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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

Paying tribute to victims of transphobic crime

Around 100 people attended the 2015 Transgender Day of Remembrance on 
Sunday, November 22 at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens (off St James's Street) Brighton, BN2 1RL.
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.

The moving event was an opportunity to reflect and remember, and afterwards people talked together over tea and coffee in the main hall, and also went on to the Marlborough pub in Princes Street.

Trans Pride Brighton 2015

A great weekend in July

On the 
weekend of July 24th-26th, 2015 the third Trans Pride event took place in Brighton. 

For information, check out the Trans Pride website at www.transpridebrighton.com and Facebook page at Marlborough://www.facebook.com/TransPrideBrighton?fref=ts

It started with an evening of films at the Duke of York's on Friday 24th. The main feature was the award-winning Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, a portrait of trans activist, performance artist and writer Kate Bornstein by trans filmmaker Sam Feder. 
On Saturday 25th there was a march of unity from Princes Street at noon, and Trans Pride in the Park, this year at Dorset Gardens Peace Park,  attracted more than 2,000 people during the day to enjoy the entertainment, food and stalls. After a wet Friday the weather relented to give a fine day.
At the Clare Project stall we spoke to many visitors, telling them about the drop-in and other services, and gave out leaflets, cards and welcome packs. Our raffle raised £91 and thanks to all those who bought tickets. 
On Saturday evening the Traumfrau dance party was at Envy, Charles Street, and on Sunday the rain returned so the planned picnic on the beach transferred to the Marlborough pub. 

Clare Projec
t annual general meeting 2015

Elections and reports

r annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church reelected officers and approved members of the Clare Project committee as well as officers' reports. 
There were 21 people present. Julia Trangmar was elected as a new member of the committee.

Chair Dr Sam Hall paid tribute to previous chair Steph Scott who stepped down last June. He announced that the Clare Project has been awarded a three-year contract with Brighton and Hove council to provide additional mental health support services to the trans community in the form of weekly peer-support courses, in conjunction with Mind Out. We will be updating our constitution during the coming year and celebrating our 15th anniversary

Treasurer Beth Whittaker reported that total income to the end of March 2014 was £8,558 and payments were £5,573 which gave funds in hand to continue therapy and voice therapy support. The forecast was that we are on track to  break even on income and expenses for 2014-15.

Secretary Kim Curran said more work had been done to improve the website, giving more news in a new billboard section. The Facebook site remained busy and there were several social and fund-raising events during the year. She thanked Natasha Kay for her work organising the newly-named monthly Meet&Eat nights out. Facilitator Rosemary Allix said the drop-in welcomed many new people during the year, and several visitors had brought information about services they can offer. Counsellor Virginia Cole reported a busy year, with clients usually seen on a fortnightly basis. The option of an added fourth session on drop-in days was working well.

Take the plunge

Weekly trans* swimming lessons at St Luke's

Trans* swimming sessions at St Luke's swimming pool, St Luke's Terrace, Brighton BN2 9ZE are changing after July 17. They are currently held weekly on Fridays, but are moving to fortnightly on Wednesdays, from 8-9.15pm, after that date. Please check with the venue (tel 01273 602385) for details on dates. 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

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.


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."

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.