It’s not everyday you get a letter in the post inviting you to Number 10 Downing Street to rub shoulders with the Prime Minister. But thats exactly what happened to Gina, the founder of Transpire.
The reception was about showing how the government supports the LGBTQ+ community and invited representatives from all over the UK.
So we’ve got just a week until the International Transgender day of visibility on 31st March..
We’ve been working on this video, to show we’re happy to be visible and what it means to have a sense of belonging…
And it seems that the excitement about wanting to be visible is just too much to contain …so we’ve released it early!!!
In just over a week or so Transpire will have it’s 1st birthday! Its incredible how one persons determination and passion to form a peer support group has brought about such a change in our community. People from all walks of life and backgrounds have been able to meet in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment.
So what have we achieved in the last 12 months?
- Well, we wanted to do things properly so we got ourselves an elected committee
- Sorted out an official bank account which was so important to enable us to accept donations from funders
- Formed working relationships and friendships with other local businesses and charities
- Together we have raised over £1,800 in donations
- Held 15 events throughout 2016 from our meet and eats, quiz nights, Christmas party and community events to raise awareness of trans issues
- Grown our membership to over 240 on Facebook
- Helped those that had problems with GPs misinforming them about their next steps
- Worked with the NHS to create training material that will be used to better train staff such as GPs
- Established working relationships with a number of secondary schools around Southend. This allowed us to conduct presentations at assemblies or in smaller groups to raise awareness but also to reach those students that felt they needed our support
- Basildon Council are now working with Transpire to create a training program to better support their trans colleagues
- Arranged ongoing meetings with local MPs to help raise key trans issues that need to be addressed in Parliament
- Working with Essex Police and the Hate Crime Prevention team to help escalate incidents of hate crime against our community.
These are just some of the highlights of our main achievements. But there is still lots to do in 2017. We’ve already put a bid together to form hate crime ambassador roles within the group. With feedback from our members it was identified most of you felt more comfortable reporting to someone you know within Transpire. We see this becoming a valuable service to the wider community in Southend and surrounding areas.
It has been amazing watching this group grow and to see the positive impact Transpire, its members and supporters are making each and every day to those that need it most.
We are super excited and humbled to have had the pleasure of interviewing Caroline Cossey yesterday evening. Jordan and Gina co-hosted and asked Caroline a series of questions about her personal experiences of being trans and the impact of having support groups.