Below are the candidates for the November 2017 committee elections. The order is randomised on page load.

Jack

He/Him

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

I’ve been working as an LGBTQ healthcare & political advocate and creative organiser with other trans people for over six years and with ATH for the past few months; I have several years of personal experience with NHS and private healthcare and UK immigration as a trans person. I have four years of professional journalism experience/connections in the US and UK, as well as working relationships with French, American, and Brazilian trans activist orgs. I’m a PhD-level researcher/writer, a seasoned trans organiser in my local area who’s gotten a lot of tangible results, and very good and very practiced at being strategically vicious to troublesome cis people.

Why do you want to run for committee?

I believe I have the mental capacity, concentrated rage, and experience to work consistently and well within a team towards ATH’s goals. I want to use the practical skills and knowledge I’ve been honing in my local community and online to help make real change on a national level. ATH has helped me and many of my friends through this shitshow of a healthcare system, and I want to give back and make our work more accessible.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

I want to help make ATH’s knowledge more accessible online by focusing on website and digital media. ATH’s website needs updating and current knowledge needs to be catalogued so that accessing the most up-to-date knowledge doesn’t rely on a) existing connections to certain online trans crowds or b) individual private email exchanges. As part of this, I’d help create an urgently needed compendium of info for trans visa holders, immigrants, and asylum seekers. If desired, I also want to help craft a more visible/functional/accessible press and media strategy/training (following the current example of French organisations like OUTrans and historical strategies like those of ACT UP) to help bolster campaigning, outreach, and impact.

Anything else you would like to say

I love the existing ATH team and am so grateful for their work; I hope I can help out however I’m needed!


Sylvia

She/They

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

  • Previously a Facebook admin for Manchester No Prisons
  • Previously elected the Equalities Minister for the Manchester branch of the Industrial Workers of the World
  • Work shadowing in academic libraries
  • A member of ATH for 2 years
  • Experience dealing with organising small left, local left groups that are queer and trans led and making sure people are engaged. As well as experience as a supporter/member of numerous left wing groups such as the IWW and Manchester No Prisons.
  • A working class background based in North Manchester, an area where working class voices are mostly unheard.

Why do you want to run for committee?

The growth of ATH when I became a member 3 years ago has been immense and the future for us seems positive. However, the committee has never been a major part of my interactions and lacks clarity on understanding their own roles and what they need to do. I want to ensure that as a committee, we are active and organised for our growing membership. I also want to be given a chance as a working class, autistic, non-binary trans woman with experiences of being silenced by left wing groups and their ableism and transphobia.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

Educational and administrative roles. This includes:

  • Regular contact between the committee via (bi)weekly group chats that work for all.
  • Monthly e-mails for members on what we’re doing.
  • Housing. A group on social media for housing for trans people only and an emergency housing programme working alongside our solidarity fund and advocacy for trans people who immediately need housing and legal support.
  • Education. Working on the skills share and a reading group for ATH members for local contact and learning theory. A DIY archive would be something that I think would benefit long-standing and newer members.

Anything else you would like to say

If I’m elected, I hope that being in ATH ensures that I don’t deal with the burnout and mental illness when dealing with the rape culture and transphobia of previous left groups. We live in a time of socialism or extinction and now more than ever does democratic trans healthcare and trans liberation require a platform alongside an anti-imperialist, proletarian feminist perspective to ensure we build that socialism and eliminate the transphobia perpetuated under imperialism, patriarchy and capitalism. The struggle for trans liberation cannot be successful in isolation from the struggle to overthrow the imperialist system itself.


Claye

They/Them, Ey/Em

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

I have been involved in radical/left wing organising for about 6 years.
I’ve been on regional/national/international committees with my various roles, but with the most amount of time focussing around event organisation for young people aged 13-21.
Within these organisations I have had training in facilitation, mediation, protest rights, safeguarding, data protection, cooking for large amounts of people.
Currently I am on university LGBTQ+ & Feminist society committees, and facilitator within a non-binary support group.

Why do you want to run for committee?

I’ve been wanting to get involved in ATH since I heard about it, but I currently live where there isn’t a chapter, or with enough people to create one (I did try :’( ) so I haven’t been able to get too much involved so far.
Being on the committee will give me the chance to invest my time and energy to help the organisation in ways that utilise my skills .

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

I’d be interested in something like a secretary, or more adminy organising role.
I’ve got experience taking minutes, in more formal ways as well as illustratively
I really like organising stuff into spreadsheets, with lots of colours and formulas and easy to read/find information.
I like writing newsletters and making posters, so would be up for doing that kinda thing to send out to members/people we wanna get money off.

