We want to make it clear to trans and non-binary people and their families in Northern Ireland that we understand how distressing and traumatising the recent high-profile attacks on minority genders have been. We see you and we love you.

We want trans and non-binary people and their families in Northern Ireland to know about the range of services that we provide for you including counselling, youth services, social groups and advocacy support for hate crime, domestic abuse and homelessness. If you are struggling, please reach out. You are worthy of respect and dignity.

We want to make it absolutely clear that there are significant barriers to gender-affirming care in Northern Ireland. The NI Gender Identity Clinic has not accepted new clients since 2018 and there are currently no registered clinicians in Northern Ireland who can provide the testimony allowing someone to access a gender recognition certificate. These barriers to care and recognition contribute to the unacceptable mental health inequalities experienced by trans people in NI.

We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, any and all attempts to undermine trans rights and access to appropriate healthcare for trans people. We particularly condemn the underhanded maligning of trans identities and experiences by framing this as ‘concern’ and the ableist bias that autistic people are incapable of knowing who they are.

Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary people are valid. We will not allow the most marginalised members of our community to be marked out as predators as cis lesbian, gay and bisexual people have been before. Our community is not free and equal until all of us are free and equal.