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Weekly trans* swimming lessons at St Luke's

Enjoy weekly trans* swimming sessions at St Luke's swimming pool, St Luke's Terrace, Brighton BN2 9ZE each Friday from 8-9.30pm. Cost per session is just £2.55. If it's your first time, there's no pressure to swim – you can just check out the facilities, ask questions and take a dip if you want to. All staff have trans* awareness training.  a map of how to get there.

Protection against hate crime

How you can look after yourself – and call for help

You can find detailed information about protecting yourself from transphobic abuse, threatening behaviour and even physical attack if you check out the following websites: Zhoosh Brighton LGBTQ Community Network and www.safeinthecity.info. For useful safety advice when you're out on the town, just click on this web page: LGBT safety tips.
Sussex Police work closely with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities to promote equality and encourage reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic related hate crime. Brighton and Hove have a dedicated LGBT liaison team and you can contact them in various ways. 
If you, or someone you know, is in danger you should always call 999
In a non-emergency, call 101 or:
  • Email LGBT@sussex.pnn.police.uk
  • Call LGBT Switchboard on 01273 204050 (5pm -11pm) to speak to a volunteer in confidence
  • Go to Brighton Police Station, John Street, BN2 0LA

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Remembering those who have died because of transphobia

A vigil to mark the International Transgender Day of Remembrance took place on 
Sunday November 23, at 3pm at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens (off St James's Street) Brighton, BN2 1RL. You can check out an ITV video report on the event here.

The International Day of Remembrance has been marked worldwide every year since 1988 to remember those who have died that year, by murder or suicide, as a result of their perceived gender identity. Those people may have been transgender, intersex, cross dressers or others, or they may have been mistaken for someone else. but their lives were ended because they did not conform to the gender roles expected of them.

This moving event was an opportunity to reflect and remember, and afterwards people met up at the Marlborough pub in Princes Street.

Trans Pride Brighton 2014

 A great weekend in July

On the 
weekend of July 25th-27th, 2014 the second Trans Pride event took place in Brighton and attracted hundreds of people. 
Check out the Trans Pride website at www.transpridebrighton.com 

It started with an evening of films and documentaries on Friday 25th at The Duke of York's Cinema. On Saturday 26th there was a march of unity along St James's Street to New Steine Gardens where Trans Pride in the Park started at noon. Crowds enjoyed the sunshine and the community fair with live music, comedy and poetry from trans performers, plus stalls and refreshments. On Saturday evening there was a dance party with live music at Brighton Arts Club from 8pm, and on Sunday a beach picnic from about noon and a pool party at Brighton Swimming Centre from 5pm. 

Finding safe spaces

Do you know someone who sleeps rough?

Many people come to Brighton without a place to live, or find the cost of renting is too high. This is especially hard for trans people, and if you're in trouble or know someone who is, here's how to get help. The council has a Rough sleepers, street services and relocation team which aims to engage with rough sleepers to find accommodation for them in the city, or help reconnect them to their home areas, with appropriate support. To let the team know about a rough sleeper call 0808 168 0414 (free number, from Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm) or email Brighton.rsssrt@cri.org.uk. If you have a homeless emergency out of office hours, call 01273 294400, following option 2, then option 1 when prompted.

Clare Projec
t annual general meeting

Elections and reports

r annual general meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church reelected officers and approved new members of the Clare Project committee as well as officers' reports.
The chair said our programme of activities makes the Clare Project a force for positive change in trans people's lives. The treasurer announced that we are firmly established financially, and the secretary said communication has been enhanced over the past year with welcome packs for newcomers to the drop-in, an overhaul of our website and increased use of our Facebook page. We also now provide monthly voice therapy sessions.
Our counsellor reported a very busy year and the facilitator stated that we welcome someone new at the drop-in almost every week.

Trans Equality Scrutiny Panel – Clare Project statement

The Clare Project issued the following statement on 9th May 2013:

"Brighton based transgender support group The Clare Project welcomes the implementation of the findings of the Brighton and Hove City Council Trans Equality Scrutiny Panel. This positive move will further enhance Brighton’s reputation for tolerance and fair treatment for everyone. By embracing the many diverse groups here in Brighton, the life and culture of our city is enriched."

Trans Media Watch: How the Press treats the trans community (Dec 2011 submission to the Leveson Inquiry)

Female to male group in Brighton

FTMB meets monthly

FTM Brighton is a social and support group for trans men in Brighton which meets on the third Friday of every month, 7-9pm, at Space for Change, 14 Windlesham Avenue, Brighton, BN1 3AH

Further details can be found at 

Online forum

Our online forum, set up in 2012, is now largely unused as activity has concentrated on our Facebook page. The forum can still be accessed using the following link.