Anything else you would like to say

Did you hear about the enby who painted their gf with cheese??

they double glossed-her


Jess

She/They

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

I’m a founding member of Action for Trans Health, most of work focuses around healthcare advocacy, education, and the intersections of healthcare and criminalisation (i.e. prisons, drugs, etc.). I am involved in various other aligned activist projects: cooperatives, the student movement, prison abolition, etc.

Why do you want to run for committee?

I have plans for ATH that I feel needs a political mandate from the membership.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

Plans include: establishing local cooperative economies to support ATH (using the hair removal coops as a model), extending and embedding healthcare advocacy training along the lines of policy recently passed at conference, deepening of our work with incarcerated trans people.


Vivian

They/She

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

I was chair of my University’s LGBTQ Campaign, which mainly involved coordinating events – it was distinct from our LGBTQ Society as being a more political/campaigning event, and so I organised a TDOR service, edited a general LGBTQ History zine and a Freshers’ guide for new LGBTQ Students, detailing practicalities of what spaces were available, what there was for grads, people of colour, and practical guides to sexual health and kink. I have experience dealing with official, rule-based work (my degree was in maths & philosophy which helped) and more welfare-based work.

Why do you want to run for committee?

While I was at Oxford there was a massive expansion in the trans community – the Facebook group for trans students tripled while I was there! It really introduced me to some of my best friends and incredible campaigners on PREVENT, Antisemitism, and trans policy in the university. Since graduating I’ve been at a bit of a loss for that sort of community but I’ve always admired ATH’s work from afar, and especially after seeing what important work there is to do this year at the conference, I’d love to help in whatever way I can!

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

I’d love to do work on nonbinary issues, especially dealing with specific issues of transmisogyny towards nonbinary people. pushing for informed consent distribution of healthcare and working to demystify what is available by further consolidation of resources (particularly around knowledge-sharing and decentralising the committee around chapters). A lot of my experience is just in organising and so I’d perhaps be most useful in backroom work, perhaps as membership secretary – a stronger social media presence and easier access to members will be vital to the increased work that ATH is facing right now, and for the fundraising and perhaps more technical work on how to extend the solidarity fund.

Anything else you would like to say

fully automated luxury trans space communism now!!!


Samantha

She/her

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

As a woman of trans experience, I have the unique experience of having transitioned as a child, starting hormone treatment at 14 and having gender confirmation surgery. After 15 years of treatment, I feel that I have particular insight into accessing healthcare and navigating the NHS, coming from a working class perspective, that would be beneficial to Action for Trans Health. Furthermore, my lived experience of being openly gender non-conforming and pursuing healthcare from a very young age has made me sensitive and highly empathetic to those who are navigating the world as non-cis individuals.

Why do you want to run for committee?

From July this year I have been organising with Action for Trans Health London and I would like to get more involved in larger scale organising and helping to facilitate the growth of the organisation. I would also be in a position where I could ensure that those who are most vulnerable in the organisation are always taken into consideration before any action is planned so that they are always protected from possible negative consequences.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

If elected my main focus would be to centre the voices of those who might not have the capacity to be involved in organising events and strategising direct action, but who should be given more opportunities to participate in the decision making process.

Another area I would like to focus on is generating new fundraising ideas to help expand the solidarity fund and gain more funds for a travel bursary.

Anything else you would like to say

As Action for Trans Health functions loosely as a collective I think there needs to be better communication, both between different branches and internally within each branch. As a committee member I would put my efforts into ensuring that this improves, perhaps by asking for voluntary representatives from each branch who could communicate informally so that everyone can be kept up-to-date.


Jay

They/Them

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

I am relatively new to organising in a social justice capacity, however I have had experience in a variety of minor roles, and although I am new to ATH I believe I have proven my reliability to fellow members and have the capacity for growth.

Why do you want to run for committee?

I have a passion for improving the lives of marginalised people through activism. Action for Trans Health is an organisation which I believe aligns closely with my political beliefs in terms of far left, radical values. I believe that if I were elected, I could bring a unique perspective, and assist others with creativity, compassion and humour.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

I would like to continue to build and expand ATH, I think that fundraising for the solidarity fund, as well as advocacy and skill sharing would be things I would focus upon. I’m also interested in ATH’s focus on topics such as prison abolitionism and reproductive justice.


