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Forum on 18th November 2015 in Edinburgh on reform of Gender Recognition Act
This forum brought together five key English trans activists with nine key Scottish trans activists in order to discuss the details of how best to reform the Gender Recognition Act and to enable coordination of English and Scottish campaigning.
Forum on 25th August 2015 in Dundee on access to gender reassignment services
This forum was held in partnership with the National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland (NGICNS) and focused on addressing the differences between the NHS Tayside gender reassignment referral pathway and the general NHS Scotland gender reassignment protocol.
Forum on 8th August 2015 in Perth on the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Trans Equality
This forum focused on developing the Scottish Trans Alliance response to the Women and Equality Committee’s Inquiry into Trans Equality. The 13 trans participants discussed and agreed each of the points to be included in the Scottish Trans Alliance response and were also sent the final draft of the response by email for further comment a few days later. Six trans people unable to attend the forum submitted their views by email and phone instead. Read the response Scottish Trans Alliance submitted and the oral evidence our manager gave to the committee in Westminster.
Forum on 27th June 2015 in Dumfries on experiences of trans people living in rural areas
This forum was held in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Plus. It combined training for trans people on their legal rights with a forum discussion exploring the experiences of the 11 trans participants and their priorities for trans equality work.
Forum on 17th May 2015 in Edinburgh on international trans rights
This forum took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. It included a one day exhibition of the ‘Proudly Trans’ series of portraits and narratives of trans activists in Africa and Turkey created by artist and feminist activist Gabrielle Le Roux in collaboration with the individuals featured. The forum discussion explored trans equality around the world, the similarities and differences with trans equality in Scotland and how trans can get involved in international trans activism through organisations such as Transgender Europe and ILGA World. 31 people participated in the forum discussion and 96 people viewed the art exhibition.
Forum on 13th April 2015 in Aberdeen on access to NHS gender reassignment services
This forum was held in partnership with the National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland (NGICNS) and focused on the negative impact of the retirement of the NHS Grampian Gender Identity Clinic’s consultant. The concerns of the 12 trans participants were used by the Scottish Trans Alliance and NGICNS to push NHS Grampian to resume access to gender reassignment services.
Conference of the Isles from 31st October to 2nd November 2014 in Edinburgh
This weekend residential conference, run by Scottish Trans Alliance with funding from the Scottish Government and Visit Scotland, brought together 174 trans people from across Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. There were 34 workshops over the weekend covering diverse trans equality, empowerment and community development topics. Participants were able to share knowledge, increase their activism skills, build confidence, help shape future trans equality work, explore how their experience their gender, and strengthen their relationships and networks. Two workshops focused on in-depth consultation about how best to reform the Gender Recognition Act in order to develop the details of our Equal Recognition campaign.
Forum on 16th September 2014 in Glasgow on trans inclusion within cervical screening services.
This forum was held in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and discussed how cervical screening publicity materials and service delivery could be made more inclusive and supportive for trans men and non-binary people.
Forum on 24th July 2014 in Glasgow on trans inclusion in sport
This forum was held in partnership with LEAP Sport Scotland’s Pride House during the Commonwealth Games. The discussion explored trans people’s experiences of trying to participate in various sports and informed the Scottish Trans Alliance’s policy work with Sports Governing Bodies and the development of the Equality Network’s LGBT Sports Charter.
Forum on 8th June 2014 in Dumfries on improving trans employment equality
This forum was held in partnership with Dumfries LGBT Centre and focused on trans people’s priorities for improving their experiences of transitioning in the workplace.
Scottish Trans Justice Conference on 13th March 2014 in Edinburgh
This national conference had 87 participants and enabled trans people to discuss several key justice issues. Five different workshops were run: one in partnership with Employment Tribunals Scotland on tackling workplace discrimination; one in partnership with the Equality and Human Rights Commission on challenging service provision discrimination; one in partnership with Police Scotland on increasing reporting of hate crime; one in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service consulting on their new trans custody policy; and one in partnership with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service consulting on their new ‘sex by deception’ policy.
Forum on 22nd February 2014 in Stirling on improving networking between local and national trans groups
This forum was held in partnership with LGBT Health and was open to representatives of local and national trans groups in Scotland.
9 Forums from October-November 2013 across Scotland on improving NHS Gender Reassignment Services
These nine Scottish Trans Forums all discussed the same topic – how could NHS Gender Reassignment Services in Scotland be improved? Within these nine forums, two specifically focused on trans women, two specifically focused on young people and one specifically focused on trans men and non-binary people. There were two forums held in Edinburgh, three in Glasgow, and one each in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Dundee and Inverness. A total of 50 trans people, from across 11 of the 14 local NHS board areas, participated in these Scottish Trans Forums (31 trans women and 12 trans men and 5 non-binary trans people and 2 people who preferred not to say). The in-depth report of the findings was submitted to NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government as part of the national audit of the implementation of the NHS Scotland Gender Reassignment Protocol. It was circulated to all NHS Boards and informed the creation of the work-plan of the National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland.
Forum on 13th October 2013 in Dundee on trans community support needs
This forum was held in partnership with LGBT Health and focused on discussing what trans people would like in terms of development of trans community peer support groups, social events and workshops.
Forum on 5th October 2013 in Linlithgow on priorities for young trans people
This forum was held in conjunction with a LGBT Youth Scotland residential event to find out what young trans people aged 13-25 would like Scottish Trans Alliance and LGBT Youth Scotland to do to improve trans equality, particularly within education, youth work and health services.
3 Forums from January-February 2013 across Scotland to develop trans equality priorities and Scottish Trans Alliance work-plan for 2014-2017.
