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How do people who change gender choose a name?

Original article BBC News – Magazine Monitor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-23790148 Bradley Manning wants to begin hormone therapy and live as a woman named Chelsea. So how do people who change gender go about finding a name that’s right, asks Tom Geoghegan. Not many people have to pick their own name. Your parents do it for you. You can grumble about it, you can hate it but you have two people to blame. Adults who switch do so for many reasons, but for those changing gender, the name is an expression of something more profound – a new identity. And that means...

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Mermaids and Focus working together!

    Mermaids and Focus – working together to support transgendered individuals and their families! Focus: The Identity Trust is pleased to announce that a link has been formed with the Mermaids group.  Mermaids is a separate support group and charity based in England, which offers family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues. Mermaids operate a number of online forums for transgendered individuals, and they have kindly offered to extend their services to cover Northern Ireland.  Susie Green of Mermaids has stated that Mermaids is delighted to be extending this service, which now offers a brand new...

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A New Horizon; North meets South

(June 2013) Focus recently headed to Phoenix Park in Dublin, to meet with the Dublin support group.  A picnic, followed by football, was the order of the day and as we feasted on an array of international cuisine, we swapped our experiences and stories like old friends.   Under a blue sky, and beautiful warm sun, we contemplated our strategy for the big match.  The teams were selected at random from all present.  The whistle blew, the stage was set for what turned out to be the best fun we’d had in a very long time (without wearing makeup).  The boys were...

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Focus: Who we are

FOCUS: THE IDENTITY  TRUST, is the longest  established peer support group in Northern Ireland whose Mission Statement is: FOCUS: THE IDENTITY TRUST exists to provide social, educational and recreational activities for Transgender people in Northern Ireland and the Border counties of the Republic of Ireland who have been referred to us by a gender identity clinic, Registered Medical Practitioner or in some cases through self referral.  The Trust will endeavor to provide a welcoming, safe and secure environment for all its members. Additionally, the Trust exists to promote the development of educational information and advice on Transgender and Intersex...

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Separating the T from LGB

We are conscious that many within mainstream society are unaware, or unfamiliar with the distinctions between the Transgender community and the LGB community, which makes the issues so different for these distinct communities that it is totally inappropriate for us to be viewed or treated as one umbrella group.  The issues of Transgender people and the LGB community are quite distinct and separate and cannot and should not be addressed as if we are the one homogeneous group. To explain, Transgender issues are about gender, gender identity, and gender expression whilst LGB issues are about sexual orientation, attraction and...

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