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A brief history of cliniQ

In 2010 Graham Reed, Michelle Ross and Milo began meeting to discuss ideas for a trans* health space. They then started talks with Martin and others at 56 Dean Street clinic and began meeting to discuss setting up a sexual health service specifically for the trans* community. More organisations including London Friend, Antidote, and GALOP, joined and the ground-breaking idea developed into setting up a broader, holistic well-being clinic for the trans* and LGBQ communities.

In 2011 Project Q carried out a survey amongst young trans* people to assess the need for a trans only clinic. More than a quarter had experienced biphobia, transphobia or homophobia at a clinic and another quarter had had their gender identity disrespected.

In January 2012, training for cliniQ team began, which encouraged staff to look at their own ideas about gender, to use appropriate terminology, to learn about the implications of surgery or hormones on sexual health, and which gave then a grounding in the laws and issues which might affect them and trans* clients. cliniQ opened at the 56 Dean Street clinic on 15 February 2012.

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