Monthly Archives: September 2015

Transgender Community NEWS – October 2015

Sunday, December 16, 2018

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 –


Bifest Scotland 2015

A festival to celebrate bisexuality, meet new friends, learn new things, and have fun!

What – an afternoon of bisexuality themed workshops and a Halloween themed party in the evening

When – October 24th 2015, 12.30 – 22.00

Where – Norton Park Conference Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

Who – for bisexuals and bi-friendly folk

Eventbrite booking will open shortly, keep updated by checking the Facebook event on the Bi and Beyond Edinburgh Facebook page –


LGBT Your community matters – Police Scotland engagement event

Wednesday 30th September, 6-7.30pm
Shepherd and Wedderburn, 1 Exchange Crescent, Conference Square, Edinburgh
COPFS and Police Scotland welcome you to an evening of discussion and engagement on what matters to you. Come and have your say and help us make Edinburgh a safer place for the LGBT community.  Register attendance at


‘Out of Sight Out of Mind’ Presents
Mixed media works by artists with lived experience of mental health issues

You are invited to a private view & local launch of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

When: Friday 9th October, 6.30-8.30pm

Where: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

Contact: RSVP to Kirsten at CAPS – T: 0131 273 5116




Upcoming Events for Queer, Trans and LGBTQI Communities in Edinburgh

Check out these five upcoming events for queer, trans and LGBTQI communities in Edinburgh.  All events have BSL interpretation, wheelchair/level access & some AD too! All events are relaxed. Also, the arts group Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is raising funds to cover its accessible and intersectional queer & trans events for the season (#1, 2, 4 and 5 on this list). Our funds will hopefully also go towards travel for people outside of Edinburgh and for our health lottery which will give prizes like massages and haircuts to low-income queer and trans people.

Any amount much appreciated!

1. WHEN: 27 September, 5:30-7pm. Free.
WHAT: Community Discussion on Class in Queer & Trans Communities: “Class Matters”, led by Lawrence. BSL interpretation by Lisa Stapleton.
WHERE: Media Education, 183 Dalry Road, Edinburgh. Wheelchair accessible venue.

2. WHEN: 27 September, 8-9:30pm. £3/2. Free for performers.
WHAT: Intersectional Queer & Trans Open Mic #1, with feature comedy by AB Silvera.
BSL interpretation by Lisa Stapleton. BSL performance welcome!
WHERE: Media Education, 183 Dalry Road, Edinburgh. Wheelchair accessible venue.
MORE INFO: up for open mic at

3. WHEN: 3 October, 2-4pm. Free. Must book via link below.
WHAT: Creative Writing Workshop by Sandra Alland (with LGBT Health & Wellbeing). BSL interpretation by Lisa Stapleton.
WHERE: Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh. Wheelchair accessible venue.

4. WHEN: 25 October, 5:30-7pm. Free.
WHAT: Community Meeting for D/deaf &/or Disabled Queer & Trans people, led by Sandra Alland & Alison Smith. BSL interpretation provided.
WHERE: Media Education, 183 Dalry Road, Edinburgh. Wheelchair accessible venue. More info soon!

5. WHEN: 25 October, 8-9:30pm. £3/2. Free for performers.
WHAT: Intersectional Queer & Trans Open Mic #2. BSL interpretation provided. BSL performance welcome!
WHERE: Media Education, 183 Dalry Road, Edinburgh. Wheelchair accessible venue. (sign up for open mic at More info soon!


Join Police Scotland

Police Scotland is committed to expanding the diversity of our workforce. If you’re looking for a career that will take you beyond your own expectations and give you the variety, challenge and reward that you are looking for then follow the link to find out more about how to apply.


Prejudice Towards Trans People – University of Nottingham Research

What does prejudice do to the mental health of trans people?

To help us understand the stresses of prejudice on trans people and their mental health please complete this online survey:

You need to be 18 and older and identify as being trans. You do not need to have a mental health problem to take part.  You also have a chance to be entered into a prize draw.


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.

LGBT Health wins Equality Initiative of the Year award

Sunday, December 16, 2018


We are delighted to announce that our LGBT Age Capacity Building Project has been awarded the Equality Initiative of the Year at the inaugural Scottish LGBTI awards held in Glasgow on Thursday 10th September 2015.

Funded by Reshaping Care for Older People’s Innovation Fund, the project was set up in response to the barriers that older LGBT people face in accessing services.

 Our Deputy Director, Stacey Webster said,

Older LGBT people have often been overlooked. They have lived a great part of their life in much less liberal times, and are frequently reluctant to use support services as they fear not feeling welcome or accepted.

The LGBT Age Capacity Building Project has brought to life the experiences that older LGBT face in accessing services and has been very successful in supporting organisations to provide services that are inclusive.”


In consultation with older members of the LGBT community and professionals working in health and social care services, we then launched a suite of a dozen resources to support older people’s services to become more welcoming and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The project also ran a series of seminars and events, alongside workplace training sessions in order to support organisations to provide the best services they can to older LGBT people.

These resources, alongside the Impact Report produced to share the learning of the project, form a supportive call for action: there is so much that can be done to improve the experience of using services for older LGBT people, and even small changes can make a big difference. We hope that these materials will help professionals to become allies and champions for the LGBT community, until LGBT people feel safe and welcome everywhere.