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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 https://projectfreedomleeds.com/ and the closing

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

Join #PartnersinPride to celebrate #LeedsVirtualPride 2020

Back in May, Leeds Pride announced with a heavy heart that its 15th birthday celebrations would be put on hold until 2021. The decision prioritised the health, safety and wellbeing of communities, volunteers and participants, and we can’t wait for May next year to roll around so we can hopefully all party in person! In the meantime, Partners in Pride is putting on #LeedsVirtualPride for 2020. It’s a virtual celebration

2020-08-06T11:56:35+01:0024th July 2020|LGBT*, Partnership, Pride|

Lesbian Visibility Week 2020

Touchstone is delighted to be supporting and sponsoring Lesbian Visibility Week in 2020 which starts today, 20th April, ending with Lesbian Visibility Day on Sunday 26th April; a day which was first celebrated back in 2008. This will be a week to celebrate and support lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women across the UK and beyond to be their true selves, at home and socially. It will include events throughout

2020-04-20T10:57:27+01:0020th April 2020|Blog, LGBT*|

Live Well Leeds LGBT+ Social Group

Live Well Leeds LGBT+ Social Group 12:30-14:30 Wednesdays @ BHA Skyline, Gallery House, 4th Floor, 131 The Headrow, Leeds, LS15RD There’s loads of evidence that getting out & spending time with other people can improve a persons mental health…but it can feel daunting, being in a new place with new people. This group is for LGBTQI+ people who want to meet other people and improve their mental well-being in an

2019-09-20T11:15:24+01:0020th September 2019|Events, LGBT*, News|

#PartnersInPride: Touchstone Taking Pride in Mental Health at Leeds Pride 2019

Another year, another fabulous show of Touchstone supporting the LGBT+ community at Leeds Pride! Partnering with Leeds Mind, Live Well Leeds, and Community Links, this year our #PartnersInPride saw a great turn out for the biggest parade ever seen at Leeds Pride, with 130 companies parading and over 60,000 spectators. P.S. Ours was the big red vintage bus, full of and surrounded by our celebratory colleagues and clients – and

2019-09-04T10:05:08+01:004th September 2019|Blog, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*|

Xine Magazine

Check out Xine, a new quarterly magazine from Non-Binary Action. https://nonbinaryaction.org/xine Non-Binary Action campaigns for the rights and respect of non-binary people and other marginalised groups. Xine is a quarterly publication from Non-Binary Action to share articles, interviews, reviews, poetry, art, stories and other work by non-binary people across the world.        

2019-08-29T15:53:27+01:0029th August 2019|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

LGBTQI+ Have Your Voice Heard Feedback

St Georges Centre Leeds, 22nd June 2018 We successfully held a consultation event where all local mental health services were asked to promote the event and bring along their service users. As well as having lived experience speakers we had a few professionals throughout the day letting us know the good things that are happening in the city. Flyers were also handed out for months leading up to the day

2019-07-19T16:47:26+01:0019th July 2019|Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, News|

LGBT History Month – Laverne Cox

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Touchstone is profiling a different LGBT celebrity each week in the month of February. The chosen celebrity this week is Laverne Cox: twin; actress, television producer and LGBT advocate. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Laverne was bullied constantly as a child and describes how she attempted suicide when, aged 11, she realised she was attracted to boys but knew this would be seen as sinful

2019-02-25T09:00:30+00:0025th February 2019|Blog, Diversity, Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|