A new group for trans people in Eastbourne has been launched.
Eastbourne Neighbourhood Police joined MP Stephen Lloyd, members of the Terrence Higgins Trust and representatives from transgender groups in Hastings and Brighton to celebrate the launch of Papilio, and donated a £200 cheque to the organisation.
The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) made up of money received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
Co-ordinator Ann Boniface said, “We found that individuals were having to travel all the way over to Hastings and Brighton to attend a social drop in. Papilio was therefore set up to increase individuals’ social networks and to provide a safe place where they are not alone and where they feel supported. I am delighted that Sussex Police have made this generous donation to help develop the services we are providing.”
Tiffany, a transsexual from Eastbourne, said, “This new transgender group is vital in Eastbourne. The transgender community can be very shy and lack confidence in coming forward. The opportunity to meet and socialise with other like minded people in the town will be welcomed by them.”
Stephen Lloyd said, “I was privileged to be at the launch of Papilio. I wholly appreciate the challenges and abuse that some transgender people receive. The formation of this group shows the possibilities and is a tribute to the tolerance of our wonderful town.”
Papilio meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm at a central location in Eastbourne. There are changing facilities available. The meetings are informal, over tea, coffee and biscuits with the aim of making new friends and contacts. Carers and family members are also welcome to come along. For details contact Ann in confidence on 430203.