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. We are supported by Swimming.org, Out To Swim and Sport England.
As a marginalised 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 aim to expand the number of venues regularly running sessions.
Our vision for the future is two things:
- A TAGS swimming sign in every pool in the UK.
- 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.
Please check the website for the latest details of groups. There are costs for attending. No need to book, just turn up.
Lewisham - Every Friday at Glass Mill swimming pool, SE13 7FT. Arrive for social from 8.00pm. Swimming 8.30pm to 10.00pm.
Shadwell - Every 2nd Thursday at St. George's leisure centre, E1 5PB, 7.45 - 9.00pm
Swiss Cottage - Swiss Cottage leisure centre, NW3 3NF. Not currently running, but aiming to start again soon
Birmingham - Shortwood School Wellington. Email for more details
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