What we've been up to in April!
Published on May 6, 2022 by Keira Evans
Hello everyone! It was great to see so many of you at Swansea Pride last weekend! We wish our Muslim friends a late Ramadan Mubarak and our Jewish friends a late Pesach! Here's what we were up to in April:
Overall, we received £3,925 in donations throughout April! We have spent £1,599 of that on events, promotion and various grants throughout the month!
We started out the month by supporting a protest outside Cardiff Bay Police Station to raise issues of police racism, and pinkwashing. We partnered with Black Lives Matter Cardiff & Vale and Y Pantherod to call for abolishment of the police and emphasize the importance of solidarity within our community.
We shared and smashed Ashton's fundraiser within two days! We are so excited for his beard journey! We also helped Jess raise funds to cover their bills after losing their job. Please consider contributing to her fundraiser if you have a moment at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/k3uvv-help-jess-survive-the-month. If you are interested in applying for a grant, please check out this handy guide: https://transaid.cymru/how-to-apply-for-grants/. We distribute £30 grants on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Some of our members performed at the Queer Emporium for the first meeting of their event, You Are Invited where cultural identities of people of color were celebrated. Aiman gave great performance, and we are looking forward to the next event!
The Big Queer Picnic announced that they are returning this summer! We hope to see you on Saturday, 27th August from 1PM at Sophia Gardens. Please reach out to @BigQueerPicnic on Twitter if you would like to perform there as a single artist or part of a group.
On 11th April, we were ecstatic to be featured in Ruby (@Rube_Nyoron)'s documentary series about positivity in the Welsh trans community. You can check that out here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4TLzB57ilVlTqZq8rvtHvgKpSG_Ty0d3.
We joined a country-wide effort for a complete ban on conversion therapy with the Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition. On 26th April, we led a protest against conversion therapy outside the UK Government Hub. We had a huge turnout! We were pleased that MS Hannah Blythyn made a statement later in the day stating that Wales will protect everyone against conversion therapy, provide services for survivors of conversion therapy, and will do this despite what the UK government do as Westminster cannot be trusted to protect us.
We are still in need of volunteer cooks for our meal share scheme - we can reimburse you for ingredients. Please express interest through this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoAyyqgCjY7CoD-HdDeAMisatZcQYd5BQ3PwAb-kbxsKR8Ew/viewform.
Finally, we marched at Swansea Pride on 30th April! Even better, we marched with our friends from the Welsh Ballroom Community! This was our first Pride as Trans Aid Cymru!!! So many of you stopped by our stall that we ran out of stickers, leaflets, and badges! We also collected £65.77 in donations!
We have done so much this month, and we are excited to see what May brings. Thank you so much for your support, take care of each other!
Trans Aid Cymru