Just got back from the trans residential organised by Lancashire LGBT. It was an overnight stay at Borwick Hall with a series of workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. I can’t go into too much detail of what went on as we agreed to a confidentiality pact to protect all the participants but I’ll provide a brief overview of the weekend and it’s activities.
Day 1 of the programme kicked off with an induction session outlining the objectives of the weekend and an introduction with the other participants. There was a cross section of ages and a mix of transfeminine, transmasculine and non-binary folks. The first workshop was Gendernauts presented by Sal Harris which explores gender identity and expression in a safe and inclusive space. The next workshop I attended was a jam packed information session about hormones and surgery for transmasculine folk. This was super useful and gave a lot of insight into the process and pitfalls of different medical procedures. It was also excellent to have the opinions of people who’d actually had the procedures. The evening was an opportunity to socialise within the group and enjoy music from singer/songwriter Ellie.
Day 2 started with a seminar on personal presentation and dressing for transmacsuline folk debunking the myth that trans guys should dress exclusively in multiple layers of black, baggy clothing while slouching! This was followed by a session about promoting good mental health. The weekend programme closed with a debriefing session. There were other workshops over the two days aimed more specifically at transfeminine people so it had a broad people for all the participants.
The accommodation at Borwick Hall was somewhat basic but the food was excellent. The weekend was both informative and thought-provoking as well as providing an opportunity to meet a wide range of like minded individuals in an informal and relaxed environment.