The Gender Trust
The Gender Trust is a United Kingdom charitable organization promoting public education about transgender and gender identity issues and providing information to those affected. It is based in Horsham and Henfield, West Sussex. Gender Trust spokesmen comment on occasion to the news about transsexualism. For example, when the 2004 Big Brother winner was a transsexual, a GenderTrust spokesman said of the program: "It's raised the general public's awareness that transsexuals are just ordinary people." It has criticised employers for rarely thinking about the need for sex change or of the difficulty of sex change operations on their employees. And it has supported Lady Gaga, stating in the Daily Star: "Lady GaGa does so much good work for the transgender and gay community."
In 1997, The Gender Trust was one of the 65 groups awarded money grants by the National Lottery Charities Board. In 2003, The Gender Trust was one of the many UK support groups suggested for intersex persons and people with gender identity problems. In 2007, an advice panel suggested Gender Trust as one of several professional organizations from which a person troubled with gender identity issues can seek guidance.
- Abbott, Stephen (10 January 2007). "Charity blasts PCT for proposed sex change cuts". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
But the Gender Trust said the move "would put medicine back 30 years in its understanding of what transsexualism is.
- Bradbury, Jennifer (11 August 2004). "Important to gain acceptance". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
A spokesman for the Gender Trust, a UK charity which offers advice, education, information and support on gender identity issues to transsexuals and professional people who come across transsexuals in the course of their work, said of Nadia's success on BB: "We feel it has been a positive experience. It's raised the general public's awareness that transsexuals are just ordinary people."
- Radnedge, Aidan (12 September 2011). "Child who wants sex change goes back to school as girl". Metro. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
"Michelle Bridgman, a psychotherapist and project manager for the Gender Trust charity, described the child’s bullies as ‘barbaric’.
- Bourke, Amy (4 April 2007). "Employers challenged over trans policies". Pink News. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
Not long before the Gender Equality duty (GED) comes into force, the Gender Trust has said that employers are often surprised what a turbulent process changing gender can be.
- Eminem's Lady Gaga row Daily Star, 30 June 2011
- "Transsexuals win extra change from the lottery". The Independent. 14 January 1997. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
A charity for transsexuals is among 65 recipients of lottery money grants announced today by the National Lottery Charities Board. The Gender Trust, of Horsham and Henfield, West Sussex, is awarded pounds 33,700 in grants to health, disability and care projects totalling pounds 9.6m.
- Ford, Coreena (12 January 2003). "Stuck in the middle". Sunday Sun. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
There are many support groups in the UK for intersex people and those with gender-identity problems, including . . . Cross + Roads Gender Identity Support and Transwatch UK: 01388-607925 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org The Gender Trust: 07000-790347. ATR-X Support Group: 01606-44943. Mermaids (family support group for children and teenagers with gender-identity issues): 07020-935066.
- "Ask The Panel for advice". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
They can also seek guidance from professional organisations such as Press for Change, The Gender Trust (www.gendertrust.org.uk) or TheGender Identity and Research Education Society (www.gires.org.uk).