Category Archives: Glasgow

Service Evaluation Findings 2016

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

235 people who use LGBT Health took the time to tell us what they thought about our services

 “A fantastic increase in the connection with the community around me. A huge increase in confidence about not only myself but around and with other people.”

 “Better mental health, feel more supported, more in touch with the LGBT community, and feel much less socially isolated.”

 “Without LGBT being in existence, I would have been so lonely and isolated in the world. Self-harming and feelings of suicide would be on my mind constantly.”

We conducted our annual Service Evaluation again in late 2016 to find out more about who uses our services and what you think of them.

The survey, completed by 235 respondents, gave us lots of feedback which will be invaluable in further developing our services. Here is a summary of what you told us:

Key findings

 “This is the best organisation I have ever been supported by. With the hardest working and most talented and committed staff”

  • LGBT Health is engaging with a really wide range of individuals of all ages
    who identify right across the LGBT spectrum – and beyond
  • 91% of you rated our staff as excellent or very good
  • 81% of you said that you found the quality of our services as excellent or very good
  • 79% of you rated your overall experience of the organisation as excellent or very

What difference LGBT Health has made for you

 “Meeting people who one can be totally at ease with. Going to things in a group that one would not otherwise attend or could not get to.”

  • 75% of you are more confident in seeking support
  • 69% of you reported that you feel better about yourselves
  • 67% of you feel more aware of services
  • 64% of you feel more connected to your community as a result of using our services
  • 58% report that you have better mental and emotional health

What you enjoy and value

 “I’ve gained a wealth of community support, much more connection to the community, individual support access to resources.”

“A fantastic increase in the connection with the community around me. A huge increase in confidence about not only myself but around and with other people.”

  • Social interaction
  • Sense of community and community support
  • Welcoming and accepting environment
  • Wide range of information and support
  • Improved wellbeing and self- awareness

Your suggestions for improvements
and our response

 “I’d like to see more information on services on Facebook as it’s a great way of notifying/reminding people. I have seen a great improvement recently, keep on doing that.”

  • Access and inclusion
    • We will continue to communicate with you in a range of ways, ensuring that information about what we do is readily available
    • We will continue to look at accessibility of our services and events
    •  We are committed to ensuring our services are inclusive and responsive to needs. The service evaluation allows us to continue to monitor our reach into the community
  • Publicity and promotion
    • In late 2014 we launched our new website and in 2016 we revamped our quarterly programme. We will continue to review our range of publicity tools during 2017
    • We will continue to develop our programme of events to ensure it remains varied

You also provided a wealth of suggestions for new or repeat activities, which we will certainly be referring to as we plan our programme over the coming year.

What you can do for us

Firstly do keep giving us your feedback, so we can ensure we deliver the services our communities need!

Also, the survey showed that many of you hear about us by word of mouth, which means that you can really help us to reach others by spreading the word.

Many thanks to all of you who responded. Your feedback really is invaluable to us!

What is transgender?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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A booklet to support people with learning disabilities who are exploring their gender is now available. LGBT Health and Wellbeing, as part of the LGBT Learning Disability project, brought together a team of practitioners to create this unique resource. Contributors included staff from NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Forth Valley, and the Equality Network.

Annette Rae, Edinburgh Service Manager with LGBT Health and Wellbeing,
explained that:
Research findings and direct experiences shared by people with learning disabilities who access our Transgender Support Programme, strongly indicate that people with learning disabilities can often be held back from understanding and expressing their transgender status.  Additional barriers include prejudice and discrimination in the wider society, as well as from staff, family and friends that can often result in greater instances of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and even self-harm and attempted suicide. Key messages from ‘What is Transgender’ is that it’s perfectly acceptable to be transgender and positive to explore your gender.  The booklet provides some options about how people might want to express their gender, some suggested next steps, and encourages people to seek support from and talk with others who they trust.

Tracy Lazenby-Paterson, Speech & Language Therapist with NHS Lothian,
commented that:
People with learning disabilities commonly have cognitive, language and memory problems that make it difficult for them to understand and express information effectively, particularly abstract and complex issues. They can often better understand and retain information when it is simple, straightforward, concrete, and supported with visual cues. The literature supports that transgender people with learning disabilities generally identify with concrete aspects associated with gender, such as specific behaviours and appearance, rather than with the more complex, multi-dimensional gender identity model.

When we translate complex and abstract concepts into a small amount of simplified and concrete information, inevitably a great deal of fine detail will be omitted. However, too much language and fine detail can easily overload the individual with learning disabilities, such that they may fail to understand or retain any of the information provided. ‘What is Transgender’ presents information in a format that people with learning disabilities can best understand and retain, and serves as a starting point from which they can further explore the many issues pertaining to transgender identity

For more information and comments about What is Transgender please contact Annette Rae at

April-June 2017 Programme

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Every month, we deliver a new series of events for the entire diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), non-binary, queer, intersex and asexual communities. Through the delivery of these events, we aim to increase social capital providing social opportunities, alternatives to the traditional LGBT scene, peer support, information and advocacy.

Our programme of social events support the range of services that we provide:

  • LGBT Headspace: safe and creative activities to promote positive mental health and wellbeing including monthly groups, Women’s Wellbeing Events and LGBT Space at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital
  • Transgender Programme: social activities, workshops and courses for transgender, non-binary and intersex communities including T time, a monthly meetup open to friends, families and allies
  • Rainbow Families Project: events, information and support for LGBTQI families
  • LGBT Age: social activities for people aged 50 and over
  • Mental Wellbeing Project: events, workshops and regular groups promoting mental wellbeing and techniques for self-management
  • Community Groups: weekly and monthly community groups self-managed and facilitated by community members

All our events are delivered under a Safe Space Commitment actively upheld by our staff, volunteers and community groups leaders. A Safe Space is somewhere everyone feels welcome, respected and comfortable with being who they are. This includes people who access our services, volunteers, community groups leaders and staff.

To keep updated with events coming up each month, you can subscribe to our range of e-bulletins which you will then received monthly or quarterly. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Transgender Community NEWS – August 2016

Wednesday, October 17, 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 –

Lunch on an Island!

Saturday 27th August

We’ll meet at Oban train station at 11.45am, then take the 5 minute crossing over to the island of Kerrera on the tiny ferry, and then a leisurely stroll to the Kerrera Tea Garden for some lunch before heading back.  The walk from the ferry to the tea garden takes about 50 minutes each way, so there will be plenty of time to chat and take in the beautiful scenery.  This is open to anyone who is trans, nonbinary, intersex or exploring their gender identity.  For more information or if you’re planning to come, please get in touch with Katrina before August 25th (so that she knows how many people to expect):  /  07760701308.  Please note, you’ll need to bring lunch money and £4.50 for the Kerrera ferry fare.

NHS Lothian Annual Review

The NHS Lothian Annual Review meeting will take place from 2pm to 3pm on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at Lothian NHS Board headquarters, Meeting Room 7 and 8, 2nd Floor, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.

The Annual Review is the formal process through which the Scottish Government assesses NHS Lothian’s performance in 2015-2016. The meeting will be chaired by Ms Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.

Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting. During the main Annual Review meeting there will be a 30 minute Public Question and Answer session, at which members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions about health services in Lothian. It will not be possible to answer questions about an individual patient’s care or treatment at this session.

British Sign Language Interpreters will be available during the meeting. Questions in advance of the meeting are welcomed; please email us at:

Edinburgh Festival: Trans themed play

“Playback” by Laurie Motherwell, Paradise @ St Augustines, Venue 152 on 6-13 August at 3.20pm

Stag Hart Productions are bringing the debut performance of emerging playwright Laurie Motherwell’s ‘Playback’ to the Edinburgh Fringe!

After an acclaimed production of ‘Yellow Moon’ (**** theSpace, 2014). Stag Hart Productions are returning to Fringe with another striking piece of Scottish writing.

The Boy can’t sleep. Audio books help. At least it did. But what happens when the story they tell takes on a life of their own? When the tape skips and the boundaries of binaries are blurred? When the rewind button refuses to work, or goes back over something that was fast forwarded past? When it tells a story that should have ended in a completely different way?

Max was happy with Mum and Dad. Max might be a werewolf. Max feels most comfortable in trousers over a dress. As Superman and not as a princess.

Directed by Julia Carstairs

The Boy- Jamie Gould
Ensemble- Elliott Reeves Giblin, Emily Horrex, Kimberley Athawes, Martin MacLennan

Play suitable for 14+

We will be performing at Paradise @ St Augustines, Venue 152 on 6-13 August at 3.20pm

Tickets are £7/ £5.50.  To book tickets follow the URL below. For tickets on 6-8 August phone Paradise box office on 0131 510 0023

Hope to see you there! It’s not to be missed.

Coffee, Cake and Conversation

A time for spiritual, pastoral and social connection.  Meeting monthly on Tuesdays from 7.30 – 9.00pm and Thursdays from 1.30 – 3.00pm at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.  Everyone Welcome.

Next meeting dates: Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd September

Contact: Maxwell Reay, NHS Chaplain: 0131 537 6734

Rev Fiona Bennett: 07552 162717

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 Community NEWS – February 2016

Wednesday, October 17, 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.