Welcome to the 
Clare Project
Transgender support and social group, Brighton

**Please note that this website is under renovation and will re-launch September 2019**
Any queries can be directed to our email tcpbrighton@gmail.com or call 01273 234009 and ask for Grace. 

Please check 'Our Booklet' page for our most recent Welcome Pack. 


THIS website not only highlights our own activities but gives quick and easy links to other trans groups and organisations. 
Check out our different sections on the left of this page.

We have weekly drop-ins EVERY TUESDAY (see information on this page and on our Drop-in page).

*OUR next monthly Clare Project Meet&Eat event, where we join together for an evening meal out, will be on
Tuesday, May 7 at The Madeira Harvester restaurant
, The Terrace, Madeira Drive, Brighton.

For our Meet&Eat events we visit good value, friendly places to eat and enjoy a drink and a chat, and we hope to see you there. You can find out more details on our Meet&Eat page by clicking here.

*AS part of The Clare Project, a new regular monthly evening trans and non-binary drop-in meets at Cafe Domenica, 5-7 Preston Road, Brighton on the third Thursday of the month from 6-8pm. The next evening drop-in will be on Thursday, April 18.

It is open to anyone who identifies with the TNB community and/or is questioning and exploring their gender identity. The group provides a safe space where people can socialise, find out more about local or national organisations and services, and engage with topics which may affect them.

This moth TNB will hear about volunteering opportunities that support our community and the sider LGBTQ+ community. Ruari, volunteer coordinator from Switchboard, who also leads on the Trans Survivors drop-in and helpline, will be among those involved.

Themes for future sessions will include  housing, sexual health, sports and activities, trans care pathways, and social support. TNB is a great opportunity to meet others from the community and engage with workshops and events. Participation in any aspect is entirely voluntary.

*THE Clare Project is running the Saturday morning cafe at the Chapel Royal in North Street, Brighton, during May. 

You can sign up to volunteer on May 4, 11, 18 and 25. We need one or two volunteers to work alongside their usual staff between 9.45am and 1.15pm to help serve coffees, sandwiches and cakes to their customers. All profits go to The Clare Project.

Different charities take over each month and the cafe is well worth supporting if 
you're out and about on any Saturday between 10am and 1pm. 
They serve excellent value coffee and tea, home made cakes and sandwiches. The Chapel Royal is by the bus stops towards the bottom of North Street, as you travel down from the Clock Tower, and the cafe is relaxed, comfortable and 

*IF you see any transphobic or other graffiti hate messages which have been appearing in the city, the best way to get them removed is via City Clean.

When reported as trans hate, they will be removed as soon as possible. It can be done via this form, which takes two minutes to complete: https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/report-problem-and-request-clean


Or you can email CityClean@brighton-hove.gov.uk


The duty team at the community safety team can also log the instance and keep an eye on developments. Contact them at   CommunitySafety.Casework@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk

*THE Clare Project has a new counsellor, Jake Yearsley. Much of his counselling has been with clients from LGBTQ+ communities. 

He says “I aim to ensure a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space where the client may wish to explore who they are and the dilemmas of their life. I do not make assumptions about the client’s pronouns or sexuality and I do not assume the client’s intention of therapy is always about their gender or sexuality.

"Having a trans-history myself (AFAB/trans-masculine), I understand the medical and legal process of gender reassignment. I am aware there is no homogeneity of trans and non-binary identities, we all have different stories to tell.

"Through my experience and knowledge of trans communities, I have an understanding of the wider social context that also impacts on the identity of gender and sexually diverse peoples."

Jake is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a qualified psychosynthesis counsellor. He is a psychosexual therapist with special focus on gender, sexual and relationship diversity. You can contact him at the drop-in.

*CLARE PROJECT secretary Kim Curran has resigned as secretary after seven years in the post, and has also stepped down as a trustee. She was thanked for her work at the trustees meeting on April 11, 2019 and by the drop-in committee on April 2, where she said how much the Clare Project, and the friendships she had made there, meant to her in her personal journey. Kim edits a community magazine in central Brighton.

*THE annual community service to mark the 2018 International Transgender Day of 
Remembrance took place at Dorset Gardens Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton on Sunday, November 18.

