There Off @ Oasis!

Well here we are again at the Oasis Ascot Race Evening. It’s November but the ground is still soft to middling, and the stewards have checked the course and given the go-ahead for the evening’s races. It’s been a bit of a squeeze with the increased number of cars and the stabling for the horses in the car park. The supply of carrots are running low!

By 8.30pm our enclosures were full with an excellent turn out of 35 people. Our ladies are dressed in their best racing outfits and our chef’s are busy preparing the buffet meals.

Our first race was the “Two Close to Call Cup” followed by the “ Far Memorial Chase”.

All our participants were given £120 from the Bank of Oasis and betting was manic. I even saw some of the ladies putting the bank notes into their purses ready for some Christmas shopping in Norwich tomorrow!

After the buffet tea, we launched straight into 3 more races. Finally a collection was made for Children in Need and the generosity of our members raised £125.

The highest winning across all the race went to Stella.  She won by a good horse’s length from the rest of the ladies. She was presented with the highest accolade we could give her – the horse racing game including board, DVD, horses and trainers. I don’t know who she got it all in her car!

Finally came the best dressed race evening outfit. There was a good turnout of fillies, and after a judge’s enquiry the winner was Rachel with Claire, second and in third place was Serena.

Unfortunately the gorgeous Beccie it seemed had stumbled at the first fence and came in last! She was left to clean the stables.

All in all it was a great night and a fitting penultimate Oasis evening for me, as I prepare to hand over the reins after the December meeting and open a new chapter in Oasis’s history.

Beccie

Festive Oasis

Our last meeting of 2018 will take place on Saturday 15th December.  This is a free meeting as a thank you for all your support over the last year.  This is a ladies food night where we ask you to bring in food (savoury or sweet) to feed 2 people.

Vicky will be doing her popular Christmas Quiz and raffle.  Come dressed to impress in your favourite Christmas Outfit.

Please complete the on-line attendance form so we know if you’ll be joining us.

LGBT Carol Service

On Monday 17th December 2018 @ 7.30pm is the annual (I think they are now celebrating their 25th anniversary) LGBT carol service at St Johns Church in Timberhill, Norwich.  This is always a very popular event and the church fills quickly so arrive early for a seat.

For more details and parking click on this link.

If your interested in joining some of us for a meal before the Carol service (around 5 pm) please let me know by using the contact form.

Transgender Explained

Jennifer, one of our Oasis ladies has produced this information to promote further understanding.

Transgender Explained

Understanding the proposed changes to the gender recognition process

When a baby is born, the delivering Midwife or Doctor will look at the baby and its genitalia and pronounce (but not always) “it’s a girl” or “it’s a boy” and this is what gets entered on the birth certificate. As the child grows up and enters adulthood, if that child/adult is comfortable and fully accepting of their assigned at birth sex then they are termed as being cisgender where ‘cis’ is a scientific word meaning ‘on the same side as’ i.e. their gender is the same as their assigned at birth sex. But if that person is not comfortable and feels that their gender does not align with their birth sex assignment, then they are termed as being transgender. Think of this like left and right handed people, the majority of people are born right handed but a minority will be left handed. They did not choose to be left handed, but it is the way they are, it’s the way the brain was wired. It’s estimated at that about 1 in 300 people are transgender and if you include intersex conditions that figure increases to about 1 in 100 people (NHS statistics).

Recent medical studies have identified distinct differences in the structure of certain areas the brain between cisgender males and cisgender females. These studies have also found that those same areas of the brain in transgender person does not correspond to their assigned at birth sex but that of the opposite sex, that is, the gender that the person feels they are aligned with. The World Health Organisation has very recently accepted transgender as being a medical condition and possibly an intersex one.

There has been some very poor and inaccurate media reporting on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) to allow what is being termed “Self ID”. The proposed changes won’t mean that a man can suddenly declare themselves to be a woman for the purposes of entering all female spaces (or a woman for that matter declaring they are male in order to enter male only spaces). What “Self ID” is about is to replace the current GRA process which is very lengthy, highly bureaucratic and expensive with a much simpler, but still a formal, legally binding process known as a Statutory Declaration. The end result will be the same, namely a change to the sex (gender) marker on a person’s birth certificate, and that change is for the rest of that person’s natural life. The Deed Poll process used to change ones legal name is a similar Statutory Declaration process.

In case you were unaware the GRA came into law in 2004 and The Equalities Act of 2010 legally allowed transgender individuals to use single sex facilities corresponding to ‘their’ gender although the act does allow for exceptions in certain circumstances (but public toilets for example are not an exceptional circumstance). A person who is transgender has also been able to update the gender marker on their driving licence and passport using a Statuary Declaration process since 2010. Note that a person who is transgender will have legally changed their name, updated the gender marker on their passport and/or driving license and done the same with HMRC and their local Council before they embark on the GRA process to legally change the sex (gender) marker on their birth certificate. In reality this legal change of the Birth Certificate gender marker is done through the issue of a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). To date many transgender people haven’t gone down the GRA/GRC route because of its complexity and cost as they can achieve 95% without it.  But to get that updated birth certificate not only represents closure but so confers rights unobtainable by other means because it means that a person may be legally regarded as their ‘acquired’ gender. An example being a transgender person cannot marry in their ‘acquired’ gender without a GRC.

Questions, please contact TransIpswich@outlook.com or Oasis

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