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Making healthcare for transgender people more accessible: Pride Cymru announces event to break down the stigma

Wales’ largest LGBT+ charity is teaming up with the Welsh Gender Service to raise awareness of health services dedicated to transgender people and to break down the stigma.

‘A Trans healthcare Q&A with Dr Sophie Quinney is part of Pride Cymru’s Big Online Week and will be streamed on the Pride Cymru Facebook page on 28, August 2020 at 12.00pm.

Kate Hudson, Pride Cymru’s Transgender Officer and trans ally Dr Sophie Quinney will be discussing the health services dedicated to the support of trans people and will offer people the opportunity to raise concerns and find out what support is available in their community.

Dr Sophie Quinney is a GP that works with the Welsh Gender Service. The Welsh Gender Service was first announced by the Health Minister, Vaughan Gething AM, at Pride Cymru 2017. The organisation accepts referrals from all over Wales to provide support and treatment to those experiencing gender incongruence.

Kate Hudson, Pride Cymru’s Transgender Officer, said: “For many people who identify as transgender, particularly, in the very early stages, going to the GP for advice can be very scary. For many GPs gender identity issues is still something new and many have limited knowledge of the subject. This lack of understanding, despite GP’s better intentions, can sometimes be very discouraging and has discouraged many transgender people to shy away from doctor’s surgeries.”

Despite decades of EU, UK and Wales inspired legislation and policy, systemic gender intersectional inequalities persist. The Welsh Government is determined to address these inequalities and commissioned the gender equality review to set out how to achieve the ambition for greater equality.

In March 2019 Welsh Government signed up to a vision and principles for gender equality in Wales. The aim is agender equal Wales, which means an equal sharing of power, resources and influence for all women, men and non-binary people. This is a vision where the government aims to create the conditions for equality of outcome for all.

Kate said: “The aim of this event is to ask people from the community about their healthcare worries and alongside Sophie, aim to provide some advice and support.

“These worries can be around confidentiality, access to hormones and health care or concerns about psychological support. We know that not all trans people want a medical route, they just want the access to support and so alongside Sophie, I hope we can cover these worries.

“We want to break the stigma and talk about positive effects of this service, rather than hearing stories that will discourage people from accessing health care. The support has been severely lacking in Wales over the last few years, and so now is the perfect time to be showing that this support is now in Wales and people from all walks of life and backgrounds can access it.”

The Q&A with Dr Sophie Quinney will be held during Pride Cymru’s Big Online Week on Friday 28 August from 12.00pm to 1pm and will be shown via Pride Cymru’s social media channels and YouTube. Anyone who would like to discuss their questions about the topic can email their questions anonymously to kate@pridecymru.com by the 23rd of August.

WGS patients can contact the team by telephone on: 029 2183 6612 or by emailing Cav.wgs_enquiries@wales.nhs.uk

 

Pride Cymru’s Big Online Week takes places from 24 – 30 August. The event celebrates inclusion and accessibility for all and organisers have revealed that all of the online programmes will be close-captioned and include BSL interpreters. For more information on the event programme, head to the Pride Cymru Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/pride-cymru-17229875735

#YourPride: Wales’ largest LGBT+ charity shines a light on LGBT+ lives in a week of events

 

Pride Cymru, Wales’ largest LGBT+ charity joins forces with a range of LGBT+ groups, businesses and performers ahead of its online Pride.

The charity will be hosting its first-ever Big Online Week (24 – 30 August) to unite the LGBT+ community and raise awareness of the inequalities that remain. Throughout the week, the charity will stream a range of talks, events and performances on its Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Gian Molinu, Chair at Pride Cymru, said: “Like many Prides across the UK, we have had to adapt our plans due to Coronavirus and we are bringing our event online. Although we cannot come together physically, we wanted to make sure that the LGBT+ community across Wales could still remain connected and united. As long as we have a community, we have got Pride and we will continue our work to challenge discrimination and prejudice. We have fantastic content to broadcast next week and I am really thankful for the incredible support we have had to put this event together.”

Throughout the week, viewers can enjoy a range of online events such as Drag Queen story hours, yoga and fitness sessions, topical panel discussions and entertainment. Pride Cymru is promoting change in its online Pride. The charity encourages people to support each other, become proactive allies and drive a fairer future for LGBT+ people in Wales. The LGBT+ charity will host a variety of talks on hate crime, intersectionality, and supporting minorities with a marginalised group.

Panellists include LGBT+ activists like Lisa Power and Lord Michael Cashman and Welsh politicians and organisations, such as Victim Support, Glitter Cymru, Bi Cymru and Deaf Hub Wales, and Bangor University’s LGBT+ Student Network.

