At Tropic we aim to empower everyone.
That’s why it should come as no surprise that we believe in empowering all members of the LGBTQ+ community, including the transgender community. Activists Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson were two trans women, who could no longer accept being treated as criminals by police and society. They were activists around the time the trans community fought back against a routine police raid on an underground gay bar - The Stonewall Inn - and were instrumental in helping to spark the Stonewall riots in 1969. The trans community have been at the forefront of the gay and LGBTQ+ rights movement since its modern inception.
Pride Celebrations at Tropic HQ 2019
What does it mean to be transgender
A transgender person is someone who doesn’t identify with the sex/ gender they were assigned at birth. Sometimes, transgender people feel distressed because of this. Many transgender people say that they felt this way from a young age. Some transgender people may choose to transition, which usually involves socially transitioning, by coming out to friends and family, changing one’s name and pronouns (common pronouns include he/him, she/her and they/them) and changing how they present through clothing and behaviour. Transgender people may also undergo a medical transition to feel affirmed in their gender identity.
Despite it being 51 years since the Stonewall Riots, and the introduction of law in the UK that works to protect trans individuals, they still face significant barriers, daily discrimination and abuse simply for being who they are.
Younger trans adults are at greatest risk of experiencing discrimination: 53% of trans people aged 18 to 24 have been subjected to hate crime based on their gender identity in the last 12 months, and one in seven trans people aren’t open about their gender identity to anyone in their family.*
We are all human and everyone deserves the freedom and confidence to be who they are, free from isolation and discrimination. We believe that trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary are non-binary. That’s why we are proud to share that we are supporting British children’s charity and advocacy organisation, Mermaids. We want to look at ways we can help those who need their vital services and to support them in their choices.
What do mermaids do?
Mermaids has been around for over 25 years helping trans and gender-diverse children. Starting with a small group of concerned parents sitting around the kitchen table, they have been coming together to share experiences, find answers and look for ways to keep these children safe and happy. Their approach is to help families face the challenges ahead, confident that they are understood and never alone, which is something the Tropic family wholeheartedly stand by.
Mermaids now provides a helpline available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, online forums for parents and young people, webchat, in person meet-ups and residentials. They also offer training and legal support and undertake policy and advocacy work across government and with human rights and equalities organisations
From a recent 2018 government review, 70% of respondents supported improving the lives of trans people, despite a drive from anti-trans lobbyists to skew the consultation. We want to get that number to 100%. Trans people, like all of us, want to get on with their lives in safety and in peace.
If you’d like to see the incredible work Mermaids do, visit their website here
The Mermaids helpline is open Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm on 0808 801 0400
If you'd like to learn more about the experience of transgender individuals, check out this video
You can learn more about different terms related to transgender identities on Mermaids Glossary Page
*LGBT in Britain - Trans Report: Stonewall
Tropic are donating 10% of all profits from their Body Love to Mermaids (registered charity number: 1160575) from 1st June to July 31st 2020.