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:

Or email:

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

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:

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


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

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:
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:
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

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:
T-Boys Committee

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:

Trans in the Criminal Justice System

Trans in the Criminal Justice System

When: 1.15pm, Saturday March 5th

Where: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE

Trans in the criminal justice system

The government is re-examining its policy on transgender inmates following the death of two trans women at all-male prisons in the UK. Transphobic hate crime is on the rise. Discriminatory stop & search continues.

LSE invites you to ‘Trans in the Criminal Justice System’, a panel discussion on the challenges faced by trans people and how the criminal justice system should be reformed. Audience participation is strongly encouraged, so please do come prepared to ask questions.

***The event is open to everyone.*** Please do share widely and invite everyone you think might be interested!

Please make sure you register for a ‘Ticket’ and click attending on our Facebook event. The talk is completely free but we do need to know numbers.


·  Ulele Burnham is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and a former chair of the Discrimination Law Association;

·  Charlie Kiss is a political activist, a former prisoner, and the first trans man to stand for parliament in the UK;

·  Dr Sarah Lamble is a Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck School of Law and a leading expert on LGBT+ criminal justice issues.


·  Dr Leticia Sabsay is an Assistant Professor in Gender and Contemporary Culture at LSE’s Gender Institute.

This panel event is part of the LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Moot. The competition’s gold sponsors are Linklaters and Mishcon de Reya.

TAGS Survey for Swimming

TAGS Swimming

TAGS have put together a small survey to look at swimming provision for our community. The survey was released earlier this month and Roberta, co-founder of TAGS said

“In a couple of days we have had over 65 responses from across the UK!This is without proper resources and with just the use of Social Media.

Already the stats show that over 69% of trans and non-binary people do not want to access swimming because of fear of transphobia.”
Please complete the survey and share it with friends, colleagues and with appropriate networks it would be a great help in developing future swimming spaces.
Roberta Francis TAGS

A New Resource – ‘Inclusivity’ – Supporting BAME Trans People

Inclusivity - supporting BAME trans peopleA 28-page guide with practical tips, guidance, and resources dedicated to supporting the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) trans population of Britain: ‘Inclusivity – Supporting BAME Trans People.

This project has been commissioned by the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) and put together by graphic designer Soofiya Andry, under the leadership of Sabah Choudrey, an LGBTQ BAME Consultant and Activist.

“GIRES is proud to support this important initiative. We have been delighted to hear BAME trans people now giving voice to their special concerns, with ever greater confidence. Wide promulgation of this important document, via the networks operated by GIRES and many other groups, provides BAME trans people with a different way to convey their concerns to all policy makers, employers and service providers, as well as to families and support groups. We encourage them to listen carefully to what BAME trans people are so clearly saying.”


Download a free copy here:



Or contact GIRES to order a printed copy:


TRANSACTING one-day writing project: Saturday 19th March 2016

TransActingFollowing the TransActing project in London in summer 2015, Gendered Intelligence are running a one-day writing workshop for trans and/ or non-binary people aged 16 and over.

Writer Jon Brittain will lead the workshop. Jon wrote Rotterdam (Theatre 503). See here for an interview where Jon talks about the play which has a trans character at the heart of it.

Jon’s one-day workshop will run 10am – 5pm on Saturday 19th March at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

The day will be structured into three parts:

  • Getting started (tips and tricks to start creating characters and scenes)

  • Re-writing (taking your first draft to the next stages)

  • What next? (getting your work read and seen)

The workshops will be about skills sharing and bringing participants’ experiences together. You’ll be talking about writing for film and theatre and to a lesser extent, television.

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