Trans* Forum for Northern Ireland
The Trans* Forum is a forum of statutory and voluntary sector organisations which comes together on a quarterly basis in Belfast City Hall to discuss issues that affect Transgender individuals and their families and friends.
The first Trans* Forum meeting was organised to take place on 6th October 2010 following the launch of “The Luck of the Draw” (A Report on the Experiences of Trans Individuals Reporting Hate Incidents in Northern Ireland) by the Institute for Conflict Research in May 2010. The Forum was established to take forward the recommendations outlined in this report.
It very soon became clear that there were many issues for Trans* individuals in other areas not detailed in this report and that the Trans* Forum could be a place for key decision makers to meet directly with Trans* people, through their representative organisations, and hear directly how their policies and procedures impact on the lives of Trans* people and their families.
The Forum also provides an opportunity for organisations to work collaboratively with one another to raise awareness of Trans* issues within the wider community. The Forum has been instrumental in highlighting Trans* issues in Northern Ireland including Policing and Hate Crime, Housing, Health, and Goods and Services issues. The Trans* Forum has also raised significant issues for young people such as bullying at school and the development of medical support services for those under 18.
The Forum has highlighted Transgender Day of Remembrance (20th November) in Northern Ireland over a number of years, and has hosted or inputted into several conferences on good practice in the area of Trans* issues.
More information about the Trans* Forum, how to contact the Trans* Forum or Trans Sector organisations can be found on the Transgender Northern Ireland website www.transgenderni.com or by contacting Amanda Stephens (Youthnet) at email@example.com
Currently the following organisations make up the membership of the Trans Forum: Youthnet, SAIL (Support Acceptance Information & Learning), Cara-Friend (Translate), Institute for Conflict Research, Public Health Agency, DHSSPS, Belfast Butterfly Club, The Rainbow Project, Trans* Belfast, Trans Derry, Gender Essence, Gender Identity Service Northern Ireland (Over 18), OFMDFM, Policing Board for Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Equality Commission Northern Ireland, Human Rights Commission Northern Ireland, PSNI, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, CAMHS, NIPSA, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, NICCY, Children’s Law Centre, Police Ombudsman.