About Us

The Trans Forum

  • Membership is free. 
  • All queer, non-binary, fluid, and trans  individuals are welcome.
  • It is run by its members.
  • Its purpose is to discuss and prioritise issues raised by its members. 
  • The Forum will nominate representative[s]  to  The Panel for discussion.



The Panel

  • The Panel welcomes representatives from all stake holding service providers. A membership fee* will be applicable.
  • The Panel will meet  to discuss issues presented by The Forum 
  • The panel will reconvene and action plan will be created collaboratively and targets will be set, and scheduled for assessment and review. 

For more information, please contact us:  info@northantsqtip.co.uk

Training & Awareness Raising

We offer training and consultation services to employers in public and private sector groups, organisations and corporate settings.


Our Trainers:

  1. Are experienced at delivery. 
  2. Have either a personal trans gender history, professional or familial experience, and are trans-positive in their beliefs.
  3. They are aware of current sociopolitical issues.



About Us.

Queer & Trans Inclusion Partnership

OUR PURPOSE


  • to improve queer, trans,  non-binary, fluid gender inclusion and positivity through our work with stake-holding services;


  • to address discrimination and prejudice in  our communities through safe and honest dialogue; 


  • to encourage participation from  trans members of the community, and promote direct engagement with service users by way of the Trans Forum;


  • to help provide resources identified by the Forum that will empower,  raise the resilience,  and raise life chances of trans people  in our communities.


OUR ETHOS


We celebrate diversity!


QTIP does not engage with 'gender -critical' discourse. Trans people exist. Full stop.


QTIP does not tolerate discrimination against any other minority group.

 

We believe, without question, that queer & trans people deserve the same rights, respect and protection as anybody else.


We believe that all communies have a part to play, and we encourage intersectional groups' involvement.


We believe in social responsibility. Whatever our gender identity or expression, we can play a part in protecting each other in our communities.


Guarding Against Institutional Discrimination


Following the tragedy that took the life of Stephen Lawrence , the 1999 Macpherson  Report gave a definition of 'institutional racism'. For the purpose of our our discussion about trans discrimination we have swapped the racial and cultural characteristics of that report to illustrate the guidelines we would like to see in place to protect the trans community. The report defines ['institutional racism'] as:


" The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their trans gender identity / expression. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and trans gender stereotyping which disadvantages minority trans people.[39] " ( REF)


It is imperative that we put our heads together to address these same issues - outlined in Macpherson's report. Trans people should expect the same rights and respect as everyone else. It is in all of our interests continue to work as diligently as ever for equality, acceptance and inclusion for trans people as a top priority.


The Evidence


The statistics gathered in recent years by public sector services do not show the whole picture. Hostility and prejudice means it is often unsafe for trans people to draw attention to themselves, by reporting offences against them. 


Experience has shown many individuals from minority groups, including trans people, that they will not be taken seriously when they report incidents or offences perpetrated on account of their trans identity or expression.The risk of further emotional trauma is so prohibitive. We need to build confidence and trust. 


Misinformation and prejudice of some 'gatekeeping' professionals are often present. Experiences when trying to access specialist gender identity services are problematic, especially for those who may need the support of mental health services. It is not unusual to hear words such as 'hostile' and 'humiliating' in discussing service users' experiences. 


"One in five (20 per cent) of

patient-facing staff have heard

colleagues make negative

remarks about trans people." 


(Stonewall. Vision For Change. 2017




Ignorance Is A Reason, Not An Excuse.


Trans people are frequently asked to validate their gender with inappropriate intimate questions, and requests for documentation. In most cases these requests are unlawful and discriminatory.


Trans people are also frequently deliberately misgendered, threatened, denied access: these things are the part of a 'normal' day for trans people.



These experiences take their toll on a person's health and well-being. Experiences of social isolation, depression, suicidal ideation are common for even the most resilient of trans people. 


The impact of these things upon a person's ability work, upon family relationships can be compromised and subsequent health issues, housing difficulties, or homelessness can be tricky to navigate. If we take this to its logical conclusion we can begin to see why this initiative is important, and why we need to tackle these issues head on:


 "The majority of participants, 84%, had thought about ending their lives at some point", and "...35% attempting suicide at least once and 25% attempting suicide more than once".

(McNeil et al., 2012).



Legislation


The Equality Act 2010


Trans people are protected under anti-discrimination equality legislation. It is only as recent as eight years ago that trans discrimination was even acknowledged officially. 


However, unless we develop a firm understanding about issues affecting trans people then we probably would not recognise transphobic attitudes or unlawful trans-discrimination when we see it. 


Opinions need to be heard and questions need to be asked. Trans people need to be encouraged to participate in the discussion, to be a part of the decision making process.


Northants Trans Forum


The Forum is an autonomous group run by, and for trans people. It exists to drive the agenda for inclusion and equality. All trans people over 18 are welcome to join. We welcome trans people from all intersectional groups.


Forum also has sub-groups: 'Family & Loved Ones', and 'Allies & Advocates'. 


QTIP is an organisation in which will  facilitate, develop, and strengthen relationships between trans service users, and service providers in Northamptonshire. 


QTIP is a safe, liminal platform on which trans forum representatives and stakeholder  representatives can come together and develop an honest dialogue for positive change.


We welcome support from all trans adults, and advocates, who have a connection with Northamptonshire. We welcome representatives from all professional organisations and stakeholding services, with a responsibility for equality and diversity.


For more information about joining QTIP please do get in touch.


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