On Thursday 13th August, Safe Haven – Cornwall was the first local charity to be visited by the Tour de Trans as it started on its cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Paeton McQuire conceived the idea of the Tour de Trans, cycling over 1000 miles across Britain with their teenaged son Callum. (Paeton defines as bi-gender, and like many bi-gender people, chooses to be referred to using the pronouns ‘they/ their’ rather than ‘he/his’ or ‘she/her’). The Tour de Trans is encouraging all members of the LGBT+ community and allies to take part as the Tour proceeds through England and Scotland from 13th August to 26th August, and is taking an inclusive and unifying approach to raise awareness of transgender issues.
Furthermore, the campaign aims to start positive conversations about gender identity and raise money for Chrysalis, a Southampton based charity, https://chrysalisgim.org.uk which has been a terrific source of support for Paeton on their ‘journey’ as he came to terms with accepting and coming out as bi-gender.
There is a very eloquent and interesting interview with Paeton on the LGBT Sport Podcast where they talk about their personal journey and the background to the Tour de Trans https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08ms9kz
Covid-19: The Tour de Trans, and all associated activities, will take place in compliance with relevant social conduct, group activity laws, and guidelines applicable at the time. This means that, while we hope it will not be necessary, planned activities may be subject to changes at short notice. The Tour and related activities will accordingly need to be flexible, scalable, and adaptable. This resulted in a low-key visit to Safe Haven – Cornwall, involving far fewer people than would have normally been the case, with Paeton and Callum joining us at one of our socially distance Taiko drumming sessions,
If you would like to know more, or make a donation to, Chrysalis please visit https://chrysalisgim.org.uk/tour-de-trans/