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Do you want to get involved with Action for Trans Health on a national level, help support and steer the radical movement for democratic trans healthcare? You should run for a place on Action for Trans Health National Committee!

Committee are responsible for: organising our annual conference and democratic functions, ensuring that the core work of Action for Trans Health functions, co-ordinating campaigns and other work between chapters, any day-to-day decisions that need to take place  between conferences. Committee members are expected to devote at least 3 hours a week to Action for Trans Health work. You can put yourself forward for election by filling in this form. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Nov 5th, 2017. There will then be an online ballot of the membership to determine who is elected.

This year we will be electing:

  • Open Place – 2 year term, anyone who is trans, non-binary, or intersex can stand;
  • Women’s Place – 2 year term,  open to trans, non-binary, or intersex people who are women or identity includes ‘woman’ part of the time.
  • People of Colour – 2 year term, open to all  trans, non-binary, or intersex people of colour
  • People of Colour – 1 year term, open to all  trans, non-binary, or intersex people of colour
  • Non-binary – 2 year term, open to all non-binary people.
  • Disabled – 2 year term, open to all disabled trans, non-binary, or intersex people
  • Disabled – 1 year term, open to all disabled trans, non-binary, or intersex people

These protected roles are to ensure that the committee is representative of a variety of experiences and needs within trans communities and to attempt to address the issues of inequality in appointment and representation as a result of structural racism, sexism, cissexism and disablism.
The protected roles are not meant to be prescriptive in terms of what committee members can focus on, e.g. it is not expected that a committee member elected to a non-binary place will focus on non-binary issues. Instead, committee members should focus on the issue they have been elected to focus on, such as prison abolition, advocacy, or acting as membership secretary.

It is expected that people who run for committee roles will consider what skills and experience they can bring to the role and how they see their time on committee being spent. Candidates may like to focus their candidacy around one of the following areas:
• Fundraising

• Campaigning and direct action

• Advocacy

•Training

•Website and digital media

•Administration and back office support

•Membership

•Mutual solidarity

•Capacity and resilience building

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The Action for Trans Health Solidarity Fund is now open for applications. The deadline is 17th August 2017.

Throughout the year, we raise money to help trans and gender variant people who for whatever reason cannot access healthcare treatment through the NHS in a timely manner. We know that the trans healthcare system is in crisis, and that the people who need help accessing support will usually outweigh our capacity to fundraise. As such, we use this application form to identify those who face the most barriers to accessing healthcare treatment in more conventional ways. Please note that we tend to give away small grants, the maximum grant we have given away was £1500, but typically they are between £100 – 600.

A proportion of this funding round will be ring fenced for trans people of colour. 

Our fund is raised through the generous donations of supporters around the country. Please consider fundraising for us, or donating via the PayPal button below. You can also choose to become a member of Action for Trans Health.

Help us to provide access to essential healthcare today.

We can now accept donations!

Help us to provide access to essential healthcare today.

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Action for Trans Health takes a broad view of healthcare, which recognises that there a wide number of things that can impact on an individual’s healthcare needs. As such, we place no restrictions on what the money can be used for. We do ask that if the money is being used to access medication which will be needed long-term, that the applicant has thought about how to secure the long-term supply after the grant money has been spent. Some things we have funded in the past include:

– appointments with private gender clinics;
– hair removal;
– counselling and therapy;
– rent payments when the money isn’t there because of a health issue;
– mobility aids;
– sick pay;
– part payment of surgery costs;
– wigs, binders, clothes, etc.

Once applications have been received, a member of Action for Trans Health’s administrative staff will anonymise the application text and pass them onto our funding panel who will allocate the funds. We will contact you to let you know whether your application has been successful within two weeks of the funding panel meeting.

Here is the application form to fill in. If you have any questions, please email us at info[at]actionfortranshealth.org.uk

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At Pride Sheffield 2016, members of the Potter’s House Church evangelical cult arrived preaching homo- and transphobic hate only to be driven off-site by a united LGBTQ community – despite threats of arrest from police officers protecting the cult members. This year the cult returned in smaller numbers but were defended by more police who this time went as far as assaulting an Action for Trans Health member who was being harassed by a cult member.

A dyke couple were walking across the field towards T’Other Stage at Pride Sheffield 2017 when they were disturbed by a man from Potters House Church standing on the field by the entrance, speaking through an amplifier, telling people at Pride that they were sinners and needed to change their ways. Three police officers were positioned around the cult member with their backs towards him in a protective formation.

