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November 2012 Newsletter

Following on with our “themed” newsletters and in acknowledgement of the transgender members of our LGBT family and in recognition of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance held each 20th November, we will be looking at issues that affect the trans communities. See inside for more…


Welcome… Transgender Day of Remembrance and more activities Welcome to the November edition of the Opening Doors London newsletter, and as per the introduction on the cover, we continue with our themed editions with a special look at TDoR (Transgender day of Remembrance) held each year on the 20th November. Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to memorialise those who have been killed as a result of transphobia or the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and acts to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. Since its inception, TDoR has been held annually on November 20th, and has slowly evolved from the web-based project started by Smith into an international day of action. In 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries. Typically, a TDoR memorial includes a reading of the names of those who lost their lives during the previous year and may include other events, such as candlelight vigils, art shows, food drives, film screenings and marches. The TDoR is the culmination of Transgender Awareness Week. Please see the advert on page 15 for this year’s TDoR commemoration on Tuesday 20th from Camden LGBT Forum. Certainly one of the (many) things that Opening Doors London can pride itself in, thanks to the openness of all of our staff, volunteers and of course, membership, is its inclusivity. We’ve all experienced being on the outside looking in, we all know exactly how hurtful that feels, so Opening Doors London has an “open door” policy to all LGBT people aged 50 and over, whatever background. Our aim is to keep on providing a range of groups and activities (20 plus each month) that are safe, inclusive and welcoming spaces. So, in November's news you’ll find some articles featuring organisations providing support and some of the issues faced by the trans community, as well as our speaker’s night and our film nights featuring films with a trans theme and all of the other regular groups and activities for our members. Have a great November, one and all… 2


Opening Doors Men’s Group November groups and activities (continued) Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. 10am – 12pm

Friday morning mixed “coffee n’ cake” club: - Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Welcome to our peer-led weekly coffee morning. Hot drinks can be purchased in the café but feel free to bring your own cakes.

Monday 5th 1pm – 3:30pm

New South London Social (Age UK Lewisham & Southwark) - Yalding Healthy Living Centre, 95 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TY Open to all Opening Doors members. Tea and cake provided

Monday 5th 4pm – 6pm

1st Monday Tower Hamlets Opening Doors East Mixed Drop in: at Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, E1 4AQ. Come join this fun mixed group, open to ALL Opening Doors members. Hardev Malhi – Human Rights Equality & Diversity Officer at Barts Health NHS Trust will talk on Older LGBT Health Concerns.

Wednesday 7th 6:00 – 9:00 pm

First Wednesday of the month men’s group social: at St Margaret’s Drop-in Centre, 1 Carey Place, Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 2RT (just across Vauxhall Bridge Road from Pimlico Tube). With easy access from North and South London, why not come along and meet some new friends?

Friday 9th 7:00 pm

Opening Doors East Mixed Dinner Club - Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, London, E1 4AQ. Open to all Opening Doors London members. £6 per person, pre-booking is essential on 020 8981 7124.

Sunday 11th 12:30-2:30pm

Second Sundays – New mixed social group that explores and celebrates your history – Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, Kings Rd, SW10 0DR Join us for a discussion over lunch (£3.50) to explore what this new group has to offer.

Tuesday 13th 2:15pm

2nd Tuesday Men’s Group Walk: November’s walk starts at 14.30. City of London Guide Peter Twist is taking us into the alleyways and secret corners of the City. If you would like to join, it’s the usual process. You can either text or leave a message for Geoff on the walking group mobile number 07804 329 416 or Speak with Geoff at the Men’s Group evening at Henderson Court, he needs to know your name and the name of anyone else coming with you. Geoff will then confirm meeting details with you. There is room for up to 24 people so if you would like to come along please book.

