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.
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In the last month I have officially joined the team at cliniQ in Soho, to help provide sexual health and wellbeing services to the trans* communities, their friends, families and significant others. Running from 56 Dean Street on a Wednesday evening (5.30 – 7.30), cliniQ works in partnership with a range of organisations (such as London Friend and GALOP) to provide safe, reliable support services for trans* people as well as clinical sexual health services, cervical screening and liver function tests.
The clinic is run by and with trans* people, working with trans* aware clinicians who offer discreet, respectful services; working from a model that should be replicated throughout health and wellbeing services. I genuinely couldn’t be happier to be involved with the organisation.
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.
If you are interested in coming along or making an appointment, please contact us at email@example.com”
Click here to check out the fabulous UK trans* activist Paris Lees speaking to the amazing Laura Jane Grace, from Against Me! A truly great piece of radio and a must hear for any young trans* people struggling to come to terms with their identity. Both women are inspirational, as always.
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
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
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!