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THE CLARE PROJECT transgender support and social group, Brighton

Here's a summary of information received recently by the Clare Project (

Clinic-T now monthly

Clinic-T is a Brighton sexual health service for anyone who identifies as trans or gender variant. It opens monthly between 5pm and 7pm, at the Lawson Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 1HS.
All services are free and confidential, and staff have been trained in trans awareness. Partners are also welcome. Although the core activity is sexual health you can discuss other concerns in confidence, such as psychological issues or worries about taking hormones bought on the internet. 

You can find out more on their website at and the telephone number is 01273 664722. Outside of Clinic-T you can visit the Claude Nicol Centre – click on their website here.

MindOut workshops

MindOut is running mental health support groups:


Non-binary group

Thursday daytime


Over 50s group

Thursday afternoons


Out of the blue – a group for people who are experiencing, or have experienced suicidal distress or thoughts

Tuesday daytime


Work It Out -  a group for people who are in work 

Tuesday early evening


If anyone is interested in any of these groups, please get in touch by email: or by calling: 01273 234 839

Trans survivors

Survivors Network and LGBT Switchboard launched a pilot helpline for trans survivors of sexual violence in July 2016. Recent research has highlighted a lack of appropriate and accessible services for trans survivors. They are recruiting trans volunteers to staff this service in Brighton. If you would like to apply, please see the advert and download the application form: .

Voice your concerns

The Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry that will enable you to voice your concerns about the inequalities that trans, including non-binary, people experience. To participate in this process:

I Am Alessia

Persia West, one of the founding members of the Clare Project, has written a novel, I Am Alessia, published on Kindle and also on sale at Amazon (price £7.99). Persia says "It is the story of a woman's rebirth, or liberation, through the power of passion. It's about the struggle of the forces of the feminine and masculine inside ourselves, and in our world.

"It moves from the ordinary – a woman getting married in a small northern city – to the extraordinary – a powerful romance and flight across Europe, becoming more and more mythic with every passing mile and moment."

Here's an extract: "I am humbled, not proud, when I look back on that single weekend that made me into what I am today by teaching me about love, about tenderness, about the power of being true to oneself... It's enough for me to fully live every golden moment, watch my lovely life unfold with such intricate perfection and, just sometimes, look back with wonder at the mask I used to wear for a life made for me by someone else."

I Am Alessia is published by PersiaWestWords.