We’re Still Here

A celebration of trans UK

Get the date in your diary NOW! 8 September – central London venue


  • 9.30 am: Registration
  • 10.00 am: Health with co-ordinator/chair, Dr Ben Vincent, Sociology lecturer, York University. Author of Transgender Health and Trustee of GIRES talking with Stuart Lorimer – The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and GenderCare, Kate Nambiar – Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Michael Toze – Research Fellow, School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln
    This panel will see specialists working in relation to trans healthcare in different contexts discussing how improvements to trans healthcare (both transition-related and more generally) in the UK may be taken forward. In addition to a discussion between the panellists, time will be given for audience members to put questions to the chair, and collectively answered by the panel.
  • 11.00 am: Education with co-ordinator/chair, Kate Hutchinson, WipeOut Transphobia
    A structured discussion around the importance of Trans Inclusion in Education, this session will look at what is currently being done to make education more inclusive of trans students as well as trans staff. We’ll also ask What’s Next?, and look at ways other individuals and organisations can help.
  • 12 noon: Keynote speaker Dawn Butler, MP Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
  • 1.00 pm: Lunch Break


2 pm: Multiple workshop and training tracks, including

  • How the GRA was won with Christine Burns, MBE, author and former Vice President of Press For Change
    Christine was a leading figure in PFC responsible for bringing about the GRA in 2004. She has written extensively about the history of trans legislation and more generally about the emergence of trans people over the past decades. In this session, Christine draws on her experience of past campaigns to point out the opportunities and pitfalls for the future.
  • Getting the GRA we need with Surat-Shaan Knan, Trans Organisations Network (TON) at LGBT Consortium and GIRES Trustee plus Toryn Glavin, Stonewall & Ireland TGEU, Alex Moore, GenderJam NI, James Morton, Scottish Trans Alliance & Helen Belcher, Transgender Parliamentary Forum
    An interactive ‘GRA surgery’ session with representatives from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England and Wales sharing their experiences. Bring your questions!
  • Non-binary: fundamental rights with Vic Valentine, Scottish Trans Alliance and Cassie Smith, LGBT Foundation
    Vic and Cassie will introduce some of the work that both the Scottish Trans Alliance and LGBT Foundation have been doing around non-binary inclusion and where this fits into the current discussions on GRA reforms in the UK, Scotland and beyond. These short presentations will be used as a jumping off point for whole group discussion about how and where non-binary people and our rights fit in, and how we can make sure that GRA reform doesn’t leave us behind.
  • Sex while trans with Alyssa Henley, SupportU
  • Alyssa has been an educator in the sex positive and alternative community for some years, presenting panels on various aspects of sex, sexuality and kink. This lighthearted but serious workshop will take you through the journey of engaging in various aspects of sex (or, equally importantly, not) as a queer / trans person.

  • Mental health and well-being with Tara Hewitt, Leadership & Inclusion Consultant and Co-founder of the Trans Equality Legal Initiative
  • The Women and Equalities Select Committee Trans Equality Inquiry found that the NHS was failing to meet its duties under the Equality Act 2010 for trans patients. Mental Health and Wellbeing services are particularly vital but are often where Trans patients face the biggest inequalities in their care.
    Find out what your rights are when accessing mental health services. What could best practice look like? And finally, how else can we safeguard our wellbeing as Trans people and allies?

  • Issues for older trans and non-binary peoplewith Chryssy Hunter, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Opening Doors London
  • This workshop will explore contemporary issues of aging for trans and nonbinary people in the UK. We will look at how older trans and nonbinary people are represented in mainstream discourse and, highlighting the lack of extensive research in this domain, contrast that with a more nuanced and diverse range of alternative perspectives.

  • Resisting and Navigating Transphobic Violence with Kaye Medcalf, Galop UK
  • Over the last year, reported hate crime against trans people has been on the rise, both online and in the real world. This session explores both the reality of that rise and what individuals can do if they feel that they have been a victim of crimes and violence.

  • How to win friends and influence people with Callum Henderson, Vice-President FTM London
  • How to do effective campaigning for your community: the right way to approach decision-makers. The wrong way.

  • GRA Reform: Human Rights begin at birth with Susie Green, Chief Executive, Mermaids plus parents and children affected
  • The government has opened a consultation for GRA Reform. But they have omitted any explicit reference to children and young people under 18 years of age. Mermaids believes this is an omission that should be rectified and cannot be allowed to stand.

    • 4.45 pm: Finale – Trans Voices/We’re still Here

All day

  • pop-up stalls from leading trans organisations
  • your chance to network, exchange ideas, or just make friends
  • Fringe
  • We are hoping to make space available during the afternoon for one or two ad hoc discussion groups to get together. So if there is a topic you feel ought to be discussed from the perspective of practical campaigning, just let us know.

    Most importantly, If there are JUST one or two, they will happen. If more than that, we will attempt to select topics democratically. At present the only additional topic suggested, and for which we would appreciate a facilitator, is:

    Pride London: where now?


Don’t miss out! BOOK HERE

This event is for trans people – binary and non-binary alike – and our friends. If you would like details of the Eventbrite booking page, register now. Just send your name, email address and contact details to conference@transgendersafetyconcern.co.uk.

Don’t put it off much longer. Ticket sales close at 6pm on 6th September. After that, we will try to squeeze you in if you email us – but no guarantees!

Ticket Pricing

Full-price attendees at the event will pay £15. Don’t forget to add a little bit for the Eventbrite levy. If you are not able to pay this there is a concession rate of £5. We are also looking at ways, including “pay it forward”, to cover the cost for anyone not able to afford the concession rate.

Bona Fides

By booking a place at this event you agree that you are either trans* or an ally of the community and that you are in favour of self-declaration. Identities are not up for debate. This event aims to bring a community together to discuss health, education, safety. We want a peaceful positive day and reserve the right to refuse admittance/remove anyone who disrupts the proceedings by behaving in a way that is contrary to the spirit of this event.

To this end, we need to take precautions. For this reason we reserve the right to request evidence that those asking to attend are in tune with the spirit of this event. Perhaps you are working with an established trans organisation, group or project: but any positive involvement is fine. We will bend over backwards to ensure that people who want to come will be able to. If in doubt, ask.



This event is sponsored by:

GIRES: GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.


Mermaids: Mermaids work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. They campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.


The LGBT Consortium: LGBT Consortium are a national organisation focused on the development and support of LGBT groups, organisations and projects so they can deliver direct services and campaign for individual rights.


Camden & Islington LGBT Forum: Camden & Islington LGBT Forum is a local organisation existing to promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in or working in Camden and, where appropriate, neighbouring boroughs and London, for the benefit of the public.

Sponsors are always very welcome, either providing funds or support for the event, or perhaps, in an individual capacity, making it a “pay-it-forward” donation to help enable someone who would otherwise find it difficult to attend this event to come.

If you would like to discuss supporting this event, either personally or through an organisation, please drop us a line on conference@transgendersafetyconcern.co.uk.


Thanks to one of our London contacts it looks like there is going to be an after-event party at a “local hostelry”. With entertainment!
If you can sing, dance, juggle or perform stand-up, drop us a line at info@transgendersafetyconcern.co.uk and we’ll pass your details along.
6.30pm at a venue close to the main conference.