Kel

They/them

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

I work in web and digital media at a big institution and I think i’m pretty good at it. I managed to grow our social media channels by 80% in a year. I like websites and social media so am happy do this stuff. I also know how to produce videos, infographics and podcasts with no budget.
Whilst I was at university I did a lot (I mean a lot) of political organising, direct action and was invovled with committees so know how to work with other people.

Why do you want to run for committee?

I am running because I think ATH do amazing work and I want to do my bit. I also want to make sure we ampllify marginalised voices in our communities. I would always vote to protect ring fenced funding for trans people of colour and maintain ATH support for incarcerated people. I’m really good at this digital comms life so I actually think I’ll have fun doing this.
Fortunately I have a stable 9-5 (really 10-6) job atm so I am in a position where I can commit to this role.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

I will:

  • – Redesign the website (for free) so the information is more accessible and so we can create specific resources for marginalised groups e.g. those who are incarcerated
  • – Get more followers on social media so we can get more donations
  • – Make the donation system better so we can get and give out more money
  • – Fix the contact systems so people’s questions go straight to the right advocates (meaning less admin!)
  • – Create online resources to help people advocate for their healthcare such as videos with subtitles (hopefully in several languages) and templates for letters for GPs

Anything else you would like to say

You may not know me because I’ve been having a little activism break. But I really like my job and I’m quite good at it and I think I could make ATH web and social media really good.
More about me: I like making vegan snacks, reading about trans history, hanging with my cat, plants and being quiet. I can’t guarantee I won’t use photos of my cat to promote ATH. But he is dead cute.


Dorian

They/them

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

Experience of many committees including North West Young Labour, Disabled Students Society, Manchester Labour Students, Manchester Young Labour and more. I have excellent organisational and communicative skills, and am extremely computer literate. I am involved in the disabled students and trans students campaigns with NUS and on my own campus. I have personal experience of healthcare barriers and I have worked as a medical advocate for a number of trans people.

Why do you want to run for committee?

I would like to run for committee as I rarely see trans people like myself. I have time going spare and I’d love to devote it to a cause that makes me feel passionately about change and the work I can effect. I want to exchange my skills with valuable experiences that make me feel like real progress is being made, because at the moment all I see about trans people in the news and culture frightens and upsets me.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

I would like to focus on non-binary visibility, especially when presenting to GICs, and primarily on disabled trans people and why our barriers to healthcare are so much greater. I would work hard on issues such as disabled people and surgeries, hormones when taking other medications, self messing for disabled people, and how GICs and the medical establishment at large treats trans disabled people.


Eve

She/her

What experience do you have that you can bring to committee?

I would hope that the knowledge I’ve tried to accumulate over the years would allow me to offer practical support in areas ranging from endocrinology guidelines to legal protections to navigating NHS funding processes.

I’d also hope that my attempt to consistently focus on empathy, humility, and warmth could further facilitate positive communication and ensure support for personal needs of members as they arise. In the past my attention has been on enabling others by making sure they know where to turn in the hope that boosts overall group resilience. I hope I’ve been at least somewhat successful in that.

Why do you want to run for committee?

I’ve always felt a deep desire to offer ATH and our community more but deemed it personally unsustainable due to health. Now, I feel able and wish to run so that I can hopefully use my increased capacity to enable the ideas and plans of ATH members as much as possible.

Having constantly seen how barriers to healthcare affect the community, I want to do all that I can while I’m able. I wish I could be more eloquent but for me this drive is very raw. I feel a need to be there for others as much as can be.

If elected, what would be the main focus of your work?

I intend to focus on consistency, structure, support, and open communication. I feel I can best serve the ATH community by ensuring fragmentation is minimised; discussion spaces are as publicised and accessible as can be; volunteer advocates are given reliable support infrastructure or standardised resources to draw on; and by generally focusing on practical fundamentals to facilitate organising. I feel giving members as many points of active, informative access as possible is my personal priority to build capacity.

At present, I worry there’s the common and obvious problem of too much falling on too few people. I wish to do whatever I can to help with remedying that so that longevity and consistency are hopefully boosted.

Anything else you would like to say

While I value the focus on what I can offer, I personally believe it’s important to state some reasons against too:

I have a history of being unreliable, in my view. While this is due to mental health needs and I feel able to be consistent now, I also have no desire to risk taking a position that could be powerfully used by another, if applicable.

Similarly, I’ve deferred to taking smaller positions or background support roles in the past due to my concerns about this so have no well of experience with committee positions. This would be my first.


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