A short video promoting the amazing sexual health and wellbeing services for trans* people, their friends, partners and families at 56 Dean Street in Soho. Unfortunately, featuring yours truly at various points!
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
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: