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Friday, December 14, 2018

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Transgender Community NEWS – February 2016

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 –


Seahorses swimming club launches!

A new swimming club for the transgender community launched this Sunday, 31st January in Glasgow.  The club will initially take place on the last Sunday of each month until we build up our membership and review this.  The club is only open to those who identify as transgender or non-binary.  At this stage, the club is open to those aged 16 and over.

It will take place from 3pm until 4pm at Whitehill Pool, Dennistoun.  The pool is close to Alexandra Parade train station and quite close to Duke Street station too both of which are just a few minutes from Queen Street Station.

The club committee will be at the seated area inside the main entrance and to the right, from 230pm.  There is a charge of £5 for the session to begin with.  We may be able to bring this cost down as the club develops depending on our numbers.  There is a registration form to complete, as well as our code of conduct and safe space rules which you’ll need to check out before getting into the pool, so we suggest that you come along in good time.

The club committee and LEAP Sports have been doing training with staff at Whitehill Pool and will continue to do some training sessions as the next couple of month’s progress, in order to make the sessions run as well as possible.


The National Theatre of Scotland is Inviting Trans and Non-Binary People from around the World to be Part of ‘The Adam World Choir’

The National Theatre of Scotland and am facilitating a digital choir for trans and non-binary people all around the world to be part of a new play ‘Adam’ and we are looking for singers of all abilities to join us.

The Adam World Choir will be part of a new NTS play ‘Adam’. The play is the inspiring true story of a young Egyptian trans man called Adam who moved to Glasgow. It follows his journey from Egypt to Scotland, his transition and relationships. The show is both a bold exploration of the experience of a young transgender person and an ambitious experiment with theatrical form, blending storytelling, classical composition and mass digital elements​. The Adam World Choir will be an exciting and integral part of the show. NTS is presenting Adam as part of a double bill alongside a new show ‘Eve’ by Jo Clifford.

The Adam World Choir will be a digital choir where people will film themselves singing and send the video to us, we will then bring all the videos together and they will form a huge digital choir on stage. We are looking for all levels of singers, everyone is welcome in the choir and the composer, award-winning Jocelyn Pook, will respond to the voices of the people in the choir. If you have any worries or concerns please get in touch and we can chat about it.

Adam World Choir members will also be part of the online choir forum where they can talk with people from all over the world, talk to the production team, and be part of the Adam World Choir community.

The timeline for the choir:

Before 21st March 2016
Register as a member of The Adam World Choir by clicking on the link below.

 June 2016
You will be allocated your part to sing and given advice on how you can best record your contribution.

 Before July 2016
Film yourself singing and send it back to us online or by post.

October 2016
An Adam rehearsal will be streamed live online for Choir members to view.

November 2016
Performances of Adam featuring The Adam World Choir in Glasgow.
More information on the choir and how to sign up can be found here:


Audacious Women Festival – Do what you always wished you dared!

Audacious Women is a new Festival intended to empower and celebrate all women across Scotland. The inaugural Audacious Women Festival will take place on 22-29th February 2016 and encourages participants to break convention, get outside their comfort zone or throw some bricks through the glass ceiling.

The Festival offers a wide range of opportunities for women to take on a new challenge, develop a new skill or enjoy workshops ranging from performance, song, dance and creative writing.

We are working with other organisations including the Storytelling Centre, City Arts Centre, Equate Scotland, NHS Lothian and a range of voluntary organisations. Audacious Women will share new ideas, do things they’ve never had the chance to do, and gain confidence through new experiences. Participants and their friends can also create their own events and challenges, sharing them on the Audacious Women website and social media, and celebrating their audacity at a party at the end of the festival.

With busy lives and more and more responsibility, women often overlook their own creativity, and are still restricted by the roles society expects us to play and the fears we’ve internalised about our ability and skills. On the one hand women seem to be at the heart of 21st century Scotland – but many still feel imposters, not quite able to realise the gains we’ve made or an equal position in political life and the workplace.

The Audacious Women Festival aims to support and celebrate women taking steps to overcome the internal and external barriers they face doing the things that are important to them, and to consolidate their place in an equal and fair society.

The festival idea started with a group of volunteers and partners offering events and workshops to bring women together to share their challenges. Its aim is ambitious – to get a large number of women to pick up the challenge and take audacious steps to experience new ways of looking at themselves and using their creativity.

Women will be encouraged to share their own audacious acts through our social media sites. For more information and booking details see:

@awwefestival #AWfest
Contact: Sally Wainwright:

Tel. 0778 575 7493


Celebrating LGBT Love(s) – Church service for LGBT History Month

We will be hosting a service to mark LGBT History Month on Sunday 14th February at 10.30am at Broughton St Mary’s. The service will last one hour and its theme is LGBT love(s).

Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, 12 Bellevue Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 6NE
+44 (0)131 556 7313 (manse)
+44 (0)131 556 4252 (church)


Health Consultation Events – Scottish Transgender Alliance

As part of the nationwide consultation “Creating a Healthier Scotland” run by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Transgender Alliance is holding a series of afternoon discussions and workshops to find out what matters to trans people in the future of health and social care.

Come along and chat with other trans and/or non-binary people about what you think the Scottish Government’s priorities should be for health and social care moving forward. Share your ideas with us and each other, and help us feedback to the Scottish Government to ensure that trans voices are heard.

Learn about your rights and how to complain within the health care system: both directly to the NHS, and via lobbying your MSPs and MPs to make sure they represent your views inside the Scottish and UK parliaments.

 Where, when, and for who?
Glasgow, Saturday 6th February, 1.00-4.00pm – open to all non-binary people
Edinburgh, Sunday 7th February, 1.00-.400pm – open to all trans men
Aberdeen, Sunday 7th February, 1.00-4.00pm – open to all trans people

Email for venue information and to book a place


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


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.