Tuesday 13th 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Henderson Court Group Speaker’s Night: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) NW3 6NS. In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance and of our special focus on trans communities, tonight’s “speakers’ slot” will be something very different from our usual men’s group offering. Tonight our guests are Sara Davidmann and Jason Barker, who will present “a multimedia extravaganza exploring collaborative image making; featuring stand-up comedy, performance, photography, and a uterus”. This evening will be open to all Opening Doors members and friends.

Wednesday14th 6.30-8.30pm

2nd Wednesday Mixed Arts & Photography Group – Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont St, NW1 8HF. Come along and take part in facilitated drawing and digital photography sessions with experienced volunteers.

Thursday 15th 3pm – 5pm

3rd Thursday Waltham Forest Mixed Group. ELOP, 56-60 grove Rd, E17 9BN. Open to all Opening Doors London members 3


Opening Doors Men’s Group November groups and activities (continued) Sunday 18th 12:00pm – 2pm (lunch at 12:30) Film starts at 2pm sharp (Note change of Sunday for November only)

(2nd) Last Sunday of the month mixed lunch and film club: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) . Today’s film, is the 1959 all time funny classic with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Something for everyone… Film discussion afterwards.”. Lunch for the day (12 – 2pm), lunch available at £3 per person (vegetarian option available) or bring a lunch and maybe something to share and join in the discussion of the film after. Film starts at 2pm SHARP… Book your place with Opening Doors staff by Monday 12th.

Monday 19th No meeting

Redbridge 3rd Monday Mixed Social Group: November, next meeting Monday 17th December.

Tuesday 20th 4pm – 6pm

New Newham 3rd Tuesday Mixed Social Group: Newham Community Resource Centre, 200 Chargeable Lane, Plaistow E13 8DW. Open to all Opening Doors London members

Wednesday 21st 2:30 – 4:30pm

3rd Wednesday Mixed “West London Older LGBT Support Group”: In partnership with Age UK Ealing, at the Michael Flanders Centre, Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP. Today’s topic is A Very British Sex Scandal. A short 30 minute extract from the film which tells the extraordinary story of the high society court case in 1954 that scandalised society and changed the course of British history. Mixing drama with documentary testimony, this moving film brings to life the extraordinary events of the trial which also involved Daily Mail journalist Peter Wildeblood and Dorset landowner Michael Pitt-Rivers in a sensational case that made headlines around the world and scandalised high society, and paints a vivid picture of gay life in 1950s Britain. This will be followed by an open discussion about Gay Life in the 1950s and 1960s.

Wednesday 21st 7:00pm til late

3rd Wednesday Men’s Pub Night at the Black Cap: We’re at the Black Cap, on Camden High St, NW1 7JY for this popular peer-led men’s group pub social. Meeting upstairs from 7pm. Once again a big thanks to manager Ian and all at the Black Cap for their continued support.

Friday 23rd 2pm – 6pm

4th Friday Mixed Arts and Photography Group – Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Our second monthly meeting for the group for those who can make a daytime meeting.

Saturday 24th 7:45pm

Tufnell Park Men’s Coffee Evening: Join us for the monthly coffee evening, as hosted by Leslie and Mike. Meeting up at Tufnell Park Tube station at 7.45 p.m. Please remember to bring cakes and nibbles with you.

Tuesday 27th 6pm – 9pm

Henderson Court Men’s Group Film Night: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) . Tonight’s film offering will be “Kinky Boots” . Charles Price takes over his father's shoe business, only to discover it is failing. A chance encounter with the flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer, Lola, leads to a suggestion to change the product in a desperate attempt to save the business: make men's fetish footwear. Lola is convinced to be their footwear designer and the transition begins. Now this disparate lot must struggle at this unorthodox idea while dealing both the prejudice of the staff, Lola's discomfort in the small town and the selfish manipulation of Charles' greedy fiancée who cannot see the greater good in Charles' dream. Written by Kenneth Chisholm

Film starts at 7pm

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Opening Doors Women’s Group November groups and activities Friday 2nd 12.30 – 2:00pm

Women’s Lunch Club: Friends House Restaurant, 173-177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ Please look for the women’s group in the downstairs restaurant (NOT the café). (If you’re planning to attend this group for the 1st time please let Kate or Stacey know and we can arrange for someone to meet you).

Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th. 10am – 12pm

Friday morning mixed “coffee n’ cake” club: - Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA. Welcome to our peer-led weekly coffee morning. Hot drinks can be purchased in the café but feel free to bring your own cakes.

Monday 5th 1pm – 3:30pm

South East London Social (Age UK Lewisham & Southwark) - Yalding Healthy Living Centre, 95 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TY Open to all Opening Doors members. Tea and cake provided

Monday 5th 4pm – 6pm

1st Monday Tower Hamlets Opening Doors East Mixed Drop in: at Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, E1 4AQ. Come join this fun mixed group, open to ALL ODL members. Hardev Malhi – Human Rights Equality & Diversity Officer at Barts Health NHS Trust will talk on Older LGBT Health Concerns.

Friday 9th 7:00 pm

Opening Doors East Mixed Dinner Club - Positive East, 159 Mile End Road, London, E1 4AQ. Open to all Opening Doors London members. £6 per person for a home cooked three course meal. booking is essential on 020 8981 7124

Sunday 11th 12:30-2:30pm

Second Sundays – New mixed social group that explores and celebrates your history – Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, Kings Rd, SW10 0DR Join us for a discussion over lunch (£3.50) to explore what this new group has to offer. Contact Fiona for more info: 07435356951

Tuesday 13th 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Henderson Court Group Speaker’s Night: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) NW3 6NS. In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance our guests are Sara Davidmann and Jason Barker, who will present “a multimedia extravaganza exploring collaborative image making; featuring stand-up comedy, performance, photography, and a uterus”. This evening will be open to all Opening Doors members and friends.

Wednesday 14th 6.30-8.30pm

2nd Wednesday Mixed Arts & Photography Group – Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont St, NW1 8HF. Come and take part in facilitated drawing and digital photography sessions with experienced volunteers.

Thursday 15th 3pm – 5pm

3rd Thursday Waltham Forest Mixed Group. ELOP, 56-60 grove Rd, E17 9BN. Open to all Opening Doors London members

Friday 16th 12:30 – 2:00pm

Women’s Lunch Club: Friends House Restaurant, 173-177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ Please look for the women’s group in the downstairs restaurant (NOT the café). (If you’re planning to attend this group for the 1st time please let Kate or Stacey know and we can arrange for someone to meet you).

Sunday 18th 12:00pm – 2pm (lunch at 12:30) Film starts at 2pm sharp

(2nd) Last Sunday of the month mixed lunch and film club: Henderson Court Resource Centre, 102 Fitzjohn’s Ave (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) . Today’s film, is the 1959 all time funny classic with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon – “Some Like It Hot”. Something for everyone… Film discussion afterwards.”. Lunch available at £3 per person (vegetarian option available) or bring a lunch and maybe something to share and join in the discussion of the film after. Film starts at 2pm SHARP… Book your place with Opening Doors staff by Monday 12th. 5

(Note change of Sunday for November only)


Opening Doors Women’s Group November groups and activities (continued) Monday 19th 2pm – 4pm

Redbridge 3rd Monday Mixed Social Group: Age UK Redbridge 4th Floor 103 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4PU. Open to all Opening Doors London members

Tuesday 20th 4pm - 6pm

Newham Rainbow Café: Newham Community Resource Centre, 200 Chargeable Lane, Plaistow, E13 8DW Open to all Opening Doors London members

Wednesday 21st 2:30 – 4:30pm

3rd Wednesday Mixed “West London Older LGBT Support Group”: In partnership with Age UK Ealing, at the Michael Flanders Centre, Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP. Today’s topic is A Very British Sex Scandal. A short 30 minute extract from the film which tells the extraordinary story of the high society court case in 1954 that scandalised society, electrified the nation and changed the course of British history. Mixing drama with documentary testimony, including that of Lord Montagu, this moving film brings to life the extraordinary events. This will be followed by an open discussion about Gay Life in the 1950s and 1960s.

