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Jennie When I look at the cup I think of happiness 11-year-old Jennie explains why she’ll never throw her coffee cup away I remember walking into Starbucks to use my name out in public for the first time. It took a lot of confidence and building up inside. It was hard because I was scared that maybe the people I was with or strangers might say: “no that’s not your name.” Actually, the lady just wrote my name and didn’t say anything. They never spell my name right, but it’s okay. The moment when they held up the cup and called…

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Today, a new Conservative Government has been elected and many service users have been reaching out to us asking what this means for the future of trans and non-binary children and young people. As with any new Government, we see this as a fresh opportunity to work towards a better world for our service users.  Reform of the Gender Recognition Act is, of course, a major priority for us over the course of this term. We must ensure the reform process launched by the previous Conservative Party leader, Theresa May in 2018, is honoured and completed under Johnson’s Government in…

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We’re proud to have launched our powerful crowdfunder campaign, “If I Had A Voice”, sending the plea to journalists, broadcasters and social media campaigners: “If you haven’t listened to transgender kids, don’t speak about them”. Corpus Linguistics research carried out exclusively for Mermaids by Professor Paul Baker of Lancaster University found that*:   – The British press has increased its coverage of stories about trans people over the last 6 years writing roughly three and a half times as many articles in 2018-19 compared to 2012.  – Mentions of transgender children are 23 times as common in 2018-19 compared to 2012.   – An analysis of…

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Mermaids is delighted to have a limited number of places in the 2020 Great North Run. As a #TeamMermaids runner Mermaids will cover the cost of your entry fee and provide you with a Mermaids running vest. In return, we ask that you raise a minimum of £350 sponsorship for the charity Please be aware that the charity is unable to cover any other costs incurred such as travel to and from the race, so please consider this before applying.   About the Great North Run: The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South…

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Recently, we’ve tried very hard to step away from the most degrading examples of anti-trans rhetoric in the national press and focus on the positive. Today, in the middle of what might feel like nothing short of an orchestrated onslaught, we feel we have no choice. We cannot stand silent amidst a slew of misleading stories, seemingly designed to undermine, frighten, alienate and demonise a vulnerable minority, including children. We have been approached for comment by all of the journalists responsible and it has been depressing, trying to offer fact-based, reasonable information. In truth, while a small number are simply too…

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An open letter from Mermaids on World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2019 Change now to save transgender children from suicide Mermaids has been supporting transgender children and young people for nearly 25 years. We know that there is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child or young person to suicide. We see, first hand, the terrible psychological trauma suffered by some of our service users because they live in a society that seems unable or unwilling to understand and accept them. Overall, the number of suicides in the UK fell between 2017-2018 but the number of under…

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Today we received support from international actress, model and human rights campaigner, Jameela Jamil. She posted a heartfelt video on her Instagram and already the video has had a massive response with positive comments flooding in! It comes after other worldwide names gave their support to our charity. Harry and Megan have shown their support for us, calling the work we do “Amazing” A spokesman for the Royal Foundation said: “Mermaids are one of a number of important organisations who are working on the frontline to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Britain.” You can read more about this here!…

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Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids said:‘While we are supportive of the Scottish Government’s plans to simplify the process of getting a Gender Recognition Certificate, we are extremely disappointed to find that recognition for under 18s and non-binary people is not intended to be included in the bill promised to be published by the end of this year.  ‘It seems a contradiction for a government to respect the ability of 16- and 17-year-olds to vote, while restricting their right to express who they are.’ ‘We are also dismayed at the continuing lack of recognition for non-binary people who are perpetually overlooked and unrepresented…

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The Royal College of GP’s has put out a new position statement on trans healthcare so we asked our Policy and Engagement Officer, Natasha Handley to take a look at it.  Hello everyone. Natasha here, the Policy and Engagement Officer for Mermaids! Today a really important document was published by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) regarding the role of GPs and how they care for gender-questioning and transgender patients. The first half of this new document is a relatively in-depth summary of the difficulties transgender people face in accessing medical care, and it reflects what many of our service users…

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This year, for Volunteer’s Week, we’ve asked our amazing volunteers to share what giving up their time for Mermaids means to them! We have a very diverse range of volunteers ranging from LGBT activists, to parents and former service users. Together they work so hard to provide our vital services, such as the helpline and forums, to everyone who needs them. If you’d like to become a volunteer for Mermaids, click here to find out more! Our trustees are amazing LGBT rights champions who love to get involved with supporting our service users! Some of our most dedicated volunteers have themselves been…

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