Trans Pride Brighton 2016
A great weekend in July
Trans Pride took place in Brighton on the weekend of July 22 to 24, 2016. For reports on the event check out the Trans Pride Facebook site www.facebook.com/TransPrideBrighton
You can look at pictures of Trans Pride by clicking here and a BBC news report here. Trans Pride moved to a new site for the main event on Saturday this year – Brunswick Square Gardens in Hove. The opening night, on Friday, July 22, showcased a selection of short films from around the world at the Duke of Yorks' Picturehouse, reflecting the variety of trans lives and experiences.
Assertiveness, non-binary, over 50s, work and mental health
Assertiveness for LGBTQ women
A workshop for LGBTQ women to share ideas and discuss ways to increase assertiveness in our daily lives.
Saturday, August 13, 11am-3pm
A mental health peer support group for anyone who identifies outside the gender binary.
Over 50 group
A friendly, supportive group for 50+ lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people to share experiences and learn from each other.
Work It Out
A supportive group for LGBTQ people who are juggling work and their mental health.
For more information about joining, please email email@example.com or call 01234 234 839
t annual general meeting 2016
Chair reports on newconstitution
Clare Project chair Dr Sam Hallsaid it had been an exciting year, working to secure the future of the Clare Project by registering it with the Charity Commission.
Our application to become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation was accepted on February 25, 2016, giving us a legally binding structure and framework which allows growth and expansion under the oversight of a Board of Trustees. Sam thanked Clare Project secretary Kim for all her work on this.
The objects of the charity are the framework within which we can develop in the future:
TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE GOOD HEALTH OF PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO ARE OR WHO IDENTIFY AS TRANSGENDER AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM BY PROVIDING A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO EXPLORE ISSUES SURROUNDING THEIR GENDER IDENTITY AND TO BE AFFIRMED IN THEIR JOURNEY THROUGH A WEEKLY DROP IN; PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC SUPPORT; CRISIS SUPPORT AND SUCH OTHER SERVICES AS THE TRUSTEES SHALL THINK FIT
The constitution gives powers to develop finances, income and property, as well as spend money in ways that the board of trustees sees fit, as long as the purpose is to further the objects of the charity. This provides an extra layer of accountability. Importantly, if the CIO is wound up, its members are not financially liable. Under the new constitution it will be possible to become a member of the CIO, with voting rights, and the right to call general meetings. The board of trustees must be a minimum of three people and a maximum of 12. Sam, Kim and Rev Robin Selmes from Dorset Gardens are the first registered trustees, since three named individuals were a precondition of registration with the Charities Commission. At the first trustees' meeting resolutions will be passed regarding the appointments of further trustees. There are strict rules and guidance for those who take on this important role.
Sam said this is a great opportunity to advance the profile of the CP by drawing on trustees with skills, interest, knowledge and enthusiasm to take the organisation forward. He anticipated a board who will have the CP and wider trans community at heart, giving us opportunities to build solid relationships with the wider LGBT community and beyond.
The trustees can set up a committee or committees to report back to them on the running of the organisation, and look at appointing a patron. Charitable status gives a wider remit, conferring credibility and authority in terms of fund-raising. and allows the CP to increase its income through gift-aid where applicable.
The new constitution will not change the nature or importance of the drop-in which thrives under the guidance of our facilitator. Rosemary. Rosemary has also taken on additional responsibilities in terms of preparing the accounts and managing Clare Project finances, which have increased significantly since the partnership with Brighton and Hove Council began, and has overseen arrangements for the successful wellbeing courses. The wellbeing groups are a part of a three year contract with B&HCC, and have so far included running a non-binary group, a group for transwomen, and a transmasculine group. There have also been singing/voice coaching sessions, a group for trans people with ASD/ aspergers; and a mindfulness course is in preparation.
Sam thanked members of the Clare Project committee who have made sure that decisions are democratic and in the best interests of the CP. The committee members this year have been Robin, Virginia, Rosemary, Beth, Kim, Natasha, Julia, Steph, Martine, Lucy and Sam. Sam gave special thanks to Natasha for making the Meet&Eat monthly evening out as accessible as possible, which included securing a grant to enable those with lower or no income to attend the monthly meal.
Virginia continued to provide ongoing counselling and crisis support, including at Trans Pride. Steph played a big part in terms of liaison with Trans Pride.
Sam thanked Robin, Beth, and the Dorset Gardens Methodist Church team for their continued support and commitment to the CP. Other members of the committee contributed to and organised external activities; with the council via the Trans Needs Assessment and the ongoing action group, city wide inclusion partnership, the LGBT small groups network and the Trans Day of Remembrance.
Rosemary presented the treasurer's report, showing total income for the year up to the end of March 2015 was £2,782. Our total payments during the year were £5,975. This sounds a little alarming, but that is because we had already received a funding donation of £4,640 in the previous financial year. This was from Sussex Community Foundation to support our therapy and voice therapy projects and we had only just begun to spend it at the start of the financial year reported here. This funding was for a two-year project which is now completed.
Donations at the drop-in came to £874, a drop of almost a third on the previous year, which works out at an average of less than £17 per week. The treasurer said we we do need these funds to pay for tea, coffee, milk and biscuits.
Clare Project volunteers ran the Chapel Royal Saturday coffee shop on two occasions last year bringing in just over £200.
During the year we were able to continue to offer bursary support to people who have benefited from sessions with Virginia but would not otherwise have been able to afford the £10 contribution. Virginia added a fourth therapy session to her Tuesday programme. This session is not supported by Dorset Gardens Church, who fund £10 per session for the other three weekly sessions, so we need a fund to support this much needed and well used extra session. We also continued our voice therapy sessions.
We were left at the end of the financial year in March 2015 with a bank balance of over £4,000.
Since then we have received further funding through B&H Council. This is received in the form of £1,250 every three months and supports our programme of mental health support courses. This continues for three years. We have also received £3,000 from Trans Alliance to support general running costs and £750 to support our Meet and Eat bursary. Recently we also received a donation of nearly £800 raised through two David Bowie tribute nights. Thanks to Simon Price and Sticky Mike’s bar and to Julia for collecting money.
So despite a fairly expensive year which included our 15th anniversary anniversary party and setting up various workshops and courses, along with our regular expenses, the bank balance to date is around £7,500 in credit.
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015
Paying tribute to victims of transphobic crime
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.
Protection against hate crime
How you can look after yourself – and call for help
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: