Ashleigh is one of our Community Leaders on the Trans Programme, and we chatted to her about her role with the team.
Hello! What’s your name and could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Greetings! I'm Ashleigh Talbot, I'm a musician, writer, stencil artist and enthusiastic gamer. I also talk to the media quite often, about -shall we say- 'the Trans Experience' but more recently there's been a lot of dodgy or hostile information out there about us, so I spend probably more time than is healthy trying to counter this.
What made you want to apply to become a Community Leader?
Because to me this sounds like a good opportunity to get things done. I've worked with the LGBT Foundation on many occasions and I absolutely want to try to help and support their work as much as I can. The trans program has been a success since its inception and perhaps this is the time to try and widen out the scope and influence of it.
What kinds of things would you like to see come out of the Community Leaders work?
One thing I particularly think is important is working together with other organisations to campaign or raise awareness. Manchester has a number of charities and other organisations with whom the Community Leader's group could correspond to share skills and experience. I think for real, lasting change it needs much more than one small organisation to put the hours in. I'd love to see links developed and strengthened with places like Stonewall, Mermaids, the Albert Kennedy Trust and Action for Trans Health to campaign effectively, swap resources and work together for the good of the entire LGBT community.
Find out more about our Community Leaders here: www.lgbt.foundation/who-we-help/trans/volunteer-with-us/trans-community-leaders