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January 2017 News, events and support opportunities for transgender people across Scotland A very happy new year to all our T Monthly readers! I hold many hopes for 2017 and feel confident that with strength, solidarity and a fresh perspective, we will see great things happening in our trans and non-binary communities around Scotland. January can be a hard time of year and it can be useful to know there are places to turn should you find yourself feeling lonely or in need of a friendly ear. Our Counselling Service is available to all trans and non-binary people and we have an LGBT Helpline that you can call anytime between 12-9pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Read our LGBT Health and Wellbeing news section for further details on both. If you have exciting things planned for the trans community this year, we hope T Monthly provides you with a helpful platform to share with others. T Monthly serves the community best when information is current and as useful as possible. Please accept my invitation to get in touch and let us know how we can help promote your activities and I will do my best to help! T Monthly currently has nearly 800 subscribers, and we know many of these are sharing information through their own networks. These subscribers include health professionals, community group leaders and social network administrators who can all help share information. Please do make sure we make the most of these monthly e-bulletins and let us help you promote your events, groups and opportunities for trans and non-binary people far and wide across the country. Looking ahead to this month’s highlights, Join Barber Gabe Jordan as we host a relaxed and fun Barbershop Evening in Glasgow, involving an introduction to shaving at home and facial skin care. Speed cuts, shaving or beard trim available on the night! In Edinburgh, we are meeting ‘Make-up for scarring’ specialist Merrick Pope at T time Edinburgh on the 21st and hosting Edinburgh’s Transition Support Course on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th. There are still places if you would appreciate some time, support and focus to think through your situation in regards to transition. The course is free and only delivered once a year in Edinburgh, so if you or somebody you know need support & space to reflect on gender transition, please forward the details! We will be closing registration on January 13th. Have a great month ahead and we’ll be back with a packed LGBT History Month edition in February! If you’d like to promote your own activities, group or events for trans and non-binary people through T Monthly, you can contact me via or by calling 0131 523 1104, I’ll be happy to help.

TRANSGENDER SUPPORT PROGRAMME NEWS & INFO Lothian and Glasgow Tommy’s Tiramisu a winner gingerbread cake and other delights! At the Glasgow T time Bake off last month we had 5 super delicious bakes to taste and score - a luscious Sachertorte, Lemon and Orange syrup cake, Tommy's Tiramisu, a black olive bread and the winning cake - Sara's stem gingerbread. We've included the winning cake recipe below so you can have a go! Stem Gingerbread Cake 125g (4oz) unsalted butter 125g (4oz) soft light brown sugar 50g (2oz) golden syrup 75g (3oz) black treacle 175g (6oz) plain flour, sifted 1tsp ground ginger 1tsp ground cinnamon 150ml (5oz) milk, warmed 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 med. egg, beaten 65g stem ginger from jar, finely chopped 50g sultanas (optional)

Place the butter, sugar, treacle and golden syrup in a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Do not boil. Leave to cool for 5 minutes. Pour the syrup/butter/treacle mixture into the bread maker, and add the sifted flour, ginger and cinnamon. Stir the bicarb into the warm milk and allow frothing for a moment while you chop the ginger. Whisk the egg lightly, and add to the bread maker, along with the milk/bicarb mix and the chopped ginger (and sultanas to taste). Set the bread maker to its "Cake" programme and switch on. After 5 mins of the mixing cycle, scrape down the sides of the bucket with a plastic spatula to ensure all ingredients are mixed. Bake until a rich dark colour, but not burnt. This might be 1hr 15mins in a slow oven, and anything up to 2hrs 30mins in a bread maker, with all its settling/waiting time built into the programme. If necessary, check with a skewer - it should come out clean. Remove from machine and leave for 5 minutes to cool a little, then transfer to a wire rack. Leave to cool.