The vigil included reading the names of those who have lost their lives from transgender violence in the past year and the Rainbow Chorus sang at the event.

Before the event, chair of the Clare Project Dr Sam Hall said: “We are experiencing widespread transphobia in the mainstream media more than ever before. As many more progressive countries take up the cause of equal rights for trans and non binary people by changing their laws to accommodate gender self-identification, in the UK we are seeing a concerted effort to both oppress and negate trans people’s existence. 

"The rhetoric is fear mongering and specifically targeted towards trans women who remain some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“At TDoR we come together to express our solidarity with those less fortunate than ourselves who have had their lives taken forcibly solely on the grounds of their gender expression. We remember the lives lost and the battles still to be won, we take solace in our shared pain and hopes for a better future by coming together and supporting one another, celebrating our right to life, and to equal rights in all societies."

THE Clare Project held its annual general meeting on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 6pm at Dorset Gardens Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton.

There were reports from the chair, secretary, counsellor and facilitator, and registration forms were available for membership of the Clare Project. 
You can also apply to become a member at our regular Tuesday drop-in meetings. The Clare Project has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the registered charity number 1165746.

*CLARE PROJECT counsellor Virginia Cole has retired after eight years in the role. We had a farewell gathering at the Camelford Arms in Camelford Street, Brighton, on 
Tuesday, August 28 after the drop-in. Tributes were paid to Virginia for her support, understanding and commitment to helping so many people over the years. Former Clare Project secretary Kim Curran said: "We know that seeing her go will be a wrench both for her and for us – we have got so used to her calming presence, knowing that she was a vital part of the service that the Clare Project drop-in offers."

*THE sixth annual
Trans Pridetook place in July and the Clare Project had a stall at the main Trans Pride park event in Brunswick Square Gardens, Hove, on Saturday, July 21. 

Our tombola, with Clare bears as prizes, raised more than £130 for Clare Project funds. 

For more information click on the Trans Pride website here at www.transpridebrighton.org/events/ or their Facebook site at www.facebook.com/TransPrideBrighton or the Twitter site at https://twitter.com/TPrideBrighton

*THE following is a public statement from The Clare Project in Brighton and Hove regarding the proposed A Women’s Place event on July 16, 2018.

"Whilst we support the right to freedom of speech, we wish to make clear that events such as these create the climate for misinformation, fear and division.

"Ultimately such events create the conditions for exclusion and hatred of trans people, especially trans women. We further feel that such events aim to 'debate' the existence of trans women, thereby dehumanising members of our community and their rights to peace and freedom.

"This is particularly important given the recent events at London Pride and Brighton and Hove’s forthcoming Trans Pride celebrations. This timing is not coincidental and our key community events and identity as an LGBTQI positive city are being undermined.

"The Government’s consultation on the Gender Recognition Act makes clear this is not a debate about the existence of trans people and that trans people are members of our society who should be afforded the same rights as others. To use this positive and overdue development as a platform for generating hatred is therefore even more upsetting.

"We therefore call upon our LGBTQI allies and organisations, alongside women’s organisations in Brighton and Hove, to reject the exclusionary views that this event will promote."


*THE Trans Housing Guide is now online at Brighton and Hove City Council's website. Click on this link www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/trans-housing-guide to find out more.                                                                              

There are also links to the guide from other Brighton and Hove City Council website pages: Finding a home and LGBT housing advice services.

*ON July 3, 2018, the Government unveiled plans to make it easier for transgender people to change their legal 
gender on birth certificates.

This proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act involves a 16-week consultation, and includes a promise that it will not water down Equality Act protections for trans people. You can find out more by clicking here.

*TRANS CAN SPORT is a project in Brighton and Hove dedicated to transforming the wellbeing of trans people through exercise and healthy living, including running, yoga, circuits, pilates and lifting. All sessions are free or low cost. You can check out their website by clicking here.

*ENJOY weekly
 trans swimming sessions at St Luke's Pool, St Luke's Terrace, Brighton BN2 9ZE on Wednesdays from 8.30-9.20pm. Standard swimming fees apply. Their phone number is 
01273 602385.

There is no pressure on first-timers to swim. You can check out the facilities, ask questions and take a dip if you'd like to. Both private and communal changing facilities are available and there are trans-friendly lifeguards. 

here to see their website for dates, here to find their Facebook site for latest information, and here to find out how to get there.

