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.
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‘Intimate Migrations’: We are looking for interview participants
Can you help?
We would like to speak to you if:
- You are a migrant from central and eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union
- You identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual
- You live in Scotland
- You are 18 or older
What does participation involve?
- We would like to hear your story. We are interested in your motivations to migrate; your experiences as a lesbian, gay or bisexual person in your own country and in Scotland; your social network and the important people in your life; where is ‘home’ for you.
- Interviews will be arranged at a time and place convenient for you.
- What you tell us will remain strictly confidential, and your identity will be carefully protected.
Why get involved?
To tell your story, to give a voice to an invisible group of migrants and to make a difference.
We are working in partnership with local voluntary and public sector organisations to make sure research findings will inform their work.
To get involved or for more information about the study please contact us:
We speak English, Polish and Russian.
Intimate Migrations, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, G12 8RT
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (in English, Polish or Russian)
Phone: Anna, 0141 330 8236 (Polish, English)
Francesca: 0141 3305070 (Russian, English)
Equality Network’s new bisexual research report launched this week
The Equality Network is pleased to announce the launch of our new report, ‘Complicated? Bisexual people’s experiences of and ideas for improving services.’ The report is free and a digital copy is available from our website. If you would prefer a hard copy you can call us on 0131 467 6039 or email email@example.com.
How to make services more inclusive of bisexual people:
The respondents called for mainstream and LGBT services to work with bisexual people to take action on improving bisexual inclusion. The report identified good practice examples and contains a bisexual inclusion roadmap for services. This roadmap can be found be found on pages 8 and 9.
Should you wish to explore how your service can be more inclusive of bisexual people please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank all the respondents and contributors for taking the time to express their experiences and ideas for better bisexual inclusion. We would also like to thank the authors of ‘The Bisexuality Report’ for inspiring and supporting this work.
Scottish Transgender Alliance ‘Justice Guide’ now available online
Have your say on the future of civil partnership in Scotland
Take the Equality Network survey on the future of civil partnership: www.equality-network.org/cp
Celebrate at the first Scottish LGBTI Awards
We are excited to announce that the first Scottish LGBTI Awards will take place at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, on Thursday 10 September 2015!
The Scottish LGBTI Awards is a special annual event that recognises and celebrates those who have made a positive contribution to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland during the past year.
The Awards Ceremony
The glittering red carpet awards ceremony will take place at Glasgow’s iconic Grand Central Hotel and will include a sparkling drinks reception, a delicious three course meal with wine, and a night of entertainment to remember.
The magnificent surroundings of the Grand Ballroom will host the first Scottish LGBTI Awards ceremony.
Tickets are now on sale for this unique event, only 300 places are available, so book yours here to avoid disappointment.
Nominations are now open across the twelve categories of awards that recognise and celebrate those who have contributed to LGBTI equality and human rights in Scotland. Click here to nominate and find out more about the awards categories. Nominations close on July 2nd 2015.
Changes to Sandyford Walk-in Services
We are writing to let you know about changes to the way Sandyford services are provided, effective from 8 June 2015. From that date people there will be no further walk in services, with the exception of our service to young people aged 17 and under. To access Sandyford service, people will be asked to phone before coming in to any Sandyford clinic flagyl how long to work. The phone number for the public to contact is 0141 211 8130.
This will not affect the Gender Identity Clinic based at Sandyford, just the walk-in services. Click here for more information.
Psychological Therapies Survey
SAMH wants to learn more about people’s experiences in relation to psychological therapies (sometimes called talking therapies) so that we can identify how/why services are being used and any barriers to access.
To do this, we have created two surveys.
- A survey for people who have used psychological therapies. Take the survey now.
- A survey for people for people who are involved in the provision of psychological therapies. Take the survey now.
Each survey should only take a few minutes to complete.
Xpress Radio Scotland is looking for trans voices!
We’re keen to hear more Trans voices on the air – if you’d like to present or produce for us and join the growing Xpress Radio Scotland family, get in touch now or simply help spread the word.
Just email email@example.com and tell us a little about you!
Inclusive Pride club night
Get2gether is a small charity for adults with disabilities, we have been running inclusive club nights for the whole of 2014. To celebrate Pride and Learning Disability Week we are holding a club night where we would like to offer a special invitation to the LGBT Health and Wellbeing. Call 07970000454 for more information & tickets
Date: 18th June 2015
Time: 8.00pm – midnight
Venue: The Cav, 3 West Tollcross, EH3 9BP
Accessibility: Mainly Accessible
Price: Free for members, £5 for non-members
LGBTQI Church Friendly Fair – Edinburgh
On Sat 26th Sep 2015 7-8.30pm, Our Tribe @ Augustine United in partnership with the Chaplaincy at Edinburgh University, are hosting an LGBTQI Friendly Church Fair, and wondered if your church, group or organisation would like to participate in it?
The aim of the fair is to bring together LGBTQI affirming churches, faith communities and LGBTQI groups and organisations in Edinburgh, so that Edinburgh Uni students can find information and opportunities to connect with us, and so that we can connect with each other.
If you would like to participate, we would invite you to host a stall with leaflets etc about your organisation. We will have refreshments available. There will be a welcome and introduction near the start and then the rest of the evening will simply be an opportunity to meet, mix and share.
If you would like your organisation to participate in this please email Maxwell Reay by the end of June 2015 to reserve a table. We hope that you can share in this event.
New website to provide support for those who have suffered/are suffering on-line abuse
In response to concerns around the online safety of LGBT individuals, the Government Equalities Office has funded a new website, developed in partnership with Galop, which seeks to address these concerns and provide advice to those who have suffered/are suffering online abuse. The guidance pulls together a range of information that is currently held across a range of organisations into one place, creating a simple, visually attractive and user-friendly interface.
The website has just been launched, the link is here:
We are still developing content which will be added to regularly. We are also working on sourcing more visual representations to help the look and feel of the site.
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/