Birmingham TAGS swims for the first time!

First Birmingham TAGS SwimIn October 2014 TAGS (London trans* and gender non-conforming swimming) group had its first ever session in Lewisham. It was quite evident, from the attendance that the swimming was a success. It has given the South East trans* community a safe place to swim every week for the last year. As project manager, I have always felt that TAGS should have more spaces. TAGS Leicester was started, so I thought why not TAGS Birmingham.
On Sunday 11th October Birmingham had its first trans* only swimming group in Birmingham. Myself and other TAGS colleagues managed to find the Moseley space after clumbing bags and banners back from 4 bus stops too far. No ones fault, just one of those things.
Sighing with relief, we managed to find the space. Hesitant and nervous I walked quickly, wondering how many swimmers we had. How surprised was I when I opened the pool doors to see a packed space. The hard work had paid off.
The pool was an aray of colour and excited voices as swimmers from Birmingham West Midlands , Leicester, Nottingham and London enjoyed a splash. There was Aquatic Yoga on hand and quickly people got involved. The hour went quickly and it was great to all head back to the Birmingham LGBT centre for food tea and communinty cohesion.
Feedback was good
” Thanks to the organisers for bringing TAGS to Birmingham. I had a lovely time, hopefully it will continue”
For more pictures, look at the photo album.
For more information about TAGS look at their members page on this website.
Written by Roberta from TAGS
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Special Edition of GI’s BAME Youth Group for Black History Month

For Black History Month, Gendered Intelligence welcomes trans and gender variant people of colour of all ages to come along to a special edition of our BAME Youth Group.

We’ll be celebrating the lives and legacy of trans people of colour through history who have been at the forefront of trans and queer liberation. We’ll also be discussing the work of those who inspire us today and how we can create platforms to share our stories.

We have some amazing speakers lined up, including Travis Alabanza, a spoken word artist and writer, a “Black queer femme boi: living, studying, surviving and creating in London” and Daniel Fernando Diaz, an activist and campaigner on NUS Black Students’ Campaign committee. Third speaker to be confirmed.

Invite your friends and join us for an evening of powerful discussion and performance. Non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks will be served.

Please note, this is an event for trans and gender variant people of colour ONLY in order to create a safe space for sharing.

Date: Thursday 22nd October 6pm to 9pm
Venue: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – 62-64 Eton Avenue London NW3 3HY GB

Please register for a free ticket on Eventbrite or join our Facebook event.

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TMSA-UK win at National Diversity Awards

TMSA-UK won their category at the National Diversity Awards 2015 ceremony which took place on Friday 18th September in Liverpool.

TMSA-UK were shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations in the category Community Organisation for LGBT because of their hard work and dedication to the equality agenda.

The full Community Organisation for LGBT shortlist was:

Trans Men support and Advice UK
Broken Rainbow
Foyle Pride
Planet London
Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus
No Going Back
Out and Proud Diamond Group

Alec Scott Rook says

TMSA-UK win at National Diversity Awards 2015“We are really very proud and honoured to have the award.  Not just for the four of us but on behalf of all the members who make the group so amazing and supportive by sharing their experience and knowledge.  It’s a privilege being able to witness so many trans* masculine people’s journeys and hopefully TMSA can help them feel a little less alone.”

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New trans training resource for GPs

training resource for GPsCARE for GENDER VARIANT PEOPLE

The Royal College of General Practitioners has launched a training resource to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria. Complete this training to earn CPD points.

The numbers of trans people presenting for medical help are rising rapidly; accordingly, the waiting lists for access to specialist providers grow longer. The mental health of those not able to access treatment is likely to deteriorate and self-medication with products bought via the internet is common. The risk of self-harm and suicide in people unable to access treatment may be as much as 20 times higher than in the general population. However, with appropriate medical care, outcomes can be very positive.

The quicklink below takes you to the summary page of the course. Select ‘Start Gender Variance’ the page will route you through to a login page – register for free with the eLearning Platform, after which you can access the course. GMC/ NMC numbers are not required; leave these boxes blank.

The leaflet pictured here is available as a word document here. Please print out and distribute to your friends and colleagues and especially to give to your GP.

If anyone has difficulty in accessing resource, please inform GIRES at:

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