Touchstone ranks at 20th place on Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers List for LGBTQ+ people and achieves a Gold Award!

Touchstone places at 20 in Stonewall list of Top Employers for LGBTQ+ people Touchstone was also placed second in their sector and achieved a Gold Award for their commitment and efforts in continuing to be an LGBTQ+ employer. Stonewall’s Top 100 employers List ranks organisations on their efforts and commitment to creating welcoming environments for their lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer staff. Organisations are ranked by a set of

2022-02-23T11:49:34+00:0023rd February 2022|LGBT*, News|

Trans Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021

November 13th-19th is Trans Awareness Week, culminating in Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on 20th November.  TDOR is an annual observance that honours the memory of trans people whose lives have been lost due to transphobic violence. We at Touchstone stand in solidarity with our trans, non-binary and gender-diverse communities. Bigotry, exclusion, discrimination and hate resulting ultimately in the death of fellow human beings demonstrates the ongoing need to consider the rights

2021-11-18T12:22:08+00:0018th November 2021|Blog, LGBT*|

Save the date: Leeds LGBT+ Minds Community Wellbeing Festival

Leeds LGBT+ Minds are excited to announce our Community Wellbeing Festival, co-hosted by Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service and Trans Leeds. The festival will take place both virtually and in-person (Covid restrictions permitting) between 29th November and 4th December 2021. Join us to share your experiences of using or needing mental health services and to talk about what mental wellbeing means to you. We want to hear your honest thoughts and

2021-10-06T14:11:58+01:006th October 2021|LGBT*, News|

LGBTQI+ Wellbeing Course

Humans Being are offering a free six-week online course for the Live Well Leeds LGBTQI+ Social Group. We have extra places available for the wider LGBTQI+ community. Join us for relaxed 90 Minute Sessions on: Self care - learning to put yourself first when you need to and treating your mind and body as if you were acting like your own best friend. Focusing on the positives in our lives

2021-09-17T14:54:26+01:0017th September 2021|LGBT*, News|

This is me – LGBT+ History Month Poem

The tears run down my cheek. Another night I cry myself to sleep. Who am I? Why me? Here I go again. The wetness on my cheek. What is wrong with me? Am I male? Am I female? I really don’t know what to make of me. Wow she is petty. No that’s not right. I shouldn’t think that way. The big book, the man in the sky. They say

2021-02-05T13:51:21+00:005th February 2021|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

LGBT+ History Month Blog by Debbie Roe

The LGBT+ history month commences on 1st February. It is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. As a CBT Therapist I offer an in reach clinic to the LGBT+ community in Leeds for people with low mood and anxiety problems. The

2021-02-04T16:40:26+00:001st February 2021|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

An Interview with What Can We Do founder Malaika Ibreck for Trans Day of Remembrance 2020

What does Trans Day of Remembrance mean to you? I think primarily Trans Day of Remembrance means care for myself, and care for my community. We remember those we have lost and we meditate on how we can remain here without them. It means coming together to share and to grieve, to love and to forbear. I personally feel the dichotomy of being excited to share a space with other

2020-11-20T13:40:43+00:0020th November 2020|Blog, LGBT*|

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2020

On the 20th of November each year, people gather around the world to mourn the transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people who we have lost this year. We also recognise on this day the violence that so often circulates not just around the death of our trans siblings, but so often our lives as well. Transphobic hate crimes, institutional failings, and discrimination can culminate in transgender people facing higher rates

2020-11-20T12:39:42+00:0020th November 2020|Blog, LGBT*|

News Update from Project Freedom Leeds

Project Freedom have produced this latest update on where things are now for the overall project. We are Recruiting We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help us develop a survey questionnaire to engage and gather information from Leeds’s LGBT+ communities about housing choices that include care and extra-care facilities for older people. The full job description and application form are available on our website and the closing

2020-11-03T13:06:45+00:003rd November 2020|LGBT*, News|