Bart van de Ven (Plastics) – Facial Feminisation Surgery
Mr Gennaro Selvaggi (Surgeon) – Female to Male Phalloplasty
Ms Alice Purnell OBE – “Trans then and Now”

Conference Programme Sunday
Mrs Susan Clark (Speech Therapist): Key factors for M to F transition
Mr Krys Vere-Bujnowski (QWest) – Female to Male Issues
Katy Jon Went: Depathologising Gender Dysphoria
– Workshops –
Simon Blackmore & Aedan Wolton introduce a film by the Evolve Trans Youth group
Plenary & Closure

Aedan Wolton, Simon Blackmore & Linda Street (Mancroft Advice Project) – Working with Trans Youth
Neil Howard, Equality & Diversity Officer, Norfolk County Council & Ashley Williams (OASIS support group) – Equality Issues for Transgender People within Public Services & Employment
Julie Innes, Diversity Advisor, Norfolk Constabulary – Community Safety
Sarah Brown, Cambridge City Councillor – Being Transgender in Public Life

For more information, to discuss an idea or to submit an abstract please contact me via email (pa206aw@gold.ac.uk). Please note there is currently no closing date for submissions.

Save Laetitia – A Petition



Ignoring the archaic gendered nature of the text (if you can), John Donne made a very good point. Human rights should matter to us all.


No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

John Donne
Please sign the petition at Change.org and help to stop Laetitia’s deportation back to a homeland that is abusive and unsafe.
Here are the details from change.org:

“Laetitia is a woman with trans background from Russia. In Russia, she faced harassment and violence on a daily basis. She was treated inhumanely in the police station, beaten up and urinated on by the officers. She sought asylum in Sweden three years ago. She fears that violence, spearheaded by Russian government towards LGBT people will continue upon her return to Russia. Moreover, she is active in LGBT movement, promoting normalization of trans people. New Russian laws hinder her activism to the point that she will face huge fines while being completely excluded from daily life. But Swedish Migration Board rejected her asylum. By deporting her back, Sweden wants to put her in the situation when she can be killed or forced to commit suicide. Please sign this petition to support Laetitia’s fight for asylum and to make Swedish Migration Board understand the danger that LGBT people face in countries like Russia.”