Wolverhampton TDoR commemoration service

 This year I was invited to organise and host a TDoR event in Wolverhampton, which after my initial apprehension, I agreed to do on behalf of the Trust.  Why apprehensive ? Well, for me, this is an immensely personal time, I’ve lost three friends to suicide because of Transphobia sinceRead More

Transgender Diversity Awareness Training – Burton and South Derbyshire College

Not long ago, I received an email from the lovely Jane Millar asking if I could come and present to Burton and South Derbyshire college on the subject of transgender diversity. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Jane again, after our initial meeting at a relate lunchtimeRead More

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

November is a poignant month for the transgender community.  Each year, it see’s the holding of the Transgender der Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which is held internationally on 20th November.  But what is this event and why should we in the UK be concerned ? TDOR was the brainchild ofRead More

Internalised Transphobia [my chapter from TRANS IN THE 21st CENTURY [pub. BT, 2011]

Kenneth Demsky, PhD/www.drkennethdemsky.co.uk/London/020 7435 6116   Internalised Transphobia   From a psychological perspective, the goal is never conformity, but authenticity.   A phobia is defined as an exaggerated fear or loathing of a thing or situation encountered in everyday life. In psychoanalytical terms, a phobia is the result of aRead More

More than a label

Keeping support meetings fresh and interesting for the people who come can always be a challenging proposition, particularly when the group is well established.  You tend to find people migrate to their familiar friends and cliques inevitably form which can make the group seem intimidating or unwelcoming for “nervous newbies”Read More

Hate Crime presentation

This week, I will be presenting a hate crime presentation to the following groups 14th September – Worcester – NHS Primary Health Care Trust  15th September – Scunthorpe – NHS Mental Healthcare team 16th September – Norwich – Norwich Self harm support group The presentation draws upon personal experiences, informationRead More

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