Historic event at an historic venue?
Last summer we wrote of a new project, the United Kingdom Trans Alliance, and what it hoped to achieve. We repeat that information in this issue.
At the time that the UKTA was formed, the Gender Recognition Act had just been passed and no one knew how the new gender recognition panel would perform. Additionally various medical bodies were devising new standards of care and NHS care plans. The Act was also unsatisfactory in that it required that existing marriages should be dissolved.
The plan was to hold meetings in various parts of the country hosted by various groups in rotation and at this, the fourth of them, it was the Beaumont Trust's turn. I should point out that this is not an official report of the meeting but simply my impressions.
The groups represented were the Beaumont Trust as host, Gender Trust, Trans-Shropshire, now called Gender Matters, the MCC Trans Discussion Group, Sibyls, Inner Enigma, Unique, Sanctity and Depend. Of the other groups contacted only GIRES, the Women of the Beaumont Society, URU Bolton and Oasis sent apologies.
Contacting the various groups had proved a major problem. Previously e-mail had been used, with, for the most part, addresses gathered from web sites, but there had been few replies. It was by no means clear whether the web sites were defunct or that messages were simply being ignored, or had been trapped in spam software. A circular letter would be prepared and sent through the traditional mail, BT and Gender Matters offering to reimburse the cost.
Another major problem is the distances involved. National groups could appoint a member from the locality, but for many small groups, not only travelling cost, but the distance would be prohibitive. This had been one reason for having each meeting in a different part of the country, organised by different groups. Whereas early meetings had been in the Midlands the north, the previous one had been scheduled for Brighton, but problems had occurred at the last-minute.
To allow progress to be made in between meetings, it was decided that an internet forum would be a useful tool, which would also allow those groups that could not attend a given meeting to be kept up to date.
Another question was whether meetings should be on a Saturday or Sunday. Some wish to attend church, and public transport is infrequent on a Sunday morning. Others were unhappy with Saturday for a number reasons. It was decided that Gender Matters would host the next meeting at Telford in October.
In spite of the few people present, the general feeling was that at least something concrete had been achieved, and the meeting adjourned to the Hurt Arms at Ambergate for lunch.
The United Kingdom Trans Alliance (UKTA) is a grouping of trans support organisations from throughout the UK. These organisations represent the full spectrum of trans identity and include in their membership individuals who may describe themselves as transvestite, transsexual, transgender or any other personal gender identity.
Purpose of UKTA
According to the UKTA Declaration of Intent written after a meeting in London on 6th February 2005 and subsequently agreed to by those organisations present at the inaugural meeting on 12th June 2005 UKTA's objectives are to:
The following, which may be varied as the Alliance develops, have been agreed amongst the founder member organisations of UKIGRA in relation to membership of the Alliance.
Full Membership of the UKTA will be open to any voluntary or not-for-profit organisation that primarily promotes and supports the needs of the UK's trans community and which agrees to the priciples as set down in the UKTA Declaration of Intent above. An organisation in full membership of UKTA may send two delegates to each meeting but has only one vote at those meetings
Associate membership of UKTA may be granted to any organisation that supports the work of UKTA. Associate members shall have no voting rights.
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