Gendered Intelligence, along with a number of other UK trans organisations, was involved in supporting the creation of the Trans Manifesto 2014, which was launched last month. Click here to see the full Manifesto. 
Some info on the creation of the manifesto below:

Trans issues have been gaining increasing coverage in the British media over recent years. This mirrors increasing political debate over trans rights, including the Equality Act 2010, evidence presented at the Leveson Inquiry and the debates over same-sex marriage. The Westminster Government issued the first ever Transgender Action Plan in 2011 and many politicians were contacted regarding press coverage of trans people following the suicide of Lucy Meadows in 2013.
The idea of a trans manifesto was first raised in discussions with Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green politicians during the summer of 2013, and the idea was enthusiastically received. Accordingly a number of trans groups met in the autumn, and three core statements were unanimously agreed.

Check it out!

Gendered Intelligence, along with a number of other UK trans organisations, was involved in supporting the creation of the Trans Manifesto 2014, which was launched last month. Click here to see the full Manifesto.

Some info on the creation of the manifesto below:

Trans issues have been gaining increasing coverage in the British media over recent years. This mirrors increasing political debate over trans rights, including the Equality Act 2010, evidence presented at the Leveson Inquiry and the debates over same-sex marriage. The Westminster Government issued the first ever Transgender Action Plan in 2011 and many politicians were contacted regarding press coverage of trans people following the suicide of Lucy Meadows in 2013.

The idea of a trans manifesto was first raised in discussions with Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green politicians during the summer of 2013, and the idea was enthusiastically received. Accordingly a number of trans groups met in the autumn, and three core statements were unanimously agreed.

Check it out!

cisprivilege:

latinegrasexologist:

A question I received and responded to in private. Making this rebloggable so that folks can see what my response is but more importantly for trans* Latin@s to share the resources they find useful.

hi! yes there are some publications that may be useful. PFLAG has two in Spanish that may be useful one called Si Tu Mismo (link opens to PDF) and Nuestros hijas y hijos preguntas y respuestas para padres de gays, lesbianas, y bisexuales (although only focusing on LGB the language may be useful) and Welcoming our trans family is also a resource but in english.

The Trevor Project has an online chat and one is MONDAY today which may be useful 

TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA) have resources in Spanish that may be useful. One on vocabularyFAQ, and counseling.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project website is in Spanish. 

REDLACTRANS (Latin American and Caribbean Transgender Network) has information by country of origin. 

Advocates for Youth also produced this booklet called ‘I think I might be transgender… now what do I do?' which is available in a few languages, including Spanish. 

Help us out with our wiki - Trans woman required!

We’ve started a GI wiki for information on transitioning for trans youth in the UK, which we’re hoping to launch in mid-March.

We need a volunteer who is a trans woman, or a designated male at birth trans person, with good knowledge or hormone and surgery options in the UK, to help us out filling in some of the gaps in the information. If you think you’d be able to help, it’d be great if we could have a few hours of your time!

Email us or send us a tumblr ask if you’d like to get involved. Please reblog and spread the word!

'Domestic Violence: A resource for trans people' was produced in 2009 by The Greater London Domestic Violence project, in collaboration with the LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum and NHS Barking & Dagenham.
The resource has been written primarily to assist trans people who experience domestic abuse. There is information as well as links to UK resources.
To view the full booklet, click here.

'Domestic Violence: A resource for trans people' was produced in 2009 by The Greater London Domestic Violence project, in collaboration with the LGBT Domestic Abuse Forum and NHS Barking & Dagenham.

The resource has been written primarily to assist trans people who experience domestic abuse. There is information as well as links to UK resources.

To view the full booklet, click here.

Non-binary guide: Help us out!

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We’ve got a new intern working with us at GI who’s been set with the task of writing a short information guide about non binary gender identities. The booklet will cover different aspects of non-binary identity - from labels people might use to describe their gender, to decisions they might or might not make about pronouns, hormones, surgery, etc.

You can help us out - non-binary people, let us know what you think is important for us to include in our booklet. We want to make a useful document that people can use to simply explain non-binary gender identities and any surrounding issues to people who may not be familiar with the concept.

We’d also appreciate any resources people are aware of that we could use to help us write it.

It’s only going to be a short booklet, so we may not be able to include everything, but your ideas are welcome!

Either reblog with your comments, send us an ask, or email us on admin@genderedintelligence.co.uk.

Trans Equality Scrutiny Panel Report released

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The Trans Equality Scrutiny Panel have released their report this week, outlining challenges faced by trans people in Brighton and Hove, and recommendations for change. Jay Stewart of Gendered Intelligence was on the panel. From the report:

There has been inadequate awareness of the lives of trans people for too long. Sensationalist media reporting coupled with a lack of understanding has led to trans people suffering undue discrimination, problems accessing services, and harassment.   

This Panel has tried to engage actively with as many members of the trans community, support groups, and service providers as possible and has made a number of recommendations aimed at making life fairer for trans people.   

