A 'Thank You' to Janet

We want to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to Janet who is standing down as co-ordinator of SPLAGWales.

She is an inspiration to so many and her dedication and drive has made SPLAG the success it is today. She has produced 50 editions of the SPLAG newsletter which has offered insight, understanding and opinions on so many topics affecting parents and their LGBT loved ones.

The final edition of the newsletter went out in March.

SPLAG helplines continue to be run by Hilary and Jan and with Murray’s help all other aspects of SPLAG’s work will carry on.

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FFLAG's Prison Visit

Sue and Bob Allen accepted a recent invitation for FFLAG to talk about our work to inmates at HMP Ashfield, Bristol. Ashfield is a category C adult male establishment with 397 prisoners currently on role. Last year a GBT peer support group was set up called Real Voices, for those who identify as GBT. The group is also open to anyone with a shared interest in all matters GBT and is run by the prisoners for the prisoners. There is a Real Voices representative on all 4 wings and the chair person and secretary carry out regular wing walks to speak to the reps and other prisoners about any concerns they may have.
They hold regular monthly support meetings and drop-in sessions. They have visits from healthcare organisations, guest speakers from other departments and outside agencies who offer additional support. 
 
Sue reported
‘Equality Manager Hannah Jaine met us and after the obligatory photo shot and body search, took us to the room where the event was being held  & where the gay men’s choir was in full flow. We were introduced to the compare and chairperson of Real Voices, a transgendered male to female. Poems and more songs followed with noisy performances of ‘YMCA’ and ‘I Am Who I Am!’ We were then introduced and spent about 30 minutes talking about the work of FFLAG and our own personal stories. Lots of questions were asked, notably about support for BME families and children with gay parents. The time went very quickly and before we knew it, it was time for lunch and they all disappeared, but not before many of them came to thank us for attending and how impressed they were with the work that FFLAG does. Hannah then gave us a conducted tour of one of the wings where we were invited into the compares’ room to see what the accommodation was like. I asked her how she was treated by the staff and other inmates and she said on the whole very well. She is able to wear her own women’s clothes, make up etc.’
 
Overall we were very impressed by the whole ethos at Ashfield around sexuality and gender issues and it is hoped by them that we will return soon.’
 

 

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