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Trans support group growing in Aylesbury

Trans support group growing in Aylesbury

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:34pm 14th August 2019.

A group supporting trans people in Aylesbury Vale has grown rapidly in the past few months.

We met Marteene Pringle, one of those behind it, in March.

She has since seen someone found guilty for abusing her at work.

"I got a lot of transphobic abuse and then they spat at me when they were leaving, which is obviously not very nice.

"So I called the police and from calling them, they arrested the person and have seen the whole case through for me.

"The support has been amazing from the police and the courts."

Marteene told us sharing her story, including that abuse, has had a massive effect on other people's lives:

"People come up to me now or contact me now and say 'oh, that's happened to me, thank you for telling your story!'

"Everyone has a story, but when people start relating to other people's, they feel more confident in themselves."

With that, the group Marteene has helped to start has grown by 20 or so people in the past few months, because people heard her share her story.

She is inviting others to join the group and get support.

Marteene is an ambassador for the charity Sparkle, who support the transgender community.

She has also set up a Facebook page for Aylesbury Vale, with the aim to create a network of support.

If you are under 18, or your child is under 18, and trans, you can find support here.

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