This is our spaceBy Maeve Devine
PHOTOGRAPH by Sharon Kilgannon, Alonglines.com
I work for Allsorts and I run Transformers, which is the group for young trans people, which myself and my colleague Elliot, were asked if we wanted to start.
It’s the first project of its kind in this city. It’s specifically designed for young transgender people and the work that we do with them is awesome.
We go to schools and do training for young people and staff and educational professionals. We worked with The Charlotte Miller art project to produce the Being Human photography book. We produced the Trans Toolkit with the Healthy Schools team, which is basically an instruction manual on how to support trans people.
I totally believe that a safe space is essential. Somewhere we can go and nurture one another and lick our wounds if we’re hurt and encourage ourselves and support one another. Where you can go and just be like “This is our space” and put our flag up and do stuff without anyone bothering us, that’s essential.
This is a wonderful town. It’s got its flaws and it’s a hotbed of sleaze, isn’t it? Which I quite like. It’s a wonderful place to transition because it’s small and there is an actual community here, of people who actually love and respect each other. It is more openminded on the whole, like I’ve walked past many a building site and not had any grief off of anyone. I mean that’s really sort of stereotypical, but I’ve pigeon-holed people, expecting them to be a certain way and they haven’t been. It’s just a good town. I’m proud to call it my home.
This is Maeve's testimony in Chapter One (Communities, Trans Pride, LGBTQ, differences, support) of the ground-breaking Brighton Trans*formed book.
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This page was amended on 19/12/2014