These three Scottish Trans Forums were held in partnership with the Perth Transgender Support Group, the Grampian T-Folk Support Group and the T-Time Edinburgh Support Group and took place in Perth, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. The forums discussed the ‘Time for Change’ trans equality priorities of their members to inform the development of the Scottish Trans Alliance work-plan for 2014-2017 and the recommendation of the Scottish LGBT Equality Report.
Scottish Trans Health Conference on 15th November 2012 in Glasgow.
This conference was run by the Scottish Trans Alliance in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland and the Scottish Health Council. It provided a national forum for 64 trans people to discuss a wide range of health equality issues with 27 NHS managers and 31 voluntary sector service providers. You can read the Scottish Trans Health Conference Report.
17 Forums from October-December 2012 across Scotland to develop Scottish LGBT equality priorities.
These 17 forums were held jointly by the Scottish Trans Alliance and the Equality Network under the consultation title ‘Time for Change’. These forums discussed people’s priorities for future local and national LGBT equality work. They were held in Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Edinburgh, Elgin, Giffnock, Glasgow, Greenock, Hawick, Inverness, Irvine, Kilmarnock, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Portree, Stirling and Stornoway. These forums, together with the three trans-specific forums run in 2013, informed the development of the recommendations of the Equality Network’s Scottish LGBT Equality Report and the Scottish Trans Alliance work-plan for 2014-2017.
5 Forums in October 2011 across Scotland on Equal Marriage.
These five forums were held jointly by the Scottish Trans Alliance and the Equality Network to help empower people to submit views about Equal Marriage to the Scottish Government. There was one each held in Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
Forum on 22nd October 2011 in Dundee on topic of diversity monitoring.
This forum involved 16 trans participants plus 6 Scottish Government Civil Servants and 2 Scottish Trans Alliance facilitators. The Forum primarily focused on discussing views about Gender Identity Monitoring Questions. It also provided an update on the progress of the creation of a NHS Scotland Gender Reassignment Protocol and discussion about Equal Marriage for Trans People.
9 Forums in May 2011 across Scotland on improving NHS Scotland gender reassignment services.
These nine Scottish Trans Forums all discussed the same topic – how could NHS Gender Reassignment Services in Scotland be improved? Within these nine forums, two specifically focused on trans men, two specifically focused on trans women, and one specifically focused on young people. There were three forums held in Edinburgh, two in Glasgow, and one each in Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Kirkcudbright. These forums brought together trans people and NHS managers and a written report of the findings was circulated to all NHS Boards. A total of 56 trans people participated in these Scottish Trans Forums (34 trans women and 19 trans men and 3 non-binary trans people).
4 Forums from December 2010 to February 2011 across Scotland to develop Scottish Trans Alliance work-plan.
These four Scottish Trans Forums took place in Edinburgh, Perth, Inverness and Montrose. The Montrose event was focused on young trans people and held in partnership with LGBT Youth Scotland. All four of the forums discussed the same topic – what transgender equality outcomes and work outputs should the Scottish Trans Alliance prioritise for 2011-2014? A total of 46 people participated in these Scottish Trans Forums (22 trans women, 9 trans men, 12 non-binary people and 3 trans allies). The priorities expressed by participants were all recorded using the methodology of Ketso http://www.ketso.com/ and the 2011-2014 Scottish Trans Alliance work-plan was developed from the participants’ views on outcome and output priorities.
Forum on 20th March 2010 in Glasgow on the topic of hate crime.
This Scottish Trans Forum was held jointly with the Equality Network in Glasgow. There were 12 trans people plus 19 non-transgender LGB people and 4 facilitators/presenters. The forum discussed the implementation of the new sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability hate crime legislation and how the police and crown office are developing their operational policies and practice to improve hate crime reporting and prosecution effectiveness.
Forum on 27th February 2010 in Edinburgh on the topics of European networking for trans rights work and on using art to promote trans rights.
There were 16 trans participants together with 4 facilitators, 4 performance artists and a representative from the Scottish Government Equality Unit. The forum discussed and reflected upon recent attempts to promote national transgender rights via art and also via networking and learning exchanges between European transgender community groups.
Forum on 1st September 2009 in Glasgow on the topic of enforcement of goods, faciliities and services legal protections.
The room size and roundtable meeting style meant that the numbers of participants was restricted to a maximum of 12 places for transgender participants so each of the transgender community peer support groups were therefore invited to send a representative. The Scottish Trans Forum ended up having 10 transgender participants plus the Scottish Trans Alliance Manager and 3 Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Scotland representatives. It was run as a roundtable discussion to enable the transgender representatives to directly discuss with the EHRC Scotland representatives transgender experiences of discrimination in Scotland on grounds of gender reassignment and their views about key priority areas where they would like to see enforcement of the current gender reassignment legal rights to service provision equality.
Forum on 21 March 2009 in Edinburgh on topics of gender recognition, education, and cultural inclusion.
There were 26 trans participants plus 7 facilitators. The gender recognition discussion which took place was part of a Economic Social Research Council funded study by Dr Sally Hines and Dr Zowie Davy of the University of Leeds on the effects of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The education and cultural inclusion discussions which took place informed the development of the Scottish Trans Alliance workplan and GoMA Gender Diversity Art Outreach Workshops for 2009-2010.
Forum on 4 October 2008 in Glasgow on the topic of health.
There were 16 trans participants plus 3 facilitators. The discussion notes from this Scottish Trans forum formed the basis of Scottish Trans Alliance work on transgender health issues during 2009-2010.