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Due to the way that the web changes and the way that we want to progress the content of our site, we have moved to a new Domain name

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We hope that all of the content found here, will be found there and that the new site will enable us to take our site into the future

As a Final note, we would like to thank Pamela Sexton, who managed this site for many years which would not be what it is without her

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An Introduction to Mermaids

Medical Issues

Helpful Hints for Families and Carers

Young Voices


Call for Participants - Research Project

Mermaids Helpline.

07020 935066 : Monday to Saturday - 3pm until 7pm only, UK Time

BM Mermaids, London. WC1N 3XX

These days, with the real thoughts and feelings of children so often overpowered by the legislation and adult politics that surround them, it is unusual to hear first hand the experiences of children. It is unusual to hear them tell the truth about what their lives are like instead of deferring to adult fantasies of what children's lives should be like. To read children writing honestly about themselves feels rare and important. The young people in this book are struggling to understand one of societies most notorious demands: the obligation to conform to the gender you were born into. These children find it hard to be girls, hard to be boys. They feel themselves to be in the wrong skin, and have the bravery to say so, no matter how many people tell them they must be mistaken. It is not merely a question of sexual preference nor biological determinism. It is about personal identity. Some children have the deep need to be honest, not to a world that sees them only from the outside, but to an internal sense of self, kept within their hearts and minds. They want the right to recreate themselves in their own personal image, in their own way. We should listen to what they have to say - this book gives us an opportunity to do that.

Zadie Smith

(Author "White Teeth")

Book available from Mermaids addresses. Telephone helpline or write for details. Preview on the Speak Out page of Young Voices section.

Mermaids Mailing List - Open to young transgendered people between ages 12 and 19.
Mermaids Parents Mailing List - Mailing List for parents and carers.

Mermaids would like to thank Pete Burns of the Rock Group Dead or Alive for raising funds for Mermaids on the Channel 4 Television show, Celebrity Big Brother 2006.

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