BREAST CERVICAL BOWEL is a useful booklet on cancer awareness, giving important screening information to transgender people. It's produced by Brighton and Hove NHA Clinical Commissioning Group and you can find out about it in detail by clicking here.

*WE have added new  external links to our National links page to put you in touch with a wider range of trans and non-binary organisations and websites. These include Gendered Intelligence and Beyond the Binary. For more information please click here.

*THE Clare Project has
a creativity table at our drop-in on the first Tuesday of each month, from 5-7pm

This is a quiet place to enjoy anti-stress doodling and colouring using pens and crayons, particularly for those who find it a bit easier to socialise with a structured activity. Do give it a try.   

*DON'T forget to check out our two
Billboard sections where we pass on information sent to us from other organisations. You can find Billboard notices of local interest (including the above) here, and wider interest here.

*TRANS Living in Brighton and Hove 
presented its key findings from the Brighton and Hove Trans Needs Assessment survey of 2015. Among its main points are that an estimated 2,760 trans adults live in the city and many more come in to study, work or socialise. Brighton is trans friendly but there is still discrimination, abuse and social isolation. The trans community spans all age and ethnic groups and has more people with long-term health problems or who are disabled than the 
general population. 
For more details you can read the pamphlet by clicking here.

*TO mark the 15th anniversary of the Clare Project in 2015 we produced a Clare Project timeline to show how we have progressed since 2000. You can see an updated version to 2018 below (click on the chart to bring up a larger version). We also have a short history of the Clare Project, which includes the original timeline chart and reminiscences about the early days, in our history section. To see this, just
 click here.

*A SERIES of useful factsheets on trans-related topics have been published. Click on any of the following subjects to find out more about trans children, teens and their parents, mental health and well being, sexual health and meeting the challenges of ageing
Produced by the National LGB&T Partnership, CliniQ, Mermaids and TransForum Manchester, with support from Public Health England, the factsheets give straightforward, dependable information and guidance for trans people and their families. For a complete list of topics and links to them, click here.

have information a
knowing your rights as a trans* person (just press the link here) and you can find expanded information about FTM support groups by clicking here. 

WE have advice about what to do if you, or a friend, is a victim of a transphobic hate crime – and some useful tips how to stay safe if you're out on the town late at night. Click here to investigate...

BRIGHTON Trans*formed is a remarkable book featuring the lives and thoughts of a wide range of trans people in Brighton. 

Developed over more than 18 months, the project involved in-depth interviews and tells the fascinating stories of trans people, many of them 
members or former members of the Clare Project, in their own words.

Find out more and order your copy from QueenSpark Books by going to their website here.

THE Clare Project's chair is Dr Sam Hall. Taking up the position in June 2014, Sam said: "I am proud to have been chosen to represent the Clare Project. It has a vital role to play, not only providing a place where the trans community can come together but also as a voice representing that community in the wider world."

Sam took over from Steph Scott who was chair for eight years. The Clare Project committee acknowledged Steph's commitment to make the Clare Project a respected organisation aimed at improving the lives of transgender people in Brighton and beyond.

DO you, or someone you know, have severe housing problems and are sleeping rough? See
our News section
 to find out how to get help from Brighton council.

THE CLARE PROJECT is a self-supporting transgender support and social group based in Brighton and Hove open to anyone wishing to explore issues around gender identity.

Our main activity is our weekly DROP-IN every Tuesday, which aims to provide a safe and confidential place for people to meet with others who share their life experiences, and find information, support and companionship. A facilitator and a psychotherapist are at the drop-in each Tuesday. We can also offer some changing facilities.

Whilst the group is mainly attended by transgender, transsexual and gender dysphoric people, we aim to be all-inclusive as we recognise the complexities surrounding the issue of gender identity. We have no religious affiliation.

There is also a new regular monthly evening trans and non-binary drop-in at Cafe Domenica, 5-7 Preston Road, Brighton. It meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6-8pm.

Our drop-in address:
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church
Dorset Gardens
(off St James's Street)

Our Facebook site:

Email address

Postal address:
The Clare Project
Dorset Gardens Methodist Church 
Dorset Gardens