Last night we attended the Transgender Day of Remembrance event hosted by Network Rail. It was an emotional evening and truly saddening to see the horrific way so many beautiful trans souls were lost in the last year.
Q:alliance chair Helen commented “This event just further energises Q:alliance’s resolve to continue working for the trans community in Milton Keynes. This year we have worked with the mental health service IAPT to update their referral form to include transgender and non-binary identities. IAPT were very keen to do this to be inclusive for all individuals accessing their services. We also provided trans awareness training for their medical staff.
“We have provided training for over 50 community professionals, which included a session on trans awareness. This is still available and free to watch:
“Q:alliance have worked with Healthwatch Milton Keynes and the Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group in response to feedback from the MK trans community about their experiences with some local GPs. We will be providing trans awareness training to doctors on a specialist training day in early 2019, organised by the CCG.
“All of this work has been undertaken by volunteers. Without them we couldn’t achieve this work. We do not receive any funding for adult services, therefore this work is undertaken by our volunteers and we often see them taking annual leave from their day jobs to deliver this important work.”
Q:alliance intends to keep up campaigning to improve the lives and access to services for all LGBTQ+ people in Milton Keynes. If you would like to find out more about getting involved with Q:alliance, or would like to find out about the services we offer please get in contact.