TAGS Access to Swimming Survey: Results

TAGS Swimming

This is an outline of the recent TAGS Access To Swimming Survey. Jane Chaplin who supports the Tags Birmingham space has very kindly put an outline together. It comes from all over England and part of Wales. It makes very interesting reading as it outlines the need there is for safe swimming spaces.
Please feel free to comment on the survey (email robertatrans21@gmail.com).
Outline of the survey
192 responses
Question 1
Last swam up to 12  months     39.58% – 76 people
Last swam up to 5 years            36.98% – 71 people
Last swam up to 10 years         23.44 – 45 people
Clearly there is a reason why people are not swimming which is outlined in later questions, reasons given include Dysphoria and Transphobia in situations where public swimming is available.
Question 2
Reasons to stop swimming
Fear of being outed                                        78
Ridicule                                                          108
Transphobia or the fear                                  127
Reaction from pool staff                                    95
Not Safe to change                                         118
Other reasons                                                    60
Dysphoria associated with being n public pool    34
Fear of transgender people                                 1
Question 3
Distance to travel
Not prepared to travel        3.15%        6
Up to 10 miles                    65.26%      124
Up to 20 miles                    24.74%       47
Greater distance                  6.84%       13
This presumes reasonable traveling by public or own transport with reasonable parking or taxi/bus access to baths
Question 4
Frequency of event
Monthly         37.23%         70
Fortnightly     30.32%         57
Weekly           27.13%        51
A fairly even split between the people answering this question however the organisation and cost of more frequent events than once a month would have to be assessed. Certainly once a month appears to work at present.
Question 5
Reasons to swim
Socialise                            29.47%        57
Exercise                            17.89%        34
Love of swimming              34.74%       66
Safety                                                     12
All listed elements                               103
Question 6
General consensus from participants that a swimming event would be well received across many locations in the UK, especially in city and larger centres.
Question 7
Answers give a wide range of places across UK, certainly if suitable central locations can be found and supported. There is clearly a demand for swimming but ease of travel and cost of events would be of paramount importance.
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The Art of Emergency Care

The Art of Emergency Care

Join a unique and innovative project ‘The Art of Emergency Care‘ to explore patient stories through forum theatre, working with patient educators, applied theatre students and health professionals.

Workshops will likely be 11-4, lunch will be provided (and we can also possibly pay expenses if needed), we want some people for all workshops but they do not all have to take part in performance if not keen. We are looking to collect a diverse range of stories about experiences of A&E.

Workshops take place on 17, 24 and 31 May and the performance will be on 17 June. All take place at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage.

For more information contact Kerry.Wykes@nhs.net

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Trans Advocacy Worker Post in Brighton

MindOut in Brighton is very excited to announce a new vacancy for a Trans Advocacy Worker to join our busy LGBTQ Advocacy Service. They will help us set up this pioneering service for Brighton and Hove’s Trans Communities in partnership with Trans Alliance Brighton. They will be providing advice, information and advocacy case work for all issues affecting trans lives and will need good experience of trans care pathways, mental health and community development.

Please help us spread the word of this new opportunity!

For a full job specification and application form, please see: http://www.mindout.org.uk/vacancy-trans-advocacy-worker

Or email: info@mindout.org.uk

Or send a large SAE to MindOut, Community Base, 113 Queens Rd, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Closing date for applications: 12.00 midday, Thursday March 24th

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NEW: ‘Guidance for doctors treating transgender patients’

The General Medical Council has just published “Guidance for doctors treating transgender patients”.

The Guidance fully respects the entitlements of non-binary people.

It provides guidance for GPs on prescribing and monitoring, which includes the provision of bridging prescriptions for patients who are already self-medicating. It explains that the appropriate medicines include some that are not licensed for use in treating gender dysphoria.

The guidance may be viewed at: http://www.gmc-uk.org/guidance/ethical_guidance/28851.asp

Thanks to GIRES for letting us know about this. Why not give the link to your GP!


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TAGS Swimming Survey Results

TAGS Swimming
TAGS Support CIC, has recently carried out a Survey Monkey, to look at the difficulty faced by trans and non-binary swimmers to access spaces in England  and Wales.
Our reach out to the community is very much restricted by resources but we have managed to get 190 respondees to our survey. The survey answers came from the South West, South East North and North East of England and  also from Wales.
The stats very much reflect the need for safe trans swimming spaces.
For example:
70% of our respondents don’t swim because of fear of transphobia;
67% of our swimmers would like the opportunity to swim at least once a month.;
63% feel there is nowhere safe to change.
I am posting the results as I feel it is important that we keep pushing because the problem of the lack of trans inclusive leisure spaces in the UK is a human rights issue.
Roberta Francis TAGS Support CIC
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Real Boy at the BFI Flare

Real Boy at the BFI FlareDear Trans Network Team,
My name is Shaleece Haas and I am the director of the new documentary film REAL BOY, a unique coming-of-age story of a transgender teenager finding the meaning of family—given and chosen.
You can see the film’s trailer here: http://www.realboymovie.com.
I am delighted to let you know that later this month REAL BOY will have its world premiere at BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival! Given the Trans Network’s mission to connect and empower the trans community in London, I thought your membership might be interested in coming to see the film.
The film’s central protagonist Bennett and I will be in attendance at the Monday and Tuesday evening screenings. We would be so delighted to see all of you there!
The screening times are:
21 March 2016 / 18:10
22 March 2016 / 20:30
26 March 2016 / 16:30 – sold out
All screenings are held at:
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road

South Bank

London SE1 8XT
Tickets and information can be found here: bit.ly/RBFlare
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the film or about the screenings. We are delighted to be traveling from California to London for this very special occasion and hope to see members of the Trans Network community there!
All the Best,
Shaleece Haas | Director/Producer, Real Boy 
(510) 316-2687  I  shaleece@realboymovie.com
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Transforming Cinema Project – T-boys

T-Boys is a peer support group for masculine spectrum trans people in Leeds and Sheffield.
Transforming Cinema ProjectYou may be aware that some members of T-Boys were involved in E.D.E.N Film Productions’ Trashing Transphobia film project last year. E.D.E.N has now been announced as a People’s Project finalist and is competing to win up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to bring transgender film festival Transforming Cinema to Sheffield.
The Transforming Cinema project would train members of the LGBT community in filmmaking skills to create films raising awareness of issues affecting the transgender and gender non­conforming community. These films would then be screened at a brand new Transforming Cinema festival, organised by E.D.E.N and held on Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sheffield.
This is a really great opportunity to improve media representation of trans people by empowering us to tell our own stories in our own way and educate the wider public about the issues we face.
You can find out more information about the project here:
And to vote for the project (and any other People’s Projects you might want to support!) go to this link:
The full Trashing Transphobia film is also now available to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLiEy1AOfls&feature=youtu.be
T-Boys Committee
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cliniQ Trans Health Matters Conference

cliniQ Trans Health Matters Conference

The cliniQ Trans Health Conference 2016 is taking place on Tuesday 26th April at the Coin Street Community Centre, 108 Stamford Street, Southbank, SE1 9NH

This is a one day conference for trans people, clinicians and sexual health practitioners addressing key issues in sexual health and HIV.

Book your place using this link: http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/TransHealthMattersConference2016

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