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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The Day represents a major global annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, corporations, opinion leaders, local authorities, etc. to the alarming situation faced by people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.

May 17 is now celebrated in more than 130 countries, including 37 where same-sex acts are illegal. Thousands of initiatives, big and small, are reported throughout the planet.

The International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia has received official recognition from several States, international institutions such as the European Parliament, and by countless local authorities. Most United Nations agencies also mark the Day with specific events.

Although LGBTQIA+ human rights have improved in some countries the equality rights and injustice still exist and there is still imprisonment and death sentences in many countries around the world for being part of the LGBTQIA+ community. The TRans & Non-binary community are at the forfront of chalenges to their human & equality rights here in the UK and in the USA, with access to medical treatment being removed or restricted, support and equality rights being challenged in court with the aim of rolling back rights held for over a decade.

We stand with the LGBTQIA+ community in their fight for human and equality rights to bring equity to access services and remove the barriers the community face.

Take a few seconds to say that you care

Today more than ever it is important that “Together, we Resist, Support, and Heal”

MPR This Weeks Blog

DJ Drawing

So I am supposed to be writing this week’s blog…..

DJ desk

I am not doing it, in a doing it kinda way!

I’m listening to the Friday Night Dance Show, making a cup of tea, replying to emails, and trying to buy 50 pairs of knickers with the Medway Pride Radio Logo printed on them (Hey don’t judge it’s for a publicity stunt). What I am not doing is writing a blog.

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week next week, I should probably write about that. But I think I am in tip top mental health, so what can I add to the discourse? Maybe I should start with that. My friend Andrew (yes him off the Sunday Jazz show) tells this story of a guy who after being shot in the head ended up with a metal plate in his head. While recovering in hospital, and on a ward full of people with head injuries he had a stunning idea. He told everyone on the ward, and everyone agreed it was the most amazing idea. Then someone for the back of the ward added a simple caveat ‘of course you might want to ask someone who doesn’t have brain damage if it is a good idea’.

Yeah.

It is sort of funny. However, I retell it to make a point, while I think I am in tip top mental health, could I really be sure if I was not?

But read the statistics, people are suffering often in silence. Admitting we have a problem is hard, asking for help takes a lot of bravery. I have another friend who saw combat in Afghanistan in December 2001, he charged in without a thought. It took him four years to ask for help with his mental health.

Maybe because we trivialise it, we don’t even know we do it most of the time, I use words like nuts, fruitcake, headcase all the time. A friend sent me a video yesterday with a message saying ‘heard this thought of you’ it was Sofi Tucker’s track Batshit. I laughed, I think it was because of the shoes in the video, or maybe she thinks I’m nuts (there I go again).

Do we need to moderate our langue? I personally don’t think so. We all have health, the state our body is in, so it seems obvious we all have mental health, the state of our mind.

Statistically, in your circle of friends there is someone right now struggling. Maybe just take that extra minute to ask how folks are, maybe make yourself a little more accessible or even mention your own mental health. Talking about it might allow someone to speak up, and reach out to a friend if you are struggling.

My Messages are always open. I try to reply to all emails and am in the stations chat room when my shows are on……You know where to find me when you are ready to talk.

Right, apparently someone can indeed print me 50 pairs of knickers for a publicity stunt, but they think I might have issues……

MVA – National Volunteers Week 2021

For National Volunteers Week 2021 MVA are inviting all local Volunteers and Voluntary and Community Groups and Organisations to contribute to 

Medway’s Volunteers Giant Jigsaw that will be on public display during Volunteers Week.

We think this is a great way to demonstrate how important and valued each and every one of Medway’s Volunteers and VCS Organisations are.  We would love for you and your Volunteers to take part so I have taken the liberty of sending you all of the attached information below:

Volunteer Giant Jigsaw & Video

  • The Instruction Pack for doing your Jigsaw Piece & Video
  • The Media Release Agreement Form to give us permission to use your items

In the Jigsaw & Video Instruction Pack you will find:

  • Notes on filling in your Jigsaw Piece
  • The Jigsaw Piece templates for you to choose one from
  • Note on doing your Video
  • Contacts & Instruction’s on returning the items back to us

The deadline for all Jigsaw Pieces and short Videos is by 12pm on Wednesday the 19th of May so we can make sure everything we receive back is included in the Giant Jigsaw and our Volunteers Week Video.

