Upcoming Spectrum groups

Spectrum is a wellbeing and sexual health project offering peer support to all people of trans, non-binary, agender, gender variant, and/or questioning experiences, and those close to them.

They run three monthly social groups in Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, and Hillingdon, and also offer free short-term counselling; visit their website or email them at info@spectrum.support for more information.

Upcoming groups:

Spectrum Hillingdon group
Sunday 21st Jan 3-5pm
Hillingdon AIDS Response Trust, 40 New Windsor Street, Uxbridge UB8 2TU
(nearest tube station: Uxbridge)

Spectrum West London group
Friday 26th Jan 7.30-9.30pm
Elgin Close Resource Centre, 3 Elgin Close, London W12 9NH
(nearest tube station: Goldhawk Road)

Spectrum Soho / Central London group
Thursday 1st Feb, 7-9pm
St Anne’s Church, 55 Dean Street, London W1D 6AF
(nearest tube stations: Leicester Square; Piccadilly Circus)

Gender Recognition Act consultation

On December 11th, trans representatives from Galop, CliniQ and FTM London got together with staff from the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to discuss needed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) and current problems in the process of getting a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), the document that makes officiant a change in registered gender.

Below is a selection of the key discussions held between the attending parties.

Continue reading “Gender Recognition Act consultation”

Yoga for LGBTQIA+ and friends

Yoke yoga studio in Dalston is running a monthly yoga class for the LGBT* community.

You can book a free space at this Eventbrite link.

Next up: Sundays 28th January & 25th February 2018
4:00 – 5.30pm

Unit 3a Stamford Works, Gillett Square
Gillett Street

London N16 8JH

Open to all levels, this class “will consist of a modern postural yoga practice of fundamental yoga poses”.

This class is for the LGBTQIA+, queer communities and friends specifically to ensure that everyone feels comfortable to practice yoga in a safe inclusive environment that celebrates gender expression.

Proceeds will go to Mermaids UK, the gender awareness charity who campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in children and young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

‘X’ passports: Full judicial review now in motion

On 18 and 19 April 2018, there will be a full hearing in the UK for the judicial review of the government’s policy in regards to issuing non gender-specific passports, known as ‘X’ passports.

These show an X in place of an F or M, for people who do not identify as either male or female. The number of people pursuing recognition as gender queer, gender non-binary, non-gendered, agendered or ungendered is increasing in the UK and beyond.

The hearing will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London. This High Court allows citizens to challenge points of law, wherever the law in the country does not currently protect its citizens’ rights and freedoms to their satisfaction.

Christie Elan-Cane (non-gendered), who is pursuing the case, said:

“The provision of ‘X’ Passports became a pivotal focal point for my campaign due to the importance of the passport as a recognised identity document, in addition to its function as a travel document.”

X Passports already exist and are compliant with international standards. They are being issued in an increasing number of countries, and must be recognised at other countries’ national borders.

Christie commented: “[this gave] me reason to believe that my Government would accept the need for their issuance in the UK.”

Yet, the UK government resisted the need for X passports and “left me with no option other than to bring a case for the judicial review of its discriminatory policy,” Christie writes.

“Legitimate identity is a fundamental Human Right. The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered.”

Follow the story here.