Transgender Community NEWS – July 2016

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Love BEATS All – Wednesday 29th June

In the wake of the terrible massacre at the Orlando Pulse nightclub, Edinburgh stood together at a vigil to send love, solidarity and support. A number of those who attended are local musicians and they decided to take it a step further and actively raise money. From that a special fundraiser gig comes to you, hosted at Bannerman’s on the 29th June 2016. Two of Edinburgh’s top drum crews will be playing, and all proceeds go to the Equality Florida Pulse Victim Fund.

Details of the event can be found on Facebook event here: and tickets are available online here: Tickets may be available on the door depending on pre-sales. There will also be donation boxes and a number of Pride-themed badges and stickers to buy, the funds from which all go to the fund.

So come along, listen to some funky drum beats, stand in solidarity and send support to the victims of this senseless hate crime.

If you are unable to attend or want to donate more, you can support the fund here:


The Luvvies Anniversary production this Friday

The Luvvies, Edinburgh’s LGBT Theatre Group, are 10 this year and are having a ‘bit of a do’ to celebrate, the night before Pride!  The evening will be a social event with short, informal pieces of drama – extracts from our recent writing competition.  Come along on Friday 1st July @ 7:30pm – and see what we’re doing!  All welcome, though attendance (£3) is strictly by sign-up here: –


The Little Foxes

In 1998 I commissioned Peter Thomson to paint a scenario focusing on an horrific homophobic murder that occurred in Edinburgh ten years earlier, in May 1988. To date, this painting, entitled The Little Foxes, has only ever been seen in private by guests and visitors to my home. However, it has now been selected to be shown in THE SCOTTISH ENDARKENMENT exhibition at Dovecot Studios, hanging alongside similarly darkly-themed works by other talented contemporary Scottish artists such as John Bellany, Joyce W. Cairns, Ken Currie and Helen Flockhart.

About the same date as when The Little Foxes was commissioned, a similarly horrific homophobic murder occurred in Wyoming, U.S.A… However, unlike the Matthew Shepard case, the Edinburgh murder did not cause national outrage, or attract international media attention, or have a play and books written about it. So perhaps, in a small way, The Little Foxes will make up for this.

THE SCOTTISH ENDARKENMENT runs until 29 August 2016


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.