This is the speech I gave on 14th June, at the Pink News Cardiff Summer Reception. Trans Aid Cymru was invited as the community partner, and politicians from all the major parties in Wales were present. It was a rare opportunities to voice our anger and frustration about how disenfranchised the trans, intersex and non-binary community feels. My initial draft was way too long and angry, it was difficult to cut out parts, as frankly there is a lot to angry about.
I was silenced at a the Llais Fanc, a youth hustings event, when speaking up for Trans Rights. Some explainers on some words and the setting e.g (what is Llais Fanc?) The Llais Fanc is supposed to be a youth (16-25) hustings event in order to help inform young people make informed decisions for the upcoming Senedd (Welsh Assembly) Elections and get them enthusiastic about electoral politics. It is organised by Youth Cymru, a charity with the aim to “bring about positive change for young people in Wales” through their “grass roots values and strategic influence”.
Here is my speech I gave at a TDoR vigil this year, I thought I’d publish it on here Hello everyone, we’ve all come here today to remember the trans people who are not with us anymore. This year has been especially hard. The pandemic has made us feel more isolated. Many trans people who were stuck in abusive situations, unable to leave due to the coronavirus. The added times to waiting list for not just transition related care, but mental health, physio or even GP appointments.