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Statement on Tavistock ruling for trans under 16s seeking access to life-saving puberty blockers

At Spectra, we stand with trans youth who are feeling erased and targeted by yesterday’s ruling at the High Court. Whilst the GIDS will appeal, the impact of this case and following media coverage is being felt across the transgender community. Access to HRT and trans affirming medications is heavily gatekept for trans people, with […]

Transgender medication: statement and resource guide

At Spectra we are appalled and dismayed that thousands of transgender people are facing difficulty accessing their medication today. A major private healthcare provider has reported that the chemist they partner with will no longer be permitted to fulfil prescriptions, due to regulatory action by the General Pharmaceutical Council.   These irresponsible restrictions, which came […]

Political Existences – Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility 2020 Exhibition

Due to Covid-19, we had to postpone our show, first planned on the 31st of March. We were delighted to launch the three day exhibition yesterday evening, September 3, with an open evening for invited guests. Below are some pictures taken over the course of the evening. The exhibition is now open, for general viewing, […]

Black LGBTQ+ figures

This week (June 29 – July 5, 2020) – in recognition and support of #blackpride – we’re highlighting key Black LGBTQ+ figures and the important work they’ve done!⁠ First up is: Bayard Rustin – Civil Rights Organiser and Activist. During the 1950s he worked as an advisor to Martin Luther King; teaching him Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent […]


Spectra witness the transphobia being played out in the media, in the NHS, and in politics. We stand in solidarity with our trans and non-binary colleagues, service users, Board members and volunteers, and with all trans and non-binary people globally.  Through the barrage of negativity on social media, we also see the trans allies who are […]


As providers of health and wellbeing services for vulnerable people, we are dismayed by Women and Equality Minister Liz Truss’ poorly-informed comments on transgender issues. Nobody’s fundamental rights should be subject to ‘checks and balances’, as the Minister suggests. Single-sex spaces are already protected under the Equality Act; trans and non-binary people deserve the same […]

Are you PrEPARED?! Let’s talk about PrEP!

Even during lockdown our friends at 56 Dean Street have been able to produce a video on being PrEPared with PrEP! Produced by Victor Diamente, @vicdiamente Trial Project Facilitator and newsletter author, the video hopes to generally raise PrEP awareness and hopefully improve recruitment of women and other groups to the Impact Trial. For the […]

Political Existences – Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility 2020

A Spectra TDoV Exhibition in association with photographer Emil Lombardo. Following the governments recommendation for Covid-19, the original exhibition was postponed in April. Due to gradual easing of restrictions, and observing current socially distanced protocols, we are pleased to announce the relaunch of Political-Existences our Trans Day Of Visibility 2020 Exhibition, to be held at […]


In October 2018 the City Bridge Trust, who have funded Spectra’s Trans counselling service for the past three years, informed us of a film-making scheme “Telling Your Stories” ran in partnership with Media Trust.  Offering ten charitable projects they supported, to have a short film made about their work by a professional filmmaker. Spectra had […]


This iconic costume is one of the key items for a project funded by Wandsworth Oasis with Spectra to educate & inform MSM and Young People in Wandsworth, about HIV & STI prevention, plus increased Sexual Health Awareness. To continue the decline in HIV infection rates –  PHE recommends prevention message and reduction of high risk […]

Trans Day of Visibility 2021

Since January 2020 Spectra has been running Art Therapy Groups for trans people. For Trans Day of Visibility, some participants have chosen to share some of the images they have created as part of this therapeutic process to give people a glimpse of the amazing creativity and self-expression within our community.  These images were made […]

Statement about 2021 census

At Spectra, we are pleased to see the inclusion of trans status and sexual orientation as optional questions on the 2021 census. However, we are aware there has been a lot of misinformation and confusion regarding these questions, as well as the question about sex. For ease of access, we have highlighted below the key […]

Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) Programme

Following the successful Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) programme we launched in May 2019 in Soho, this year we are hosting the course again, in a virtual forum. Spectra’s mental health lead Ben Hoff, and outreach worker Bex Freeman who developed and co-facilitated the programme, were interviewed by Boyz Magazine, to give more background on […]

Spectra Coronavirus Advice

From Karen Skipper, Spectra CEO: Spectra Senior Management Team is following the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and keeping updated on Government advice. Links to that advice are below and we are asking everyone to read it and follow it closely.   The general Government advice can be found at the link below – the information is […]