Transgender Community NEWS – August 2016

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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.