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Trans Day of Visibility 2018

International Trans Day of Visibility falls on 31st March every year. The aim is to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe and to counter prejudice by spreading knowledge of the trans community. This year’s theme is “surviving, thriving” (#TransThriving). Below, Touchstone volunteer Rachel talks about her experience and work. Originally from York, I relocated to Leeds in 2011 after being diagnosed as Transgender. Due to mental health

2020-04-17T10:55:19+01:0026th March 2018|Blog, Community, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, Trans Day of Visibility|

Touchstone meets the Investors in People Platinum standard

At Touchstone, a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity that works in partnership with many other organisations, our first priority is always the results that we achieve with and for our service users. But to do that, we need to support our diverse and talented staff to reach their potential. Recently that support has been recognised by Investors In People, who awarded Touchstone their highest level of accreditation -

2020-04-17T10:55:16+01:0015th March 2018|Awards, Equality and Diversity, News|

Touchstone's Alison Lowe to address leadership event for women working in higher education

As part of their International Women’s Day 2018 celebrations Leeds Beckett University will be hosting the Aurora + 1 event on 7 March. Aurora + 1 has been designed to give women working at the university an opportunity to hear from expert speakers, panel members and subject matter leaders to help them develop their leadership knowledge and skills and to enable them to share ideas, challenges and successes. Touchstone's Chief

2020-04-17T10:55:06+01:0023rd February 2018|Equality and Diversity, Events, Leadership, News|

LGBT History Month profile – Lewis Hancox

To mark LGBT History Month 2018, Touchstone is profiling different LGBT role models during the month of February.  This week we are proud to tell you about a fantastic film maker and comedian - Lewis Hancox who has featured in Stonewall’s Come Out For Trans Equality campaign. Here are Lewis’s own words, reproduced from Stonewall’s campaign website http://www.stonewall.org.uk/people/lewis-hancox “I'm Lewis and I identify as male. I’m a filmmaker and a comedian

2020-04-17T10:54:34+01:0019th February 2018|Blog, Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

Have you, or someone you care for, ever been detained under the Mental Health Act?

Touchstone are holding three focus groups to gather feedback for The Mental Health Act Review. Get in touch to book your place. Dewsbury: 28th February, contact 01924 460211 or advocacy@touchstonesupport.org.uk Leeds: 2nd March, contact 0113 2192727 or supportcentre@touchstonesupport.org.uk Bradford: 17th April - details to be confirmed.  

2020-04-17T10:54:43+01:0017th February 2018|Carers, Equality and Diversity, Events, News, Research|

LGBT History Month – bi role models

Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an actress, producer, writer, and director. As a child actress, she became well-known for her performance in E.T.. Since then she starred in many films and, along with Nancy Juvonen, has started her own production company, Flower Films. In 2003 in and interview with Contact Music she acknowledged that she is and always has been bi. Debra Kolodny Debra Kolodny is

2020-04-17T10:54:31+01:0012th February 2018|Blog, Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

LGBT History Month

This February, LGBT History Month will celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, 40 years after his murder.  2018 also marks 30 years since the introduction of Section 28, the legislation banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in British schools. Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in the gay community. In 2002, Milk was called "the most famous and most significantly open

LGBT History Month Profile – HARVEY MILK

To celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2018, Touchstone will profile an LGBT person each week. We are choosing to profile Harvey Milk once again as 2018 is the 40th anniversary of his murder and his remarkable life is being commemorated this year by the LGBT History Month organisers http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/ Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office

2020-04-17T10:54:15+01:008th February 2018|Blog, Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

Touchstone in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers for 2018

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.  Now in its fourteenth year, the list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces and is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index. “Touchstone is delighted to be named a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT-Friendly employer for the fifth year running; being placed 20th

2020-04-17T10:51:49+01:0031st January 2018|Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*, News|