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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 […]

STATEMENT

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 […]

STATEMENT

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 […]

#WhoIsAlex

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 […]

“Gaia”

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 […]

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 […]

Political Existences – Celebrating Trans Day of Visibility 2020

A Spectra TDoV Exhibition in association with photographer Emil Lombardo is coming this April. Please note that the actual exhibition is cancelled following current government recommendation for Covid-19. We will keep you updated with the latest information. About Political Existences is a series of portraits celebrating the diversity of the transgender community while questioning definitions […]

Spectra 2018-2019 Annual Report

Our 2018-2019 annual report is available now. Please read it here for more details. You can also contact us via info@spectra-london.org.uk to request a pdf version of this report.

Urgent action needed on routine commissioning of PrEP

Today we, along with 29 other charities and organisations, have written to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, to demand his promise of routine PrEP access by April 2020 is delivered. On Tuesday 29 October 2019, the Secretary of State was questioned in Parliament about future access to the HIV prevention drug, […]

TRANS COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH NEW RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

The new Trans Learning Partnership* (TLP) led by Spectra, are proud to announce grant funding from the City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder.  This grant will fund the 18-month development phase of a larger programme, which will establish a platform to share and evaluate service level information, outcomes and good practice, […]