Support for trans and non-binary people in Lothian, Glasgow and Fife LGBT Health and Wellbeing offers a range of support through our Transgender Support Programmes (TSP) in both Lothian and Glasgow. We welcome trans female/feminine, trans male/masculine genderqueer, gender fluid, non-binary identities as well as intersex people, people who cross dress and those who are exploring their gender identity. Anyone who lives in and out with Lothian and Glasgow can access (TSP) although all events are delivered in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We also deliver some social events for trans people in Fife. For information about social opportunities and workshops in Edinburgh, contact: Jules Stapleton Barnes, Development Worker, Lothian E: T: 0131 523 1104 For information about 1:1 support, workshops and social opportunities in Glasgow, contact:

Katrina Mitchell, Development Worker, Glasgow E: T: 0141 271 2330 For information on social events in Fife, contact: Diane Florence, Development Worker, Fife E: T: 07508 608699 You can also find useful information online:  Gender Reassignment Protocol  National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland (NGICNS) (Use the contact form if you would like to request to be added to their contact list)  Hate crime information from Police Scotland  Contact Lothian Gender Identity Clinic on 0131 536 1570 or visit for details on services and updates on waiting times  Contact Sandyford Gender Identity Clinic on 0141 211 8137 or read more about Glasgow’s services via:

LGBT Health and Wellbeing News Counselling Service for trans and non-binary people Life can feel tough for many of us from time to time and talking with someone who is trained to listen and support can really help. We offer a confidential counselling service with appointments both during the day and in the evening from Monday to Friday. The referral process is very simple. Give us a call on 0131 523 1100 and we’ll take a few contact details for you, and then our Counselling Coordinator Claire, will be in touch to give you information about the service and arrange a time for you to talk through what kind of service might work best. Counselling can help with a whole range of issues, including:  - relationship difficulties  - gender or sexual identity issues  - self-confidence and self-esteem  - abuse  - depression and anxiety  - isolation If you think that counselling might be right for you, the first thing to do is give us a call on 0131 523 1100 or complete and send us a referral form using the link on our website. You will then be invited to an initial appointment during which you can find out more about the service as well as talk about the issues with which you’re needing support. Once you begin seeing your counsellor, you will have 11 weekly sessions of 50 minutes. How much does it cost? Private counselling in Edinburgh costs around £45 per session. Our service is supported by donations so although you will never be turned away if you are unable to pay, we ask all of our clients to make a donation at each session according to their ability to do so. All donations come directly into the counselling service and we are members of the Gift Aid scheme. For more information, please email:

TRANS SPECIFIC EVENTS COMING UP Headucation! Tuesday 6-9pm, 17th January, Fika Sake, 7 Keith Street, G11 6QQ (near Kelvinhall subway, wheelchair accessible venue) (Booking preferred) Booking: An evening all about barbers, shaving and haircare, for trans men, transmasculine and non-binary people. Inclusive barber Gabe Jordan will host a relaxed, fun evening looking at what to expect from a visit to the barbers, an introduction to shaving at home and haircare, and there will be space to discuss and share ideas. You’ll even be able to get a speed cut, shave or beard trim on the night. E: T: 0141 271 2330

T time Edinburgh Saturday 1-4pm, next meeting 21st January, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH6 3TE - Free An informal monthly social gathering open to all transgender people and supporters. Come along for tea/ coffee and a chat in a friendly, relaxed environment. An optional event runs along each T time, please see below for details on this month’s activity. For further information contact Jules via or call 0131 523 1104

Make-up for scarring session Saturday 2-3.30pm, 21st January (within T time Edinburgh) 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH6 3TE Clinical Nurse Specialist, Merrick Pope from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Self Harm Service joins us once again to provide information and tips on how to use make-up to cover scarring. There is no need to book, just come along to T time for the times above.

GTSP Creative Team meeting Monday, 6-8pm, 23rd January, 12 Queens Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9AS Come and help us shape our programme of events for the next quarter - please let Katrina know if you intend to come: or 0141 271 2330.

New Year New You Saturday 2-4.30pm, 28th January, The Session Room, The Old Kirk, Steps from Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 1EH - or through the level drive from Oswald's Wynd and Church Lane, which provides disabled access (KY1 1BG). Jenny from Ace of Face will be giving us a pamper masterclass full of makeup tips, skin health and much more. Jenny will also be giving ideas for male grooming so there will be something for everyone.

T time Glasgow Saturday 1-4pm, next meeting 4th February, 12 Queens Crescent, Glasgow, G4 9AS - Free An informal social gathering open to all trans people, their friends, families and supporters. Come along for tea/coffee and a chat plus an optional event or activity in a friendly, relaxed environment. For more information contact Katrina at or call 0141 271 2330.

