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We Come Bearing GIFTS

Gifts of information regarding: “Gender Identity-Finding and Transforming Services” A truly exciting study organised by the “Research and Development Office” (PHA) and sponsored by Ulster University Coleraine. The Research has been reviewed by an independent group who sit on a research committee, the study has been given consent to proceed by the research ethics committee in NI, UU and the BHSST. This ground breaking study is being undertaken by Katrin Lehmann who is a PHD Research student looking at care for young people and adults with gender dysphoria who attend, or have attended specialist gender services. Katrin’s research is being directly supervised by Prof Gerry Levey. The study aims to produce evidence which will help service providers to develop policy and practice to ensure the best possible services for young people and adults with gender dysphoria. Katrin says “We know from other research studies that individuals who attend specialist gender services can be very diverse in relation to their mental health and also in relation to whether they have autism and autism traits………. This study does not provide additional labels or diagnoses- I would like to understand if additional mental health needs or autism/autism traits impact on a person’s journey through specialist gender services in NI” Katrin is anxious to hear from as many patients who are currently attending, waiting to be seen, on a waiting list and those...

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Transgender Champion of the year Award 2017

  Focus: The Identity Trust have chosen to award another two well deserving  people this year to receive their Transgender Champion of the year award 2017. The award is given to those individuals who have gone the extra mile to show respect and acceptance to transgender and intersex individuals and their families in this part of the world. Ms Angela Getty from University of Ulster equality and law manager and Mr Jim Dennison Chief Executive of The Simon Community NI. Mr Paul Roberts OBE from LGBT Consortium UK and founder of TON Transgender Organisations Network UK kindly flew in...

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“It made me sick to wear a boy’s uniform”: Transgender girl aged eight ‘a million per cent happier’ after courageous decision

“It made me sick to wear a boy’s uniform”: Transgender girl aged eight ‘a million per cent happier’ after courageous decision Little Tegan Dyason, who was born a boy, turned up at school as a girl for the first time this September, dressed in a skirt and with her long hair in bunches Many parents feel emotional as they watch their child walk through the school gates on their first day back, with a new year ahead of them.   But for Michelle Dyason, it was her little boy Tom’s last day of Year 3 that left her sobbing uncontrollably in...

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NHS Failing Transgender Children

 GROWING UP TRANSGENDER Another day waking up to a national broadsheet newspaper accusing me of child abuse. Painting my child as mentally ill and a threat to others when she is neither. “Under the banner of transgender equality children are being subjected to a form of child abuse by an adult world that is failing to treat or even wilfully exacerbate an often transient confusion” Melanie Philips, The Times, 3rd October 2017 The fact that we live in a country where these lies, this hate, this prejudice is regularly printed in a national daily broadsheet defies belief. I cannot imagine any other area where parents following evidence based best practice to support their children are so accused. Surely there would be an outcry if columnists accused parents of child abuse for vaccinating their children? These lies damage transgender children. These lies are themselves a form of child abuse. Worse still than the fact that ill-informed bigots can write lies in the national press, is the knowledge that these lies will go unchallenged. Bigots in the media know that transgender children cannot speak up. They know that parents of transgender children dare not speak up. We just bow our shoulders, avoid looking people in the eye, wonder which of the judgemental faces on the playground have read the latest attack piece and believe we are abusing our child. Where are our allies...

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Being Transgender Horizon BBC 2

On TV Next Tuesday 21:00 BBC TWO Being Transgender Horizon,2017 How does a person know their gender? Do they see themselves as male or female, or somewhere in between? More and more people around the world do not identify with the gender they were assigned to at birth.Increasingly, people are expressing their gender identity outside of the ‘norms’, and the lines of gender are becoming more blurred than ever. This film explores what it actually means to be transgender, and what happens when a person transitions psychologically, physically and biologically. We follow a number of transgender people going through...

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