#StandWithMermaids Open Letter

This letter is now locked. Thank you everyone who signed it.        

Please also support this petition by Fox Fisher; https://www.change.org/p/a-court-justice-for-a-young-trans-girl-that-has-been-taken-from-her-mum-forced-to-live-as-a-boy/u/18296363

Recently in the media there have been a number of attacks on trans youth charity Mermaids, the most notable of which was in the Daily Mail.

We the undersigned stand with Mermaids, and recognise their years of support that they have given the trans community since 1995.

Stonewall said “Mermaids is a vital organisation that stands by the side of vulnerable young people and their parents, who are often unsure and uncertain of how to support their children.  Without Mermaids, many young trans people and their families would feel lost and unsure of the help that is available to them. We have the utmost respect for its staff who continue to work

tirelessly to ensure services are available for those that need it.”

We also condemn the way these attacks are being pushed forward, the media has specifically focused their attacks on women, whether it being the female CEO of Mermaids, or the Mothers who access their services. We therefore highlight this not only as a trans rights issue, but also as a feminist issue.

In summary, we support Mermaids, condemn the constant attacks on their reputation and support, condemn the attempts to discredit and undermine their work, and call for the Daily Mail to apologise.

Signed,

Individuals

Aimee Challenor,

Paris Lees,

Juno Roche,

Christine Burns MBE,

Maggie Chapman,

Amelia Womack,

Sian Berry AM,

Larry Sanders,

Christian Webb,

Osh Gantly,

Tara Hewitt,

Alice Reeves,

Lee-Anne Lawrance,

Kathryn Driscoll,

Jane Carnall,

Serafina Runacres

Elaine Gallagher,

Florence Scott,

Alexandra Devreux-Swift,

Alexander Catt,

Andrew Creak,

Emily Blyth,

Ronald Stewart,

Sophie Cook,

Kieron Merrett,

Gabriel Neil,

Stella Gardiner,

Megan Key,

Anna Crow,

Luke Armitage,

Jessica Ottowell,

Iris Willis,

Bethan Henshaw,

Ayla Holdom,

Natalie Washington,

Andy Forster,

Justine Smithies,

Chandler Wilson,

Jessica Speed,

Jennifer Anderson,

Rebecca White,

Lisa Severn,

Octavian Starr,

Jayne Atkinson,

Davina Morris,

Melanie Rhianna Lewis.

Joanne Elizabeth Mason,

Audrey Girard

Sarah Noble,

Matt Hawkins,

Helen Dale,

Ruth Donna Mills,

Sonia Katherine Mills,

Charley Hasted,

M. J. Symonds,

Izzi Johnson,

Nick Burr,

Hannah Graham,

Hannah Clare,

Claire Tine

Lauren Davies,

Stephanie Elliott Lowther
Sam Murray,

Sam Ashley Taylor,

Anja Komatar,

Irwin Wenzel,

Kate Hutchinson,

Molly Arthurs,

Abigail Maxwell,

Dr. Carol Steele,

Sam Hope,

Rob Noon,

Jo Thomas,

Tara Morris,

Paige Mickley,

Pip Williams,

Samantha Payne,

Fran Cowling,

Olivia Donoghue,

Kelly Chng,

Sophia Botha,

Debbie Hayton,

Michael Cope,

Robin Tester,

Anna-Jayne Metcalfe,

Sophie Kelly,

Helen Islan,

Sarah Brown,

Stephen Kalisky,

Susan Lewis,

Kenneth Bardsley,

Paige Reeves,

Amy Taylor,

Andreja Mclean,

Sam Parr
Chrissy Bassett

Jane Gosden

Adam Harmsworth

Caroline ‘Tula’ Cossey

Sahra Rae Taylor

Laura J. Allard.