Thursday 22nd 6:00 – 8:30pm

Women’s Film Night: Tavis Meeting Room B. Age UK, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA

(film starts at 6:30)

“tomboy” 2011 Ten year old Laure isn’t like most girls. She prefers football to dolls and sweaters to dresses. When her family move to a new neighborhood local girl Lisa mistakes Laure to be a boy. Indulging in this exciting new identity, Laure becomes Michael and so begins a summer of long summer afternoons, playground games and first kisses. But with the school term fast approaching, how long can Laure keep her secret? 23rd

Friday 2pm

Women’s group Walking & Herstory: This month we’re doing things a little differently – Meet the group at Euston bus Station (Stop D) to catch the 73 bus bound for Stoke Newington. Taylor will provide the local Herstory and there will be opportunities for walking around Abney Park cemetery before making a stop at the tea rooms on Church Street. We will book the Tea Rooms for the group so please book your place by 19th Nov – Call Kate or Stacey

Events Listings

Advice & Information

Please email anything you think might be of interest to other members ~ groups, discussions, music & dance, marches, exhibitions ~ anything relevant.

Tracey McDermott is available to provide the Opening Doors Women’s group with advice and support on a variety of issues including; Housing, benefits, care services etc.

Currently the list will be distributed fortnightly but will go out weekly once there is a larger volume of listings.

For more information contact Tracey on:

020 7837 3777 or tracey.mcdermott@ageukcamden.org.uk

Send your ideas/info to Taylor at:

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Points of View Welcome to “Points of View” page, written for, and by, members of Opening Doors London. We want to hear from YOU, what’s important, on any particular subject that you think other members of ODL would be interested in. So send your “Points of view” to one of the ODL staff. Keeping in line with this month’s Transgender focus, one of our trans community members writes about her involvement with a new service…

a unique new sexual health & well being service for all Trans* and Q people” cliniQ was established following consultation with Trans* and Q people and in response to feedback which revealed that many TQ-LGB people felt uncomfortable, unwelcome and sometimes unsafe using generic sexual health services. In our experience sexual health services are rarely inclusive of TQ-LGB experience and consequently, this community has a potentially high level of sexual health risk. It is also clear to us that sexual health services for this group need to be provided in the context of a holistic health framework that takes into account, the physical health, mental health, safety and security issues which are specific to TQ-LGB people. It follows that such a service needs to be provided by staff with a good understanding and experience of the needs of the Trans* and Q community. At cliniQ medical and support staff have therefore been trained by Trans* and Q trainers while a number of our volunteer “greeters” who are the initial contact with service users, are themselves drawn from the Trans* & Q community . cliniQ provides a range of services including free and confidential sexual health services, liver function testing, drug and alcohol and healthy lifestyle support, counseling, “listening ear” practical advice & support, mentoring and advocacy support, on a “walk-in” and appointment basis. We also welcome visitors, especially those from the LGBTQ community, who are interested in knowing more about the service and how they might seek to replicate it elsewhere in order to serve local Trans* and Q people with this kind of service. For further information contact Michelle.Ross@tht.org.uk, Graham.Reed@brook.org.uk

cliniQ sessions take place each Wednesday between 5.30 and 7.30 at 56 Dean Street London W1D 6AQ Find out more at : www.facebook.com/pages/cliniQ/236031843137850 or www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/hiv-sexual-health/clinics/56-dean-street/services

