Merton LGBT+ Forum is proud and delighted to welcome Rachel, a previous member of from a London Trans organisation, come and join us as one of our new Board Directors.
With Rachels help we hope to be able to assist, advise and support all of the Trans people within Merton.
Rachel will also be creating new and exciting Trans and friends social events with the first coming in 2018.
If you would like more information on how to join these or be part of her volunteer team contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have suffered Domestic Abuse or a Trans Hate Crime we would suggest that you contact Galop or Victim Support. We would also would seriously suggest that you contact your local Police team and ask for you LGBT Liaison Officer or your Local Community Team.
If you require support or advice on all health matters and wellbeing CliniQ offer an excellent service.
If you consider yourself Trans or are questioning your gender identity and would like some support the Trans Network London offer a excellent list of Trans organisations in London.
Coming soon in 2018
With Merton With Pride (2017)
In 2017, Merton LGBT Forum marched at London pride and by 2.30 we were ready to march, but due to a delay it was more like 5 before we moved to the start line. It was very hot standing in the mid-day sun but as we made our way down through Regents Street and on to Trafalgar square the noise and excitement made the wait worthwhile.
There was six people in our team, Chris and I holding the Merton LGBT Forums banner, Debbie and Alex waving flags and Lou and Laura engaging with the crowd and I’m sure they high fived everyone there on both sides of the road.
It was as always a great experience to see that many people all supporting LGBT groups and people and having fun.
Our thanks to Tyrone for doing all the organising and getting the T shirts, I think we all did Merton proud.
The next event was Croydon pride fest in which Merton also had a presence. Although not as big and noisy as London it was still well supported with crowds lining the high street as we marched down to the queens gardens.
This is where the stalls and entertainment were, after a short spell of rain everyone had fun singing and dancing to some great acts.
And then it was Brighton Trans Pride, this event just keeps getting bigger every year and again we were let down by the weather.
The march started at 12 pm and as we made our way to the sea front the wind was very strong, if you had a flag you had to keep a firm grip or you would have lost it!
Just after we got to Brunswick Square the rain started and at first it did not dampen anyone’s spirit.
The main stage had poetry and music which went on into the afternoon but so did the weather getting worse as it went and people drifting away.
We stayed until gone five (glad we had our Merton Forums T shirts to help keep us warm) but then made the decision was made to get something to eat and warm up properly with some strong tea.