Gender Matters is a registered Charity with funding from the National Lottery, Comic Relief and the Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation. They provide a comprehensive programme of practical support, counselling, advice and information for anyone with questions or problems concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues.
Sterex was referred to Genders Matters through GIRES (the largest charitable trust for the TG community in the UK) 3 years ago when they launched their TG electrolysis course. From the very initial meeting their support and help in delivering the, first of its kind, specialised electrolysis Transgender course has been invaluable.
Elaine Stoddart Sterex Director of Education said “The guest speakers from Gender Matters who attend our courses offer real insight into the Transgendered clients’ ‘journey’ and give our delegates a depth of understanding and compassion that they could not hope to achieve otherwise”. Sterex were delighted to be invited along to the Gender Matters 9th Anniversary, Summer Party 2012, at Linden House in Wolverhampton.
The evening was attended by many from the transgendered community as well as guests and representatives from the various sponsors of the evening. Phil Oldershaw, entrepreneur, journalist, TV and Radio presenter and founder of Birmingham Gay Pride was the MC for the evening. Phil has worked with many known names within the television and music industry, including Graham Norton, James Martin, Gordon Ramsey, Jamelia, Michelle Collins, Take That, Colin and Justin, Holly Valance & Sir Ian McKellen. Gender Matters were thrilled that Phil had taken time from his busy schedule to support the evening. The entertainment was provided by special appearances and performances from Chrissie Edkins trans singer/ celeb/ model and comedian and entertainer Nick Jarvis who performed some of his poetry material.
The attendees were welcomed by Jenny Williams, Chair of Gender Matters who gave an inspiring and amusing opening address to the evening. Jenny thanked everyone for their kind donations for the raffle and invited Elaine from Sterex to announce that the Directors of Sterex had agreed to donate not only a place on their VTCT Electrolysis Qualification course, but also a top of the range SXB Blend epilator, so that the recipient could be trained as a qualified electrologist and give something back to the transgender community. This award worth £2k is given from Laurie and Doug Cartmell as a mark of their appreciation and support for all at Gender Matters and they hope that it will offer an unparalleled opportunity for the charity to benefit their members.
A trans woman will have a typical male facial hair pattern and strong, deep- rooted hair. A large amount of treatment will almost inevitably be required, many hundreds of hours spread over a 2-3 year period, is not unusual. Re-growth may be strong and rapid, necessitating a relatively large amount of treatment per week to make any progress: 4 hours per week possibly, of which half might be spent
on re-growth in the early stages. Now the charity will have their own electrologist trained to help their own members within the community to be able to offer this service - an amazing opportunity.