Yoga taster (Glasgow) Saturday 2-4pm, 4th February, LGBT Health, 2 Queen’s Crescent, G4 9AS Confidence Workshop Booking essential | Book ticket via Katrina - | 0141 271 2330 Some folk think: ‘I can’t do yoga!’ I’m not flexible enough!’ or ‘I’m not thin enough’. But one of the points of yoga is to help you become more flexible! Allison Ewing strongly believes in Yoga For All shapes, sizes and abilities. This will be a gentle introduction to movement with breath and there will be a lovely relaxation at the end.

Yoga for Beginners (Edinburgh) Confidence Workshop Thursday 6.30-8.30pm, 16th March, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE Book online: Contact Jules for more information via or call 0131 523 1104. Come and try this inclusive yoga beginner’s session with Lorraine, for trans and/or non-binary people in a safe and supportive setting. A great way to try something new or build on your experience of yoga. This will be a trauma informed class that encourages you to move and breathe in a way that feels OK for you. Wear comfortable clothing for physical activity and although yoga mats will be provided, feel free to bring your own.

LGBT EVENT HIGHLIGHTS COMING UP - full programme via Coming In: stories of people moving to a new place or country Thursday 6-8pm, 2nd January, National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EW Book online: www.tinyurl.cominginevent A celebration of life stories - particularly of those who have come to Scotland to make it their home. Featuring audio recordings from OurStory Scotland’s collection which are archived at the National Library, alongside live accounts. Interested participants will be recorded telling their own stories of coming in to Scotland or being elsewhere. BSL interpretation included. Venue fully accessible. Delivered in partnership with OurStory Scotland and part of Connecting Scotland’s Sounds programme: championing Scotland’s heritage recordings with support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Dog Walk & Café Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm, 14th January, The Hidden Place Car Park, The Stables, Falkland Estate, Falkland, KY15 7AF Got the post festive blues? Join us for a dog walk (dogs not compulsory!) in the beautiful woods on the Falkland Estate. We’ll stop half way for a hot drink at the Pillars of Hercules. There’s plenty more walks or visit the palace if you want to extend your day. Please book in advance. For more details or to book, contact or call 07508 608699.

Coffee Meet-up Wednesday 1-3pm, 18th January, Fire Station Creative, Carnegie Drive, Dunfermline, KY12 7AN Join us for coffee and chat at the old Fire Station. View the free exhibition and find out about the ongoing classes and events. Expect a relaxed, welcoming and inclusive space to meet others. Please book in advance. For more details or to book, contact or call 07508 608699.

TRANS COMMUNITY GROUPS - based at 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE

Edinburgh Trans Women 1st Saturday of the month 7.30-9.30pm, next meeting 4th February, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE Support group aimed at transsexual women at any stage of transition, women who are transgender and live as women full-time or part-time or for those who are questioning their gender identity. We look forward to meeting you and prefer that you email us the first time you want to visit the group. This helps with security and helps us get ready to welcome you. Group contact:

Trans Men Scotland Social - events to be announced Trans Men Scotland have a new social meet up for trans men (including nonbinary folks who identify as trans masculine). The group is organising regular meet ups in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The social events are usually free of charge and for ages 16+ only. Stay in touch with the group via Facebook or contact them directly. Group Contact:

Me and T Scotland - Re-launched after maternity break! 4th Sunday of the month 2-4pm, next meeting 22nd January, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE Me and T Scotland is a supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender, and provides an opportunity to meet other people who may have similar experiences, questions or concerns. Group contact: Also read more about the group here:

TRANS GROUPS MEETING ACROSS SCOTLAND: support - social - youth - spiritual Beyond Gender Tuesday evenings from 7–9pm Tuesday evenings 7–9pm Group for transgender, non binary and intersex people and their friends aged 13–25. We provide opportunities for young people aged 13 – 25 and their peers to meet, have fun and access appropriate information, support and learning opportunities, as well as providing opportunities for people to participate in local and national decision making. And have fun in a safe space where they can be themselves. Contact: or visit

InfiniT (Beyond Gender Unders) Fortnightly Mondays, 5.30-7.30pm A new group for transgender, non-binary, intersex and questioning young people aged 11-16. A space for people to meet, have fun and to let us know if they need support at school. Contact E: Tel: 0131 5553940 W:

Central Scotland Transgender Group This has been very successful since it started and is now focused on providing a public venue for those of who are finding your confidence and, with the other groups, seeks to provide another step in your journey. We are open to ALL in the Trans Community, both male and female, with the usual proviso that we all dress smartly and behave appropriately, as befits a public venue. Contact Sarah:

Dundee Trans Collective Dundee Trans Collective is a newly founded group for trans people in the Dundee area. We have a Facebook group (, and anyone who is transgender and/or non-binary and/or intersex, who is questioning their gender identity or who wants to learn how to be a better ally to the trans community is welcome to join, wherever they live. We're hoping to set up some offline meet ups and events in Dundee in the near future as well. We also have an email address for anyone that isn't comfortable joining the Facebook group and would prefer to ask questions or get in touch more privately. Contact:

Edinburgh Trans Women 1st Saturday of month 7.30-9.30pm, next meeting 1st October Support group aimed at transsexual women at any stage of transition, women who are transgender and live as women full-time or part-time or for those who are questioning their gender identity. The group meets 1st Saturday of each month 7.30-9.30pm, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH6 3TE. We look forward to meeting you and prefer you to email us the first time you want to visit. This helps with security and helps us get ready to welcome you. Group contact:

Grampian T folk Meet in Aberdeen last Wednesday of the month from 6-9pm and last Saturday of the month for an all-day drop-in A support group for all under the trans umbrella. This thriving group now has over 60 members! Grampian Tfolk have started a summer series of bike rides. For more information about the group or getting involved in activities, contact by phone: 01224 543695 or email:

Me and T Monthly Group has re-launched after maternity break! 4th Sunday of the month 2-4pm, next meeting 22nd January Me and T Monthly is a supportive space for people who have friends, family or partners who are transgender or exploring their gender, and provides an opportunity to meet other people who may have similar experiences, questions or concerns. Group contact: Also read more about the group here:

Non-Binary Scotland Non-Binary Scotland is a group which provides support and social opportunities for people who either self-identify as out with the gender binary of men and women, or are questioning whether they might. Whether you are genderqueer, androgyne, third-gender, non-gender, agender, gender-fluid, gender-non-conforming or have any other non-binary identity you are always welcome! NonBinary Scotland began in November 2013. We will be meeting fortnightly in Edinburgh. We meet in a safe space at least once a month. Some, but not all, of our events and meetings are also open to significant others, partners, friends, family and allies of non-binary people.

You can contact Non-Binary Scotland by emailing: Find out about meet-ups: You can tweet us: @NonBinaryScot You can become a member of our Facebook group at:

Our Tribe Transgender and looking for a supportive place to explore or express your faith? OUR TRIBE is the LGBT welcoming and affirming Christian ministry at Augustine United Church, Edinburgh. It is a joint ministry with worldwide denomination of Metropolitan Community Churches. All are welcome - friends, family and allies. We meet on the last Saturday of each month and start at 7pm. Please feel free to arrive from 6.30/45pm at Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL. If you would like further information contact Rev Maxwell Reay or call 07957 543359

Perth Transgender Group The Perth Transgender Group meets on the first Saturday of each month and is open to anyone who identifies as trans or is a friend or family member. Meetings are at the Grampian Hotel, York Place, Perth and start at around 7.00pm. There is a Facebook page for this Group called “Transgender Perth Scotland”. On Facebook just search for that name (Scotland is included in the Facebook name as we used to receive lots of membership applications from Australia!) For further information regarding meetings or other support available in the Perth area, please email Katherine at:

Seahorses Swimming Club The Seahorses Trans and Non-Binary Swimming group continues to meet on the last Sunday every month from 3-4pm at Whitehill Pool in Denistoun in the east end of Glasgow, £3 per session. For more information contact the group via the Facebook

Swans of Scotland – North of Scotland Self-supporting help group for all trans folk in the North of Scotland. Find out more and come along and have a chat, ask questions, be yourself. Contact:

TG Times monthly on a Sunday, Dumfries This is an adult social group that welcomes any person who is adult and identifies as Transgender, including those who are questioning their identity or are cross-dressing. Please note that partners and supporters of Trans people are now welcome at the groups. The group meets one Sunday of each month between 12-3pm at the Birkhill Hotel, Dumfries. For more info contact D&G LGBT Centre on 01387 255 058. For information on time and venue please contact the D&G LGBT Centre on: 01387 255 058 or email Also to keep up to date on what’s happening at the D&G LGBT center checkout our website or add us on Facebook: Dumfries LGBT Centre.

