Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is an annual observance on  Wednesday 20th November that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Look out for events that might take place on the day or during the week in Norwich and surrounding areas.

Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender women to memorialise the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. It 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 from November 20 of the former year to November 20 of the current year, and may include other actions, such as candlelight vigils, dedicated church services, marches, art shows, food drives and film screenings.

Strictly Come Dancing @ Oasis

I really love watching Strictly.  Not for the dancing, but for those dresses!  The way the fabrics swish and swirl across the dance floor.  Who wouldn’t watch it!

Well not to be out done by the BBC, Oasis this year is holding its very own Strictly Come Dancing evening on Saturday 16th November and  you have the chance to swish and swirl your fabrics.

So don’t hold back, we’re looking for something diaphanous, influential, formative, groundbreaking, pioneering, original, creative, innovative.  So nothing too challenging!!

Hired costumes are not accepted Rachel!

Holly (aka Serena) will be on hand to control the proceeding and stop any bitchiness!

This cost of this event will be £8 and the food will be prepared by Vicky.  Please lets us know if you will be coming to this event so we know food numbers.

Interested in the themes and dates for next year.  Click on this link.

Bangers and Mash Hallowe’en @ Oasis

Although numbers were down from previous years with just under 30, we still had a wonderful spooktacular Bangers and Mash Hallowe’en evening. Serena, our new leader, had spend many hours producing pumpkin shapes which hung precariously from the ceiling and created an atmosphere of a witches cavern.

The tables were laid out with name tags written in beautiful blood red calligraphic writing and there were witches in abundance. Vicky,our chef to the stars was in the kitchen as usual, with her cauldron bubbling away as she cast her magic spell over the preparations.

Being an admirer of the famous bard she was adding her ingredients at the cooker. “Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing.”

We were in for a treat!

PC 896 Paula Gilluley had joined us in what was perhaps the most scariest outfits of all our ladies, her police uniform.  She covers the Breckland area, and we met her at King’s Lynn Pride way back in August. She gave a talk on her role and hoped to see us soon.  Disappointingly, and unlike Pride, there were no free pens or badges to give out!!

After our meal, the witches ( I say this in the loosest sense) assembled for the judging.  Considering we were low on numbers seven of us had gone to considerable toil and trouble to dress up, make up and buy up their Halloween looks. Tesco certainly made a profit from us!!

Barry was put in charge of collating the voting slips and we waited in anticipation for the final result.

Beccie came 3rd and was certain that the false fang teeth clinched the win. Second was Theresa with a simple black dress and witches broom. I think the black nails clinched her win! Lilly took first place as “catwoman” but how that fitted into Hallowe’en is anyone guess!!.  I think it was the tail that did it.  She should have won a bowl of milk!

Well done to all who took place. It was all fangtastic.



Understanding and Respecting Differences

In memory of the late Barbara Ross OBE, and made possible by a donation from the Barbara Ross Association the film project ‘Norfolk Trans Youth: Understanding and Respecting Differences’ and accompanying booklets, led by young people from Evolve (MAP’s trans youth support service in Norwich), was launched at Norwich Pride, on Saturday 27th July 2019.

Our filmmaker was Nicole O’Reilly, a young Edinburgh-based trans woman, and creative genius.

The film is a documentary in two parts and we aim to screen as much of this as possible at Norwich Pride on Saturday.  It will be made freely available online as soon as possible after Pride, along with a PDF version of the booklet which will be promoted  in schools, medical services, local authorities and other organisations.

Jen Alexander, Gender Identity Practitioner, will be hosting a private screening of the complete film later this year. Date to be announced.