Volunteers Week Resource Pack

In the pack you will find:

  • Activity & Event Ideas To Get You Inspired
  • Thanking Your Volunteers
  • Tips On Running Virtual Events
  • Using Social Media To Promote Your Activities
  • Staying Connected
  • Event Promotional Resources
  • Local Press & Local Public Figure Resource
  • Covid Guidance Links

We would really appreciate you sending the Jigsaw & Video information to your Volunteers and for you to encourage them to get involved.  We are looking to support as many Volunteers in Medway to get involved so we can help recognise and celebrate as many as possible.

We would love for you to share your Volunteers Week plans, photos and stories with us.  If you send them to use we would be delighted to share these on or social media platforms for you as well.

Medway Volunteers Giant Jigsaw & Video Guidance Notes

Doing Your Jigsaw Piece


• There are 5 A4 sized jigsaw piece template designs for you to choose one from in this pack.
• When doing your jigsaw piece you must keep within the black jigsaw piece template lines, as everything outside
of the black line will be erased when it goes to print.
• When adding any photos/images it is best to keep them as central as possible, so we can see them better, as the
overall effect of the final design will be of ‘scattered’ jigsaw pieces.
• You can either complete your jigsaw piece by hand or you can do it direct on your computer.
• On the next page we have included a completed jigsaw piece for you as an example.

Sending Your Jigsaw Piece In To Us Is Easy

There are 2 ways that you can send your finished jigsaw piece in to us:
• On email as a JPEG, PNG or PDF file attachment if you have done it on a computer. If you need any advice on how
to do this please contact us on volunteering@mva.org.uk.
• By post if you have done it by hand to MVA, 5a New Road Avenue, Chatham, ME4 6BB. Please make sure that you
send it in an A4 envelope to maintain the integrity of the image.
Deadline
The deadline for ALL jigsaw pieces and videos to be returned to us, to ensure that they go on public display during
Volunteers Week, is by 12pm on Wednesday the 19th of May at the absolute latest. This is so we can meet printing
and media deadlines.

Accessibility

If anyone needs a copy of any of these notes in a different format, such as in large print, please contact us on
volunteering@mva.org.uk.
We want as many Volunteers in Medway as possible to be able to take part so if you are unable to do your own
jigsaw piece or video please get in touch so we can help. If you have any other questions please get in touch
with us on volunteering@mva.org.uk or give us a call on 01634 812 850

Guidance Notes For Your Video
Doing Your Video

• When doing your video please ensure that it is between 15 and 20 second long maximum. We appreciate this is short, however we have a lot of wonderful Volunteers in Medway that will be taking part and all of the video clips will be compiled together into one video.
• You can take the video on your smartphone or on your laptop or PC. If you need any help on how to do this please get in touch on the email below and we can help you.
• Please only include yourself on the video for 2 reasons 1) We want this to be you and 2) When you sign and return the media release agreement form to us this only gives up permission to use your information.
• What we need to hear from you on your video in your 15 seconds:
“Hello, my name is and I am part of Medway’s Volunteer Jigsaw because I volunteer with , which
helps me to _ (e.g. learn new skills, feel more connected to my community, feel good about helping
people)”

Sending Your Video In To Us Is Easy

• Please send your video to us on email using volunteering@mva.org.uk. If you find that the size of your video is to large to send on email please get in touch with us and we can provide help on doing this.
.Remember:
We want as many Volunteers in Medway as possible to be able to take part so if you are unable to do your own jigsaw piece or video please get in touch so we can help. If you have any other questions please get in touch with us on volunteering@mva.org.uk or give us a call on 01634 812 850.

Media Release Agreement Form

On the email sent with these notes you will find attached the Media Release Agreement
Form. This form gives us your permission to use your photos, images and videos for
promotional purposes. Please note we cannot display and use your jigsaw pieces and videos without this form
being completed, signed and returned to us alongside your items. Please contacts us if
you have any questions about this

MPR Inteviews On Shea’s Sunday Sessions

Doing this gig is a privilege and I never forget that, but some weeks it is beyond a privilege. This has been one of those weeks, I got to interview some of my musical heroes, Ryan for the funk band Scary Pockets and Drew and Big Al from The Hot 8 Brass Band. To say I was over excited would be, well an understatement of the highest order.

Chatting to Big Al and Drew we did the whole bonding thing over music, our love of the funk, soul, jazz sound the New Orleans typifies. We laughed at shared experience of when I lived in New York and the weather, and generally got on amazingly well.

So, I asked a difficult question, I knew I was chancing my arm….

‘Derek Chauvin was convicted today; did you want to share your thoughts on what is going on in America?’

I probably should back up and explain:

In 2004, Hot 8 Brass Band Trombone player Joseph Williams was shot dead by police in controversial circumstances. According to a local news source:

According to New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) accounts, officers were stopping 22-year-old trombonist Joe Williams for driving an allegedly stolen vehicle when Williams slammed the white Ford F-150 into reverse, accelerating into an NOPD squad car and officer. His actions, says Deputy Superintendent Marlin Defillo, caused officers to fear for their lives and thus open fire, killing Williams.

