Northumberland Pride Trans Network
It is with much excitement we can finally announce the launch of our very first Northumberland Pride Support Network – Northumberland Pride Transgender Network. This has been something we have been working on behind the scenes, and along with various organisations, Sophie Robinson (Vice-Chair of Northumberland Pride) will lead on this new exciting (and much needed) venture with the support of the Pride Committee.
We are in very early development stages, but have already established links with HMP Northumberland, and ongoing support with the Transgender Residents. In the upcoming months new information will be release along with an official launch.
We have had the privilege of attending the Transgender Day of Remembrance Service at St Marks URC in Amble where some of the committee read passages and prayers. This was a great honour, and shows the commitment to change within religious organisations, and provided excellent links with Churches Together. We are so excited to be working alongside these fantastic LGBT advocates, and look forward to taking this forward in the future (Further details to follow).
On Monday 21 November 2017 we held our very first Transgender Awareness Session within HMP Northumberland for both staff and residents. This was very poignant on a day where we remember all the lives that have been tragically lost over the past 24 months due to hate crime. We took a moment of reflection where a prayer was read, and we remembered those precious individuals who are no longer with us.
At Northumberland County Hall the Trans flag was raised and this was done in conjunction with Northumberland Pride. The Trans flag was also raised at the Headquarters of Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. At the Headquarters of Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, the flag was lowered to half-mast after being flown for the last week for Trans Awareness week. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have also had flags visible at a number of sites.
We look forward to providing updates as soon as they are available, but any questions or suggestions please do get in touch – we want to make this a community network/support group, and thank the organisations and individuals who have been so supportive.
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes to develop our Trans Network. Northumberland Pride has been working with Cygnus and NDAS to develop support structures for the Trans community within Northumberland. It is envisaged that we will be able to announce the launch of our first Trans support group within the next few weeks.
We are also working towards a holistic approach of supporting partners, family, children and friends. This will include guidance, advice and professional counselling. All services will be provided free of charge.
Further information will be available soon.