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Today (31 March) is Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) a day where around the world we celebrate the accomplishments of trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans liberation. Over recent years, we’ve seen a rise in anti-trans rhetoric from legislation to the media. At Mermaids, we wanted to look towards the future and ask the trans community and our allies what their hopes are and what they commit to doing to make the world a better place for trans people. Our Helpline Service Officers play a…

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An exclusive extract from Marlo Mack’s touching new memoir When the world split wide open, it was a November evening. We had just walked in the front door and were shedding the day’s damp coats and bags. Outside, the Seattle sky was preparing for an early bedtime, transforming the cloud ceiling from old-pillow gray to the color of wet ash. I reached out to flip on the lights and felt my child slip his hand into mine. “Mama,” he said, “something went wrong in your tummy.” I heard my purse hit the floor. “It did?” “Yes,” he said. “And it…

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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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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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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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This Trans Awareness Week, let’s celebrate gender euphoria, says Frankie Shaftain-Fenner Happy Transgender Awareness Week! And when I say “happy”, I mean it. Recently, I have been editing my documentary film, Pronouns In Bio, about my gender journey. It has been a cathartic process, allowing me to reflect on the past few years. In 2018 I moved away from my family into university accommodation and started to experiment with my gender presentation. I began painting my nails black, wearing eyeliner and sometimes skirts as well. After a couple years, this went from just something I did in my room to…

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