The Gender Trust, the largest Registered Charity(Charity Reg.No. 1088150) in a position to help adults throughout the United Kingdom who are Transsexual, Gender Dysphoric, Transgender (i.e. those who seek to adjust their lives to live as women or men, or come to terms with their situation despite their genetic background), or those who’s lives are affected by gender identity issues.
The Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues. The Trust is also recognised as an authoritative centre for professional people who encounter gender identity related issues in the course of their work. In particular this group includes employers, human resource officers, health workers and information services.
Objects of the charity
The charitable objects of The Gender Trust are:
• To relieve the mental and emotional stress of all persons who are in any manner affected by Gender Dysphonia related to Transgenderism
• To protect the good mental and physical health of all such persons
• To advance public education about all the aspects of Gender Dysphoria related to Transgenderism, Transsexualism.
• To promote relief from stress and isolation for any such persons by way of self help and mutual support from the membership of the Association.
The Gender Trust today
The Trust has a membership organisation for trans people which provides a quarterly magazine and a confidential contact directory that enables members to make one to one contact with each other for mutual friendship and support. A team of volunteers from among the membership act as regional contacts.
The Trust has a nationally publicised helpline which is staffed by a team of volunteer members each day of the week.
The Trust has continued to expand its range of activities and increase the effectiveness of its voice in a rapidly changing social climate.
In 2001 it became clear that more support, information and education were needed among the general public, particularly in the workplace. The Gender Trust introduced a Corporate Membership scheme through which organisations or employers receive specialised information and input from the Trust in return for an annual membership fee.
Representatives of the Trust regularly give talks to a wide range of organisations in the fields of medicine, employment, social care, etc. They also attend national exhibitions to promote the work of the Trust, particularly among employers and Human Resources managers.
Trust volunteers sit on advisory panels, particularly working with Police Authorities and Local Government, and a volunteer can attend at a workplace situation where a member of staff is going through gender transition to facilitate the process on behalf of employee, employer and work colleagues.