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Trans Health Matters In a UK first, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched two new guides with health and wellbeing advice for transgender people. While research into trans health remains patchy, there is a growing consensus that transgender people can be at an increased risk of HIV and sexual ill health, as well as a range of other health and well-being issues. Both THT guides, which can be viewed online at www.tht.org.uk/transwomen www.tht.org.uk/transmen aim to provide trans people with information and advice on a number of issues, from how to guard against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), to more specific support for anyone considering or going through gender confirmation surgery. In addition to health information, the guides also offer advice on broader wellbeing, including body image, disclosure and relationships. The Trans Health Matters booklets also include advice on hormones for trans men and trans women; and the importance of having hormone levels checked regularly – particularly important for older people. For trans women who have had lower surgery (genital surgery) there can be potential issues of osteoporosis, thinning of the bones, so it is important there is a monitoring and maintaining of hormone levels that are right for each individual. The booklets are intended to speak in a non-evaluative and non-judgemental way, and are aimed at people across the whole spectrum of trans4-identified presentations and behaviours; by this we mean anyone on the gender variant spectrum including people who do not have a male or female identity and who may use the terms, gender queer or otherwise non-binary people. At this year’s International AIDS Conference 2012 in Washington, delegates heard that a range of issues, including transphobia, family rejection, and seeking gender validation through sex, can feed into trans people being at a higher risk of a range of STIs including HIV. We know, for example, that many trans people can have on-going problems around body image and self esteem, which can lead some people to take risks with their health. It was important when developing the booklets that trans people were involved in every stage, there was a policy and ethos of; Nothing About Us Without Us, throughout the development process. We are hugely proud of these new resources, and hope they will give more trans people – both here in the UK and further afield – the support and confidence they need to take control of their sexual health and well-being. 8


Transgender Mental Health

from

Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression, or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned (registered) at birth. Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female, or something else; gender expression refers to the way a person communicates gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice, or body characteristics. While transgender is generally a good term to use, not everyone whose appearance or behavior is gender-nonconforming will identify as a transgender person. The ways that transgender people are talked about in popular culture, academia, and science are constantly changing, particularly as individuals’ awareness, knowledge, and openness about transgender people and their experiences grow. Transgender people are more likely to experience mental distress due to the social disapproval and discrimination that they encounter. Research in the areas of employment, health provision, social exclusion and hate crime indicates that transgender or trans people experience higher levels of discrimination, harassment and violence. Consequently, trans people are at a greater risk of depression, self-harm and suicide. A 2007 survey of 872 trans people found that 34% of respondents had considered suicide. This is considerably higher than the general population. "The main issues that affect the mental wellbeing of trans people are related to discrimination," says Ady Davis, a psychosexual therapist with the North-East Gender Dysphoria Service. "Some trans people," says Davis, "can’t do everyday activities such as going shopping without getting stared at, attracting comments, having their self-esteem knocked, or experiencing violence on occasion. When you put them together, all these difficulties can have a massive impact on mental health." When to seek help You may be questioning your gender, or you may feel that you should be the opposite gender, or you may feel that you don’t have a gender. "If this is a temporary doubt that lasts no more than a few months, it may be something you resolve yourself,” says Davis. “But if your feelings of gender discomfort are consistent, you can get support that can help you feel more comfortable with your gender identity." The first step is to see your GP. You'll then be referred directly to a gender identity service or to the local mental health service. Many services provide help not just to the people directly affected, but also to their families. You may prefer to get in touch with community support groups. To find groups in your area for trans people and their families, contact any of the charities listed below. Search for 'transgender support' plus your location on the internet. Local lesbian, gay and bisexual groups also have information about support for trans people. If you think that you're depressed, or you're having thoughts of self-harm or suicide as well as discomfort about your gender identity, get help immediately. Either contact your GP or call NHS Direct (0845 4647). You can also contact helplines such as Samaritans (08457 90 90 90) for confidential, non-judgemental emotional support. Support for trans people As a result of discrimination and prejudice, many trans people feel isolated. Meeting other trans people and realising that you're not alone can boost your confidence. There are several charities that can put you in contact with other trans people. These include The Gender Trust (www.gendertrust.org.uk or call 01527 894 838, FtM London (www.ftmlondon.org.uk or call 07948 250 778) or TransLondon (www.translondon.org.uk). and The Beaumont Society (www.beaumontsociety.org.uk or call 01582 412220). The Gender Trust provides a list of national support organisations on its website. 9


