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Hello and Happy December!

I wanted to begin this month's newsletter by introducing myself as the new Stakeholder Engagement Officer for the National LGBT Partnership. Well, not so new anymore! I've been in this role for a few months now, although this is the first newsletter I've authored. It's been a joy to meet so many new people in the recent months and to those of you I am yet to meet, here's a short introduction to me and my background or feel free to drop me a line to say hello: laura@consortium.lgbt

Secondly, I wanted to acknowledge the difficulties our community is going through during the second wave of Covid-19, particularly approaching what is, for many, the holiday season. As always, we are striving to ensure that LGBT voices continue to be heard during this hard time.

Laura Clarke
Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Covid-19 Updates

As of Wednesday 2nd December the government has introduced a tier system to combat the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. There are three tiers:
  • Tier One: Medium Alert
  • Tier Two: High Alert
  • Tier Three: Very High Alert
Each tier defines the restrictions and guidance for different parts of the country, and tiers are allocated based on the level of Covid-19 cases in that area. To read more about the tier system please visit the government website and to make sure to find out which tier your local area falls under.

In further Covid-19 news, the government recently announced that some restrictions will be lifted over the Christmas period, to allow people to celebrate with loved ones from different households. People will be allowed to form "Christmas bubbles", comprised of no more than three households, between the 23rd and 27th December.

HIV Commission Report

For World AIDS Day 2020 the HIV Commission published a report stating their findings and recommendations for ending HIV transmissions in England by 2030. The Final Report and Recommendations are now available to read and download.

High Court Ruling on Puberty Blockers

In a landmark case — Quincy Bell and Mrs A vs. The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust — the High Court ruled against Tavistock, stating their doubts that children under 16 could understand “the long-term risks and consequences” of taking puberty blockers and then hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Following this ruling, the Tavistock & Portman Trust have suspended new referrals to endocrinology services until there is more "clarity" on the situation. Lead charity for trans and non-binary young people, Mermaids, stated "this judgment has failed to affirm those under the age of 16’s ability to consent to gender-affirmative medical treatment and has in turn undermined young people’s right to bodily autonomy, specifically here trans young people."

The National LGBT Partnership believes that every young person has a right to govern their own body and gender expression. It is essential that trans and non-binary youth are given the same autonomy as their cisgender peers. We will be striving to understand the full consequences of this ruling and the impact it will have on trans and non-binary young people. As always, we will work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of such young people is being upheld.

ITEMS Research Project Announced!


The National LGBT Partnership are proud to announce that we are collaborating with the LGBT Foundation and the Trans Learning Partnership on a new research project Improving Trans Experiences of Maternity Services (ITEMS). This project is funded by NHS England, will run for six months and will curate existing evidence and collect new evidence to see how maternity services can be improved to meet the needs of trans and non-binary birthing parents.

We have now launched our online surveys for this project and encourage you to contribute if you have lived experience of the research matter. There are two separate surveys — one for trans and non-binary people who have been pregnant or given birth in England and another for people who work in maternity services. We look forward to hearing from you!

#TransRainbowHeroes

13th - 20th November was Trans Awareness Week, during which we launched an online campaign to highlight and celebrate the trans and non-binary workers who have contributed to healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic. We published mini-interviews with nine health workers on our Twitter page. The people we spoke to held a variety of roles — doctor, nurse, paramedic, palliative care nurse, mental health social worker, Covid-19 test site operative and more — and each spoke about their experience working both as a trans healthcare worker, and also working through the pandemic. You can check out the thread on Twitter.

Instagram @lgbtpartnership

Since our last newsletter we've launched an Instagram account! Our username is @lgbtpartnership so be sure to follow us there if you don't already! We've been using this new platform to host Instagram Live talks for LGBT awareness and visibility days. Most recently we spoke with comedian Jen Brister for International Lesbian Day and Emi Salida for Asexual Awareness Week.

And speaking of Instagram Live events...

Kemah Bob Insta Live for #PansexualPrideDay

This Pansexual Pride Day — Tuesday 8th December — we will be chatting with the brilliant comedian and writer, Kemah Bob (@kemahbob) at 6pm on Instagram Live. People with non-monosexual identities continue to experience inequalities and erasure when accessing healthcare and often have poorer health outcomes than monosexual individuals. We hope that this event will shine a light on this issue and remind pansexual people that they are seen, and heard. We hope to see you there!

Resources

Don't forget that the Partnership's website has an array of publications available for download covering a diverse range of LGBT health issues. As we navigate through the pandemic and beyond it is important to reflect on the lived experiences of LGBT people and communities as we rebuild new ways of working and explore the additional impacts on vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Jobs & Volunteering

Paid Roles
The Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector.

Voluntary Roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the Consortium page.

If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health & Social Care in our newsletter please email nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

Courses & Events

elop Online Fundraiser for Positive East: Annual World AIDS Day Concert
elop's annual benefit concert for World AIDS Day will be available to stream for one week after the 1st December. Featuring local choirs, musicians and artists as a fundraiser for Positive East and to commemorate World AIDS Day. Positive East helps thousands of people living with HIV in London.

18th Annual LGBTQ+ Archives & History Conference: UNORTHODOX

London Metropolitan Archives is proud to present the 18th annual LGBTQ+ History and Archives Conference. Celebrating its 18th birthday, the LGBTQ+ History and Archives Conference is ‘coming of age’, yet it is still grappling with important themes in history and heritage.


A-Z of LGBTQ Inclusion — Meeting the mental health needs of LGBTQ people
This course will bring together both theoretical and real life experiences offering participants a unique perspective into LGBTQ Inclusion. Participants will gain insight and skills in assessing and addressing the needs of LGBTQ clients/customers/staff with mental health issues and gain confidence in dealing with heterosexism, homophobia, bi and transphobia. 

London Irish LGBT Network Q&A with DYVR — Musical Artist/LGBTQ Activist
Join London Irish LGBT Network for their monthly virtual meetup. This time their special guest will be musical artist / LGBTQ activist, DYVR. Originally from London, DYVR has been based in Belfast and has been working to open up safe spaces to LGBTQ musicians.

We hope that you have a wonderful month, and are all keeping safe and well.

See you in January!
 
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