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A Legacy of Kindness – Launch Celebration

Join us from 6.30 – 9.30pm on Friday, 28 April for an evening to celebrate the GIRES Legacy of Kindness project and a showcase of the archive collection.
For 26 years, The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) has been steadfastly fighting for trans rights in the UK – and winning. The history of this incredible organisation has now been preserved and made publicly available in 63 boxes and numerous digital files at Bishopsgate Institute.

The night will include:

  • A warm welcome from GIRES co-founder, Bernard Reed, who’ll share the story of starting GIRES with his wife Terry OBE, in memory of their trans daughter.
  • Prof Stephen Whittle (Press for Change trans activist and legal scholar) in conversation with E-J Scott (curator of Museum of Transology and founder of Trans Pride UK).
  • Launch of the Legacy of Kindness podcast series, in collaboration with Lucia Scazzocchio from Social Broadcasts.
  • The chance to explore the artefacts with LoK’s Community Curators.


Plus there’ll be DJ Auntie Maureen on the gramophone, a bar & snacks, and a free zine & booklet to take home.

The GIRES Legacy of Kindness (LoK) project has set out to capture the many voices and experiences of those involved with GIRES throughout its history. More info about the project: https://lok.gires.org.uk / @GIRESLoK

The project has been made possible with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery Players.

Practical information
  • This event is free to attend, but tickets need to be booked in advance. Online ticket sales will close two hours prior to the event starting.
  • Our events are designed for an adult audience. Our special collections and archives, which feature heavily in our programme, may include explicit content. With prior permission, under-18s may attend this event, but only if accompanied by an adult at all times. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Event Details

28th April 2023 • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
London, EC2M 4QH
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