Organisation of the Month… Welcome to our new , “Organisation of the Month”, which will showcase a different LGBT or LGBT friendly service every month. This month, Bernard Reed, from GIRES, writes… GIRES was founded in 1997 and registered as a charity in the following year. Its trustees are trans people, or their relatives or friends, as are most of the charity's 370 individual members. The charity also has 41 Corporate Members, which are involved in trans support, healthcare provision and regulation, education, criminal justice, the law, local and central government, trades unionism, financial services, sport, aviation, publishing, television and information technology. It is also itself a member of www.gires.org.uk the Equality and Diversity Forum, the National LGB&T info@gires.org.uk Partnership, The Anti Bullying Alliance and National phone 01372 801 554 Voices. Four of the charity’s trustees are members of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). They present papers at professional conferences in the UK and internationally. One is a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Standards of Care Committee on treating gender dysphoria. GIRES promotes research into gender identity development. It makes an annual award for influential work, which in 2011 went to the authors of the WPATH Standards of Care that provide guidance for the flexible and patient centred treatment of gender dysphoria. The charity has good working relationships with the clinicians around the world who specialise in this field of medicine. With their help, it conducted a successful campaign to improve medical care for gender variant adolescents in the UK. GIRES is now working to improve the care offered to trans adults within the newly forming NHS structure. GIRES actively supports trans people and their families, by responding to their requests for help via telephone or e-mail and arranging workshops in which they can obtain personal support and share their experiences with others. GIRES helped the trans community to develop a Statement of Need and provided input to the government’s transgender equality action plan. The charity also works directly with a range of government departments on policies to support trans people. GIRES helps its Corporate Members and other organizations to: (a) engage with the trans community, (b) develop supportive policies and practices, (c) train their staff, including through the use of e-learning, and (d) design a healthcare scheme for trans employees. GIRES operates a national system for reporting transphobic crime and maintains an online directory of trans support organisations. GIRES supplies a wide range of literature and its website provides a wealth of material, including a toolkit for schools to use in combating transphobic bullying. The website is accessed from 189 countries and its use has grown rapidly. 10


Opening Doors East London Activities Sessional worker for Opening Doors East! - Nic Humberstone nicola.humberstone@ageukcamden.org.uk or phone Kate to relay messages 020 7239 0447

Opening Doors East London

Friday 9th November Dinner Club & Monday 5th Drop in

Do you live, work or socialise in Newham? Opening Doors London and Age UK Newham will be hosting a Rainbow Café , Join us on :

£6 for a fantastic 3 course meal and wonderful company.6pm onwards Dinner served at 7pm

Tuesday 20th November 4pm -6pm ~ drop in at any point. Thereafter the café will be on 3rd Tuesday of the month 4pm-6pm Newham Community Resource Centre 200 Chargeable Lane Plaistow E13 8DW

Booking essential Monday drop in 4pm to 6pm. Hardev Malhi Human rights Equality & Diversity Officer at Barts Health NHS Trust will talk about Older LGBT health concerns.

For more information or travel directions please contact Kate on 020 7239 0447 kate.hancock@ageukcamden.org.uk

Please contact Nic or Kate: 020 7239 0447 kate.hancock@ageukcamden.org.uk

Opening Doors East London Opening Doors Group In Waltham Forest next group Thursday 15th November

Redbridge Older LGBT Social Group

Join us for this mixed social group Thursday of each month 3pm-5pm

No meeting on 19th November Next meeting will be Monday 17th December

3rd

ELOP 56-60 Grove Road, E17 9BN

At Age UK Redbridge 4th Floor 103 Cranbrook Road Ilford, Essex, IG1 4PU

If it is your first time joining this group then contact Kate beforehand.

