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Trans* Health Matters 2014

Thursday 1 May 9.30 am to 5 pm at The Penthouse Conference Centre at The Loft Lounge, Birmingham City Centre, Southside

Trans*/gender variant people are more likely to report poor health and well-being than the general population.  Despite a “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act and some significant recent progress, equality of access and awareness of trans*/gender variant health issues remain low amongst healthcare providers, clinicians and commissioners.

This, the second major national event of its kind, will have a strong rights and equalities focus and will look at specific health needs and issues surrounding trans* people’s inclusion in the planning and delivery of health, public health, and social care services in the context of the advent of new NHS treatment protocols.  There will be a particular focus on issues affecting young people, older people and the experience of black, asian and minority ethnic trans*/gender variant people as well as the impact of transphobic violence, harassment and discrimination on physical and mental wellbeing.

Supported by a range of organisations including cliniQ/56 Dean Street, NHS England, the National LGB&T Partnership,  Birmingham LGBT,  The Penthouse Conference Centre at the Loft Lounge in Birmingham, GIRES, Broken Rainbow, the LGBT consortium, LGBT Labour, Trans*London, Galop and London Friend, this event will be an important opportunity for a range of trans*/gender variant voices to make themselves felt  in the current health equalities debate and offer practical solutions for trans* engagement and strategic inclusion in provision of health and social care in future.  We especially want to encourage members of the trans* / gender variant community who would like to have a say for the first time in how they would like to see trans* health and wellbeing services developed, to attend.           .

The event is intended to bring together a range of voices to explore issues and share and develop a best practice including:

  • Trans*/gender variant patients, community members, activists and campaigners
  • Public Health Specialists
  • Clinicians
  • NHS and other commissioners and providers from the health and social care sectors
  • Health, public health and social care managers and practitioners
  • Providers of services for older people and for young people
  • BAME specific service providers and organisations
  • Sexual health services providers
  • LGB&T specific services
  • Third Sector Providers
  • Education Providers in Schools Colleges & Universities
  • Representatives from the Police, the CPS  and other organisations involved in tackling hate crime, violence, harassment & discrimination