This is a list of updates from and for the Scottish transgender community in February 2015. If you would like to contribute this in the future please get in touch.
LGBT Communion in Edinburgh (LGBT History Month event)
As part of Broughton St Mary’s ongoing commitment to support LGBT people, we will host a Communion Service to mark LGBT History Month on Sunday 22nd February at 10.30am. This service follows on from our LGBT Advent Service as the church continues to explore supportive dialogue with LGBT people and to offer a safe and affirming space for LGBT people in the life of our congregation and parish.
Address: Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, 12 Bellevue Crescent, EH3 6NE
Group support GBTI men affected by domestic violence
If you are concerned about domestic abuse or something doesn’t quite feel right about your relationship, please join us in a safe space where you can share your experiences and get help and information.
17th February 2015 & 17th March 2015, 18:30 -19:30 at LGBT Health and Wellbeing’s building on 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. If you are interested in coming to one of our groups please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 447 7449 (or come along on the night). Tea and coffee provided.
Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) SCO41467
Positive Person’s Forum 2015: Conference for people living with HIV
21st February, Glasgow
The Positive Persons’ Forum is a national conference for people living with HIV in Scotland, taking place on 21 February in Glasgow. The Forum brings people with HIV in Scotland together to set the agenda for change in Scotland on HIV issues and inspire one another, uniting our voices so they’re heard right across the country by decision makers and service providers.
It’s a free event for everyone living with HIV, and a fantastic way to share your views, experiences and priorities for what must change in Scotland to make sure the needs of people living with HIV are met.
There will be lots of time for debate and discussion this year, and sessions will include:
- Workshop on disclosing HIV status.
- Short presentations on HIV and criminal law; an update on HIV treatment and cure developments; HIV and sex education; and patient rights and responsibilities.
- My Patient Pathway: a workshop looking at developing the ideal pathway and services for people with HIV.
Places are free but limited, so book your free place now using the button below. Support with travel and childcare costs can be provided.
More information can be found here: http://www.hivscotland.com/news-and-events/latest-news/article/positive-persons-forum/
Lasswade presents Jo Clifford
Tuesday 3rd February 7-9pm, Lasswade Library
We are thrilled to welcome teacher, performer and playwright Jo Clifford to Lasswade Library. Jo has written over 70 scripts and her work has been performed all over the world. She was also instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse Theatre Company in the 1980s, and is a former Professor of Theatre at Queen Margaret University. Jo will be joined by Jan Irvine of the Midlothian Peoples Equality Group. Refreshments provided.
Find out more via Facebook: www.facebook.com/MidlothianLibraries
Word Power Books is an independent and radical bookshop in West Nicolson Street. We have a dedicated LGBT section which includes books for kids incorporating diverse family structures. We also have issue-based/activities sections for children and teenagers on topics such as racism, bullying, homophobia, mental health etc.
Useful trans community links and resources
The Scottish Transgender Alliance works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. Click here to access a wealth of links and resources for the trans community: http://www.scottishtrans.org/resources/
LGBT fostering and adoption week
As part of LGBT fostering and adoption week on 2-8 March, the City of Edinburgh Council are hosting free information sessions at our Waverley Court HQ on 4 East Market Street EH8 8BG.
If you live in or within commuting distance of Edinburgh and are thinking about fostering or adopting we would love to hear from you.
Pop in on Wednesday 5 March, anytime between 12-2pm or 5 – 7pm. We will have experienced social workers and LGBT carers and adopters on hand to answer your questions and share their experiences in a friendly relaxed environment.
We are an open and inclusive agency and welcome applications from all trans identifying people who feel they can provide a caring and nurturing home life for some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable children.
Petition on accessible housing
Leonard Cheshire Disability Scotland is asking for your support for a petition we currently have before the Scottish Parliament, and which closes on 2 March 2015.
Specifically the petition is calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to take action to ensure that all new homes in Scotland are built to fully meet all the Lifetime Homes Standards, with at least 10 per cent of new homes built to full wheelchair accessibility standards.
You can add your signature here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/hiddenhousingcrisis