During this Inquiry, the Panel asked “What needs to be done to make things fairer for trans people who live, work, study or socialise in the city?”  It is hoped that this report is the first step on a journey towards providing answers.  

You can access the full report here.

Trans* Organisations and Support Groups in Scotland

jeffygiraffe:

This is the first post I am making about Scottish provisions for trans* people. I also intend to make posts talking about NHS Scotland’s Gender Reassignment Protocol and the different GICs in Scotland.


Scotland-wide Organisations:


Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) [Active]

- The main Scottish organisation for trans* people. They organise many conferences related to trans* people and the services they may be using, as well as publishing surveys. They’re very friendly and helpful - they’ll do their best to sort out any problems you have that are related to being trans*.

- Contact details and website


Stonewall Scotland [Active]

- Unlike their UK-wide parent organisation (Stonewall) which is only an LGB organisation, Stonewall Scotland is an LGBT organisation. They usually work with the STA in regards to trans* equality, and probably are not as helpful as the STA.

- Contact details and website

Here’s an alphabetically-ordered (by place) list of support groups for trans* people in Scotland, who they provide support for and how to contact them. I’ve marked all the groups I know to be currently active.

Aberdeen

Aberdeen T-folk [Active]

- Open to trans* people of all genders, people who cross-dress are also welcome

- Meetings are mainly trans*-only, but there are occasional meetings where SOFFAs are also welcome

- Email: abtfolk@yahoo.com

- Visible facebook group is AbTfolk Friends, open to trans* and SOFFAs alike

North East Scotland Trans (NEST) [Active]

- At a recent Scottish Trans* Health conference, NEST made a number of disparaging remarks about transgender people (non binary and those who don’t want to “fully” medically transition).

- Do not hold support meetings, but may be helpful to contact regarding trans woman-specific problems

- Contact details and website

Dunblane

Central Scotland Transgender Group

- Held monthly meetings, but I do not know if they are still active

- Website and contact details

Dundee


DiverTay

- An LGBT group that mentions having a trans* specific group too (as of 2010)

- Contact details and website


Edinburgh


Beyond Gender [Active]

- Trans* support group for young people (aged 13 - 25 years old)

- I’ve heard lots of good things and no bad things, so would probably recommend to trans* youth

- Contact details and website


Polygender Scotland [Inactive]

- Non-binary trans support group that existed until at least 2010, details provided anyway in case someone wants to try setting meetings up again

- Contact details, website and facebook page


Edinburgh Trans Women [Active]

- Trans woman support group, that also caters for MAAB people who “live full- or part-time as women”

- Contact details and website


Trans Men Scotland [Active]

- Trans men and FAAB trans* support group

- Meetings are held in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with some meetings being open to SOFFAs too

- A very friendly bunch of people! £1 donations may be asked for at meetings to cover the cost of refreshments but are optional so don’t let that put you off if you can’t afford that.

- Contact details and website

T-Time [Active]

- Informal, monthly social gathering of trans* people, those who are questioning their gender identity, and SOFFAs

- More information can be found here

Me & T [Active]

- Support group for friends, family or partners of people who are trans* or are questioning their gender identity

- Contact email: me.and.t.edinburgh@gmail.com

Glasgow


Crosslynx [Kind of Active]

- Transgender support group for Glasgow and West Scotland

- They’ve recently made a facebook event, so are active, but might not have a venue for support meetings

- Website and facebook page


Sandyford Trans Women Support Group [Active]

- Trans woman support group

- Their website has a lot of information regarding coming out, transition, domestic abuse / rape crisis centres, etc that would be useful to MAAB and FAAB trans* people alike

- Contact details and website


Trans Men Scotland [Active]

- See information in Edinburgh section above


Inverness


Swans of Scotland [Active]

- Support group for all trans* people in the North of Scotland

- Contact details and website


Highland Rainbow Folk

- An activist group, raising awareness of issues for older (50+ years old) LGBT+ people. They may have useful contacts though.

- Contact details and website


Perth


Perth Transgender Group

- Contact details and website

Some great Scottish resources! Especially worth a look at Beyond Gender - great to see other trans youth groups out there.

LGBT Youth Scotland's Green Light Project have produced ‘A Coming Out Guide for Young Trans People’.
The guide goes over various aspects of coming out as trans - who to come out to, how to come out, things to consider, and ways to deal with situations that may come up as a result. It’s a useful guide that will be a useful read for any young trans person thinking about coming out.
A full list of resources for young trans people by other organisations, as well as those produced by Gendered Intelligence, can be found on our community resources page on our website.

LGBT Youth Scotland's Green Light Project have produced A Coming Out Guide for Young Trans People.

The guide goes over various aspects of coming out as trans - who to come out to, how to come out, things to consider, and ways to deal with situations that may come up as a result. It’s a useful guide that will be a useful read for any young trans person thinking about coming out.

A full list of resources for young trans people by other organisations, as well as those produced by Gendered Intelligence, can be found on our community resources page on our website.

Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidance has been written in collaboration with The Intercom Trust, Devon & Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council and Head Teachers.  It is the first of it’s kind within the UK to be incorporated into schools and colleges, specifically aimed at supporting Transgender pupils and students.
While it was written specifically for Cornwall schools, the information is transferable to schools across the UK, and may prove to be a useful document for those who are transitioning in education.
Click here for a PDF copy.

Cornwall Schools Transgender Guidance has been written in collaboration with The Intercom Trust, Devon & Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council and Head Teachers.  It is the first of it’s kind within the UK to be incorporated into schools and colleges, specifically aimed at supporting Transgender pupils and students.

While it was written specifically for Cornwall schools, the information is transferable to schools across the UK, and may prove to be a useful document for those who are transitioning in education.

Click here for a PDF copy.

Help us redesign the Trans Youth Sexual Health Booklet cover!

Calling all designers and those skilled at art / photoshop etc!

One of the first things we did on our tumblr was to post our Trans Youth Sexual Health booklet, one of our most popular publications, which was produced by our trans youth group in 2009. Every young person who joins Gendered Intelligence youth group is entitled to a copy for free, so it’s important it’s the best it can be.

When we posted it last time, we had a lot of feedback about the lack of diversity in the cover.

We agree with you - we could do better to represent trans bodies from a range of cultures, backgrounds and body types

We’re due another print run on the hard copies of the booklet, and we want to make sure that it’s better this time. That’s where you come in. We’d love it if someone would help us by redesigning our front cover to make it more diverse and representative of our communities. We can’t offer payment, but we can link to you and credit you for your work, and send you a couple of free copies of the booklet when it’s reprinted too.

If you’re interested, please email us on admin@genderedintelligence.co.uk for more details about what we need. Any help is hugely appreciated.

Similarly, if you have feedback about other aspects of the sexual health booklet you’d like us to look at again, get in touch with us now!

Do what you both want… sounds obvious doesn’t it? It’s what we all want: hot sex with another guy (or guys!), everyone enjoys themselves, everyone feels good. And for lots of guys, a lot of the time, that’s what happens. It’s what you both want and, if it’s not always hot, hey, we’re all human.

So why the need for this campaign? Well, at Galop we get to hear about those times when sex isn’t what you both want. When drink, drugs, the location, the situation, the heat of the moment leads to one person doing what they want and the other person experiencing something that they didn’t want and didn’t agree to.

Guys, it’s time we faced up to what’s happening… Make it as hot, hard and steamy as you like but make sure it’s what you both want.

- dowhatyoubothwant.com

Galop has just launched a new campaign and website for men who sleep with men called ‘Do what you both want’ (www.dowhatyoubothwant.com). It’s about promoting positive communication between guys (cis and trans) around sexual behaviour. The campaign is actively trans inclusive.

On the website, you can find information about safer sex, sexual health, consent, and what to do if things don’t go as planned. Check it out!

Do what you both want

trans-collisions:

A Brochure by and for Transgender Youth

Also available as PDF in
Amharic
Chinese
French
Spanish
Vietnamese

The resources / medical transition parts are US-centric, but otherwise a potentially  useful resource available in lots of languages.

European ‘And Others’ Trans Activist Toolkit
As part of a Grundtvig European Lifelong Learning Partnership project, the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Transgender Equality Network Ireland, Transgender Network Netherlands, TransInterQueer Berlin and Transgender Europe have together created a new European Trans Equality Toolkit. The ‘And Others’ toolkit is aimed at people across Europe interested in trans activism on the topics of gender recognition, healthcare, employment, media representation and hate crime. This booklet is full of useful, well-presented information about trans rights in Europe.
You can find the booklet online here. (19MB)
Paper copies of the toolkit are available from the Scottish Transgender Alliance. 

European ‘And Others’ Trans Activist Toolkit

As part of a Grundtvig European Lifelong Learning Partnership project, the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Transgender Equality Network Ireland, Transgender Network Netherlands, TransInterQueer Berlin and Transgender Europe have together created a new European Trans Equality Toolkit. 

The ‘And Others’ toolkit is aimed at people across Europe interested in trans activism on the topics of gender recognition, healthcare, employment, media representation and hate crime. This booklet is full of useful, well-presented information about trans rights in Europe.

You can find the booklet online here. (19MB)

Paper copies of the toolkit are available from the Scottish Transgender Alliance. 

A few months ago we posted details of a survey by the Scottish Transgender Alliance and Sheffield Hallam University looking in to the mental health of trans people in the UK. The results have now been published in this report which proves to be an interesting read. Click the link to check it out. 

fuckyeahftms:

Transitioning on the NHS is a lengthier process than going to a private gender clinic, but it is free because it is funded by your PCT, but they may refuse or delay funding sometimes. Although, even with PCT funding there will be costs, such as travel and prescriptions charges.

If you want to…

Useful info for people interested in NHS treatment for trans stuff.