Mind Out online support and peer mentoring
MindOut is currently looking to recruit 20 new volunteers for their growing Online Support service and Peer Mentoring project. They are looking for volunteers who identify as LGBTQ, have lived experience of mental health and who would like the opportunity to receive training to become either a Peer Mentor or an Online Support Volunteer. Your can find out more by clicking here:
Successful applicants will be invited to a group interview on either Friday 7th October or Saturday 8th October 2016. Reasonable travel costs are reimbursed. If you're interested and want to know more, or you'd like to apply, download the application pack here: Volunteer Application Form 2016
Trans Survivors Switchboard
Trans Survivors Switchboard is a new helpline for trans survivors of sexual violence, including survivors who are non-binary and questioning launched on July 24, 2016. We are a confidential service and can be accessed anonymously by phone, web chat or email. The service is staffed by trans volunteers and is jointly run by Survivors Network and LGBT Switchboard. This is the first service of its kind in the UK to offer specialist support for trans survivors.
We will be open each Sunday 1-5 pm over the phone on 01273 204050 and via webchat on www.switchboard.org.uk/projects/helpline or via email on email@example.com. Our facebook page is at www.facebook.com/transsurvivorsswitchboard
Grassroots Suicide Prevention
Grassroots Suicide Prevention invites you to attend a day of activities at the Synergy Centre on West Street, Brighton, to mark World Suicide Prevention Day in Brighton & Hove on Saturday, September 10, 2016. The theme for World Suicide Prevention Day this year is 'Connect, Communicate and Care'. All planned activities as part of this event will be centred on these three key themes.
9.30 am – 1.00 pm: Grassroots is delighted to be offering 30 free places on safeTALK (Suicide Alertness For Everyone) to community members, thanks to donations from members of the public who have fundraised for Grassroots via our JustGiving page. To book your ticket for this training click here.
1.30 – 2.00 pm: Resource Marketplace: the Grassroots stand will be taking pledge signatures and sharing suicide prevention resources with the public. Other local services will be represented too, including Rethink’s Survivors of Suicide, MindOut and Samaritans.
2:00 - 4.00pm: Main event
The main event will include:
· presentation of new research findings from Grassroots’ award-winning Stay Alive suicide prevention app
· a two-minute's silence, memorial tree and candles to remember those lost to suicide and those who are survivors
· celebrate suicide prevention activities in Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas
· learn about the Five Ways to Wellbeing in the context of the event themes
· plus, a special announcement
The afternoon event is free, but we need you to book your free ticket here. Grassroots Suicide Prevention gratefully acknowledges funding from Public Health Brighton and Hove City Council who has enabled us to organise these events. Particular thanks also to the community members who raised money for Grassroots and have funded the safeTALK course.
News from Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
The Lancet Journal, for the first time, has published a series of articles on transgender health, to which Terry Reed of GIRES has contributed as a co-author:
The Care Quality Commission has published the report of its inspection of the London Gender Identity Clinic:
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
Spectrum, who provide health and wellbeing services for trans and non-binary people have created a new questionnaire called a BASK, which stands for Behaviour, Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge, the four main areas that influence someone to make decisions about their health and wellbeing. To take part go to http://www.spectrum.support/#!bask/zywmp Fill out the questionnaire and your answers get fed back to the Spectrum team along with your name and contact details; they will then contact you back and go through some of your answers with you.
Help with research
Researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London require a relatively large number of participants for an information gathering project on the experiences of people who do not identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. If you are interested in taking part follow this link. https://goldpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0iXyHZLmfrJcSjz All research information will be kept in strictest confidence and anonymity measures ensure that participants are unidentifiable from the data they submit.
Inspection of gender identity services
In January 2016, the Care Quality Commission are undertaking two inspections of gender identity services and would welcome feedback from people who are currently using these services or who have used them in the last year.
In the week beginning 18th January 2016, they will be visiting the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, run by West London Mental Health NHS Trust, to carry out an inspection with a particular emphasis on patient experience, and in the week beginning 25th January 2016 they are visiting the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as a part of their inspection, and will be collecting feedback between now and for two weeks after the inspection dates.
If you would like to give feedback or input into these inspections, including arranging to speak with a member of the inspection team, or give feedback in any other way, please contact 03000 616161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following references – for Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic INS1-2206743716 and for Gender Identity Development Service SPL1-2272488966.
Information shared as a part of this inspection will be confidential and no names will be used in the report or in feeding information back to the provider services.
Self injury Support is a national charity offering support, information and training about self harm. They have noticed that there is very little information available on this topic for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. To develop some information about this they would like to gather the views of as many people with personal experience as possible. If you would like to give your views you can take part in an online survey. This can be done anonymously and the information is confidential. The survey can be completed at:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHExperiences. Self injury Support's website is at http://www.selfinjuryupport.org.uk.
