Resources for supporting transgender dancers
Image: Trans Ballet Dancer Sophie Rebecca (read her story here)
As we come to the end of our month’s focus on the LGBTQ+ community in the dance sector, we wanted to leave you with a list of resources we have piled together, specifically focused on offering support to anyone who is transgender, is a parent of a trans child or has a trans student in their dance class…
- Gendered intelligence is an organisation that specialises in supporting young trans people under the age of 21. They deliver trans youth programmes, support for parents and carers, professional development and trans awareness training for all sectors and educational workshops for schools, colleges, Universities and other educational settings. Their mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity.
- The World Professional Association for Transgender Health promotes the highest standards of health care for individuals through the articulation of Standards of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. The SOC are based on the best available science and expert professional consensus.
- The ‘Gender diversity and wellbeing’ network is interested in improving wellbeing among gender diverse people (e.g. those who identify as trans*). The network is interested in exploring different areas of wellbeing, including relationships, the role of social media, new technology, access to health services and the effect of a social gender role transition at work among others. Wellbeing, which is a multi-dimensional concept, includes absence of mental health problems and a satisfactory quality of life. Trans* people have been found to present with higher levels of mental health problems, particularly depression, anxiety and self-harm and poorer quality of life than the cisgender (non-trans*) population. The network will aim to improve wellbeing among this population through research and education. The network includes clinical and non-clinical academics, clinicians working with the transgender population and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Mermaids supports gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care. Transgender and gender-variant children and teens need support and understanding, as well as the freedom to explore their gender identity. Whatever the outcome, Mermaids is committed to helping families navigate the challenges they may face. Mermaids has been supporting trans and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995. Back at the start, they were a small group of concerned parents sitting around the kitchen table, coming together to share experiences, find answers and look for ways to keep their children safe and happy. Today, Mermaids has evolved into one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities, empowering thousands of people with its secure online communities, local community groups, helpline services, web resources, events and residential weekends. We also seek to educate and inform wider society on gender identity by helping professionals accommodate and reassure gender-variant young people.