A Transgender workshop is commencing with the first of what will hopefully be many such workshops for anyone who is Transgender or is questioning their gender.
Lisa Kelly, Co-chair, Transgender Subgroup Coordinator, says, "York needs this workshop because around 48% of all transgender people will attempt suicide at some stage, which is a horrendous figure. The purpose of the workshop will be to offer something to everyone, from surviving each day under the spotlight of being transgender within the community, to basic day to day make up tutorials and how to avoid confrontational situations to how to cope with verbal abuse."
The current waiting list for a first appointment at Leeds Gender Clinic is around 4 years.
"The people most at risk of attempting to end their life are those in the early stages of transition: the first few years are the hardest, when self-confidence is at its lowest. If we can reach out to these people through this workshop, then maybe we can start to bring down those awful attempted suicide figures."
The first workshop takes place on Saturday 30 July at the Mesmac offices on Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ. 2pm to 4pm. Tea/Coffee and cake will be available free.
There will be people to help and advise transgender women, transgender men, non-binary people, those who are at the stage of questioning their gender and those who currently dress only on a part time basis at present. There is no need to book onto the workshop, people can just turn up.
More details are available on our Facebook page.