020 8220 6000

020 7239 0447 kate.hancock@ageukcamden.org.uk

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Opening Doors Members News West London Older LGBT Group Opening Doors London, in partnership with Age UK Ealing, presents the West London older LGBT social group, based in Ealing, and open to all Opening Doors Members.

Sunday lunch and film club Open to ALL Opening Doors Members Sunday 18th November, 12:00 to 4:00 2 course lunch for £3 per person, or bring your own. (note change of day for November only)

Come join is for this 1959 all time hilarious classic with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Something for everyone… Film discussion afterwards.

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 2:30pm – 4:30pm Next date: Wednesday 21st November 2012 At: The Michael Flanders Centre Church Road, Acton, W3 8PP

This month’s topic is A Very British Sex Scandal A short 30 minute extract from the film which tells the extraordinary story of the high society court case in 1954 that scandalised society, electrified the nation and changed the course of British history. For more information call 020 7239 0446

Come for the lunch f rom 12 – 2pm (lunch at 12:30pm) . £3 for 2 course meal (vegetarian option available) or bring your own. Feel free to bring wine or join us for the film at 2pm SHARP, or stay for the whole social. What better way to spend a Sunday but with friends over lunch and watching a film? Henderson Court Resource Centre 102 Fitzjohn’s Avenue (entrance round the corner on Prince Arthur Rd) NW3 6NS

Can you use a computer?

West London Transgender Drop-in Group Friday 30th November 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Would you like: Help to fill in a benefit form? To find some information or advice online? Help with completing a housing application or checking your housing allocation points? To Register for email newsletters or updates to help you live independently and maximize your income?

The Carers' Centre, Ealing W5 4QA (close to South Ealing tube) We run the group on the last Friday of the month. At each meeting there is the opportunity to chat and get to know other members of the group and every month we have an activity International Transgender Day of Remembrance To coincide with TDoR we will be holding a 2 minutes silence in memory of those who have lost their lives to transphobia. We will also be showing a movie (to be confirmed).If you would like to attend or for more information please email info@westlondongmp.org.uk or call 0800 587 8302 / 020 8583 2474.

Then come along to the Advice Team’s Monday Morning Drop in, in the Tavis House IT Room (or First Thursday morning of each month for LGBT advice session) A trained advice officer will help you get online, find the pages you’re looking for and help you with the advice you need Every Monday morning, between 10am and 1pm. No appointment needed Call 020 7239 0400 for more information 12


Opening Doors Members News

St Anne’s Lunch Club

Friday morning coffee ‘n’ cake

Please Note!!! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the weekly Thursday lunch club at St Anne’s will no longer be running.

10:00 – 12:00 Age UK Café

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know who attends this lunch club, to ensure people don’t have a wasted journey.

Tavis House, 1- 6 Tavistock Sq, WC1H 9NA (nearest tube Euston or Russell Sq)

Opening Doors London is currently looking at potential alternatives, but this will take time, so please bear with us.

It’s been running informally for the past couple of months (thanks to Stephen for this) and has been growing in numbers..

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on possible lunch clubs venues, please do get in touch with one of the ODL staff team. Thanks.

So if you’re popping into the West End, maybe doing something cultural, then this is the ideal place to meet friends…

Bring cake, or why not bake something and bring it in to share? Andy this year is again hosting the London “Caffmos Wine and Cheese” social and has extended the invitation to Opening Doors London men’s group. It is on Friday 23rd November from 3pm to 8pm ish at his home. Bring a bottle of what you want to drink. The nearest tube station to his place is Acton Town. Further details can be obtained from a64_andy@hotmail.com Note the character between the '4' and 'a' is an underspace which is an uppercase dash on most keyboards. He can also be contacted on 0208 992 1442 13


Opening Doors Members News Arts and Photography Group 2nd Wednesday of the month 6:30 to 8:30pm Next meeting: Wednesday 14th November at the Charlie Ratchford Centre, Chalk farm There will be a volunteer on hand in the arts class and other members who can offer help to those who want support. Claudia, a professional photographer will be running a digital photography class concurrently with the Art Group.

