In-Trust Merseyside

  • Providing support and guidance for men and women with an intersex or transgendered history in Merseyside.
  • Positively promoting best practice around employing people from this community.
  • Working with both voluntary and public sector organisations to identify the barriers to employment and service delivery faced by this community
  • Combating transphobia, promoting greater acceptance and rights for all ‘trans’ people.
  • Providing a safe place to explore and express personal gender identity, providing advice and support with transitioning.

Pride Dates

I have discovered on the PinkUK website, this year’s Pride dates. If you wish to see the full list, please visit: 

However, for the benefit of your quick reference, I have endeavoured to pick out the ones which I think are relevant to Trans people in the North West. They are as follows: 

  • 20th May – Lancaster Pride
  • 26th May – Burnley Pride
  • 9th June – Blackpool Pride
  • 7th – 9th July – Sparkle: National Transgender Festival (Manchester)
  • 29th July – Liverpool Pride
  • 19th August – Chester Pride
  • 25th August – Manchester Pride

If you know of any other Pride dates in the North West, please do get in touch. I will be happy to add them to the list.

Please note that not all Prides are free. Please visit the relevant websites for full up-to-date information.

LJMU Workshop

Liverpool John Moores University are holding a workshop as part of LGBT History Month.

The workshop, ‘Sex Appearance and Gender Identity Changes’, will be held on Tuesday 28th February, 1:30-3:30pm. The workshop will explore gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sex orientation.

Attendees are required to register by emailing

For more information, please contact Laura Pieroni on 0151 2318045 or email

For a leaflet of the event, please click here.

Trans Health Merseyside Dates

In-Trust are proud to announce details for the upcoming Trans Health Merseyside Wellbeing, and Hate Crime sessions organised in partnership with Sahir House.

Trans Health Merseyside provides peer mentoring and health information by those, and for those, who identify as transsexual, transgender, intersex or gender non-conforming.

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Are Trans People Intersex?

Hanne Gaby Odiele

Hanne Gaby Odiele

Top of my news feed today was the revelation that top fashion model, Hanne Gaby Odiele, is intersex.

For those unsure, the term “intersex” means someone who was born with a mix of sexual characteristics (which may or may not be obvious) and it comes in a whole range of diagnosed conditions – or “disorders” as the medical profession regrettably terms them.
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February Meeting

In-Trust have been informed that a large consultation event will be happening at SING Plus at the same time as our February meeting.

So as not to prolong our Christmas break any longer than necessary or unintentionally out members, it has been decided that our meeting will take place as previously planned but change rooms to the nursery, which is a self-contained area with it’s own entrance, kitchen and toilet facilities.

Both In-Trust and SING Plus apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Human Rights Rally

In-Trust have been sent the following information in regards to an event happening in Liverpool…

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, millions will gather in Washington, D.C. and in hundreds of cities around the world. Here in Liverpool, we will stand together in solidarity with those women, and with partners, families and friends of all genders, to remind the US administration, our local leaders, and the world that the majority of us stand for and will defend human rights.

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Who Knows Best?

Last week the BBC broadcast a documentary called ‘Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?’.

As I don’t own a TV licence, I am unable to watch the documentary and so cannot put forward an opinion on its accuracy. However, a simple Google search provides a varied selection of reflections on the program.

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It’s (almost) Christmas!

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and let you know that, as usual, there will be no meeting in January. Instead, our next meeting will be on Saturday 4th February at the usual time and place.

We also understand that a number of LGBTQI+ people may be alone at Christmas. So we would like to bring the following to the attention of anyone feeling lonely over the festive period (click on image for full size):


and there is also the LGBT+ Switchboard: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm every day) who will be happy to talk to you confidentially about anything you want to talk about.

Shelter Merseyside Information Resource

Shelter Merseyside have informed us that they have a dedicated Information Resource Officer who can provide guided self-help to any housing/welfare/benefit/debt issue at their Information Resource Centre and, if necessary, referrals can be made to their specialist housing, debt and welfare benefit advisors.

Clients can also access their telephones and PCs free of charge for a variety of matters, including:

  • Registering for and bidding on Property Pool Plus
  • Apply for state benefits including Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, JSA, ESA, DLA, PIP, Child Benefits, and Child Tax Credits
  • Applications for discretionary housing payments
  • Applications for utility trust funds

No appointments necessary – the Information Resource Centre is open Monday to Friday,  9.30am to 4.30pm.

For more information contact Shelter Merseyside on 0344 515 1900 or at 3rd Floor Colonial Chambers, 3 – 11 Temple Street, Liverpool, L2 5RH.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Looking For Volunteers 

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service attends a range of events throughout the year to engage with members of the community (i.e. church and school fairs, school assemblies, charity events and community fun days) to raise awareness about home fire safety and to provide healthy living advice.

Volunteers would be helping with a wide range of activities including:

  • Assisting with Safe and Well visits and community reassurance campaigns
  • Delivery of safety presentations in primary and secondary schools including seasonal presentations (i.e. firework safety, grass fire prevention in summer months)
  • Participating in leaflet drops and providing safety information
  • Signposting members of the community to partner agencies

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