Today we celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, an important opportunity to raise awareness of the difficulties that transgender people may face, but also a chance to think about positive progress that has been made, both in society and for individuals.
There is sadly still a lot of mis-understanding and prejudice surrounding transgender and transgender rights, which is why it's so important to show signs of support and understanding both online and offline.
Unfortunately those identifying as transgender do not always feel included enough in the LGBT+ community, can feel forgotten about, or feel that they don't fit in. This can lead to confusing feelings about idenity and where to go in life, having a negative impact on mental health. Organisations such as Mermaids, Trans Actual UK, and Stonewall offer specific support for trans mental health, while Dorset Mind, Dorset Mind Your Head, and Young Minds have a lot of guidance and resources for all areas of mental health and wellbeing.
We want those identifying as Trans to know that they are valid, appreciated, welcome, and worthy of living their life to the fullest! There is place for you in the world and a place for you in the LGBT+ community.
At Space Youth Project, our goal is to help young transgender people to build their self confidence, find a sense of identity and belonging, and have a community to go to for comfort and support. We have several youth groups, particularly T-Group, that can help with this. For more information visit our groups page www.spaceyouthproject.co.uk/find-a-group
Thanks to Dorset Mind Your Head for working with us on this post.
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