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TRANSforming Futures: FAQs

Trans equality organisations are working together on a ground-breaking five-year project which will create lasting change for trans communities in the healthcare and criminal justice systems.

Known as TRANSforming Futures, this project brings together five founding partners: All About Trans, Gendered Intelligence, the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES), Mermaids and Stonewall. It has been made possible by the National Lottery Community Fund.

If you’re trans, we want you to hear from you. We want to make sure the project truly meets the needs of the whole community. That’s why we’re holding 10 workshops across England over February, March and April 2020. We’ve developed these FAQs to help you understand how you can take part or just learn more about what’s happening.

Why was the TRANSforming Futures project set up?

Trans people in England are facing huge levels of abuse and inequality right now. In the UK, two in five trans people (41 per cent) have had a hate crime committed against them in the last year, and a third of trans people (32 per cent) have experienced unequal treatment when accessing vital healthcare services. These alarming statistics show why this project is so necessary.

What are the outcomes of this project?

We know trans people currently face many obstacles, including discrimination, when accessing healthcare and interacting with the criminal justice system. We want this project to change the way trans people experience healthcare and criminal justice systems so that they  can be safer and get the support they need.  

As a partnership, we want to create solutions led and designed by trans people for trans people.

What is the duration of TRANSforming Futures?

The project will be running over the next five years, but we’re aiming to create lasting change for trans communities and want this work to continue beyond this programme. The workshops and consultations will be in early 2020.

How can I get involved?

Trans people’s experiences are at the heart of this project. To understand the challenges that we need to overcome, and come up with ideas about how to solve them, we need to hear from trans people from all walks of life. We will be running trans-led workshops for trans people to take part in. At each of the workshops, there will be a trained counsellor (who is trans) on site to offer support for participants.  

You can register your interest in taking part. The project partnership will cover the cost of your travel and give you a £25 voucher for attending.

Who can take part in these consultations?

If you identify as trans, (including non-binary or as a person with a trans history*), are aged 18 or over and based in England, we want to hear from you!

You can register your interest in taking part.

*By ‘trans history’, we mean a person who has transitioned but does not use the word ‘trans’ to describe themselves.

I’m under 18, can I take part?

Yes, but not yet! These consultation events are only for adults, but we’ll also be running specific youth sessions for children and young people, facilitated by partner organisations Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids. Keep an eye out to find out more!

What is the consultation and why is it needed?

These workshops are about asking trans people to give us  their ideas for the future healthcare and criminal justice services in England.  

The workshops will be trans-only spaces, where we come together to create ideas for solving the issues impacting our communities.

What we hear and the information we gather from these sessions will guide us towards  the  changes needed to enable  all trans people to have fair and equal access to vital frontline services.

Are my views welcome?

We welcome all opinions and perspectives that are respectful and inclusive. You won’t be required to reveal any personal information or experiences, and any experiences shared will be treated with dignity. We welcome all views about the current healthcare system and criminal justice system, whether they’re positive, negative, or somewhere in between.

How will the consultation be conducted?

The consultation will consist of a short survey and in-person workshops in groups across England. These sessions will provide a safe space and open environment for those taking part to explore what trans people need to be able to freely and fairly access healthcare and improve experiences of the criminal justice system.

What’s your definition of trans?

‘Trans’ is an umbrella term for people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.

This includes people who may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, gender-queer (GQ), gender-fluid, non-binary, gender-variant, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, third gender, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman, trans masculine, trans feminine and neutrois.

I’m questioning my gender identity, can I take part?

Absolutely! This consultation is open to people who are questioning their gender identity. All trans experiences are valid and we are keen to hear from you.

How will I be protected if I take part?

Everything shared during the sessions will be kept anonymous and the information we collect will be stored and handled in accordance with data protection legislation. We also recognise that talking about personal experiences can have an emotional impact, which is why, at all consultation events, there will be a qualified counsellor (who is also trans) on site to offer emotional support.

I’d like to take part but I don’t want my name to be made public, can I be anonymous?

Yes – we will protect the anonymity of all participants and the information you share will be stored and handled in accordance with data protection legislation.

Where will the consultation findings go?

The findings, ideas and suggestions from the consultation will go directly towards the aims and activities of the next stage of the project, when our partnership will be working to create and commission support and services for trans communities.  

All information will be anonymised and shared within our partnership of trans equality organisations. Immediately after the data is anonymised, the original data that is tied to names will be deleted.

Will this cost me any money?

No – taking part in the consultation won’t cost you anything. We will be able to provide refreshments and cover all travel costs, as well as offering a £25 voucher to all participants.

How much time will it take?

The consultation sessions will run in the evenings for two hours and refreshments will be available.

What about accessibility?

We want everyone to be able to fully participate in our workshop events, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to accommodate any reasonable adjustments  you require. We can also cover  additional costs for accessibility adjustments required to travel to the in-person consultations. Details of any adjustments you require can be included in your response when you register your interest

I can’t travel, can I still get involved?

Yes! Even if you can’t attend an in-person consultation we still want to hear from you. If you identify as trans, including non-binary and/or a person with a trans history, are over 18 and based in England, fill in the survey.

Do I need to be an expert?

Absolutely not. This consultation is about hearing all trans people’s ideas, thoughts and experiences on healthcare and criminal justice services. Whether that’s good, bad, or somewhere in between, we want to hear it all. It has nothing to do with being an ‘expert’.

Who will lead these consultations?

All of the consultations will be led by trained facilitators who are trans and work with one of our partner organisations. 

How will I be kept updated on the project?

If you register your interest in taking part, we will keep in contact with you via email.

I’m not trans, can I still be involved?

No, not as part of this project – but there are many other ways to get involved with our work for trans equality. visit Come Out For Trans Equality to find out more.

Who are the project partners?

TRANSforming Futures is a partnership between founding partners All About TransGendered Intelligencethe Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)Mermaids and Stonewall.

Why are these groups in the partnership?

The founding partners are a coalition of organisations and projects working together to advance equality for trans people. We believe that we will be stronger together and as the project continues, we’ll be reaching out to new partners to ensure we represent the diverse experiences of trans people across England.

Is there still space for other organisations to join?

Of course. As the programme develops over the next five years, we want to have new partners join from different parts of England and from different communities.

What do you mean by healthcare?

The healthcare system covers all the services that meet our health needs. For example, primary care and GP services, Gender Identity Clinics, nursing, hospital care, pharmacies, dentists, mental health services, sexual and reproductive health services, and health visitors.   

What do you mean by criminal justice?

The criminal justice system covers agencies such as: the police, courts, victim support services (such as hate crime support or domestic and sexual violence services), restorative justice, prisons, probation and the Crown Prosecution Service.  

Where is the funding from?

This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

How is the funding being used?

The funding is being used to create positive and lasting change for trans communities in healthcare and criminal justice.

Is this party political? Does it involve lobbying?

No  this is a community-based initiative, led by a partnership of trans charities and projects. We will be gathering ideas and experiences of trans people, which will inform the partnership’s work to improve equality for trans people in healthcare and criminal justice.

Who will have access to my information and how will it be processed and used?

By completing the survey, you consent to the sharing and processing of your personal information with Stonewall.

At this stage, Stonewall will only be sharing non-identifiable information (no contact information or information that could identify you) from the surveys with the carefully selected project partners that will work alongside Stonewall on TRANSforming Futures. This is to enable us to collaborate with project partners on evaluating some of the anonymised data and ensuring a diverse range of identities and experiences from participants.

If you have any further questions regarding how your data will be safely stored and used during this initial phase of the project, please do not hesitate to contact our team at trans@stonewall.org.uk.

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