 

Cult member says LGBTQ people shouldn't exist

 

A group of seven non-binary trans people and lesbians walked over together and the cult member directed his words towards them, saying he was praying especially hard for “this particular group of people” to change their ways. He went on to say that LGBTQ people were “the way you are” because of abusive upbringings and that LGBTQ ways of life were abusive themselves. More LGBTQ people joined the crowd, cheering as a lesbian couple kissed next to the homophobe. The cult member outstretched his hand towards the couple, praying for them to convert to a heterosexual Christian lifestyle, at which point one of the dykes turned around and unplugged his microphone.

 

Officer 401 likes to attack lesbians half his size

 

A large police officer, badge number 401, immediately rushed over and grabbed the non-binary dyke by both wrists, squeezing hard and causing one of their fingers to bleed. Five more officers crowded around while the officer gripped onto the dyke’s wrists until they managed to break free and began filming on their phone. None of the officers showed the same aggression towards the cult member who had been projecting his homophobic, transphobic harassment over a loudspeaker. Several of them repeated that “he has the right to express his views” but LGBTQ people protesting would be arrested for breach of the peace if they did not move on.

 

After the attack by officer 401

 

A woman got out her phone, announcing, “telling us to move on is not solving the problem, it’s pretending the problem hasn’t existed. I’m currently recording this as a hate crime.” A man called Darren identified himself as the event manager and tried to discourage her from doing so, along with a blonde haired police officer, whose badge number was not visible, who replied, “you don’t have to, you don’t have to listen to it.”

 

 

Darren spoke to the crowd of gathered LGBTQ people, encouraging them to “go into the event and enjoy the day. Ignore this man. Ignore him. We had 20 people turn up last year” – referring to when Potter’s House Church turned up at Pride Sheffield 2016 but were forced off-site by the LGBTQ community working together in solidarity. When the crowd responded that “one is too many” and “I don’t wanna be told I gotta change by any one person”, Darren replied, “we will always have hatred”, becoming frustrated, finishing, “if you want to possibly be arrested and ruin our day, go ahead” and walking away. A group of LGBTQ young people rushed up, checked if people were ok and congratulated the non-binary dyke for unplugging the hate preacher’s microphone, showing far more care for their community than Pride organisers or the smug bystander pontificating about free speech had.

 

Police and their fan in blue

 

That the police are not here to protect the LGBTQ community should go without saying by now but their escalating tactics show cause for concern. The LGBTQ community showed our ability to defend ourselves against homophobes and transphobes last year, despite police attempts to facilitate uninterrupted hate speech. Although they were disinvited by Pride organisers because of their homophobic and transphobic behaviour, this year police multiplied their numbers, displayed their eagerness to physically harm LGBTQ people and even brought two armed officers. The claim was that these two officers were there in case of terror attacks but the only violence towards people at Pride was coming from police. The two armed officers were preoccupied with showing off their cars to small children; the only purpose of them being there was to normalise the militarisation of the police. Their presence made some LGBTQ people feel so unsafe they left the event which was supposed to be for them.

 

Normalising the militarisation of the police state

 

Police don’t make people safe from transphobia and homophobia, it’s up to us to look out for each other. The police have a monopoly on violence which they use with most force against those in our community who are poor, black, disabled and people of colour. LGBTQ people who defend ourselves from oppression are faced with further violence and incarceration.

No pride in police, no police in pride!

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The Action for Trans Health Solidarity Fund is now open for applications. The deadline is 9th April 2017.

Throughout the year, we raise money to help trans and gender variant people who for whatever reason cannot access healthcare treatment through the NHS in a timely manner. We know that the trans healthcare system is in crisis, and that the people who need help accessing support will usually outweigh our capacity to fundraise. As such, we use this application form to identify those who face the most barriers to accessing healthcare treatment in more conventional ways. A proportion of this funding round will be ring fenced for trans people of colour. 

Our fund is raised through the generous donations of supporters around the country. Please consider fundraising for us, or donating via the PayPal button below. You can also choose to become a member of Action for Trans Health.

We can now accept donations!

Help us to provide access to essential healthcare today.

Action for Trans Health takes a broad view of healthcare, which recognises that there a wide number of things that can impact on an individual’s healthcare needs. As such, we place no restrictions on what the money can be used for. We do ask that if the money is being used to access medication which will be needed long-term, that the applicant has thought about how to secure the long-term supply after the grant money has been spent. Some things we have funded in the past include:

– appointments with private gender clinics;
– hair removal;
– counselling and therapy;
– rent payments when the money isn’t there because of a health issue;
– mobility aids;
– sick pay;
– part payment of surgery costs;
– wigs, binders, clothes, etc.

Once applications have been received, a member of Action for Trans Health’s administrative staff will anonymise the application text and pass them onto our funding panel who will allocate the funds. We will contact you to let you know whether your application has been successful within two weeks of the funding panel meeting.

Here is the application form to fill in. If you have any questions, please email us at info[at]actionfortranshealth.org.uk

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[The following article deals with prisons, policing and systemic oppression of LGBTQ people; as such the article and its linked sources will include references to violence including police brutality, racism, incarceration, prison deaths, self harm, suicide, poverty, assault and sexual violence.]

January 22nd is International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners. At a time when the government is cutting funds for hospital beds in favour of prison beds, Pazuzu Gaylord argues the need for action.

“The prison industrial complex (PIC) is a term we use to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems.”

– Critical Resistance

The first week of 2017 brought the tragic news that Jenny Swift had lost her life to suicide in HMP Doncaster, making a total of 4 known deaths of trans women prisoners in 14 months. [1] Three of these – Jenny Swift, Joanne Latham and Vikki Thompson – were in men’s prisons, whilst Nicola Cope died at Foston Hall women’s prison in Derbyshire last November. Jenny Swift and Vikki Thompson both had their requests to be placed in women’s prisons denied – Vikki had warned that she would kill herself if sent to a men’s prison. [2] Jenny entered prison naked rather than being forced to wear male clothing, was called “mister” by guards and refused hormone medication she had been taking for three years. [3] Both were on remand, Jenny awaiting trial and Vikki awaiting sentencing. Joanne Latham had expressed distress over HMP Woodhill withholding make-up brushes from her in the lead-up to her death. [4]

Whilst there are clear aspects of transmisogynist discrimination in the above cases, they must be placed within the wider context of record numbers of suicides in prison, with self-inflicted deaths and incidents of self-harm both rising by almost a third over last year; [5] a disproportionate level of deaths and self-harm incidents were by women. [6] Prison suicides over the last year amount to one every three days. [7] The UK’s largest private healthcare provider, Care UK, were criticised for promoting self-harm incidents as part of the “exciting life of prison medical staff” in one of their staff recruitment videos. [8]

When looking at solutions to these harms, we must be wary of reforms which seek to expand the prison industrial complex rather than reduce the suffering and number of people incarcerated. The £1bn government plans to build nine new mega-prisons, capable of caging a total of 10,000 people, are cause for concern. [9] A better response to overcrowding would be to reduce numbers of people in and sent to prison – a good start would be releasing all IPP prisoners who have served their sentences as well as those held under faulty joint enterprise convictions, remanding less people into custody and lowering probation licence conditions. [10] A penal reform charity revealed that £230m was spent needlessly caging people on remand, with remand prisoners also being at the greatest risk of self-harm and suicide. [11] This money could be more productively spent on the NHS to fund mental healthcare and benefits to help people stay fed and housed without resorting to survival crimes. The current government policy of slashing NHS budgets and sanctioning vulnerable people whilst sinking billions into locking people up is cruel and blinkered to the reasons that people end up in prison.

“As queers we know the terror of scrutiny, disgust, and isolation; for trans people in prison, those problems are doubled by the physical and emotional restraints of a literal cage”

– Marius Mason

This is equally relevant when looking into the case of transgender prisoners. Following the deaths of Joanne Latham and Vikki Thompson in November 2015, calls were made to create specialist transgender or LGBT prisons. [12] Given the history of transgender internment, this is a worrying suggestion, particularly when the UK has the most privatised prison system in Europe and there are profit motives for imprisoning people. Transgender and other LGBTQ people already have disproportionate rates of incarceration, exacerbated by a cycle of parental, education, employment and housing discrimination which leads to LGBTQ people being criminalised for surviving through sex work, drug use, petty theft and self-defence. Police profiling and racism also play a part, particularly for black people – 10% of the British prison population are black, compared to 2.8% of the general population. [13] As Cece McDonald, a black trans woman who was imprisoned in the US for defending herself from neo-Nazi attackers, said, “Prisons aren’t safe for anyone, and that’s the key issue.” [14]

The existence of prisons is traditionally justified for offender reform and public safety, but with around half of prisoners reoffending within a year of release it’s clear that this is not accurate. Rather than being better adjusted to society, isolation in these fundamentally violent institutions leaves many prisoners with poor mental health and drug addictions, lacking financial support or job prospects once outside. That’s for those who make it out – high suicide rates in prison essentially mean an unofficial death sentence for many: 113 in the last year alone. [15] It’s hard to see how that’s justifiable.