We have a second space for the Arts and Photography Group on the fourth Friday of each month. This is at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square WC1H 9NA. Whilst not an Art Studio as we have at Charlie Ratchford, it is a light and quiet space for us to continue our drawing and photography work in the company of others. Tickets will be available during November for £8 at the groups or £9 (incl. booking fee) from www.lgsw.org.uk

For more details call 020 7239 0447

Second Sundays

New Monthly group in Southwark 5th

Enjoy a delicious lunch (£3.50)

11th November, 12:30-2:30pm

November 2012 1-3:30pm

Join us this month for a discussion with Sue Donnelly, Archivist at The Hall-Carpenter Archives, the largest source for the study of LGBT activism in Britain.

This new South East London Opening Doors group will meet on the first Monday of each month and is open to all Opening Doors members

Chelsea Theatre, 7 World's End Place, Kings Road, SW10 0DR

Yalding Healthy Living Centre, 95 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TY

For more information please contact: Fiona, Opening Doors: 07435356951, fiona.addison@ageukcamden.org.uk or Michelle, Chelsea Theatre: 02079521967, michelle@chelseatheatre.org.uk

Call Simone on 0207 237 0860 for more details 14


Members’ News… The London International Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony will be held for the first time on a weekday, on the first floor of the ULU building Tuesday 20th November | 7.00pm University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY All are welcome to this respectful and somewhat sombre event. This year we are looking for trans people to speak and perform, and in particular we are looking for trans people who can speak some Portuguese (and also Spanish) to read out the list of names. This is because the majority of recorded murders of trans people occur in Latin America, and we would like to show them the respect of pronouncing their names as correctly as possible. The first part of the event will be about remembering our dead and the second part will be about celebrating the lives of trans people. There will be a bar with nibbles afterwards.This year this event is a collaboration between Translondon, Birkbeck College SU, Camden LGBT Forum and the University of London Union. For more information, got to: https://www.facebook.com/events/245831835539847

or phone Camden LGBT Forum on 020 7388 5720

Every 3rd Monday of the month, our first session will be: Monday, November 19th An exciting programme of assisted visits and events led by volunteer Chris and ranging from world class museums and galleries to cutting edge contemporary spaces. First outing to: The World’s Greatest Museum of Art and Design: Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL. Tube: South Kensington. Bus: C1,14,414 and 74 Meet at 2.30pm inside Main Entrance, Cromwell Road SW7 2RL Optional Extra “Hollywood Costume” V&A’s Fabulous Autumn Exhibition looking at 100 years of movie history through costume. This is bound to be very busy and I would suggest that you pre-book a timed ticket [for 3.00 pm onwards] www.vam.ac.uk/whatson or 020 7907 7073 For more details and to book your place please contact Chris on his mobile 07528 423 698 or contact Nick on 020 7239 0446 (note: you need to book with Chris, not Nick) * Please note these events are “assisted tours” ,rather than a formal guided tour and all venues selected are accessible to disabled people. A date for your diary: “Blown in Bermondsey”. Monday 17th December,2.30 pm a visit to London Glassblowing Workshop www.londonglassblowing.co.uk 15


Opening Doors London Revised website, Twitter and Facebook pages When was the last time you visited the Opening Doors London website? It’s been improved, to include a Twitter feed, a summary of the regular groups and the beginnings of an online calendar of events. Visitors are also able to register to receive an email. Did I mention Twitter? It’s worth having a look at Twitter, sending tweets to us, and even following us.

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ODL Newsletter November 2012