MGSD Centre, 331 High Street, Rochester, Medway, ME1 1DA info@mgsd-centre.org 01634 408668

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

It would take until May 2019 before the WHO would take steps to declassifiy being Transgender as a mental disorder under the definition of Gender Incongruence. WHO officials voted to move the term they use for transgender people—gender incongruence—from the organization’s mental disorders chapter to its sexual health chapter in the 11th revision of its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. That revision takes effect worldwide on Jan. 1, 2022, in preperation for this change some countries are implementing the change earlier.

We're celebrating IDAHOBIT with the launch of our website. Whether you're trans or cis, there's something for…

Geplaatst door TransActual op Zondag 17 mei 2020

Hilary Cooke CEO of MGSD Centre advised ‘Today 17th May is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). Medway Pride represents all LGBTQI+ communities and their fight to stop Discrimination and Hate Crime. To support the cause of equality for our Trans Brothers and Sisters, Genderqueer & Non-binary people we have shared a new resource released today.
#StoptheHate #IDAHOBIT www.hatecrime.app

Medway Pride supports the reduction of Discrimination and Hate Crime against all communities. Together we can reduce discrimination and bring understanding of each other, reduce fear and hate. We encourage the reporting of hate crime, hate incidents and anti social behaviour

Hate Crime Poster

Use the www.hatecrime.app to report crime to Kent Police or True Vision and please complete the Hate Crime Survey via the App which gathers feedback on the experiance of reporting hate crime or ASB, for both current and historic events.(Edit)

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Support Needs and Experiences of LGBT+ Victims of Hate Crime

Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity

Introduction

Welcome to Galop’s survey. Thank you for your interest in taking part.
About this research

This is a survey to understand how LGBT+ victims of hate crime seek help and their experiences of reporting. The answers we collect from this survey will be used, alongside the results of some interviews, to better understand and improve the support LGBT+ people who have been the victim of a hate crime need.

Take Survey

COVID-19 Restrictions and support services

MGSD Centre Services

SEGI PAC

The MGSD Centre is not open to visitors at this time to comply with the governments advice on COVID-19 social distancing.

To keep our services available We have moved all our peer group and drop in services on line. If you wish to access these services please contact info@mgsd-centre.org or check our social media pages https://www.facebook.com/MGSDC/

LGBT Counselling

MGSD Centre provides access to our LGBTQI+ counselling service. The counselling service is provided by Kim Ricketts BACP of Topaz Counselling Service.

If you would like to access counselling you can contact Kim on

Phone 07738 308484 or email kim.ricketts@mgsd-centre.org

Medway Pride 2020 – 2021

As a member of Medway Pride Steering Group and a support organisation for the LGBTQI+ community in Medway & Kent we are aware of the enormous benefit that pride festivals make for the community.

It is disapointing that due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions we had to take the decision to postpone Medway Pride 2020 to next year. It was the right decision to make to keep volunteers, performers, and visitors safe as well as preventing extra demands on Kent Police, NHS and other services.

The good news is Medway Pride Community Organisation have agreed to shcedule the event as Medway Pride 2021 on Saturday 21st August 2021.

We are also colaborating with MPCO and others to work on a Vitual Medway Pride this summer.

Virtual Medway Pride 2020

We want to replace the loss of Medway Pride 2020 by creating a Virtual Medway Pride Event delivered via the internet. We are open to any ideas that can contribute to Virtual Medway Pride 2020. 

Our immediate thoughts go to performance on video, both recorded and live stream, that can be programmed and streamed online, but we also want to look at wider engagement including but not limited to:

Performances, Plays, monologues, Comedy, Dance

Music, all styles of music performance

Poetry, Performance and writing / publication online

Photography and film

Art, Creative art works on video, Collaborative artwork, collages, Craft work Creating artifacts, (Any physical works could be included in our planed 2021 LGBTQI+ History Month Exhibition at Nucleus Arts Chatham Gallery next February).

We are open to any and all suggestion that we can look at, to deliver Virtual Medway Pride during August 2020. Anyone wanting to take part in or contribute to VMP2020  can contact VMP2020 on medwaypride2020@gmail.com

Medway Pride 2020

Published 01/03/2020

MGSD Centre is working with Medway Pride, Metro Charity and Creatabot to promote and deliver Medway Pride 2020,.

Medway Pride Community Organisation

Medway Pride (MPCO) is a not for profit community organisation which aims to promote equality and diversity across all communities for the public benefit and in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity especially for those living in Medway and the surrounding areas in particular but not exclusively by:

1) Raising awareness and educating the public about the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI+) people;

2) Cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity in particular through celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQI+ community;

3) Staging an annual LGBTQI+ festival and smaller events, including regular social events for the LGBTQI+ community in a safe environment throughout the year.

4) providing funding and or grants and or donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations which support diversity and inclusion of LGBTQI+ communities in Medway.

Medway Pride 2020 festival on Saturday 22nd August is going to be a colourful fun filled event for all the family to celebrate diversity and support equality for all communities of Medway. It is in essence a community cohesion event to bring everyone together, break down barriers and develop understanding and acceptance of each other. 

We are working with Medway Council and Partners to make sure we have a safe event which will include a Pride Parade from Chatham to Rochester Castle where we will host a community festival with stage performances and representations for community support organisations who deliver services to Medway Communities

To deliver this fantastic celebration of diversity we need to raise funding to cover the costs of Medway Pride festival, which we estimate to be in the range of £18,000 to £22,000 pounds. The community response since the announcement of Medway Pride 2020 has been very positive and sponsors will have a direct connection with the public via branded advertising and association with Medway Pride.

