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.
You can find more information on volunteering, including the Language Café and Gardening roles, here.
HIV Scotland Advisory Group
HIV Scotland has an opportunity for a transgender person to join their advisory group, shaping and giving insight into the work the organisation does to bring about positive change for people living with and at risk of HIV in Scotland.
Transgender people are one of the key populations that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated can be at higher risk of contracting HIV, so we want to ensure we involve a transgender person – whether or not they are living with HIV – in this critical group.
HIV Scotland is the policy organisation for HIV in Scotland, and we therefore exist to ensure that all relevant HIV policy and practice is grounded in evidence and in the experiences of people living with and at risk of HIV.
We have a distinctive role as an independent non-governmental organisation to:
- Advocate for people living with and at risk of HIV, challenging stigma, and encouraging the meaningful engagement of people in delivering equitable and quality services across Scotland
- Focus on policy, capacity building and campaigning
- Unite the third sector and community by bringing agencies/people together in support of policy development, information sharing and joint action.
HIV Scotland have an Advisory Group that advises and adds unique insight into the HIV Scotland workplan. The group meets twice a year in the evening in central Edinburgh and is comprised of people living with and at risk of HIV. We pay for people’s travel to get to the meetings and provide food and drink for the meeting itself.
We are very keen to recruit a transgender person to this Advisory Group, so that this can contribute to the policy landscape of HIV in Scotland and add this voice to the HIV Scotland workplan.
If you are interested, please contact Rik Hodgson on 0131 603 8776, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Xpress Radio launches survey
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The voice of Scotland’s growing friendly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Questioning (LGBTIQ) community and those who support it.
- Providing news, reports, music, entertainment, talk, interviews, reviews and much more.
- Offering employment and opportunities for LGBTIQ youth to work within the media industry.
- Creating a life-line and sense of belonging for all LGBTIQ people – even in the most remote and isolated corners of Scotland.
This is your opportunity to help the station to design and create programming that truly reflects our community by taking part in a short survey.
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.
Bang2Write – trans* representation in TV and films
Bang2Write have produced articles about trans* representation in TV and films with contributions from the likes of Jo Clifford, CN Lester and Fox Fisher. Check the articles out here:
More about Bang2Write: http://www.bang2write.com/
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 email@example.com
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/