Please get in touch if you would like to promote a not-for-profit event, activity, group or campaign you are involved with, for the transgender community anywhere across Scotland – firstname.lastname@example.org
Trans Meet Up/Experience Share
Wednesday, 7-10pm, 20th January
The Forest Café, 141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JN)
In my capacity of BLOGS’ current Trans, Non-binary and Intersex Officer I’m running a wee event on the 20th of January – I’m calling it a Trans Meet Up/Experience Share.
This event is as normal open to anyone who wants to attend (and in this case see themselves as outside of gender or sex norms). The idea for the event is just a casual get together in a friendly space, with the additional option for people who have experiences they want to tell to share with the group!
This will be held at the forest cafe – they do vegetarian food and coffee till 10pm, no obligation to buy anything and you can BYOB for a small corkage fee. All who vary from gender or sex norms (or are questioning if they do) are welcome, no matter if you’re a student or just fancy the sound of the event. The forest cafe is pretty cool and even has its own safe space policy, though regrettably its toilets (while being Gender Neutral) are down a flight of steps so may be difficult for those with accessibility needs.
For more info contact: email@example.com
Seashorses Swimming group launches for trans people in Glasgow
We are soo excited about the launch of this service in Glasgow. The pool we have access to is Whitehill Pool which is located in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow. Its easily accessible via train with 2 stations close by. These are Duke Street or Alexandra Parade
Our first session will be on 31st January. There is a small fee for the group which is currently £5 until we gauge regular numbers. Hopefully we can bring this down over time.
There is no requirement in regards to traditional swimwear however loose clothing (jeans t-shirts etc) are not allowed in the pool.
If anyone has any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either in the comments of via private message – https://www.facebook.com/Seahorsesglasgow
Rape Crisis and the Trans Community
Rape Crisis are reaching out to encourage more contact from the LGBTI community by offering a specific helpline service Mondays and Thursdays at 7-12 (although LGBTI people can of course contact the Helpline at any time).
Here are links to their new leaflet and four supplementary postcards:
Transgender Inclusion within Alcohol and Drug Services
The Scottish Transgender Alliance are conducting some research in partnership with North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership to inform work on projects relating to transgender inclusion within recovery and addiction services. The survey is open to all transgender people in Scotland. We use trans as an umbrella term for all people whose gender identity or gender expression is different to the one assigned to them at birth, including trans men, trans women, non-binary people, and cross dressing people. It would be brilliant if you would share the survey on your website/social media/mailing lists and forward it on to other agencies and individuals who would be able to help so it can reach as many people as possible.
We will also be producing a poster/flyer to advertise the survey over the next few weeks – if you would like copies once they have been produced please get back in touch with me. I will be happy to email you an electronic version or post you copies so that you can display them.
The survey asks about alcohol or other drug use, as well as experiences of or concerns about specialist recovery and addiction services as a trans person.
All responses are confidential, and any information used from answers will be anonymised.
The Scottish Transgender Alliance researchers conducting this survey are Oceana Maund and Vic Valentine. For more information about the survey, or to request it in a paper format, please get in touch with the Scottish Transgender Alliance by calling 0131 467 6039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Transgender Mental Health: Testing the Minority Stress Model
My name is Jay McNeil and I am currently doing the above research at Lancaster University, as part of my Clinical Psychology Doctorate. This study explores the effect of discrimination and transphobia (from others and ourselves) on trans people’s mental health. I am also looking at things that might help us to look after ourselves and our mental health, especially the social support that we have around us. It follows from the success of the Trans Mental Health Study in 2012, building on those findings to look at more ways of promoting good mental health for our communities.
The study involves completing an online survey, which should take around 30 minutes depending on how much information people want to give. The results will be anonymous so that people’s identities will be protected. It is open to anyone who is 18 years old or over, has a good level of written and verbal English, and who self-identifies as trans in any way, or as having a trans history.
The more people who take part, the harder it is to ignore the results. So we need as many people as possible to complete the survey. Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested in taking part. I have also attached a social media statement (see below) for release to your networks. To find out more, follow the link below. There you will find more information about the study and the survey itself.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com; +44 (0)7908613788. If you run a group and think it would be useful for me to come and talk about the study or to answer any questions you may have, please contact me and we can discuss this in more detail. Many thanks, Jay McNeil
National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland
The NGICNS annual meeting took place last month. There was a review of the activities of the network since its establishment a year ago. The steering group meets every 3 months and the minutes can be downloaded from the NGICNS website. At the annual meeting there was a suggestion to inform people on the contact list when new content is added to the website. If you would like to receive updates and details of upcoming events to attend you can request this via the contact form on the NGICNS website. Just fill in your details and ask to be added to the contact list.
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/