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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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.
Scottish Transgender Alliance ‘Justice Guide’ now available online
See it here: http://www.scottishtrans.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/STA-trans-justice-guide.pdf
Shelter Scotland’s Private Tenants Forum – trans tenants voices wanted!
Shelter Scotland are hosting a free event in Edinburgh on the 15th July 5:30-7pm for people to find out more about their rights as tenants. A housing advisor will be here too, and we’ll have refreshments too. We should be able to cover child care costs as well. Spaces are free but limited, so people will need to let me know if they’re coming by the 8th July.
We’re offering a free workshop on one of the following:
- Tenancy agreements – what are they? and what should they cover?
- Deposits – what do they cover? and how should they be treated?
- Evictions – when can I be asked to leave?
- Rents – when can they be changed?
We’re asking people to fill out a short survey monkey to let us know what they would like to know more about here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CNRDN7G
Do you know a great non-gender-discriminating barber? Are you looking for a salon with gender-neutral pricing? Short Hair Don’t Care is for you!
Short Hair Don’t Care is a non-profit project that aims to make it easy to find a hairstylist who makes you feel comfortable and charges you fairly. We do this by sharing the details of barbers who will cut short hair on a person of any gender and salons/hairstylists who employ gender-neutral price schemes.
We invite you to use Short Hair Don’t Care hair professionals the next time you need a trim, of course, but we also need your help! The project is always looking for more businesses with a commitment to gender equality. If you use a business that you have found welcoming, we want to hear about them and provide them with free advertising.
For more information, visit Short Hair Don’t Care to read more about our ethos and how to get involved. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gender Neutral Toilet Finder App
A new Gender Neutral Toilet Finder app has been set up and as of now, under 8hrs of the page being active, we have already hit 30 supporters! Click here to read more and register your support for the app to help its progress: https://app-movement.com/view/77
LGBTQI Church Friendly Fair – Edinburgh
On Saturday 26th September 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. We hope that you can share in this event.
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/