As summer came to a close we’ve all got webbed feet this year due to the amount of rain we’ve had! What's a transgender women to do? I wonder if they make funky high heeled wellington boots?! (…. Hmm maybe a market there for someone!)
Well, despite the weather, we had a great summer in the UK . We had the Olympics, and some fabulous summer fun events. I was able to attend the annual Sparkle event and we were sooooo lucky with the weather! About 2000 people turned up to enjoy all things trans – as you can seen in the Sparkle report on my page.
So to recap, here is a little all things British that went on in a rather damp Blighty
Scottish Government Leading the Way
Two areas that have an effect of the Trans population have had major progress made in Scotland, a country not normally associated with ground breaking diversity policies.
Firstly - the Scottish National Health Board had released the new Transgender Support Protocol, which gives lots of support to Trans people seeking to transition. I’ll not go into the facts here as a full in-depth report is posted within the health section of the site.
At time of writing the NHS was holding a survey on the proposed new transgender pathways for England and Wales to allow an input and invite constructive comments. Hopefully we’ll not be too far behind the Scots in making a forward thinking positive protocol.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in mid-July that the Scottish Government plans to bring forward legislation to make it happen following the results to a Scottish Government consultation on the issue, where approximately 80,000 people responded.
The issue is seen as controversial, however it has been backed by politicians from all the main political parties and equality campaigners, but has been criticised by some religious organisations.
The Deputy First Minister said: "We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal, and that is why we intend to proceed with plans to allow same-sex marriage and religious ceremonies for civil partnerships. We believe this is the right thing to do."
There is a new venue with accommodation for trans people to enjoy.
Martine Rose and Lesley Gray have opened a new hotel near Nottingham, called the T*House. It aims to provide comprehensive facilities principally for the Transgender community. Martine has lots of experience running trans-friendly places and this is her third venture in this area, whist Lesley is skilled in cosmetics and fashion, and will oversee the day to day running of the property.
T*house offers accommodation in four bedrooms, food and drink from a licenced bar, storage facilities for things you have difficulty storing at home, social evenings and themed parties, as well as a dressing service. A makeover service, electrolysis, nail and hair preparations are also available on site.
It’s a one stop shop for all the things you want to do including personal shopping with Lesley.
That’s all for this month – have a fun filled summer!
Last modified onFriday, 14 March 2014 16:59
Latest from Dawn Wyvern
Login to post comments