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.
MindOut is running mental health support groups:
Over 50s group
Out of the blue – a group for people who are experiencing, or have experienced suicidal distress or thoughts
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: email@example.com or by calling: 01273 234 839
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: http://tinyurl.com/transhelplineadvert .
LGBT friendly Zumba
Active for Life presents LGBT-friendly Zumba for £3 a session. Just turn up at Brighton Youth Centre, 64 Edward Street, Brighton BN2 0JR on Thursdays from 4.45-5.45pm or call 07833 480081, 01273 292724 or click here. Join in with this Latin-inspired exercise to music session, a fun adult dance fitness session where you can work at your own pace
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: www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/transinquiry
If you are 18 and above and identify as a transgender person who has worked for a minimum of six months in the last three years you may be interested in taking part in a study of experiences of employment and the workplace. Andrea Rozario is undertaking a qualitative MSc research project at the School of Psychology, University of East London, looking into the experiences of the workplace from a transgender person’s point of view. Interviews will take approximately 60/80 minutes in a safe, quiet environment, in complete confidence. Experiences will contribute to the research but anonymity is guaranteed. Further details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A research project is seeking trans people in the Brighton & Hove area to take part in a 1-on-1 interview discussing Internet-based suicide and self-harm resources. All participation will be treated as confidential and anonymous. The School Research Ethics and Governance Committee of the University of Brighton has reviewed and approved this study. To take part use the following link :