Would you or your business consider becoming a Main Medway Pride Sponsor, or a Pride Supporter, or Donor. 

We have three packages that include 

£5000 + Sponsor branding on our advertising on www.medwaypride.co.uk website, social media, at the festival,

£3000 + Supporter branding less prominent that a sponsor on our advertising, www.medwaypride.co.uk website and social media.

£500+ Donor with a listing on www.medwaypride.co.uk website.

Medway Pride partners can provide your business with training and advice on LGBTQI+ diversity especially awareness training for your employees as part of a main sponsor or supporter sponsorship package.

If not one of the above packages or in addition too, a drive to raise donations or run sponsorship events to support Medway Pride.

Please contact me to discuss how we can work together to deliver Medway Pride 2020

We look forward to working with you to celebrate Medway’s cultural diversity

Yours sincerely

Hilary Cooke

Chair Medway Pride

hilary@mgsd-centre.org

Hate Crime Awarness Week – www.hatecrime.app

published 13/10/2019

We are a partner with IN4 and Kent Independent Police Advisory Group in promoting a new hate crime survey and reporting app.

If you have been a victim of hate crime or ASB is affecting you and your family please report it. You can use the app to report to Kent police or True Vision, and please complete our Hate Crime Survey

www.hatecrime.app

The Hate Crime App includes useful links to Kent Police web pages giving information about hate crime and anti-social behaviour and online reporting to Kent Police and reporting web site TrueVision


The Hate Crime Reporting Survey provides an opportunity to record your feedback on

  • Hate Crime
  • Hate Crime Incidents 
  • Anti Social Behaviour 

You can use the survey to give feedback on your experience of reporting to Police / Authorities. The survey also records feedback on crime that has not been reported to the police or authorities to help identify the barriers to reporting and identify locations and hot spots where crime is taking place. The survey data is monitored by a third party organisation (IN4) and is not intended to replace reporting of incidents to the Police

Kent & Medway Trans & Non-binary Health Services

Published 20/06/2019

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust invite Members of the Trans & Non-binary community to an open meeting on Tuesday 25th June 2019 18.30 – 20.00 at Mid Kent College Medway Rd, Gillingham ME7 1FN

Our services are available to everyone, so we want to remove any barriers for all gender diverse people to help them access and improve our existing services.

Your voice matters, If you are part of the trans / non-binary community or familiar with it you are invited to help us shape inclusive services to meet your health and wellbeing needs”. To complete our survey click here – http://bitly.ws/49g2

Supporting LGBTQI+ people in Medway & Kent

Published 08/12/2018

We are staring our end of year fundrasing quest to raise funds for the South East Gender Initiative who manage the MGSD Centre Project.

We are hopeing to raise £10,000 to help fund the annual cost of running the centre.

Donations can be maide via the SEGI PayPal Account using the donation button on this page.

We would like to thank all supporters for the donations which go towards keeping the following services running. The SEGI and MGSD Centre are run by volunteers, we have no paid employees.

We are a Community Organisation that provides the following services:

SEGI Trans Youth. Meets every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm.

This is an opportunity for Young Trans or Non-Binary people to meet in a supportive peer group atmosphere.

SEGI PAC Group. Meets the 1st Thursday of the Month.

This group gives parents and carers of transgender children or children questioning their gender identity an opportunity to meet others to support each other and find advice to support themselves and their children.

SEGI Drop-in Service. Meets Thursdays (Except 1st Thurs) from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

The drop-in provides support for transgender, non-binary people or those questioning their gender identity, parents, carers and friends are welcome to the drop-in.

We also host a LGBTQI+ Counselling Service kim.ricketts@mgsd-centre.org 07738308484

Thank you again for any donation made to SEGI – MGSD Centre

Parents and Carers of Transgender Children or children questioning their gender identity.

Published 04/08/2017

SEGI PAC

We shall be hosting a parents and carers group on the 1st Thursday of the month. 

This event is for Parents and Carers of Transgender Children or children questioning their gender identity. 

The meeting is for parents and carers only and is an oportunity to meet other parents and carers of transgender / questioning children.

The event is hosted at the Medway & Gender Sexual Diversity Centre, 331 High Street, Rochester ME1 1DA. 01634 408668. 

The entrance to the centre is from the rear of the premisses.

Meet at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The event has been organised by METRO Trans Youth Support and South East Gender Initiative (SEGI) Trans Youth support to provide an opportunity for the parents and carers of trans children and children questioning their gender to:

Support each other, Recieve information about supporting Trans/Questioning children who are exploring their gender identity,
Information about accesing care pathways NHS/Private,
Managing social transition,
or signposting to other organisations,
Please contact info@mgsd-centre.org if you are interested in attending or require further information.

Kind regards
Hilary Cooke – Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre

MGSD Centre & South East Gender Initiative Support Services

Publish 23/07/2017

The SEGI Transgender Youth Support Group is coming up to its first anniversary and the group members will be celebrating with a BBQ next month.

The SEGI continues to support the transgender community providing a 25yrs and under Trans Youth Support group and a Transgender Drop-in service to meet the needs of the transgender community through peer support and access to our counselling service.

We are hosting a new service for Parents and Carers of transgender people which has been organised as a collaboration between METRO Trans Youth Support and South East Gender Initiative (SEGI) Trans Youth support to provide an opportunity for the parents and carers of transgender people to support each other and their children.