Changing Tides: Trans journeys together - as parents, allies, advocates

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LGBT+ 2019

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JHB Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Changing Tides: Trans journeys together - as parents, allies, advocates

Susie Green CEO of Mermaids UK and Dame Katherine Grainger, Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University in conversation on the current situation for young people and their families in the context of societal and personal attitudes and media debates on trans rights, gender non-conformity and the roles of parents and allies.

- What are the challenges for families and young people in talking about gender nonconformity and trans issues?
- How do we ensure young people can access support and advice in questioning and exploring gender identities?
- What role does the charitable and voluntary sector play in advocating and influencing for change?
- What role does the media play in raising awareness of transgender children and young people?

Susie speaks from her own experience as a parent and as CEO of the charity Mermaids UK, which supports children and young people up to 20 years old who are transgender and/or gender diverse, and their families, and professionals involved in their care.

Susie has been a trustee of Mermaids for 10 years, Chair for 3 years, and CEO since January 2016. She has worked and volunteered in the charitable sector for over 19 years. Susie received the Equality in Diversity Awards Diversity Champion in the Charity sector in 2017 and was winner of the British LGBT Awards 2018 for Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life.

Mermaids is committed to helping transgender and gender variant children and young people find understanding and freedom to explore their gender identity, supporting them and their families to navigate the challenges that they may face, and providing a sense of community. 


Dame Katherine Grainger PhD became Oxford Brookes’ fourth Chancellor in March 2015. She is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games. Katherine is a passionate advocate for equality and human rights, and actively supports the University’s diversity agenda. 

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion as part of LGBTQ+ History Month 2019 at Oxford Brookes.



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