Bernard & Terry Reed OBE, founders of GIRES

About Legacy of Kindness

The a Legacy of Kindness project researches, documents, showcases and shares the rich history of the UK transgender and gender diverse charity GIRES.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project captures the voices of trans and gender diverse people and their supporters and interpret them in a heritage context. We will uncover the memories through generations of past, present and new members; trans activists and pioneers, who helped to establish the charity. GIRES was established in 1997 when Bernard Reed, OBE, and Terry Reed, OBE helped their transgender daughter win a landmark sex discrimination case. The charity has been instrumental in several positive changes to trans rights in the UK.

To deliver this project, GIRES collaborates with a wide range of local and national organisations including archives and community groups, including Bishopsgate Institute, LGBT+ Consortium, and LGBT+ History Month.

The project provides opportunities for a wide range of people to participate end engage. Calls for participation are ongoing (see our events pages and social media – with the project scheduled to be completed by summer 2023.

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