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Workshop: Transgender Awareness

Exchange Station, Liverpool view map & directions

10.00am - 3.30pm

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In partnership with the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) LJMU is hosting this Transgender Awareness Workshop.

The aim of the workshop is to help you support trans employees and students. This will be followed by separate sessions with anyone who wishes to cover further issues.

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  • 10:00 Welcome & Introduction
  • 10:00 - 11:20 Preparing to support trans staff and students
  • 11:20 - 11:30 Break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Practical examples of good practice
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Confidential 1:1 sessions
  • Setting the scene, including prevalence of gender variance
  • The nature of gender variance and the terminology used to describe it
  • A lived experience; the emotional journey
  • Interactive discussions of factors to consider, illustrated with case studies and videos, particularly to illustrate practical ways of supporting trans people:
    Discrimination in employment and service delivery and its effect
    Transphobia and hate crime
    Law, including Equality Act 2010, Gender Recognition Act 2004, Data Protection Act 1998 and Human Right Act 1998
    Good practice including for supporting an individual undertaking a change of gender expression
    Medical care for trans people and its impact in the workplace and educational setting
    Other support needs
    Monitoring and confidentiality
  • Any unanswered questions
  • Submission of evaluation forms

Confidential 1:1 Sessions
These will commence at 14:00hrs - three facilitators will be available to talk privately with any staff member or student about trans matters.

The company

GIRES is a registered charity, which was founded in 1997. Its work is largely undertaken by volunteers. The GIRES trustees are trans people, or their relatives or friends, as are most of the charity's 300 individual members. The charity also has 100 organisations as Corporate Members, which are involved in education (including schools, colleges and universities), sport, healthcare, housing, local and central government, law, policing, emergency services, regulation, financial services, insurance, telecommunications, television, publishing, aviation, nuclear power, defence equipment, information technology, medical products and food processing.

GIRES promotes research into gender identity development and uses it to improve the lives of trans people. It collaborates effectively with the professionals around the world who specialise in the trans sphere, for instance in the publication of articles in peer reviewed journals, recently including The Lancet. GIRES received the 2016 Education Award from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

GIRES serves its Corporate Members, and other public and private sector organizations, in: developing policies and practices, supporting individuals who change their gender expression in the workplace or educational setting, engaging with the trans community, training, e-learning and design of healthcare schemes for trans employees. The charity delivers about 50 training sessions per annum, which always achieve high evaluation scores. GIRES maintains an online directory of trans support organisations which has received over 3 million visits since it was launched in 2010. GIRES supplies a wide range of literature and its website provides a wealth of material, including free e-learning resources that enable users to obtain CPD points. The website is accessed from 189 countries and its use has grown rapidly.


Bernard Reed OBE, MA, MBA and Terry Reed OBE, JP, BA (Hons), MCSP, SRP, Grad. Dip. Phys. helped their trans daughter to win a landmark sex discrimination case in 1997. Then, with a group of trans activists, they established the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).
Bernard and Terry are both members of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and present papers at professional conferences internationally. They received WPATH’s 2016 Education Award. Terry has co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals, recently including The Lancet. She is a member of the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity. She served on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Intercollegiate Committee on treating gender dysphoria. They served respectively on the NHS England Clinical Reference Groups that develop the specifications for gender identity services for young people and adults and have contributed to the new Prison Service Instruction on caring for transgender people. They were each awarded the OBE in 2010 in recognition of their services to the charity.

Larna Gallier is an experienced trainer in trans issues, who has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including the police, the NHS, universities, schools, commercial companies and LGBT groups.  She has developed training materials, for instance relating to transphobic hate crime for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to be used in upskilling staff and managers. Larna has also supported many people, in individual and group settings, who are dealing with personal trans issues. Larna’s own lived experience as a trans person has given her a deep insight into the needs of this community.  She is an excellent role model who can inspire other trans people to be successful.

For further information email: or call 0151 231 8141