Trans* Jersey is a voluntary not-for-profit group formed: to provide support to transgender, transsexual, androgynous, genderqueer, bigender and intersex Jersey residents; to provide information to cisgender islanders, such as employers, healthcare professionals and teachers, who are dealing with individuals who are undergoing, or thinking about undergoing, gender transition; and, to work to ensure that the States of Jersey’s legislation and government policies that directly affect the trans* community are appropriate and fit for purpose.
The transgender population in Jersey is very small. It is estimated that about 2-5% of any given population suffers from some degree of gender dysphoria and, of them, only 1 in 12,000 natal males and 1 in 34,000 natal females will transition, although these numbers are increasing. This equates to a population in Jersey of about 2,000 to 5,000 people who might consider themselves androgynous, genderqueer or bigender and only a handful of transgender people (i.e. those who have undergone, are undergoing, gender reassignment).
Anyone wishing to transition has to go to the UK for the specialist treatment required. Trans* Jersey seeks to bridge that gap by providing Jersey healthcare professionals with a resource they can use to assist their patients through transitioning and providing trans* islanders with information to manage their transition. On this site you will find information about the process of transitioning in Jersey, explanation of the law in Jersey as it relates to gender reassignment, resources detailing the medical processes transmen and transwomen can expect to go through in order to transition, links to organisations that can offer assistance with transitioning and facts about living as a trans* person in the island.
Trans* Jersey is not run by health professionals. We are a group of trans* men and women who have already gone through what you are going through and all we offer here is our shared experience. If you are in any doubt about any aspect of your transition, you should always seek medical advice.
Because of the size of the population affected by trans* issues, there is very little support on the island for trans* individuals. Before Trans* Jersey existed, Jersey’s trans* population had no means to come together to share ideas about measures that directly affected them. Now, as well as providing support for our community, Trans* Jersey is a way for us to get together online, through a blog, email and Twitter, to discuss issues that are important to us, like the States’ consultation paper on the next phase of the anti-discrimination law. The consultation is the first issue that Trans* Jersey is tackling but there are likely to be more coming up. The UK is currently undertaking a review of its Equality Act and Gender Recognition Act in response to trans* organisations in the UK who have found a number of problems with the existing legislation.
We are happy to stand corrected. If you notice anything on this site that we can improve or that is inaccurate, please let us know. We would appreciate hearing from you.
What else could we choose but a crapaud? This is Amié(e), the trans* crapaud, and like lots of trans* people taking their first steps on their journey towards a new life ze is leaping into the unknown.
We wanted something unisex for our frog and Aimé(e) is a name given to both boys and girls in France. But aimé also means ‘friend’, when used as a noun, or ‘to love’, when used as a verb, in French. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate name as we hope that, as Trans* Jersey grows, you will come to look on us as a friend who loves you for who you are.
Frogs are also transforming creatures in myths and fairy tales. With true love, symbolised by a kiss, a frog can become a prince/ss. And isn’t that the case for trans* people? Through the love and support of those around us, we can become the person we always knew we were.
You will also notice that Aimé(e) has the pink, blue and white colours of the trans* pride flag, but that she is neither pink nor blue. This is a reminder that gender is fluid. We all have a little pink mixed in with our blue or blue with our pink. It’s just that trans* people have more of a mixture than most!
Trans* Jersey now has a regular group meeting for trans* islanders. There is lots of medical evidence that says that trans* individuals do better when they have a support group around them.
The group is being facilitated by Hugo Forrester of Trans* Jersey. Hugo has facilitated a trans peer support group in Guernsey for the last 3 years and is now living in Jersey. The group is intended to be a confidential, safe, friendly and informal space for all people under the queer/trans umbrella, at any stage of exploration or transition, to meet and talk. We aren’t open at the moment to partners or parents of trans/non-binary people, but this may be something we do in the future.
If you are worried about coming to a group like this because you won’t know anyone or you are not sure you will be brave enough to talk, we can reassure you that the group is very relaxed and informal. It’s not counselling so we don’t sit around in a circle and say “I’m … and I’ve been non-binary for 3 years” etc! You can say as much or as little as you would like to, when you are ready to do so.
If you would be interested in getting together for a chat on a monthly basis, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
ALL COMMUNICATION IS TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MAY BE NOT BE OUT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY OR YOU MAY PREFER TO BE STEALTH.