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London Trans Pride 2021

Below are some of the many images taken today by the team at Spectra Trans Services as they joined the London Trans Pride’s Peaceful Protest 2021:

Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) Programme

Following the successful Mindfulness Based Chemsex Recovery (MBCR) programme we launched in May 2019 in Soho, and last years follow up course, held online, due to COVID-19 restrictions, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]