Gian continued: “Although there has been significant progress in legislation for LGBT+ rights, there are still many barriers in daily life when it comes to inclusion and equality. We want to highlight those issues that would normally not get the kind of attention that they need. An online event gives us the flexibility to start conversations about these matters. Thanks to the help of partner organisations and panellists, we are able to share personal stories and insights into the challenges still faced within parts of our community. We hope that our online Pride shows LGBT+ people across Wales that they are not alone in their experiences. We want to show that as a community we are here to support each other and we do stand united.”

Yet, it is not all about talks. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, viewers can expect to see a range of entertainment in an atmosphere that can only be felt at Pride. featuring acts from the local and national LGBT+ scene. The weekend includes an interview with Welsh entertainer Stifyn Parri and the incredible drag queen and activist Son of a Tutu, performances from local drag legends Dr Bev and Miss Kitty and the Capitol FM Hour featuring Welsh talent Lloyd Daniels and the stunning voice of Jordan Gray.

Pride Cymru’s Big Online Week will celebrate the LGBT+ community in Wales in a series of events from 24-30 August. All events will be streamlined onto the charity’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and will include BSL and closed-captioning.

Pride Cymru announces plans for Pride Week in August.

 

Welsh LGBT+ charity, Pride Cymru, has announced that this year’s Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend will be a week-long primarily online series of events.

The Big Weekend, which is widely known for its parade, was due to take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend. However, due to the current pandemic, the event which attracts over 50,000 people each year will be running a programme of online events starting on Monday, 24 August.

Gian Molinu, Chair of Pride Cymru, said: “Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, we’ve held out hope that circumstances would improve and that we would be able to celebrate Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend physically. However, the health and safety of our community, volunteers, performers, suppliers and contractors are our priority and it is clear that it remains unsafe to have a large-scale event”

The LGBT+ Charity which celebrates diversity and strives for an inclusive society will deliver The Pride Cymru Big Week from 24 – 30 August, streaming a range of exciting panel discussions on topics ranging from representation within our communities and in sports to LGBT+ history in Wales. Plans are also coming together for some Q&A sessions as well as a live broadcast of performers and Pride Cymru favourites.

Gian Molinu continued: “While the pandemic prevents us from physically coming together as one community to march through the city, it will not stop us from celebrating the LGBT+ community. For many, Pride is the only place they feel able to be themselves, and so this year will be no different as we continue the ongoing protest and demand for equality and tolerance in our daily lives across Wales.

“Together with our volunteers and partners, our virtual Pride Cymru Big Week will be a week in which our communities will have an opportunity to stay connected, to raise awareness and to share their messages across available platforms. Most importantly, it will be a week in which we will stand together as one, as we share the love and support that you can only experience at a Pride event.”

The virtual Big Week will run from Monday 24 August 2020 to Sunday 30 August 2020 in a series of collaborations and events presented alongside Pride Cymru’s new and existing partners. It will be a time for the LGBT+ community and its allies to celebrate diversity in Wales.

Pride Cymru, which works closely with their partners like the Admiral Group, will share more information about the week-long August event closer to date. If any businesses, communities or groups would like to get involved and discuss opportunities, please email hello@pridecymru.com.

Last year, the charity celebrated 20 years of Pride Cymru, welcoming acts like Gok Wan, Atomic Kitten and local performers Miss Kitty and Dr Bev.

 

 

 

The Cardiff Devils team up with Wales’ largest LGBT+ charity to take a stand on inclusivity in sport

Cardiff’s successful ice hockey team is uniting with Pride Cymru to promote equality and inclusivity in the contact sport, as part of the Elite League’s Pride Weekend (25 – 26 January).

While this will be the third Cardiff Devils Pride game, this weekend marks a historic occasion. It is the first time all ten teams within the league come together to make a stand and emphasise that anyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, should feel welcome and safe at the Elite League’s Hockey games.

To celebrate this first-ever games weekend, the Devils and Pride Cymru are teaming up for the charity’s You Can Play project. The Welsh ice hockey team was the first professional Ice Hockey team from the UK to submit a You Can Play video. The project highlights that anyone can become part of the ice hockey community – regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender.

Gian Molinu, Chair of Pride Cymru said: “This marks a big moment for Pride Cymru as a charity. We are always delighted when businesses chose Pride as their Charity of the Year and partner with us. However, this is the first time we have teamed up with a sports team, which is crucial. Too often, people within the LGBT+ community feel excluded in joining a team or attending a game. So to have the whole Ice Hockey Elite League take a stand in support of inclusivity is truly fantastic.”

As part of the partnership, the Devils have re-elected players Evan Mosey and Sam Duggan as Pride ambassadors.

Sam Duggan, said “Hockey is for everyone and it’s important for us, as a team and organisation to make sure everyone feels welcome when they come to a Devils game at the Viola Arena. This is the second Pride game I’ll be a part of. Some of the people I met at last year’s Pride game told me that they’ve never felt welcome at sports games, but they come to the Devils game now because the Pride game has shown that they are welcome here. That really meant a lot to me and highlighted the importance of continuing to raise awareness of the great work that charities like Pride Cymru do.”