This is a list of updates from and for the Scottish transgender community for March 2015. If you would like to contribute this in the future please get in touch.
Don’t forget to sign up to T Monthly, our regular trans-focussed newsletter, for all the most up-to-date information. You can download a PDF of this month’s full edition here.
Up until the end of March 2015, LGBT Health is trialling ‘Browse Aloud’ software in an attempt to increase the accessibility of our website. If you have time, please try out Browse Aloud as we’d be grateful for your feedback via firstname.lastname@example.org
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 anyone who feels they can provide a caring and nurturing home life for some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable children.
If you have any specific questions prior to the event, please do get in touch by email: email@example.com phone: 0800 174 833 or web: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/fostering
Mad People’s History and Identity course
A free course at Queen Margaret University by, about and for people who have had lived experience of mental health issues
Wednesdays 10.15am-3.15pm, 25th March – 29th April
Would you like to study something new in 2015? The Mad People’s History and Identity (MPHI) course, is starting soon at Queen Margaret University.
MPHI is a 5 week course open to anyone with lived experience of mental health issues. It is a course all about mental health, but one which turns history on its head.
Inspired by work done in Canada, this course focuses on the history, stories, lives, ideas, experiences, writing and activism of people who identify as service users, psychiatric survivors, people with mental health issues etc. We have Women’s History, Black History and LGBT History, so why not Mad People’s History?
You don’t need any qualifications but it would be good if you had access to a computer and basic computer skills. Oh and it’s free.
If you’d like to ask any questions or apply, please email E.Ballantyne@qmu.ac.uk or call 0131 474 000 and ask for Elaine Ballantyne.
Many thanks and look forward to seeing you in a classroom at QMU soon!
Introduction to Trans Issues Workshops
Trans Dundee and Sexpression Dundee have put together an introduction to trans issues workshop. It takes about an hour and a half, and explores questions including what it means to be transgender and how everyone can be more inclusive of trans people. It has been delivered to over 100 people so far this year, with excellent feedback, and upcoming sessions are being planned in Dundee, St Andrews and Dumfries.
If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, would like to arrange for a workshop to be delivered, or are interested in learning to deliver these workshops yourself, get in touch with Jai at firstname.lastname@example.org
Group support for 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 March 2015, 18:30 -19:30 at LGBT Health and Wellbeing’s Centre at 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. If you are interested in coming to one of our groups please email email@example.com 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
LGBT Friendly Books
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.
Photography Project representing older transgender people
We came across this exciting and beautiful project, celebrating older trans people.
“To survive on this shore combines photographs of transgender and gender variant people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences in regards to gender, identity, age, and sexuality and provides a nuanced view into the complexities of aging as a transgender person. By combining our experiences working as a photographer and social worker within the transgender community, we hope to create a project that is simultaneously highly personal and socially relevant.”
Read more and see the project here –
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/
To book & for info contact Jules via firstname.lastname@example.org call 0131 523 1104 unless other alternative contact is given.
T time Glasgow
Saturday 1-4pm,next meeting 4th April, 12 Queens Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9AS
This informal monthly social gathering in Glasgow is open to all transgender people and supporters. Led by Development Worker Lynda Peachey with optional events running alongside most T time Glasgow afternoons. To find out what the forthcoming activity will be, please call 0141 353 5600 or contact Lynda via email@example.com
*Please note venue change in 2015*: T time Glasgow is now held at LGBT Health and Wellbeing’s Glasgow premises, 12 Queens Crescent G4 9AS.
T time Edinburgh
Saturday 1-4pm, next meeting 21st March, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH6 3TE
An informal monthly social gathering open to all transgender people and supporters. Come along for tea/ coffee and a chat in a friendly, relaxed environment. An optional event runs along each T time.
(Please note only the 1st T time of each quarter is “family friendly” in Edinburgh – so in April under 16’s are welcome if accompanied by an adult)
Saturday 2-3.30pm, 21st March, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH6 3TE
Chocolate is a popular and effective source of self-comfort for when we aren’t feeling ourselves. This is a fun and light-hearted session where we will explore how to make our favourite comfort food even more beneficial for our mental wellbeing, through mindfulness techniques. Re-connect with your senses through the taste of chocolate!
Practical Skills Day
Saturday 11-3pm, 28th March, Venue TBC – Book via: http://bit.ly/1ALSLKK
A relaxed and fun opportunity for anyone who is trans* and/or non-binary to take part in some practical activities and workshops in a safe and supportive space. Boost your confidence and explore your gender expression with the opportunity to socialise and meet new people! Booking is essential (so that you find out where it’s happening!) and you can book a free place via – http://bit.ly/1ALSLKK or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0131 523 1104.
Gender Services Information Session
Thursday 6-8pm, 23rd of April, Nancy Louden Suite, Chalmers Sexual Health Centre, 2A Chalmers Street, EH3 9ES
Changing facilities provided and parking available. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
This information session is for anyone 16+ who self-identifies as having trans* and/or non-binary gender identities and who would like to learn more about the gender services offered by the NHS Lothian Gender Clinic. This will be a valuable opportunity to give people a safe and supportive space to ask relevant questions and have those questions responded to in a trans community-focused environment.
You do not have to have been referred to the Clinic to attend and parents and supporters are also welcome. There will be the opportunity to submit questions for Clinic staff, ahead of the event via our booking form, and also some limited time to ask them in person on the night. Panel includes Dr David Gerber (Psychiatrist), Dr Sarah Kennedy (Psychiatrist), and Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Moira Little. Booking is essential as places are limited – http://goo.gl/forms/fZWTKvdegJ