The same source reported that several eyewitnesses say that police shot Williams while he was unarmed and his hands were in the air.

So, these guys have, as a band first-hand experience of the issue, before it was a global media issue.

Let’s hear that questions again…..

‘Derek Chauvin was convicted today; did you want to share your thoughts on what is going on in America?’

Immediately there was, despite our bonding, total mistrust in their eyes. What was I after? Was I just about to stitch them up? I’ve had it before in interviews when I have asked difficult questions but never so palpable. I think it was Drew who spoke first, slowly and carefully. I let them speak, I had asked a question and while it was possibly clumsy, I wanted to hear the answer.

As I did not interrupt or tell them they were wrong, or worse still try to tell them that ‘all lives matter’. They warmed back up. They were eloquent, they were genuine, and they taught me.

However, when the interview was over these Grammy nominated guys thanked me for using my voice to stand with them and amplify what needs to be heard. Why? Because as a white person my voice is louder. I am, as you know trans and part of one of the most denigrated groups on the planet.

But to them I am privileged. I know the media want to make it sound like privilege is not an actual thing, but when one minority thanks another for using its voice it makes you think.

Maybe we all carry some privilege, maybe we should embrace it and speak where we can on behalf of voices that don’t carry that far.

We should all value free speech, but remember that if speech is free, listening is even cheaper, and we can all learn from others real life experience.

I want to thank Drew and Big Al for being everything a fan of the Band would want them to be.

Check them out at 9pm on the Sunday Sessions, and don’t forget Ryan from the Scary Pockets will be on the Funk and Soul show at 7pm

MPR Charity Auction in aid of Wisdom Hospice Rochester

The Auction Raised £419.50

Medway Pride Radio joined forces with The Friends of Wisdom Hospice to raise funds for The Wisdom Hospice Rochester. We ran an Online Auction from 15/03/2021 to 6pm on Good Friday 2nd April.

Auction advert

The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice is a Charity dedicated to supporting the work of the Wisdom Hospice, providing specialised end of life care and support to the communities of Medway and Swale. Hospice care is not just for the patient but also supporting their families, friends and carers whether at home, in the hospice or hospital.  It’s all about the patients and helping the hospice team to care for them and their families.

We will be contacting those who won the bidding to let them know how to pay for the items and receive them.

MPR 03/04/2021

International Transgender Day Of Visability TDOV

Medway Pride Radio is supporting TDOV though our visability and programing today 31st March 2021.

Why you may ask is TDOV important?

The International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV) is celebrated on March 31 every year. It was founded in 2009 by Rachel Crandall, a licensed psychotherapist specializing in transgender issues. The purpose of TDoV is to recognize the accomplishments of transgender and gender non-conforming people as well as bring attention to their continued struggles. It is an important day for the LGBTQ+ community as a whole and the transgender community in particular.

Members of marginalized groups often have limited exposure to successful people that look like them, be it real-world examples or visibility in the media The transgender community is no exception to that rule.

Their visibility in the media is not only minimal but often used to ridicule and missrepresent the community. Over the past 3 years mainstream media has used Trans people, and Trans Women in particular to drive a push back on Trans peoples equality rights and healthcare for young trans people. Taking out court actions against organisations that are supporting the equality rights of trans people or those providing support to them.

From the stories published in mainstream media you would think that Trans people were all powerful, able to quash the voices of the majority of people and demand health care provision to help reduce gender dysphoria and have treatment provided imediately the next day, Forcing children though a conveyor where they are plied with drugs to change their gender without chance to consider their futures.

The reality is very different!

The reality for Trans people of any age today is living in a society where the media is seen as a toxic force with a government that is not taking action to support trans people and where small but organised groups are using the Trans community as a wedge issue to push back on LGBTQIA+ and womens equality rights.

The reality is if you are a young person in need of support to discuss their gender identity with parents, wider family, friends and peers, you are made to feel ashamed and guilty for being you.

If you are lucky and have a supportive family and you find a supportive GP you will be refered to Child & Adolecent Mental Health Services and then onto the Gender Identity Development Service. Through this pathway, your placed on waiting lists, to have your first assesment with a gender specialist / psychologist, which can take up to 3 years, and that is for the first appointment to discuss your gender identity not to receive medical treatment, this is only available after many assesments by child & adolecent pyscologists and gender specialist. It certainly dose not fit the image of a conveyor belt pushing young people though a process to quickly.

