In recent years, trans people across the UK have faced more and more of a spotlight as awareness of trans issues increases. This has led to more acceptance and understanding of the problems they face, but also to more misinformation, misunderstanding and even intolerance of trans people as time goes on. We are fundraising not just to support our beloved trans family and the good work that Mermaids does, but also to raise more awareness of the precise problems trans people in the UK (and across the world) face today.
You may know that it is technically and legally possible to transition with support from the National Health Service. However, this process is so arduous and, at times, frustrating that many trans people instead choose to go private, risking expensive medical bills, or even turn to the black market for support, risking their own health to be able to live as themselves. From years-long waiting lists even to be seen at the NHS's specialist Gender Identity Clinics to General Practitioners who openly admit they have no understanding of how to support trans patients, and consistent attempts to shut down facilities that can help with transitioning, trans healthcare in the UK is a constant uphill struggle that can lead to dangerous mental and physical health problems for many.
In this fundraising challenge, we hope we can shine a brighter light on these issues faced by our trans siblings. We may not be able to fix all the problems all at once, but we can still make a difference!
On 12th December our team of climbers are going to be bouldering at seven climbing gyms based all around London in under 14 hours. We're travelling from Croydon to Harrow, from Canary Wharf to Hammersmith, and from Bethnal Green to Vauxhall. We'll be starting very early in the morning, and expect to finish late at night in order to be able to climb at every centre. An average climbing session lasts around 2 hours, so we're really pushing our physical limits!
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