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While things are getting so much better in the UK with the introduction of same sex marriage, that doesn't mean we stop the fight - a group of established LGBT artists got together and created this song about diversity and love to help raise money for those still struggling http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hCMIq70vDkQ
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Hi - I wanted to leave you with a mostly positive story, which is nevertheless laced with frustration. I socialised within the gay community from 1886 to 1995, in the UK. The reason was so that I could cope at the time with my 'gender dysphoria' (as it was called) - this led to my full gender change. Later, I effectively moved, though not deliberately, more into the 'straight world' but as a post-op transsexual (M to F). I have managed to work professionally since 1996 in a well-respected role, without anyone knowing. I have not 'come out' - even though I have been in two 'lesbian' relationships during that time. I wanted to state this now because it proves that transgendered people can work well in society. However, the frustration has been that coming out would have ended my career - of that I have no doubt. The number of people who openly castigate gay people and transgendered in particular, to my face, without the slightest idea about me is remarkable. If there is a joke in any of this it is on them - but of course, it's not funny. In my role, I do the best I can to educate people - but it has to be subtle, with small moves... My gay and transgender experiences have been wonderful and I would never go back on them - but it has been a long and hard road. I found I needed to be very resilient. Thanks for reading this.
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Dear Sir/Madam,
We have just updated our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) guide to resources and support groups available online to be re-launched for the upcoming Tower Hamlets LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom.

Your organisation is featured in this guide.

The guide aims to help Teachers, Parents and Students understand and support Young People with LGBT issues.

It contains helpful resources and a wide range of of support groups and links to help those students who are gay, think they might be or for Young People who would like a better understanding of LGBT issues.

Teachers will also find helpful resources to tackle homophobia and bullying in schools.

The pages include lists of support groups and information of LGBT History, Employment Issues, Religion, Health, Parenting, Books and Resources.

Kind regards,
Bernard Hazell
Michael O'Meara
Absolute Relaxation Ltd

"I'm thrilled that Tower Hamlets has compiled this comprehensive and stunning resource"
Sue Sanders, founder LGBT History Month

"It's great to see young people in Tower Hamlets
having access to such a useful resource.
I wish I had been given this information when I was at school.
It's a really cool website."
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights campaigner
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Josie (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for transgender readers on 24/05/2010 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, human rights
While where I live there is very positive feedback when talking about homosexual issues, there is a very high level of transphobia due to the opinion that we are well educated, and therefore the fact that transphobia has not been addressed means that transgendered people are not recognised as 'normal' in our society. The lack of education in schools is shocking, and even when some education is given, it is often presented in a crude way.

In a school lesson "We're going to watch a video on some boys who want to dress like girls" - this shows the lack of education and training given to teachers who are meant to help students form an open and well rounded opinion of minority groups.

If I'm honest, the reason for this is probably lack of resources. The main resources provider, the main group that receives funding from the government has only recently begun to accept transgender issues as connected with LGB groups. In fact, their website still states "LGB" minus the T for our Transgendered members.

We have a very good education on LGB issues in this country.. surely we should be setting the example for the rest by recognising and supporting trans members of our community?

We've come a long way in the last few years, but what angers me is the fact that most of our society, most of the people I interact with, they seem to think there's nothing left to do. That we've got rights, we shouldn't need to do any more campaigning. They think we're just picking up on little things that don't matter any more.

... So what about trans?

Although there are laws in place that do protect trans people, the education is missing. The education is vital. We're stuck in this rut without it.
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