Creating lasting change for trans communities within healthcare and criminal justice systems.
We aim to fund and create projects designed by the trans community, for the trans community, that will make trans people safer when coming into contact with healthcare and criminal justice systems.
The TRANSforming Futures project brings together 9 partners: Be:North, CliniQ, Galop, Gendered Intelligence, the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES), LGBT Consortium, Mermaids , Sparkle, and Stonewall & STAG. It has been made possible by the National Lottery Community Fund.
It is important that our work is by and for all of the different trans communities within England.
With this in mind we started by creating space for trans communities to create their own ideas for solving issues trans people face when coming into contact with healthcare and criminal justice systems.
We spoke in-depth with trans people from all regions of England in workshop settings about their experiences of healthcare. First they were asked to map the biggest issues for trans people in healthcare, then to design their own solutions to these problems.
“To get healthcare, someone has to see you as a whole being, if you’re white, cis, straight, male, it’s easier to see that someone as a whole. When you’re anything that deviates from that category, they start nit-picking at everything. You can’t be autistic and trans. You can’t be queer and have mental illness. These things are pitted against each other. They can’t see the complete person.”
Participant, Trans People of Colour Workshop.
We spoke in-depth with trans people from all regions of England in workshop settings about their experiences of criminal justice systems. First they were asked to map the biggest issues for trans people in criminal justice contexts, then to design their own solutions
What is next?
The TRANSforming Futures partnership, with the help of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, will start working on creating and supporting projects by community organisations based on the ideas and solutions created by workshop participants.
A similar community consultation will be conducted with under 18s on their experiences of healthcare, state agencies, and violence.
In the meantime, we encourage community organisations to use the ideas recorded and shared in the criminal justice and healthcare reports as a starting point in discussions about forming their own projects that are for trans communities, by trans communities.