Christine Danielle Anderson 

Sarah Lambert

Sam Goacher

Karen Pollock

Tara Stone

Thomas “Badger” Hill

Toyah Gemmill

Natacha Kennedy

Sharon Elliott

Peter Barnett

Jack Rudd,

Sandra Owsnett,

Christopher Napier,

Vicky-Jane Gooding,

Alexandra Denham

David Court

Faye Morrow

Michael Richards

Lizzie Harman

Amy Stubbs

Eola-Ystwyth Martinez

Michael Richards

Ludovic Foster

Ethan Parker

Louise Goldfinch,

Katie Jones,

Kate Rose,

Alexandra Day,

Annika Jacobs,

Anna Chivers,

Levi Darbyshire,

Elizabeth Kasprzyk,

E.Saxey,

Kara Goldfinch,

Sophie Bowden,

Katherine Newsome,

Rainbow Serina,

James Avery,

Olivia Thomas,

Valery North,

Lillian Jolicoeur,

Cass Hoskins,

Cohyn Hollamby,

Sam James,

Aby Hawker,

Sabrina Poole,

Lexi Charlotte Moth Kamen Turner,

Jacqueline Elisabeth Caren,

Suzi Rayner,

Farrah Herbert,

Kirsty Lewiis

Rachel Reese

Kate Adair

Amy Kingsmill
Sarah Currier

Malik Al Bahlani

Jinny Fisher

Rose Kirby

Laurie Atkinson

Lee Ponsonby

Mark Newman

Annie Wallace

Claire Brand

Nikita Parks

Matias Loikala

Andrea Cachia,

Mark James

Naomi Makin

Heidi Stewart

Mathew Wilkie

Christina dearlove

Emma Cuthbertson

Annette Pryce, NUT LGBT Executive Member

Emily Benita

Melanie Bartlett

Paula Williams

Polly Llwynfedwen

Hannah Marable

Jana Saout

Leia Smith

Russell Laverick

Rev. Iain Baxter

Harriette Smart

Catherine Burton

Shelley Stevens

Johannah Buchan

Harold Saxon

Delphine Bruch

Padmavyuha Greenleaf

Charity O’Brien

Ren Wednesday

Sue Caldwell

Elizabeth Rimmington

Fiona Dunn

AJ McKenna

Thia Jones

Neil Wilkson

Senga Minto

Abigail Austen

Helen Wright

Sarah Lambert

Alexandra Maureen Forshaw

Ashley James Hayhurst

Sebastian Hammani

Derek m walton.

Richard Smith

Alex Thomas

Jacquie Sutton

Katya Lee-Browne

Cheryl Morgan

Dr Lewis Turner

Pam C (Mermaids first Webmaster 1998-c2008).

Samir Jeraj

Melanie Klein

Sarah Lennox

Jett Nyx

Dan Chester

Vixx Thompson

Colette O’Connor

Danielle Wood

Sophie Wood

Melanie Menard

Cllr Anwen Muston

Lisa Power

Dee Stuart

Pam Crossland

Gail Nuttall

Claire McNab MBE

Sophie Green

Tom Redfern

Georgina Dean

Jenny Aster

Barbara Aster

Sarah Cope

Phil Fraser

Francis Hales

Amanda Briggs

Elizabeth Veldon

Helen Gilroy

Lisa Wooldridge

Faye Osborne

Kyle Chivers

Rhys Stenhouse

Izaak Booth

Betty Lowes

Josephine Shaw

Sandy Kershaw Brown

Rhys Owen

Lorrie Adams

Martha M Dunkley

Serana Storey

Matt Davis

David McFarlane, Community Journalist

Alexandra Thomas

Richard Peake

Paige Kimble

Dr Frederik Kaster

Tony Garwoood Lloyd

Amy McLachlan

Kerry Rush

Jess Fairbairn

Mahri-Claire Beere

Joe Levy

Eleanor Spenceley

Rachel Crawford

Pamela Gawler-Wright

Mandy-Jane Herring

Amy Louise Stanning

Willow Ebbs

Jez Higgins

Jessica Dalglish

Curtis Parfitt-Ford

Natasha Stephens

George Mouse (mousey George Mousetrap)