Call for CIS men partners
I am a non-binary trans masculine person and also a Clinical Psychology Doctorate student at University of Hertfordshire. I am looking to interview cis men (I already have lots of cis women) who are either partners of, or have been partnered with, a trans identifying person through the process of their transition. I am interested in how being partnered with a trans person, through their transition, influences the non-transitioning partner to reflect on what their partner's transition means for their own sexual identity and/or sexuality. All participant information will be kept strictly confidential. If you think you might be interested in participating, or would like more information please email me at email@example.com Many thanks Jos Twist. November 2015
Channel 4 Films
From October 2015, Channel 4 are featuring a series of short films about British transgender and non-binary people called 'My Trans Story'. The stories come from naval officers, spiritual mediums, mothers, models, young people and artists. In total, 25 films were produced in 2014 and 8 were selected by Channel 4, including one about Alice Denny. The remaining films are on the All About Trans website
Domestic Violence Research
Broken Rainbow UK a national LGBT domestic violence helpline is currently working on a project called Bleeding Love (website: www.bleedinglove.eu). They are keen to engage with trans women to gain a better understanding of their perception and / or experiences, to find out more about specific barriers in relation to coping with intimate partnership violence (IPV), particularly when it comes to engaging with support services. Interviews are completely confidential, no personal information is collected or recording of the session made. If needed and required, immediate support will be offered following the interviews and a £15 voucher will be given out to participants. If you would like to support this project contact direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for partners
They run three groups, primarily secret Facebook groups, supporting people whose partners are transitioning, supporting people who are transitioning within a relationship, and supporting couples. You can find out more at www.distinctionsupport.org, www.facebook.com/DistinctionSupport, and at email@example.com
Deed of name change
If you are looking to formalise your name change, printed below is a sample template of the easiest and quickest form this can take.
However, some record holders only accept a new name that uses official forms. If you wish to go down this route, check out the government's advisory website here for more information.
To avoid the pitfalls of unecessary expense if you are changing your name by deed poll, read this helpful guide published in The Guardian, by clicking here. It includes details of a free site called freedeedpoll.org.uk.
Magazine article on transgender victims
Matthew Barbour, contributing editor for Closer Magazine is looking for a transgender victim of an attack to speak out about the rise in attacks on transgender people. Or it could be someone who has tried to commit suicide or has been disowned by their family. This needs to be someone between the ages of 18 and 30 (ish), there would be full copy control and a good fee. Matt can be contacted on 07759 547051 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We have been asked to post this request but please think carefully before putting yourself forward to take part in any press or media project.
The Complicated Geography of Alice by Jules Vilmur
This book is described as an intimate portrayal of a transgender teenager, a family in crisis and a mother who believes that her daughter is going to blaze a brave new path if she can just keep her sober long enough to grow up.
"A lovingly told, harrowing story of a mother trying every tactic to save her transgender child. Jules Vilmur's book will haunt you and humanize people who struggle with complicated gender. I won't forget Alice's story." - Everett Maroon, author of Bumbling into Body Hair.
BBC Four Arts
BBC Four Arts are working on a documentary about people, rather than experts, giving their opinions on famous artworks on the theme of love. As part of the programme, they are keen to include a transgender person who is planning on transitioning or has already done so. They will have the chance to share their story by responding to a piece of art which tackles the subject. Anyone interested contact Assistant Producer Laura McCutcheon direct on 07834 624 114.
NHS Patient Participation Groups
LGBT HIP is conducting a survey among local LGBT people about NHS Patient Participation Groups (PPGs). Whether or not you're already involved with a PPG, or even if you don't know anything about them, they want to hear from you! LGBT HIP wants to find out how much people know about PPGs, whether or not they engage with them and why. We can then feed that information back to the CCG so that they can make it easier for people to have their say and get involved in their GP surgery. you can take part in the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGBTHIP-PPGs
The research team at King’s College London is seeking people who identify as LGB and/or T and are approaching the later stages of a life-limiting illness (such as cancer, neurological conditions, heart, lung or liver disease). The research team would like to find out more about their experiences, to identify how care could be improved. Some details of the research are on view at
http://www.gmfa.org.uk/Blog/lgbt-volunteers-needed-for-new-end-of-life-study published 23/11/2014
Omar F Okai, artistic director of The Okai Collier Company, has started a Phundee.com crowd funding campaign for a new theatre project called Celia. It’s about a young black youth who changes his sex to his true sex as a woman, rises to stardom as a supermodel, then returns home to face life. It is a unique piece of theatre with gender reassignment as its central idea. If this is something you feel you can support, click this link
Researchers at De Montfort University in Leicester are undertaking a research project into the cancer care and treatment experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The research is funded by a local charity, Hope Against Cancer, and aims to influence healthcare policy towards LGBT people. The researcher, Alison Lockley, would like to interview trans people who have had a cancer diagnosis in the last five years. All interviews will be conducted in the interviewee’s preferred location, and all information provided will be kept completely confidential. If you would be willing to be interviewed, or know someone who might, please email email@example.com or text Alison on 07873 583874.