The cruelty and vastness of the prison industrial complex can seem insurmountable, but it’s important to celebrate our hard-won victories and the hope that they bring. This week came the incredible news that Chelsea Manning had her sentence commuted to time served and will finally be free in May, following seven years of hard campaigning from her supporters and her own successful protests including hunger strikes to gain medical treatment for her gender dysphoria. [16] In 2015 Tara Hudson was successfully transferred to a women’s prison after media pressure including a petition signed by 150,000 supporters. [17] We must also salute important long-term work by organisations such as Bent Bars, who dismantle the isolation of prison through letter-writing projects. [18]

Last year, along with delivering workshops and talks to engage with communities around the effects of the prison industrial complex on LGBTQ people, I took part in an action at Manchester Pride where a dozen of us blocked over 230 police from marching, calling for justice for trans prisoners and an end to prison expansion. [19] We gained international media coverage, successfully raising the profile of trans prisoners, making sure police presence is not normalised and our criminalised siblings are not forgotten. [20] This week friends from Action for Trans Health and No Prisons Manchester occupied the offices of Lend Lease, the company who have been building and profiting from new mega-prisons. [21]

We hope you will join us today in actions across the country to call for stronger communities, an end to systems which keep us in poverty and the abolition of gender police. Check out these events for International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners and find one near you:

Noise Demo at HMP Doncaster: https://www.facebook.com/events/1558323587516797/

Letter Writing in Edinburgh: https://www.facebook.com/events/739951776157678/

Vigil at HMP Pentonville, London: https://www.facebook.com/events/1249575065136988/

See https://www.facebook.com/transprisoners/ for international events

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38562714
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-34869620
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/09/transgender-woman-jenny-swift-prison-death
  4. http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/transgender-prisoner-found-hanged-at-woodhill-prison-after-her-make-up-brushes-were-delayed-1-7573220
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38126646
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/28/suicides-and-assaults-in-prisons-in-england-and-wales-at-all-time-high
  7. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/28/one-prison-suicide-every-three-days-england-and-wales-say-reformers
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/30/care-uk-firm-criticised-for-promoting-exciting-prison-self-harm-incidents
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2015/nov/10/super-prisons-michael-gove-1bn-government-plan
  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38006287
  11. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/18/230m-wasted-remand-howard-league
  12. https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/07/government-urged-to-build-dedicated-transgender-prison-after-women-sent-to-mens-prisons/
  13. http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/projectsresearch/race
  14. http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/03/03/cece-mcdonald-rebuilding-her-life-after-19-months-prison
  15. http://www.inquest.org.uk/statistics/deaths-in-prison
  16. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/us/politics/obama-commutes-bulk-of-chelsea-mannings-sentence.html
  17. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/tara-hudson-transgender-woman-moved-to-womens-prison-after-public-outcry-a6715476.html
  18. http://www.bentbarsproject.org/
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbX3hk20Ctw
  20. http://attitude.co.uk/trans-activists-block-manchesters-pride-parade/
  21. http://www.cape-campaign.org/lendlease-offices-occupied-profiteers-not-welcome/

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Find out what Action for Trans Health’s local groups have been up to over the last year. If you’re interested in setting up a local group in your area, or want to be put in touch with the existing chapters, please get in touch at info@actionfortranshealth.org.uk

Liverpool

As a beginning chapter, the Liverpool chapter hasn’t done a great deal so far this year, but we’ve got big plans

Things done:

a few small fundraising stalls, selling ATH merch and Zines at various gigs and Roller Derby events.

lots of printing of said merch.

setting up and running the Ebay shop for the Merch.

organised the first ‘Auction for Trans Health’, which raised £1670.

In the next six months, our plans include:

an “Introduction to Advocacy” training day.

auction for Trans Health 2 (in April).

organising a Celidh and supper for Burns Night as a fundraiser which will actually probably take place in manchester, so we can test out the ‘format’ with cool people that we know so we can do it again later.

roller derby fundraiser scrim.

