GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender diverse people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.
GIRES is a professionally managed membership charity supported by volunteers that, in collaboration with other groups in its field, hears, helps, empowers and gives a voice to trans and gender diverse individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families.
We use evidence from individuals’ lived experiences, combined with scientific research into gender identity development, to educate all those who are able to improve trans and gender diverse individuals’ wellbeing. We contribute to policy development regarding equality and human rights for individuals, especially in healthcare.
We also deliver training, e-learning and information to public and private sector organisations, including supporting trans and gender diverse employees or students.
Please download our leaflet, Information and support for trans, non-binary and non-gender people (PDF, 525KB), for a starting point of discovery.
Sexual Assault Support in Kent, Surrey and Sussex
25th April 2022
KSS (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) each have their own SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre). These centres offer confidential, specialist, medical and emotional support to anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted, or abused, regardless of when the assault happened.
Email your MP
7th April 2022
Volunteers for GIRES A Legacy of Kindness Project
6th April 2022
Volunteer and Get Free Oral History Training
Are you interested in queer history, storytelling, and archives? We are looking for volunteers to gather stories about the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) in May 2022. Volunteers will be interviewing a range of people who have been connected with GIRES from the 1990s to present. You will record these rich and vibrant stories to inform the archive, events and exhibition outputs. Before starting the interviews, we will give you free training to learn about effective interview techniques, ethics and using recording equipment.
Volunteer and Get Free Archives Training
Are you interested in queer history and archives? Do you love meeting new people? We are looking for volunteers to help document and deposit the collection of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) at Bishopsgate Institute. Volunteers will be working with digital and physical materials connected to the charity GIRES from the 1970s to present. The GIRES collection will help to inform events and exhibition and other project outputs for LGBT+ History Month 2022 and beyond.
An LGBT+ Sector As One: #BanConversionTherapy
5th April 2022
As a member of both the LGBT+ Consortium, and the Ban Conversion Therapy Alliance, we support wholeheartedly Stonewall’s decision to withdraw all support for this Summer’s UK Government-led Safe To Be Me conference. The UK Government’s plans to scrap legislation outlawing conversion practices were abhorrent. What made the situation worse was a quick U-turn that actively excluded our trans siblings, and we refuse to stand by and let this happen. Trans rights are human rights and we stand shoulder to shoulder with every trans organisation and every trans person on this matter. The UK Government’s own data shows that Trans people are more likely to be subjected to so-called conversion therapy, with data showing even higher risk for Black Trans people. A ban that excludes Trans people is unacceptable and we as an LGBT+ sector must have our voices heard on this matter and stand as one in solidarity.
GIRES welcomes the review by Dr Hilary Cass and broadly supports her findings. We look forward to continuing to support and help her inquiry to a final conclusion.
The Cass Review – Interim Report – Final (6195 KB)
Two important learning resources are now available on the experiences of trans and gender diverse young people and of their parents and carers. This material is based on research conducted by the University of Oxford and funded by the National Institute for Health Research:
These resources are dedicated to Terry Reed, a member of the project advisory group who sadly passed away before their completion. Terry and her husband, Bernard Reed, helped trans activists to set up GIRES in 1997 following their trans daughter’s successful industrial tribunal case against her former employer.
GIRES joins major LGBTQ+ organisations to spark international review of the EHRC
11th February 2022
Recent devastating public statements from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are not just a betrayal of LGBTQ+ people and a specific attack on trans people. They fundamentally undermine their core purpose of regulating, promoting and upholding human rights.
Recent revelations, if true, show that the EHRC is planning to restrict trans people’s long-established rights through draft guidance that limits trans people’s rights to spaces and services that match their gender.
Celebrating Infinitely Diverse Gender Expressions
A few of GIRES’ friends colleagues and supporters.