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#WereStillHere: A Celebration of Trans UK

September 8, 2018 5:00 pm UTC+1

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Get the date in your diary NOW! 8 September – central London venue


  • Health: co-ordinator/chair, Dr. Ben Vincent, Sociology lecturer, York University. Author of Transgender Health and Trustee of GIRES
  • Education: co-ordinator/chair, Aimee Challenor, LGBTIQA+ Spokesperson for the Green Party
  • Keynote speaker: Dawn Butler, MP Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities


Multiple workshops and training tracks, including

    • How the GRA was won with Christine Burns, MBE, author and former Vice President of Press For Change
      Christine was a leading figure in PFC responsible for bringing about the GRA in 2004. She has written extensively about the history of trans legislation and more generally about the emergence of trans people over the past decades. In this session, Christine draws on her experience of past campaigns to point out the opportunities and pitfalls for the future.
    • Getting the GRA we need with Surat-Shaan Knan, Trans Organisations Network (TON) at LGBT Consortium 
      An interactive ‘GRA surgery’ session with representatives from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, and Wales sharing their experiences. Bring your questions!
    • Non-binary: fundamental rights with James Morton, Scottish Trans Alliance
    • Art, film, and comics with TBA
    • Sex while trans with Alyssa Henley, SupportU

Alyssa has been an educator in the sex-positive and alternative community for some years, presenting panels on various aspects of sex, sexuality, and kink. This lighthearted but serious workshop will take you through the journey of engaging in various aspects of sex (or, equally importantly, not) as a queer / trans person.

    • Mental health and well-being with Tara Hewitt, Leadership & Inclusion Consultant and Co-founder of the Trans Equality Legal Initiative

The Women and Equalities Select Committee Trans Equality Inquiry found that the NHS was failing to meet its duties under the Equality Act 2010 for trans patients. Mental Health and Wellbeing services are particularly vital but are often where Trans patients face the biggest inequalities in their care.
Find out what your rights are when accessing mental health services. What could best practice look like? And finally, how else can we safeguard our wellbeing as Trans people and allies?

    • Ageing, disability, and social services with Chryssy Hunter, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Opening Doors London
    • Police, hate crimes, and protecting yourself with Kaye Medcalf, Galop UK

Over the last year, reported hate crime against trans people has been on the rise, both online and in the real world. This session explores both the reality of that rise and what individuals can do if they feel that they have been a victim of crimes and violence.

    • How to win friends and influence people with Callum Henderson, Vice-President FTM London
    • GRA Reform: Human Rights begin at birth with Susie Green, Chief Executive, Mermaids plus parents, and children affected

The government has opened a consultation for GRA Reform. But they have omitted any explicit reference to children and young people under 18 years of age. Mermaids believe this is an omission that should be rectified and cannot be allowed to stand.

    • Finale: Trans Voices/We’re still Here

All day

    • pop-up stalls from leading trans organisations
    • your chance to network, exchange ideas, or just make friends
    • Fringe

We are hoping to make space available during the afternoon for one or two ad hoc discussion groups to get together. So if there is a topic you feel ought to be discussed from the perspective of practical campaigning, just let us know.

Most importantly, If there are JUST one or two, they will happen. If more than that, we will attempt to select topics democratically. At present the only additional topic suggested, and for which we would appreciate a facilitator, is:

Pride London: where now?

Don’t miss out!

This event is for trans people – binary and non-binary alike – and our friends.

To receive details of the Eventbrite booking page and the code you will need in order to book, register now. Send your name, email address and contact details to

Bona Fides

We hate to ask. However, recent hostility targeted at the trans community means we need to take precautions. For this reason, we are asking for evidence that people are in tune with the spirit of this event. Are you trans? Are you an ally who is up for celebrating trans lives? Do you want to contribute positively to developing trans rights in the UK?

Perhaps you are working with an established trans organisation, group or project: but any evidence of positive involvement is fine. We will bend over backward to ensure that people who want to come will be able to. All the same, we are putting some security in place to ensure that a day out for lots of people is not disrupted by one or two whose only motive is hate.

If in doubt, ask.

Ticket Pricing

Full-price attendees at the event will pay £15. Don’t forget to add a little bit for the Eventbrite levy. If you are not able to pay this there is a concession rate of £5. We are also looking at ways, including “pay it forward”, to cover the cost for anyone not able to afford the concession rate.

Full details available on registration.


To be announced. In the meantime, if you would like to discuss supporting this event, either personally or through an organisation, please drop us a line on the email as above.

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Written By

Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of underserved communities. She started the first trans homeless shelter in Texas and co-founded the first federally funded housing-first homeless program, pioneered affordable health care for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. She has published short stories, academic chapters and papers, and numerous articles for both print and digital magazines. She received numerous awards for her advocacy and has presented at universities throughout the nation, served on several governmental committees and CBO boards, is the Editor of the TransAdvocate, and is a founding board member of the Transgender Foundation of America and the Bee Busy Wellness Center.


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