Open Collective
Open Collective
Here's what we've been up to in January!
Published on February 2, 2023 by Keira Evans

Happy LGBTQ+ History Month! We hope you have had a great start to 2023! Here’s what we were up to in January - 

We received £4,753 from 127 financial contributors, and we spent £2,448. Our current balance is £16,020. We are seeing a sharp increase in emergency grant requests, and are so grateful for the increased donations to help us meet needs in our community!

Thank you to Consortium (@LGBTConsortium) for awarding us £900! We were honoured to receive funds alongside LGBT Unity Glasgow and @Here_NI LGBT Consortium and @ComicRelief are now partially funding our surgery packs! 

We have moved our Cardiff meet-ups on the third Monday of each month to Dyddiau Du (@DyddiauDu)! This is a free sober social space for trans, intersex, and nonbinary people and is funded by Not a Phase! We had a large, wonderful meet-up there in the middle of the month and can’t wait to welcome more people next time! Dyddiau Du is a community library in Cardiff run by a small group of queer and neurodivergent people - go check them out! 

Thank you to those who raised funds for us in January! That includes the amazing @ItsNotNotAlex for running a raffle for us! Alice Evans (@isjustforalice) and @SWGMC for donating nearly £1,400 following their 5K with @PrideCymru and @MotiCardiff

If you’re looking for something fun to do this month, Cardiff Trans Singers (@TransSingers) are performing with @SongbirdsCdf and @SWGMC on the 25th of February! Proceeds will be donated to Trans Aid Cymru! Find tickets and information here: 

We followed the developments with the Scottish Gender Recognition Reform Bill and stand in solidarity with our trans siblings in Scotland. Allyship is more than waving flags and attending Pride; it includes voting and taking risks to protect us when it matters most. We’re furious with Westminster for blocking the bill. We know this has also been a nightmare for trans people’s mental health, and @LGBTQYRMU provided a non-exhaustive list of resources to support us through all of this: 

We were pleased to join Mandeep Rupra (@MRupra), @lawsruk, and @WinVisibleWomen for the @CitizensAdvice gender equity panel on 25th January! Where @itsshash talked about the gendered impact of the Cost of Living crisis. We’ve seen first-hand that the crisis has had a huge impact on trans, intersex, and nonbinary people - and especially on our trans, intersex, and nonbinary siblings of colour. One example was seen at @cardiffuni through their recent changes to the bursary for students from lower income households. Thankfully, they reversed their decision after students and staff fought back, but more change is needed: 

Here’s what’s coming up this month: 

@DyddiaDu are hosting ‘Neighbourhood,’ their first community exhibition which includes predominantly queer and/or neurodivergent artists. Find out more here: 

Want to join us in person? We have our monthly in-person meetup for TIN people in Cardiff happening this Saturday from 1-4PM. Message us for the location or meet us at Dyddiau Du on 20th February from 1-4PM! If you are in the Newport area, join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1-4PM! Contact us for the location. 

Our Big Splash event is back again! This event is funded in collaboration with Not a Phase and offers an exclusively trans space for us to swim and use a gym. If you’re interested and want to snag some tickets (free, or donation based!) shoot us a message!

Interested in joining Eisteddfod yr Urdd (@EisteddfodUrdd)? LGBTQ+ Welsh speakers and learners under age 25 are welcome to join at 6PM on 13th February. See more here: 

Finally, please join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month at @Museum_Cardiff for Hwyrnos: Queer on 17th February. We’ll have a big party to celebrate Cardiff’s LGBTQ community! Find more information here: 

Here are some reminders about resources:
The Queer Emporium have started a Queer Parents’ Morning! Watch their social media (@thequeeremporiu) for updates. 

Need help talking to your GP about accessing trans related healthcare? Check out Trans Informed here: 

As a reminder, our surgery pack applications are closed until we can catch up. We will announce when we re-open!