Monthly Archives: November 2015

Transgender Community NEWS – December 2015

Friday, December 14, 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 –


World Aids Day Fife Events
Fife Events Working in partnership with:
Waverley Care Scottish Charity No. SC036500 Terrence Higgins Trust Scottish Charity No. SC039986

HIV Awareness Day
The Atrium, St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EX
Monday 30th November 2015, 10am – 2pm

Light Up Scotland
Lighting Up Red @ 4pm
Carnegie Drive, Dunfermline, KY12 7AN
Tuesday 1st December 2015

Light Up Scotland
Lighting Up Red @ 4pm
Town Pier, North Queensferry, KY11 1LA
Tuesday 1st December 2015


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


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.

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Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at; +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.


Transgender Lives Creative Writing Project

Friday, December 14, 2018

Transgender Lives is a new creative writing project for trans, non-binary and intersex people – and we need you to be part of it.

We will be producing a book of writing by trans, non-binary and intersex people, and running a series of creative writing workshops to help you get writing and to hear what you want to see in the book.

The workshops will be free, fun, and supportive, and they are open to everyone – no previous writing experience necessary. There will be no pressure to submit what you write in the workshops to the book, but we hope that you might be inspired to!

Aberdeen: 5th December 2015
13.30-16.30, Gay Men’s Health Office, 246 George Street
with Grampian T-Folk

Glasgow: 10th January 2016
13.30-16.30, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 12 Queen’s Crescent

Perth: 16th January 2016
15.00-18.00, Grampian Hotel, 37 York Place

Edinburgh: 17th January 2016
13.30-16.30, Lifecare Centre, 2 Cheyne Street

 Access: The Edinburgh workshop has step free access. Step free access can be arranged for the Glasgow venue – please let us know if this would be helpful for you. Accessibility info for the Aberdeen workshop will be available soon. Please do let us know if there is anything else we can do to make the workshops more accessible for you.

Sign up for the workshops here (booking is essential).

The booklet will be sent out to communities and mainstream services, alongside a more information-based Gender Identity Booklet which is being produced by the Scottish Transgender Alliance – so it’s a great opportunity to spread awareness and understanding, and get your story out into the world.

What would you like to tell cisgender people and professionals about your experience of being trans, non-binary or intersex? What would you like other trans, non-binary and intersex people to know? What do you wish someone had told you, or the people in your life, or the professionals who you’ve seen?

We will also be asking contributors to be part of putting the book together, so you’ll get to be involved right through to the finished product – though you only have to take part as much as you want to. You’re also welcome to submit your work without coming to the workshops if you prefer. You can write stories, poems, or even scripts, and you can remain anonymous if you want to. Depending on the volume of submissions, we might not be able to include every piece of writing we receive. The deadline will be in early February – so plenty of time to start thinking!

Full submission guidelines, and details of how to submit your writing, are here

This project is funded by the Scottish Government.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Katherine on

We are recruiting!

Friday, December 14, 2018

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Development Worker Glasgow (Social Programme)

Salary £24,052 – £26,629 (Full Time)

We are seeking to recruit a motivated, enthusiastic and experienced person to deliver the organisation’s LGBT Age Social Programme.  You will lead on developing and delivering a varied and exciting programme of social events for LGBT people aged 50+ across Glasgow and the Lothians; develop a general programme of LGBT intergenerational events in Glasgow; and support the formation of community groups in Glasgow.

Join us if you are passionate about the issues faced by LGBT people in Scotland, are committed to community development, and want to help us to deliver our ambitious vision for LGBT health, wellbeing and equality in Scotland. An application pack can be downloaded via the links below:

For more information, contact Kelly via or call 0141 271 2330

Closing date: Wednesday 25th November noon

Interviews: Thursday 3rd December



Project Assistant Glasgow

Salary £19,092 – £20,666 (Part Time)

We are seeking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic Project Assistant to play a key role in our LGBT Age and Glasgow services.  You will provide administrative support to Development Workers and the Service Manager including events management, data collection, office administration and project promotion and marketing.

Join us if want to help us to deliver our ambitious vision for LGBT health, wellbeing and equality in Scotland. An application pack can be downloaded via the links below:

For more information, contact Kelly via or call 0141 271 2330

Closing date: Wednesday 25th November noon

Interviews: Friday 4th December