If you are an adult and find the courage to discuss your gender identity with family and friends and found the support to ask your GP for help you will come across barriers to access treatment, your GP may not feel able to treat you, if they do refer you to the adult NHS gender service you will find yourself on a 3 to 4 year waiting list for a first apointment. and once you manage to navigate to the appointment you will need to progress through a process that can take another 3 to 5 years to complete your journey. A decade of you life on waiting lists while dealing with life in what can appear to be an hostile environmentn.

The majority are supportive!

When you find the courage and support to be yourself, you will be supprised to find out the the majority of people are supportive of the community. The majority are busy living their own lives and are not bothered about the concerns about which toilet people use, or what services they can access. They may not totally understand why trans people are trans but they are not transphobic.

This is why TDOV is important today. It gives members of the Trans community and others a chance to see that you can live, be happy and be successful and a Trans person. It gives Allies a chance to show their support for the community and all this helps those who may need support to not be scared, to find an organisation that can support them, and take that first step to live as their true selves.

To the Trans community I say, I see you, I stand with you, I will support you.

To our Allies I say be visable, be vocal in your support, help educate your friends and work mates.

To everyone, take the time to find out more about communities from the communities, talk to them and avoid those who spread hate and conspiracies theories

Hilary Cooke

CEO Medway Gender & Sexual DIversity Centre

Chair Medway Pride

MPR Auction Item MPR013

MPR Charity Auction in aid of Wisdom Hospice Rochester

ITEM ID – MPR013

The Vinyl Detective – Written in Dead Wax – Signed by Author

(Vinyl Detective 1) (Vinyl Detective Mysteries): A Vinyl Detective Mystery

Synopsis

He is a record collector – a connoisseur of vinyl, hunting out rare and elusive LPs. His business card describes him as the “Vinyl Detective” and some people take this more literally than others. Like the beautiful, mysterious woman who wants to pay him a large sum of money to find a priceless lost recording on behalf of an extremely wealthy, yet shadowy, client. So begins a painful and dangerous odyssey in search of the rarest jazz record of them all…

Andrew Cartmel is a British author and journalist. He was the script editor of Doctor Who during the Sylvester McCoy era of the show between 1987 and 1989. He has also worked as a script editor on other television series, as a magazine editor, as a comics writer, as a film studies lecturer. He is also a presenter for Medway Pride Radio on his weeky program The Jazz Lounge.

Andrew Cartmel began his professional career as script editor of Doctor Who for BBC television. These days he is a playwright and author of the Vinyl Detective series of crime novels. He lives in London with too many records and just enough cats. The Jazz Lounge is a celebration of his love of jazz music, its influences and offshoots, where it’s coming from and where it’s going.

How to Bid for an Item

Medway Pride Radio have organised this Auction with (FOWH) the Friends of Wisdom Hospice with donations of items from the community. We ask you to help support the FOWH by bidding for the items shown in the posts below. A lot of these items are unique, in that they have been signed by the authors, players, artists and are therefore collectable with a value above the norm.

You can click on each post to see futher details of the items in the auction and then you will have options to place your bid

  • You can place a post in the comments box at the bottom if the page displaying the item.
  • You can click through to the facebook page post and bid there in the post comments on Facebook
  • You can click through to the Twitter post and place your bid in the Twitter replies to the auction item.

In each case please quote the

1) Auction Item Number (MPR013)

2) Your bid amount in UK Pounds,

3) Your contact information allows us to reach you, via an email address, or account names for facebook / messenger or Twitter message.

We will contact the person with the valid maximum bid and ask them to pay the bid amount with the item reference (MPR013) to the Friends of Wisdom Hospice via their web site donations pages. Once the payment has been recived we will arange for the item to be sent to the person with the winning bid.

MPR Auction Item MPR012

MPR Charity Auction in aid of Wisdom Hospice Rochester

ITEM ID – MPR012

Title of painting is ‘Mountain Blue Green’

Including frame this artwork measures 106cm by 76cm

The Artist is Matthew kvasnik

Matthew is renowned for his video projections, paintings, animations, and music. You can meet him projecting at live events, or at exhibitions of his paintings.

“I make videos and animations, and do projection mapping at live events and clubs. I work in many disciplines, from filming performers to editing, drawing and animating stories, and helping to design shows and productions”.

Examples of Matthew’s work can be found on thier website 

https://www.instagram.com/matthewkvasnik/?hl=en-gb

http://www.kvasnik.cz/

How to Bid for an Item

Medway Pride Radio have organised this Auction with (FOWH) the Friends of Wisdom Hospice with donations of items from the community. We ask you to help support the FOWH by bidding for the items shown in the posts below. A lot of these items are unique, in that they have been signed by the authors, players, artists and are therefore collectable with a value above the norm.

