Category Archives: What’s new

New TAGS website tagswim.co.uk

TAGS SwimmingTAGS have a new website tagswim.co.uk. It has now had over 5000 views. It just shows the level of interest and that the development and growth of safe spaces for the trans and gender non-conforming community is, so needed. Tag Support CIC has had lots of new media attention. Our new Tags film is in the editing stage, and the producers are very pleased with progress. We have an interview with a broadsheet next week and are waiting for the release of an article in a well known media online publication.We are looking into developing new spaces all the time. The progress with the support from Tags volunteers has been amazing. Considering, we started developing our first space, two years ago the growth has been rapid. Thanks to everyone who has helped support this growing initiative. You are all stars!
Tag Support CIC.
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Galop to run National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline

Press Release

Galop to run National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline

The national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline will now run by Galop, the leading LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity. Galop has been working for 33 years to support LGBT victims of abuse, violence and discrimination through a variety of services, including a helpline and as the lead partner of The Domestic Abuse Partnership which is the only specialist multi-agency community response to LGBT Domestic abuse.

Galop has worked quickly with Broken Rainbow and the Home Office, which funds the service, to ensure that there is no gap in service.

Nik Noone, Galop’s Chief Executive said “This is a vital service and it is important that those experiencing domestic violence in our communities have somewhere to turn when they need support. Galop has worked with all parties to make sure that support continues and there is no disruption to the delivery of this key service.”

Bob Green, Stonewall Housing’s, Chief Executive said “I am delighted that Broken Rainbow’s services will continue within Galop. As the lead organisation of the LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership, Galop have ensured high quality services are delivered for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse and that the emerging themes are considered by partners, providers, commissioners and decision-makers.  I look forward to these services growing in the future under Galop’s direction”.

Number of the Helpline – 0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428

Opening Times:

10am – 8pm Monday
10am – 5pm Tuesday
10am – 5pm Wednesday
10am – 8pm Thursday
1pm – 5pm Friday
(1pm – 5pm Tuesday is trans specific service).

For further information, please contact info@galop.org.uk

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TAGS North London Swim!

TAGS North London Swim

Tag Support CIC (TAGS), is pleased to announce, its monthly, North London Swimming Session at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, starting on Monday 20th June, between 20.30-22.00.  (Please note this is a change of date)
The price is £5.55 for the session.
The space, like the Lewisham space, is completely self enclosed with our own changing rooms. There is a cafe in the centre, and one of the Tags volunteers will be there at the pool to support.
Megan and Roberta will be training Pool staff with a short 45 minute course, to ensure that all staff are made aware of trans issues.
The pool has disabled access and the event is for 16+ swimmers.
For more information contact Roberta: robertatrans21@gmail.com
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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
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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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