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Gender Identity Conference - PRESS RELEASE

15th February 2016

Conference to educate health professionals on youth gender issues

Local LGBT charity, The Intercom Trust, are working in partnership with Cornwall College, Cornwall Council, Health Promotion Cornwall, Devon and Cornwall Police and LGBTQ Youth Cornwall to increase awareness and confidence in local health care professionals around Gender Identity in young people.

Coordinated by Steve Cannon of Intercom, Lost in Transition? A one day free conference is the second such event to be hosted by Intercom and Cornwall College in Camborne around Gender Identity; the first was aimed at supporting teachers. This will be an opportunity for practitioners to meet and learn from national and local experts including representatives from The NHS Gender Identity Development Service. Young people who are gender non-conforming or transgender have been asked their views on local services and these will assist services to develop their support to people and their families.

Speaking for The Intercom Trust, Steve Cannon said ‘There has been so much interest locally in developing better services for trans and non-conforming young people that the conference was fully booked within a month of it being publicised.’

He continued: ‘The Minister for Women and Equalities recently published a report stating that trans people were being let down in every area of public services. Our conference (the second we’ve held in Cornwall) was planned because of feedback from a number of years of my working in this field. This feedback consistently identified Health and Education as the two priority areas for training for staff. In fact Cornwall has in some way led the field nationally in this since we were the first area in the country to publish Guidance for Schools in supporting transgender students in 2011. The guidance was revised and updated in 2014 and is still used nationally as best practice in education.’
Steph Towan, Chair of local youth charity LGBTQ Youth Cornwall, added: ‘We support so many young people with gender identity issues and often they tell us of the challenges they have with engaging with local health services. We hope this conference can in some way help to educate local practitioners in supporting young transgender people in Cornwall.’


Schools Transgender Guidance (Intercom Trust, Devon & Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council), revised edition 2015. May be downloaded from This document has been adopted as national best practice by the Department for Education.

To contact Intercom’s confidential community Help and Support Service around issues of gender variance, transitioning, or sexual orientation:
- Call 0800 612 3010 (free from mobiles and landlines) or
- e-mail

The Intercom Trust is an LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual and trans) community resource operating in the South West, founded in 1997. Registered charity number 1072772.
For information about the Trust itself, see or contact Dr Michael Halls, Executive Director, on 01392 201015 or