Nottingham

Action for Trans Health Nottingham was founded over summer this year. We keep people engaged by discussing our activity on a private Facebook page, keeping in touch with people via an email account, and holding monthly meetings. Our first activity was to give out leaflets at Nottingham Pride to attract people who want to get involved in campaigning. At time of writing, we are preparing to hold a stall at a Council Health Fair (which will have finished a month ago) where we will be (have been) asking for trans people’s experience of accessing local services; we have already received accounts of failure to implement best practice at the Nottingham Centre for Gender Dysphoria with regard to titles and pronouns, and in hospitals allocating trans inpatients within gender-segregated wards.

As well as lobbying service providers to resolve these issues, our present goals are: to work with the local Health Shop to develop harm reduction services for people who are self-medicating; to challenge the disappointing decision of local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to not provide gamete storage for trans patients starting HRT; and to lobby MPs to raise trans issues in PMQs and to support legislation & policy that benefits trans people. We had the opportunity to raise these in person with the Leader of the Opposition, and were met with a warm response.

Sheffield

The Sheffield Action for Trans Health chapter was founded in January 2016 with an ATH activist training day. We had our first meeting following on from this, trans people came from Sheffield and surrounding areas to discuss healthcare issues in our local community and beyond. Since then we have held monthly meetings and used Basecamp to discuss events, fundraising and projects.

Throughout the year we’ve continued to build a presence in Sheffield, showing solidarity on pickets with junior doctors, holding a fundraiser film screening of Tangerine, having stalls and workshops, raising awareness and funds. We’ve engaged with local NHS trans healthcare services through open meetings. One of our members has designed a new ATH logo which we’ve been using locally and propose be used nationally. We have also organised this year’s ATH conference and fundraiser gig.

In total we have raised over £800 this year, most of which has been put into the solidarity fund with some being invested in screenprinting supplies to print more merchandise to raise further funds and a little towards publicity printing costs.

One of our goals is to have information on which GPs in the Sheffield area are trans-friendly. We will then be able to share this information with local trans people and contact the less trans-friendly GPs to work with them to make their services trans-inclusive. So far we have collated a list of all the GPs in the Sheffield area and written a survey to send out to them.

Manchester

It’s been an active year for Manchester Action for Trans Health. We still struggle to meet regularly and draw new people in, but have shown progress on this front.

We were on pickets supporting junior doctors and took action against companies privatising the NHS with Picket the Profiteers. We’ve organised numerous events, including the Transfeminist Festival, Trans Day of Remembrance Memorials, and Self-Care Days (with massage, reiki and advocacy!). We’ve held advocacy drop-ins at monthly TransMCR meetups organised by LGBT Foundation, and helped them and Rainbow Noir organise an event series for trans people of colour.

We’ve developed a good working relationship with the LGBT Cancer Support Alliance, helping organise a Trans Cancer Study Day at Wythenshawe Hospital. We’ll continue working together over the next year. We’ve also begun talks with Macmillan Cancer Support about improving services for trans people.

We’ve hosted advocacy training in Manchester and trained clinicians and medical students locally. We’ve almost finished a zine about Rage!

We’ve worked with No Prisons Manchester campaigning against plans for a new mega prison in Manchester, highlighting the negative impact of prisons on trans people. Some of us participated in an action at Manchester Pride with Direct Action for Trans Health.

We’re creating an accessible, cheap electrolysis service staffed by a trans electrolysist. We’ve trained someone and almost have the studio ready – just a bit more DIY to do!

Next year we’ll continue strengthening our anti-prisons organising with No Prisons Manchester, do more advocacy training sessions and self-care days.

Leeds

After Jess and Loz ran a training day at the University of Leeds in the Summer of 2015, The Leeds Chapter of Action for Trans Health started meeting at Mesmac from September 2015 on a monthly basis.

Activities which we have been involved in include having an Action for Trans Health presence and stall at the University of Leeds Non-Binary Conference at the beginning of June, hosting the advocacy training day in Leeds on 26th of June, supporting the Junior Doctors Strike in April, and hosting the ‘Big Swish’ Make up Tutorial events at Mesmac (One successful event took place on the 19th of September and there is another one coming up on the 26th of November 2016).

Cass is standing down as the coordinator of the Leeds Chapter as they have moved to Manchester. LJ and Reuben are stepping up to coordinate. We will be managing the handover between November and January.

Plans we have in place for the near future include a Lush fundraiser; a gig fundraiser (planned for February/ spring 2017) and training Cass, Reuben and LJ (and anyone else who wants to come along) as healthcare provider trainers.

There have been many other plans that we would like to take forward in terms of campaigning, advocacy, fundraising, surveys and training.  We really need more people to get involved to make all of this happen. Please contact us at leedsactionfortranshealth@ gmail.com if you are interested in learning more or getting involved.