You can click on each post to see futher details of the items in the auction and then you will have options to place your bid

  • You can place a post in the comments box at the bottom if the page displaying the item.
  • You can click through to the facebook page post and bid there in the post comments on Facebook
  • You can click through to the Twitter post and place your bid in the Twitter replies to the auction item.

In each case please quote the

1) Auction Item Number (MPR012)

2) Your bid amount in UK Pounds,

3) Your contact information allows us to reach you, via an email address, or account names for facebook / messenger or Twitter message.

We will contact the person with the valid maximum bid and ask them to pay the bid amount with the item reference (MPR012) to the Friends of Wisdom Hospice via their web site donations pages. Once the payment has been recived we will arange for the item to be sent to the person with the winning bid.

MPR Friday blog 26/03/21

Wednesday 31 March is Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV).

It’s a day at the station we are keen to mark as, in the struggle for trans rights, visibility has become all important. Now it is important to note that not all transgender people can be visible, there are many reasons such as work, family, etc that it is not possible to come out, and even for those of us who are out, visibility can often be a scary thing.

This week I was invited to help my childhood club AFC Wimbledon with their new initiative to show the range of diversity their fans represent. I jumped at the chance to help for several reasons not least of which was the chance to have a nose around the brand new stadium at Plough Lane.

I’m not going to lie I was terrified, dysphoria always seems to grip at just the wrong time, but the club staff especially Mandy and Jane could not have been kinder, and yes I got to have a guided snoop around. Being a brand new stadium it has been built with many things in mind including a  family area and access with specialist bath rooms for those who need extra room or whose needs might normally prevent them from something that we take as simple such as watching a sporting event.

The club have really thought about making sure everyone can be included in watching AFC scrap to stay out of the relegation zone (lots of finger crossing in the coming weeks), and that is what I, and others were there to do, celebrate the wonderful diversity that there is.

On the drive home with TDOV a week away I could not help but think that the positive change whether it is in language or practical like making sure you allow for access for everyone starts with visibility, it doesn’t need to be everyone just a few and that can be enough to start changes. So to those celebrating TDOV whether visible of not, we know you are there, you are valued, and tune in on the 31st for some messages from or friends and allies.

Shea

MPR Auction Item MPR011

MPR Charity Auction in aid of Wisdom Hospice Rochester

ITEM ID – MPR011

Gillingham FC Signed by the Team Match Shirt

Gillinham FC Match Shirt Signed by members of the team, with MHS Homes Group Sponsor Logo

The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice is a Charity dedicated to supporting the work of the Wisdom Hospice, providing specialised end of life care and support to the communities of Medway and Swale. Hospice care is not just for the patient but also supporting their families, friends and carers whether at home, in the hospice or hospital.  It’s all about the patients and helping the hospice team to care for them and their families.

With your help, The Friends will be able to continue supporting The Wisdom Hospice and ensure that those facing life-limiting illness get the help they so desperately need.  We need to raise more than £2,750 a day towards The Wisdom Hospice’s running costs.  Whilst the hospice is partly funded by the NHS, with every new day we are facing increasing pressure to achieve these targets.

“We are so grateful to Hilary, Shea and the team at Medway Pride Radio for their support. The money raised from the charity auction will certainly help bring comfort to many people at a difficult time in their lives. Thank you for your bids” Martyn Reeves Friends’ CEO

Web link to our donate page – https://fowh.org.uk/donate/

Web link to our website – https://fowh.org.uk/

How to Bid for an Item

Medway Pride Radio have organised this Auction with (FOWH) the Friends of Wisdom Hospice with donations of items from the community. We ask you to help support the FOWH by bidding for the items shown in the posts below. A lot of these items are unique, in that they have been signed by the authors, players, artists and are therefore collectable with a value above the norm.

You can click on each post to see futher details of the items in the auction and then you will have options to place your bid

  • You can place a post in the comments box at the bottom if the page displaying the item.
  • You can click through to the facebook page post and bid there in the post comments on Facebook
  • You can click through to the Twitter post and place your bid in the Twitter replies to the auction item.

In each case please quote the

1) Auction Item Number (MPR011)

2) Your bid amount in UK Pounds,

3) Your contact information allows us to reach you, via an email address, or account names for facebook / messenger or Twitter message.

We will contact the person with the valid maximum bid and ask them to pay the bid amount with the item reference (MPR011) to the Friends of Wisdom Hospice via their web site donations pages. Once the payment has been recived we will arange for the item to be sent to the person with the winning bid.