TransparenTsees (West)– group for parents of trans people 1st Thursday of the month, 6-8pm The aim of the group, which has been set up by parents, is to provide a confidential, safe place for parents to meet, discuss issues and ask questions of one another. You may just have found out that your child, whether young or grown-up, is trans*, or you may still be grappling with the issues

after many years of knowing – the group is for all parents. Meetings will be held regularly at 2nd Floor at Sandyford, 2-6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow G3 7NB Contact: for more details.

TransparenTsees (East) A New TransparenTsees East aimed at supporting families of young transgender, non-binary and children questioning their gender, meeting 1st Monday of the month, 6-8pm (Please get in contact if you wish to attend) Contact: Tel: 0131 555 3940

TransparenTsees (Tayside) We are delighted to give details of Transparentsees Tayside. They meet at 6.15-8.15pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month at Mindspace, 18-20 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EH. Contact:

Trans Men Scotland Social next event Sat 17th December, 7-9pm, 9 Howe Street, EH3 6TE Trans Men Scotland Social organise social meet ups for transmen (including non-binary folks who identify as trans masculine). The group is organising regular meet ups in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The social events will be free of charge and for ages 16+ only. Stay in touch with the group via Facebook or contact them directly to find out when and where they are next meeting. Group contact:

Trans Youth D&G Monthly on a Saturday, 88B High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ, Trans Youth D&G: our youth group for young people 12-26 who identify under the Transgender umbrella and their supportive friends meets one Saturday of each month from 1-4pm at the LGBT Centre, Dumfries. These dates activity dependant so please get in touch for more info.  1:1 support sessions for young people and or parents: are also available upon request for young trans people who may need support around their identity as are 121 support sessions for parents/ carers of young trans people who may need support in supporting around trans identities.  Parents group: We are currently setting up a parents group for parents of trans young people in D&G so please get in touch for more info on this. The contact for young people and parents in D&G is or call our centre and ask for Julie Ann – 01387 255 058.

TYG: Trans Youth Glasgow For young trans people or those exploring, aged 13-26 TYG: Trans* Youth Glasgow is a group for young people aged 13 - 26 who identify as transgender or want to explore their gender identity. The group meets fortnightly on a Monday evening at LGBT Youth Scotland in Glasgow. The group aims to support and empower young people as they take part in workshops on transgender issues, sharing their own knowledge, skills and experience, learning from each other and making new friends. For more info contact Michael Richardson at

Waverley Care Argyll & Bute We provide one to one support for people living in Argyll & Bute who are trans or exploring their gender identity. Occasional peer support too! Please get in touch with Katrina: or 07760701308.

TRANS & NON-BINARY COMMUNITY NEWS IN SCOTLAND 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 -

They Came From Within: Trans & Genderqueer Poetry Love-In Friday 6.30-9.30pm, 13 January, Constitution Bar, 48-52 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS A full line-up of trans and genderqueer poets with strange and heartening and disturbing and liberating words plus an open mic for you to take part in and relaxed socialising afterwards raising funds for Dannii's House, local independent LGBT+ homelessness support work all audiences welcome. Access Level access venue with gender-nonspecific wheelchair-accessible loo and BSL interpretation of the poetry and hosting buses 12 and 25 stop right outside 10-15 minutes walk from the foot of leith walk if you want more access information or support in attending please let us know how we can help: ENTRY BY PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN DONATION (suggestion: £5 waged, £2 unwaged, £8 financial solidarity) PLEASE RESERVE YOUR TICKET FOR FREE HERE SO WE CAN PLAN FOR NUMBERS f: e : a : t : u : r : i : n : g CAT FITZPATRICK Editor at Topside Press and the founder of the Trans Poets Workshop NAT RAHA Poet and queer/trans* activist, published by Veer Books, sociopathetic distro, and more AND YOU? we have some open mic slots for trans and genderqueer writers, email to book one Hosted by HARRY JOSEPHINE GILES writer and performer, co-founded inky fingers & anatomy, published by freight

NHS Gender Identity Clinical Network Scotland Interview 2016 Published on 14 Dec 2016 - Oceana Maund interviews the Chair and Clinical Lead of the Gender Identity service for Scotland, Catriona Renfrew and David Gerber.

Trans Pride AGM At Trans Pride Scotland's AGM, people will be able to debate and vote on policy/the constitution, stand and vote in executive committee elections and attend workshops that will lead the way in creating Scotland's first ever trans pride event. This event is for self-defining trans people only. If you have any accessibility needs please email us at For booking visit:

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.

T Monthly | January 2017  

News, events and support opportunities for transgender people across Scotland

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