Trans Programme Timeline

Trans Programme Timeline

We can't believe we're coming up to our first anniversary of LGBT Foundation's Trans Programme - where has the time gone?! We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the initiaitives we've launched this past year, and give you an insight in how you can be involved in some of our projects.

A massive thank you to all the fantastic volunteers and facilitators, who without, we couldn't have made these achievements or delivered the services that we've been able to.

Timeline October 2015

October 2015

LGBT Foundation's Trans Programme launches after 18 months of consultation with our Trans Advisory Panel. This is 4 year programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Learn more about the Trans Programme objectives and our Trans Advisory Panel here.

Timeline November 2015

November 2015

We marked Trans Day of Remembrance at Sackville Gardens in Manchester, whilst remembering those we've lost to transphobia. We also held a trans community event at LGBT Foundation to celebrate solidarity and diversity in our community.

Timeline December 2016

December 2015

TransMission, our monthly eBulletin launched. Since it's launch we've published over 20 submissions, profiled 10 members of the community, and let our subscribers know more about Manchester's social and support groups or trans people. We now have over 850 people on our mailing list.

Register for TransMission using this link.

Timeline January 2016

January 2016

We recruited over 25 volunteers to help further the Trans Programme from admin and office support to community creatives and event support. Our volunteers have donated hundreds of hours of their time, creativity and enthusiasm over the past year, which we're so grateful for.

Interested in joining our volunteers at future events? Email trans@lgbt.foundation for more details.

Timeline February 2016

February 2016

In partnership with University of Manchester, we launched our first course of free introductory voice and communication workshops. These sessions were so popular that we've scheduled to run the course multiple times, developed an Intensive course and we're in the midst of producing online content for people who can't access our building.

For more information about the voice and communication workshops, visit this page.

Timeline March 2016

March 2016

To commemorate Trans Day of Visibility we created a social media campaign to get people talking about why visibility in the community is so important. Over 460 people added our custom Twibbon to their social media profile pictures, whilst many others shared their photos and messages of solidarity.

Timeline April 2016

April 2016

On 9th April we launched our first monthly trans community event, #TransMCR. Over 130 people attended, enjoying a programme of talks, workshops and complimentary beauty treatments, relaxation therapies and haircuts. #TransMCR has become a monthly staple where we celebrate the diversity within our community, with our friends and family, in a safe space.

For more information about #TransMCR and to see the latest programme, visit this page.

Timeline May 2016

May 2016

We worked with Dr Lucy Aphramor to talk about how we help members of the community improve their relationship with their bodies. In doing so, she delivered 2 workshops at #TransMCR on 'Body respect' and 'Making peace with food'.

Timeline June 2016

June 2016

In June we launched a new safe sex initiative focused on the type of sex people are having as opposed to who people are having sex with. This included pick'n'mix safe sex packs and resources on condoms and dental dams, and testing services.

Later this year we'll be launching a sexual health resource for trans people, and delivering trans sexual health training to GUM clinics in Manchester.

Timeline July2016

July 2016

Over 450 people entered LGBT Foundation's building across the Sparkle weekend for talks, workshops, screen-printing, an open-mic session and free relaxation therapies. We were joined by Annie Wallace, Stepanie Hirst, Sabah Choudrey, Jake Graf, Hannah Wintebourne, Charlie Craggs and Kate O'Donnell, as we hosted a media panel focusing on visibility of trans identities in the media.

You may have also caught at Sparkle in Park as we launched our #EqualityWins campaign.

Timeline August 2016

August 2016

We celebrated our first Manchester Pride since the Trans Programme launched, with a strong message of love and freedom of expression. We had a fantastic response to our heart frames and stickers, highlighting solidarity amongst the LGBT community and trans visibility within LGB spaces.

Timeline September 2016

September 2016

We believe that physical wellbeing should be accessible to everyone, but we know that some activities and spaces don’t always feel accessible or accommodating. To change this, we marked September as 'Trans Active' month. We delivered trans awareness and inclusivity in sports training to some of Manchester's sports groups and societies.

If you'd like to join us for free physical wellbeing and movement classes, follow this link.

Over the coming year we look forward to much of the work continuing to develop as well as the launch of our national Trans Needs Assessment and the development of our wellbeing services to include a new health advocacy and advice services for trans people. 

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