Friday, 4 August 2017

Parents and Carers of Transgender Children or children questioning their gender identity.

We shall be hosting a parents and carers group on the 1st Thursday of the month. 

This event is for Parents and Carers of Transgender Children or children questioning their gender identity. 

The meeting is for parents and carers only and is an oportunity to meet other parents and carers of transgender / questioning children.

The event is hosted at the Medway & Gender Sexual Diversity Centre, 331 High Street, Rochester ME1 1DA. 01634 408668. 
The entrance to the centre is from the rear of the premisses.
Meet at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The event has been organised by METRO Trans Youth Support and South East Gender Initiative (SEGI) Trans Youth support to provide an opportunity for the parents and carers of trans children and children questioning their gender to:
Support each other, 
Recieve information about supporting Trans/Questioning children who are exploring their gender identity,
Information about accesing care pathways NHS/Private,
Managing social transition,
or signposting to other organisations,
Please contact if you are interested in attending or require further information.
Kind regards
Hilary Cooke - Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre

Sunday, 23 July 2017

MGSD Centre & South East Gender Initiative Support Services

The SEGI Transgender Youth Support Group is coming up to its first anniversary and the group members will be celebrating with a BBQ next month.

The SEGI continues to support the transgender community providing a 25yrs and under Trans Youth Support group and a Transgender Drop-in service to meet the needs of the transgender community through peer support and access to our counselling service.

We are hosting a new service for Parents and Carers of transgender people which has been organised as a collaboration between METRO Trans Youth Support and South East Gender Initiative (SEGI) Trans Youth support to provide an opportunity for the parents and carers of transgender people to support each other and their children. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

New Service - SEGI Youth Group

The Brook Trust

With many thanks to the Kent Community Foundation and the Brook Trust  MGSD Centre and the South East Gender Initiative are now in a position to move forward with a transgender youth support group.  
We are looking for input from individuals who wish to use the service. They can attend one of our sessions or take part via email to (Please email us and we will send details of the sessions)

SEGI Youth Group Events

We are proposing to hold initial brain storming sessions on:

Wednesday 13th July and Wednesday 20th July 7pm at the MGSD Centre in Rochester.

The idea behind these sessions is to discover what young people need from the group.
People may wish to respond by email which is ok or they may wish to come along with a parent/guardian/supporter. 

Please contact us via email if you wish to attend one of the sessions

The aim is to beginning the support group on Wednesday 27th July. 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Gender Variance - E-learning for GPs and others

Here are links to two e learning sessions to help GP's and other NHS / Care Staff and others understand the needs of Transgender people and how best to support them
This resource is designed to raise awareness of Gender Variance in young people
This resource is designed to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria.

The course will also enable all trans people, including those who are non-binary or non-gender, to engage positively with their GPs when seeking medical help.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Stand Out: The Outing

Metro Youth Group, Stand Out, are hosting 
The Outing: An event for young people,
 on Friday 29th May atFort Amherst from 2-8pm.
There will be:
  • Live Music
  • Stalls,
  • Speakers’ Corner and
  • Free Food.
There will also be a session at 6.30 for parents to get together and set up their own peer support network.
Join their Facebook event at Stand Out: The Outing
OR contact them to tell them you will be there:

Friday, 5 December 2014

MGSD / SEGI Peer Support Survey

Please follow the link below to complete  the survey 


 MGSD Centre is carrying out a survey of support services provided by the South East Gender Initiative. We welcome feedback on the transgender peer support service provided at Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre in Rochester. The survey aims to capture the views of all who have attended the service, both past and current users.

The survey is conducted online with tools in place to ensure that your answers are completely anonymous. Your identity will not be disclosed to anyone, including the researchers. Your participation is completely voluntary and you may skip any questions that may cause you emotional distress, or end the survey at any time by simply clicking on the Submit Survey link. There is no material benefit for participating in this survey.

We aim to complete the survey by 14th December.

Thank you for your time and help in completing this survey.

Kind regards
Hilary Cooke – MGSD Centre

Friday, 21 November 2014

Nearly half of young transgender people have attempted suicide – UK survey

Mental health charity says society’s attitudes towards transgender people are not changing fast enough

59% of trans people under 26 said they had considered suicide. Photograph: Alamy
The hidden extent of suicide attempts among young transgender people has been highlighted in a study. A survey found that 48% of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30% said they had done so in the past year, while 59% said they had at least considered doing so.
By comparison, about 6% of all 16- to 24-year-olds say they have attempted suicide, according to the Adult Psychiatry Morbidity Survey.

The research was conducted by Pace, a mental health charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, in partnership with Brunel University, the University of Worcester, and London South Bank University. It involved interviews and a survey of more than 2,000 people in England from 2010 to 2014. The report said the suicide last year of Lucy Meadows, a primary school teacher who was transgender, after two previous attempts was indicative of a much wider problem.

The figures on suicide attempts by trans youth were higher than those found in previous studies across all age groups. A US study in 2006 found that 32% of trans people had tried to kill themselves. And the Trans Mental Health Study of 2012 (pdf) found 35% had attempted suicide once and 25% a second time. The Pace research also found 59% of transgender youth said they had deliberately hurt themselves, compared with 8.9% of all 16- to 24-year-olds.

Pace released the findings to the Guardian before Thursday’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which annually highlights transphobic murders.

Margaret Unwin, the Pace chief executive, said: “The lack of visibility and acceptance in society contributes to these shocking figures about suicide attempts and self-harm in trans young people. While society’s attitudes towards transgender people are changing, it is still not fast enough and the negative impacts on trans people’s mental health every day are huge.”

Jay Stewart, co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, a group that supports young trans people and seeks to increase education around trans issues, said the findings were not surprising. “We have been working with young people since 2006 and the demand for our services is growing. While there have been many changes in legislation, the realities of young trans people are that they can experience highly negative responses for either being trans or expressing gender variance. Bullying behaviour in schools is endemic and we often find schools sweeping such things under the carpet.”

Juliet Jacques, 33, a journalist and campaigner who documented her transition pre- and post-surgery in a blog for the Guardian from 2010 to 2012, said: “Many young trans people experience discrimination, intolerance, bullying, rejection and violence from several spheres. First at school, a place where gender norms are enforced and policed, where you’re told by teachers and other pupils that boys do x and girls do y. Within the family there can be rejection, verbal and physical abuse, and then also at street level, in the media and in the workplace. Together this can render people unable to see a future for themselves.

 It is no wonder suicidal thoughts are so common.“I have suicidal thoughts every day, even now. A lot of that is to due with the scars of childhood, feeling I lost my youth to this, things I wasn’t able to do because of the discrimination I experienced and because of the trenchant mental health problems that came with it. I’ve found a way of dealing with this. But I’ve been pretty close to the edge several times, and pretty much constantly during my teens, when I didn’t feel I could talk to anyone about it. I found a way back. And I have a lot of support. But not everyone has that.”

• The Samaritans’ 24-hour helpline is 08457 909090.