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Content warning: This article contains reference to abuse. Please visit mermaidsuk.org.uk/ct-support if you need to talk to someone. I was 19 at the time of my conversion therapy experience. I was having a same-sex relationship with another member of my church congregation, and we had been found out by a senior leader in the church. My whole world was thrown upside down.  Before that day, I was a respected member of the church. I had a job as the church youth worker, I was a respected Sunday worship leader, and was living with the Vicar’s family. Young people in the…

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Happy New Year! Welcome to the second instalment of our Day In The Life series. Here, we spotlight the important work being done by Mermaids and the people who make the charity what it is. Meet Kerry (she/her), one of our Helpline Services Officers, who marks her fourth year at Mermaids this spring. Kerry started out as a volunteer before joining the charity as a staff member. Today, you will find her on the frontline, answering your calls or replying to messages over webchat. Whatever the problem, she’ll be here for you with a kind and supportive ear. Read on to…

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Abby, Danielle and Verity share their Miles For Mermaids stories Our challenge event Miles For Mermaids is back and better than ever!  With different distance options to suit all abilities, these virtual events are designed so that you can support the vital work we do while moving your body at a time, place and pace that suits you.  And best of all, we’ve got a brand new medal for 2022.  We caught up with three proud medal-winners – Abby, Danielle and Verity – to hear what inspired them to take on their Miles For Mermaids challenges, the hurdles they encountered…

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It’s been an ugly year in many ways, not least for the trans community. But even in the darkest of times, there is light. Whether it was the Court of Appeal overturning Bell v Tavistock, a huge moment of relief for trans kids and their families, non-binary representation on TV in shows like Sex Education and Feel Good, small gestures of allyship from the likes of Billy Bragg and Lorraine Kelly, or Joshua Cavallo shutting down the LGBA in the most perfect way, there was plenty that put a smile on our faces in 2021.  To mark Trans Awareness Week…

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The Tribunal has agreed to hear our arguments as to why the LGB so-called Alliance (LGBA) should not have been given charitable status. This means we, as the main claimant in the case, will have the opportunity to present the full facts as to why LGBA’s activities are not those of a charity. The hearing will take place in May 2022. The LGBA wanted a separate hearing to determine whether or not we had what’s called “legal standing” – whether we could bring the claim at all. We believe they wanted to close the conversation without having to properly explain…

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Analysis from Mermaids’ legal and policy team into a new report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee into proposed changes to UK Gender Recognition legislation We welcome the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s (WESC) report released today (Tuesday 21 December 2021) that reviews the Government response to proposed reforms to Gender Recognition legislation in the UK.  You’ll see that the WESC examined the Government’s proposals, gathering evidence on whether the Government’s proposed changes are the right ones and whether they went far enough. The Commission were exploring what changes, if any, should be made to existing legislation, in order…

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Welcome to the first instalment in our new Day In The Life series, designed to spotlight the important work being done by Mermaids’ staff who, across their different teams, are collectively working towards our goal; a world where trans young people can be themselves and thrive. To kickstart the series, we speak to the dynamic Lee (he/him), our Youth Rights Advocate Manager. Despite being just three months into the role, Lee has been working hard to amplify the voices of the young people we support, in and outside of Mermaids. Want to know what a typical day looks like for…

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Today (15 December 2021) the UK’s Supreme Court has dismissed Christie Elan-Cane’s application to have a gender neutral option on passports.  The Court said that there is no consistent approach from the European Court of Human Rights on whether there is an obligation on European Convention on Human Rights member states, which the UK is one of, to provide a gender neutral passport. The member states have a wide margin to decide whether this is something they want to do.  The UK government has said they do not want to open up recognition of gender beyond male or female categories…

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To mark Pansexual Pride Day, Lu Hobden (they/them) pens a message of support to their TransPan family First off, Happy Pansexual Pride Day to all my wonderful pan family!    I am pansexual and agender, which means my experience is a little bit different to those who are cis, or somewhere else on the trans spectrum. The absence of gender can and has made some people who aren’t pan change their mind about even wanting to know me – let alone be in a relationship or any other way involved with me. I think it’s because I don’t easily fit into…

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Multi-Disciplinary Artist AJ has a message for allies this TDoR This period is hard. Life is continually made hard for trans people,but,this period is especially difficult and trying. Over the past year or so, I have made a conscious effort to try and not write from a place of pain.When you’re hurting,and you’re suffering,and you’ve been hurtingand suffering for,well,your whole life, it can be hard to see anything else. On top of that, when you’ve had to remain silent about your pain,and your hurt,and your suffering,when you finally have the chance to speak out, it can feel so very relievingand…

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