Branwen Munn

Lucy Amethyst Scott

Katherine O’Donnell

Freya Tilly Finch  

Jenny McCarthy

Lokrow

Ryan Combs

Megan z Faulker

Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE

Kerry Shaw
Joshua Slater-Williams

Lisa Egan

Catherine Butler

Martin Keane

Theresa Farrenson

Joni Singleton

Hazel Hon

Julia Mark

Sarah Tompkins

Violet York

Michelle Steele

Zair Ficinski,

Isobelle Gladstone

Adrian Blake Cove

Helen Walsh

Tex Carlin

Heather Paterson

Emily Besa

Bernd Ott

Stephanie Longden

Wyatt Loethen

Sophie Hobson

Isobelle Evelyn Gladstone

Kay Tart,

Mat Price

Jon Price

Lena Smith

Dr Alexandros N. Constansis

Oli Mordin

Caitlin Brennan

Alastair McGowan-Douglas

Monty Moncrieff

Ross Greer MSP

Iba Hart

Kat Andry

Jess Coal

Surat-Shaan Knan

Jed Bland

Caitlin Brennan

Laura Higgins

Nicky Downes,

Jamie McKay

Adam Castle

Kessia Thomas

Morna Christie

Michelle Brewer

Rebecca Ellenby

Charlotte Wright

Sarah O’Connell,

Emma Flynn

Francois Schaut

Alice Gordon

Kerr Thomson

Jenny Randles

Sue Stelfox

Elizabeth Kerrigan

Rikki Arundel

Sarah Hagger-Holt

Isabelle Clavering

Naomi Gessesse

Alice Hickford

Melissa Clifford

Gemma Dellbridge

Tadhg McMullan

Olivia Palmer

Alan Jackson

Adrian Tuddenham

Andy Ashe

Jimmy Russell

Juno Dawson

Laura Marshall

Anna Fenton

AB Silvera

Deepash Patel

Dominic Davies

Sandy Nicholson

Jenny Speirs

Apsi Witana

Emily Senft

Matthew Hodson

Kevin Crowe

Alexis Olivia Fogarty

Sean Quinn

Ian J Fincher

Robert Sivori

Katrina Swales

Joanna Nicholls

Chloe Goodchild

Jim McCauley

Liz Ridgway

Sally-Anne Beverley

Heidi Alford

Rebecca Higman

Danni Capelin

Dr Charlotte McCarroll

Mo McRoberts

Andrew James

Adriana Newsum

Victoria Gigante

Michelle O’Toole

Dr Christina Richards

Gaie Sebold

Nikki Smith

Ashleigh Talbot

Lucy Muir

Carolyn Mercer

Claire Beverly

Laura Atkin

Lisa Sumner

Paul Boyd

Sharon Wood

Helen Featherstone

Debbie Clements

Jon Wilcox

Jane Fenn

Jamie Angus

Anthony Hurford

Hilary Taylor

CN Lester

Rachael Neal,

Richard McKean

Alex Powell

Joshua Alston

Laura Stelfox

Roisin Caird

Jo Reid

Jayne Kennedy

Dan O’Connor

Kathryn Jarrett

baker

William Pinkney-Baird

Ieuan Hall

David Morgan

Victoria Macdonnell

Christine A Morgan

Benjamin Marriott

Phil Vabulas

Jayson Green

Sarah Armstrong

Connie Chapman

Leeze Lawrence

Amy Shimmin

Margo Broom

Michelle Ross

Vincent Turner

Alice Denny

Angela Green

Andy Law

Deirdre Henderson

Rachel Grant

Emma Baldry

Rob Sivori

Caitlin Hayward-Tapp

Emma-Louise Irving

Elbie Forde

Kate Elliott

Emily Baker

Rebekah Fortune

Hollie Caddock
Kier Sparey

Stephanie Maycock

Aimee Joesbury

John Adams

Molly Scott Cato MEP

Caroline Russell AM

Toni Tingle

Anjeli Patel

Milton Sattler

Claire Tine

Saliou Tine

Phoebe Bridges

Karen Hill

Barbara Cox

Kurt Mayor

Gary Dunion

Pamela Spevack

Bjørn Myrland

Daniel Browne

Phillip Dowler

Andrea Brock

Kirstie Storrie (Ernst and Young)

Fernando Irigoyen (EY)

Baloo Challenor

Organisations:

Unique Transgender Network

TransForum Manchester

Transfigurations,

Wipe Out Transphobia,

LGBTIQA+ Greens,

Young Greens of England and Wales,

Young Greens LGBTIQA+ Liberation Committee

LGBT Labour,

LGBT Humanists,

Trans Pride North

Be:Trans

Trans Pride South West

Sparkle - The National Transgender Charity

trans-staffordshire

Global Butterflies

Free Pride

Myumbrella.org.uk

National Trans Youth Network

Non-Binary South West

Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF)

Transgender Employment Advisory Service

London Trans Diversity

Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association

Space Youth Project

Proud2Be

London Friend

UK Trans Info

Nonbinary Inclusion Project

Specific Detriment

The Gender Speaker

Grampian Tfolk
Pink Therapy

The UK Angels

Action for Trans Health

Lancashire LGBT

Visible LBGT

cliniQ sexual health and wellbeing services

University of West London LGBTQ+ Society

Distinction

Cleveland Transgender Association

Coventry Pride        

Warwickshire Pride