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Speech and Language Therapy Department Leaflet

The Speech and Language Therapy Department have developed a simple Leaflet to explain what their Transgender Clients can expect when attending their clinic for the first time. A simple cost effective initiative which means so much and alleviates stress and anxiety at a time when you are at your most vulnerable. Well...

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Madrid bans Catholic group’s anti-transgender bus

   A bright orange bus emblazoned with an anti-transgender message has been forced off the roads in Spain, after activists, trade unions, and Madrid City Council united against it. The slogan on the bus read: “Boys have penises, girls have vulvas. Do not be fooled.” A Catholic group, Hazte Oir, had planned to take it on a nationwide tour of Spanish cities. The group said the ban was illegal and that it planned to acquire a new bus. One message on the side of the banned bus states: “If you are born a man, you are a man. If...

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Transgender woman found dead in cell at Doncaster prison

  Photograph: SWNS.com Josh Halliday North of England correspondent Jenny Swift, 49, believed to be the third trans prisoner to have killed herself in little over a year A transgender woman has been found dead in her cell at an all-male prison in the third apparent suicide by a trans prisoner in little over a year. Jenny Swift was remanded into HMP Doncaster in South Yorkshire in November after being charged initially with attempted murder. She was found dead five weeks later on 30 December. A friend said Swift, 49, had asked to be placed in a women’s prison...

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Chelsea Manning to be Released

 January 18, 2017  US President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010. The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release. She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group. The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history. The commutation reduces Manning’s sentence but is not a pardon, which some campaigners had called for. More on Chelsea Manning The turbulent life of Chelsea Manning Fair prosecution or overreach? When Bradley became Chelsea   Manning also passed on sensitive messages between US diplomats, intelligence assessments of Guantanamo detainees being held without trial and military records from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The disclosures were considered an embarrassment to the US, prompting the Obama administration to crack down on government leaks.At a sentencing hearing, Manning apologised for “hurting the US” and said she had thought she could “change the world for the better”. Manning’s uncle, Kevin Fox, referring to Chelsea as a man, told the BBC the family was “over the moon”. “It’s sooner than we expected – we didn’t expect his case even to be looked at for another three or four years,” Mr Fox said. Manning lived for four years as a teenager in...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016

Sunday 20th November 3.30 All Souls Church, Elmwood Ave, Belfast BT9 6AZ Transgender Day of Remembrance For the past five years Focus: The Identity Trust in partnership with the congregation and Minister of All Souls Church (Rev Chris Hudson MBE) have held  a Service of Remembrance to celebrate the lives of Transgender Individuals murdered worldwide in the past year and the unknown number of Transgender people who have completed suicide rather than endure the prejudice and discrimination visited upon them by society solely because they are Transgender. This year Focus: the Identity Trust is seeking the active involvement of...

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