I have many friends within this community and I am disgusted by this.
Here are some LGBTI facts and figures taken from the Stonewall Website www/stonewall.org.uk
Robert Anthony, Founder of LGBT Brighton, says his parents disowned him when he came out as gay.
"My family disowned me when I was 17 - both mother and father died without even knowing me. Because I moved to England they pretended I was dead....this is the kind of thing that has happened to quite a few people and therapists have to pick up the pieces."
Sophia a transexual woman from living in Surrey has a lot to say about TERFs. TERF means Trans-exclusionary radical feminism . This radical feminism is characterised by transphobia and transmiisogyny. This group believe that the term "real women" only applies to those who were born with vaginas and XX chromosomes. Unfortunately for Sophia, she experiences online abuse from TERFs on a daily basis because she was born with a penis. She says she has been told that "women are entitled to their own spaces" re changing rooms and toilets. (I find this ridiculous in this day and age!)
Another friend of mine called Sophia who is also a transgender woman has to work dressed as a man or she will not be given work. Sophia's work is IT based and she works freelance. She told me "Some people think you have to look plain to be able to work. And if I get one homophobic complaint from anyone it would reduce the times I get called. I have no contracts with anyone. Everything I do I'd just email or call. Can you do this date. If they are worried bout complaints they won't use me. Also it's mostly a male world. Females are not as strong so not as many. If I looked female and could pass as being female I can work. But I don't look or sound female and will take a lot of work to change."
Stephanie Woodcock is a transgender woman and alternative model. She has had lots of online abuse for the fact that she is transgender, in fact she has what she calls a "wall of shame" on her Facebook. She looks online for love, but comes across perverts looking specifically for "chicks with dicks" and constantly gets asked rude and invasive questions about her genitalia. She gets asked to do inappropriate things daily. Stephanie suffers anxiety and panic attacks. (Stephanie has had her gender reassignment surgery since this interview).
Jay Kimiraz inspirational TV personality has suffered the worst kind of hate crime. When Jay was 17 he was beaten by a gang of 7 men and left for dead in a homophobic and unprovoked attack. Jay spent considerable time in hospital with his injuries and underwent life changing surgery to save his life and after being discharged he lived on the streets for fear that he would be targeted and attacked again if he returned to his family home. Jay set up a gospel choir /Entertainment company with the help of the Princes Trust including a singing motivational workshop bringing music to deprived communities and turned his life around. Jay carried the olympic torch and won a Pride of Britain award for his outstanding achievement in changing his life around andnfor his work with Gospel Choirs and his Smile To Sing workshops. His Pride of Britain was Awarded by HRH The Prince of Wales and Pearce Brosnan. He continues to be an ambassador for the Princes Trust and is now successfully persuing a career in TV and Radio including presenting with his partner David Anthony Smith.
Jay also recently became an ambassador for my friend's LGBTI friendly clinic; Dr Giorgia Ratta Cosmetic Clinic in Harley Street and London Bridge. (Yes some clinics shockingly are not LGBTI friendly and refuse to treat transgender and transsexual people). Giorgia specialises in feminisation and masculinisation.
At home I regularly talk to my children about LGBTI issues in a way that they will understand to curb any ignorance in the future and I think these issues should also be addressed in schools. My children will grow up to be well rounded and empathetic people to be proud of. I tell them that people have their differences, but there's nothing wrong with that and we are all human beings at the end of the day. It's a good heart that really matters. It's very important that we educate the next generation.
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