UPDATE ON LGB&T HISTORY MONTH, FEBRUARY 2013
We attended the Kent Police LGB&T History Day event. We thank the Gay Police Association, who hosted this event, for being invited to give a short presentation from the "T" side of things. It was a wonderful celebratory day with LGB&T being represented by agencies working to reduce homophobia and transphobia, raise awareness and celebrate diversity.
Heather's presentation focussed on highlighting the distinction between sexual orientation (L, G & B) and gender identity (T) and pressing other agencies to make this difference clear within written materials to ensure that people, especially young people, are aware that the terminology exists and that there is the possibility that their conflicted feelings could relate to Transgender issues.
Leah then stepped up to give a very passionate and powerful presentation centred around her personal story which complimented Heather's technical knowledge perfectly. She shared some of her own experiences, positive and negative. She highlighted the power of the TG PALS peer support model for her and the fact that she now feels strong enough to give back to the community that helped her by mentoring other trans people. It was a well presented example of how our self-sustaining support model, using a blend of expertise and experience, can make a measurable difference to the lives of trans people.
The TG PALS team spoke to many people and hopefully started forging some strong partnership possibilities. We are constantly looking to enable and empower the trans community through our range of services, and always happy to promote and signpost to other agencies where this will ensure the best outcome for the people we support.
Come along to find out more at any of the events listed on our events page!
TG PALS held an exhibition of art works by Kent transgender artists, trans folk poetry readings and human libraries in county libraries across Kent in partnership with Kent County Council Libraries and Gateways to celebrate LGB&T History Month which ran until 8th March 2013..
We welcomed this opportunity and valued the support of our local authorities in bringing awareness of the trans spectrum to a public audience.
Dates and venues to be confirmed soon but coming up in April:
- Exhibition of paintings by transgender artist Remy Noe currently showing at Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square, Dover, near the Anglo-Saxon exhibition pieces.
- Various Human Library events. Come along to "read" trans stories as part of this partnership event with Kent County Council Libraries.