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Past STA Forums

PREVIOUS STA FORUMS HELD:

The Scottish Transgender Alliance was funded by the Scottish Government Equality Unit to run the following STA Forums in Financial Year 2012-2013:

Forum on 2nd February 2013 in Perth

This STA Forum was held in partnership with the Perth Transgender Support Group to discuss the ‘Time for Change’ trans equality priorities of their members.

Forum on 30th January 2013 in Aberdeen

This STA Forum was held in partnership with the Grampian T-Folk Support Group to discuss the ‘Time for Change’ trans equality priorities of their members.

Forum on 19th Janaury 2013 in Edinburgh

This STA Forum was held in partnership with the T-Time Edinburgh Support Group to discuss the ‘Time for Change’ trans equality priorities of their members.

Scottish Trans Health Conference on 15th November 2012 in Glasgow

The Scottish Trans Health Conference run by the Scottish Transgender Alliance in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland and the Scottish Health Council 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. It was the largest trans equality event ever held in Scotland. Scottish Trans Health Conference Report.

17 Forums from October-December 2012 across Scotland

These 17 forums were held jointly by the STA Forum and the Equality Network LGBT Forum 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.

The Scottish Transgender Alliance was funded by the Scottish Government Equality Unit to run the following STA Forums in Financial Year 2011-2012:

5 Forums in October 2011 across Scotland

These five forums were held jointly by the STA Forum and the Equality Network LGBT Forum 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

There were 16 participants plus 6 Scottish Government Civil Servants and 2 STA facilitators. The STA Forum primarily focussed 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

These nine STA 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 STA Forums (34 trans women and 19 trans men and 3 non-binary trans people).

The Scottish Transgender Alliance was funded by the Scottish Government Equality Unit to run the following STA Forums in Financial Year 2010-2011:

Forum (youth) on 20th February 2011 in Montrose

These four STA Forums all discussed the same topic – what transgender equality outcomes and work outputs should the STA prioritise for 2011-2012? A total of 46 people participated in these STA Forums (22 MTF transsexual women, 9 FTM transsexual men, 12 people with other types of transgender identities, and 3 trans allies). The priorities expressed by all participants were all recorded using the methodology of Ketso http://www.ketso.com/ and the 2011-2012 STA funding application submitted to the Scottish Government Equality Unit at the end of February 2011 was developed from the participants’ views on outcome and output priorities.

Forum on 19th February 2011 in Inverness

Forum on 8th January 2011 in Perth

Forum on 15th December 2010 in Edinburgh

The Scottish Transgender Alliance was funded by the Scottish Government Equality Unit to run the following STA Forums in Financial Year 2009-2010:

Forum on 20th March 2010 in Glasgow on the topic of hate crime.

This STA Forum was held jointly with the National LGBT Forum in Glasgow. There were 12 transgender STA Forum members plus 19 non-transgender National LGBT Forum members 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 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 and each of the transgender community peer support groups were therefore invited to send a representative. The STA Forum ended up having 10 transgender participants plus the Scottish Transgender Alliance Project Coordinator 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.

The Scottish Transgender Alliance was funded by the Scottish Government Equality Unit to run the following STA Forums in Financial Year 2008-2009:

Forum on 21 March 2009 in Edinburgh on topics of gender recognition, education, and cultural inclusion.

There were 26 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 have informed the development of the STA 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 participants plus 3 facilitators. The discussion notes from this STA forum, together with the findings of additional health issue consultations carried out by the STA, have formed the basis of the STA work on transgender health issues.