TAGS are a provider of body positive spaces for transgender and non-binary identified people for those aged 16 and above unless accompanied by an adult.
As a marginlised community it is extremely difficult for us to access public sports facilities. As a community we have been on the brunt of much negativity and sensationalised press coverage, feeding on negative stereotypes. It is difficult for many trans people to access something as simple as a public swimming space. This can be because of the fear of getting to the pool. The fear of being misgendered, ridiculed and even being physically attacked.
Since our first session in October 2014 in Lewisham we have averaged 10-15 swimmers every week and we are hoping to increase that number with further marketing and expansion.
Our vision for the future is two things -
A TAGS swimming sign in at least one pool in every UK Borough.
A fully funded space where the transgender community can get support, meet up safely, and work to break down the barriers of negativity that still exist.
We also are developing by hosting new events. Early in 2015 we added a weekly yoga session on a Wednesday evening in Greenwich. We were recently in Birmingham on 11th October which attracted swimmers from all over the Midlands. We are hoping to expand to other parts of the UK.