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Greetings friends,

You are cordially invited to the second annual Action for Trans Health conference and AGM!

The conference is taking place at Norfolk Park Heritage Centre in Sheffield on the 26th-27th of November 2016.

We have some exciting workshops and speakers lined up for you, including Salvage Collective – preventing gendered harms in activist communities, Tara Hudson on her experiences as a trans prisoner, Sex Worker Open Univerity discuss trans sex work, Ruth Pearce shares findings from her recent research into trans health and activism, plus more to be revealed!

Book now to avoid disappointment:

https://goo . gl/forms/0d7DQjC7vg7dABvx1

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Our committee elections will also be taking place on the Sunday of conference and online via email.

Our committee is responsible for overseeing the work of Action for Trans Health and will be accountable to the wider membership. Elected committee members will serve for a term of 2 years on a staggered basis, so you will be joining some members of last year’s team on the committee. Key responsibilities include: determining the goals and direction of the organisation, appointing and managing volunteer roles appropriately and listening to and acting on the wishes and needs of the membership.

Committee members should be willing to spend at least 3 hours most weeks on ATH meetings and work. Although some current members of the committee work 20+ hours per week on Action for Trans Health work, this is not expected of all committee members. Most of our communication happens online, committee members need to be comfortable using online forums and emails to keep in touch with each other on a regular basis. Job shares are absolutely welcome.

We currently have 6 roles on the committee up for election:

1 x Committee Member (reserved for a person of colour)
2 x Committee Member (reserved for disabled person)
1 x Committee Member (reserved for a non-binary person)
1 x Committee Member (reserved for a woman)
1 x Committee Member (open place)

It is possible to stand for multiple roles in this election but you will need to fill out multiple nomination forms. You can find the nomination form here:https://goo . gl/forms/ej8utjdg7mequHQJ3

Any person standing in the election must agree to the following statement:

“Action for Trans Health is a grassroots organisation fighting for democratic trans healthcare and trans liberation. We believe in the principles of mutual aid, education and solidarity and this is reflected in the training and fundraising work that we do. We believe that trans people come from all walks of life: we are working class, we are black, we are disabled, we are LGB, we are women. As such, for trans liberation to be achieved we need to actively fight against all forms of bigotry and build coalitions with other groups with similar, radical aims.”

If you have any questions, please get in touch at info@actionfortranshealth.org.uk

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One more announcement, polish up your dancing shoes because we will be having a fundraiser gig on the Saturday night of conference at The Lughole on Arundel Street, next to the Lord Nelson pub, in Sheffield. We’re thrilled to announce The Spook School will be playing, plus Seth Corbin,Grotbaby and Dispute Settlement Mechanism. Lots to look forward to! Facebook event is here, tell your friends: https://www . facebook . com/events/586473154869039/

Well wishes and hope to see you in Sheffield next month,

Pazuzu

Action for Trans Health

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The Action for Trans Health Solidarity Fund is now open for applications. The deadline is 16th July 2016.

Throughout the year, we raise money to help trans and gender variant people who for whatever reason cannot access healthcare treatment through the NHS in a timely manner. We know that the trans healthcare system is in crisis, and that the people who need help accessing support will usually outweigh our capacity to fundraise. As such, we use this application form to identify those who face the most barriers to accessing healthcare treatment in more conventional ways.

Our fund is raised through the generous donations of supporters around the country. Please consider fundraising for us, or donating via the PayPal button below. You can also choose to become a member of Action for Trans Health.

We can now accept donations!

Help us to provide access to essential healthcare today.

Action for Trans Health takes a broad view of healthcare, which recognises that there a wide number of things that can impact on an individual’s healthcare needs. As such, we place no restrictions on what the money can be used for. We do ask that if the money is being used to access medication which will be needed long-term, that the applicant has thought about how to secure the long-term supply after the grant money has been spent. Some things we have funded in the past include:

– appointments with private gender clinics;
– hair removal;
– counselling and therapy;
– rent payments when the money isn’t there because of a health issue;
– mobility aids;
– sick pay;
– part payment of surgery costs;
– wigs, binders, clothes, etc.

Once applications have been received, a member of Action for Trans Health’s administrative staff will anonymise the application text and pass them onto our funding panel who will allocate the funds. We will contact you to let you know whether your application has been successful within two weeks of the funding panel meeting.

Here is the application form to fill in. If you have any questions, please email us at info[at]actionfortranshealth.org.uk