So on the 17th of February we will be holding the Leicester LGBT Conference to reflect on the achievements and challenges faced by the LGBT+ communities. We will be focusing on three different issues: Young transgender people - the fight to achieve equality; Tackling LGBT+ hate crime - a social challenge; and Reconciling ethnicity, faith and sexuality.
Who will be delivering the talks and workshops?
Susie Green is CEO of Mermaids, a UK based charity that supports trans and gender questioning children and young people and their families, which was awarded the Charity of the Year 2016. Susie will be sharing her experience of how to empower families, education and health workers, and young people with the tools they need to challenge the adversities they face and achieve greater equality, social acceptance and well-being.
Rusi Jaspal, professor of Psycology and Sexual Health, University Associate Director of research and Deputy Director of the Mary Seacole Research Centre at De Montfort University will reflect on the strategies to cope in minimising threat for the British South Asians living in the Midlands.
Andrew Bolland is currently the Strategic Development and Partnerships Manager at Leicester LGBT Centre. He has 15 years experience of supporting those affected by Hate Crime gained whilst working for Victim Support, West Yorkshire Police and Stop Hate UK. Whilst at Stop Hate UK he sat on many strategic groups and was Chair of the Sheffield Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel. He has an extensive knowledge of of Hate Crime legislation and regularly delivers training and awareness sessions to audiences across the UK on Hate Crime and the impact it has on those that it effects.
Lisa Vine is the Project Lead of the Young Transgender Centre of Excellence (YTCE) at the Leicester LGBT Centre. In 2016, Lisa was awarded the Leicester Pride Unsung Hero Award something that was both in her own words ‘a complete shock but also an absolute honour’. Lisa has worked in policy and public affairs for two national third sector organisations and has worked for both an MP and an MEP. Albeit her first frontline role, leading the YTCE project is one of the highlights of her career to date and she is proud to be making strides in improving both local and regional provision for young transgender people whilst also supporting them to be the people they are and referring them into the NHS care pathway. Lisa has frontline experience of working with Leicestershire and Rutland’s transgender community and brings their voices and experiences to her training sessions and advocacy work.
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