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Connecting with other trans people

There are small unfunded trans community groups and various social opportunities taking place across Scotland where you can reach out and connect with other trans folks, whether you are trans or exploring your gender. Many of these meetings have switched from face-to-face to online during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Remember that these social groups and events have been set up by individual trans people and are run completely independently from Scottish Trans Alliance so we cannot predict their facilitation style or their speed of response to enquiries. To obtain further information about a group, please contact the group directly.

If you would like to have your group added to this list, or if any information needs updating, please contact us.

Community Groups

Non-Binary Edinburgh

Meets Fridays 6:30-8:30pm online

The group’s description: We provide a safe space for non-binary identifying people, to come together and meet other non-binary people, share experiences, support one-another and have the opportunity to learn more about themselves.

We welcome all non-binary people, including those who are genderqueer, gender non-conforming and questioning a non-binary identity. We aim to create a safe space, where non-binary identities and ideas can be fully accepted.

Contact: nonbinaryedinburgh@gmail.com

Edinburgh Trans Women

Meets 1st Saturday of month 7.30-9.30pm online

The group’s description: 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.

With the current coronavirus situation, we are moving online and will be meeting via Zoom (a video call platform for computers and smartphones) instead of our usual face to face meeting.

Contact: info@edinburghtranswomen.org.uk

New Beginnings

Meets 2nd and 4th Friday of every month 7:30-9:30pm, online

For anyone looking to meet others who are coming out in adulthood or exploring their LGBTQIA+ identity. Join the group in a safe supportive setting for a friendly chat, a space to share your story or just provide a listening ear for others. This group is open to all individuals in the queer community but it is useful to note that the majority of the leadership are trans and many of the members are trans.

Contact: ournewdaybegins@gmail.com

Our Tribe

Meets 2nd Sunday of the month 3:20pm online

The group’s description: 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.

Our monthly gatherings are currently being held virtually over Zoom on the second Sunday of each month, starting at 15:20 with the main session beginning at 15:30. If you would like to join them and require the meeting room details for Zoom, please send us a private message on Facebook or email us.

Contact: ourtribe@augustine.org.uk

Trans Masculine Scotland

Meets 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month 5pm online

The group’s description: A support group run by and for the trans masculine community. Social meet-ups for trans men and non-binary folks who identify as trans-masculine. Events are free and for aged 16+ only. Trans Masculine Scotland are currently meeting online for 1H30 every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

To protect privacy and security we’d like to ask that you get in touch via email on transmasculinescotland@gmail.com or head over to our secret Facebook group for more details of the Zoom meeting. If you’re not in the Facebook group and would like to be, you can contact us via email for more information.

Contact:  transmasculinescotland@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/pg/transmasculinescotland, @transmenscot on twitter

Beyond Gender

Meets Tuesdays 7–9pm

The group’s description: 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: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/groups-and-support/find-local-youth-groups/beyond-gender

InfiniT

Meets 1st & 3rd Monday of the month 6-8pm

The group’s description: A youth group for people aged 13-16 who identify as transgender or are questioning or exploring their gender identity.

Contact: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/groups-and-support/find-local-youth-groups/infinit

TYG: Trans Youth Glasgow

Meets Wednesdays 7-9pm

The group’s description: TYG: Trans* Youth Glasgow is a group for young people aged 16-25 who identify as transgender or want to explore their gender identity. 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.

Contact:  https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/groups-and-support/find-local-youth-groups/tyg-trans-youth-glasgow

TransparenTsees

The group’s description: 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.

Contact: TransparenTsees@gmail.com

Transgender Fife

The group’s description: Our goal is to provide a safe and empowering space for members of the Fife transgender community.

We are open to people who are at any stage of their transitional journey, and to people who may be experiencing personal difficulties with their gender identity and just wish to have an outlet for their feelings and a desire to get to know others who have travelled similar paths. Welcome to all trans Fifers, including those who are nonbinary or intersex.

Contact: http://www.transgenderfife.com

Dundee Trans Collective

The group’s description: 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.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1446765165613427

Perth Transgender Group

Meets 1st Saturday of each month 7-8pm online

The group’s description: We welcome anyone who identifies as transgender, non binary or intersex as well as their family, friends, supporters and allies of the trans community.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/perthtggroup

Grampian T folk (Aberdeen)

The group’s description: ‘Grampian T-Folk’ offers a peer social group for those who identify under the transgender umbrella. The Group will meet monthly and offer opportunities for members to find themselves, grow confidences, and building relationships in a safe and welcoming setting. Partake in educational activities, best practice advice and professional visits to the group (i.e voice coaching, equality officers etc).

Contact: http://www.fourpillarsuk.org/groups

Swans of Scotland (Inverness)

The group’s description: We are a self supporting help group for all Trans folk in the North of Scotland. The group supports each other with practical and moral advice and helps members to express themselves by arranging socials and other events.

Contact:  swansofscotland@gmail.com www.spanglefish.com/swansofscotland
www.facebook.com/SwansOfScotland

Mutual Aid Trans Edinburgh

Mutual Aid Trans Edinburgh (MATE) is a mutual aid network set up during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide direct support by and for trans and queer people in Edinburgh. This is a voluntarily run group, and they ask for and provide support without being paid. They are focused on trans- and queer-specific support needs, and also support people who are isolated from their local communities. Anyone can ask for help: you don’t need to be in crisis.

Contact: email matedinburgh@protonmail.com or message (+44) 07716768925 with answers to these questions:

  • Name and pronouns you’d like us to use:
  • How should we contact you? (e.g. email, phonecall, Signal)
  • First half of postcode / area of Edinburgh
  • What do you need support with? (e.g. groceries, accessing trans healthcare, benefits application)
  • When do you need support by?
  • Would you prefer support from someone with particular lived experience? (e.g. a trans person, a disabled person)

Social Opportunities in Local Businesses/Initiatives

Underdog Health Revolution

Underdog Health Revolution/TransForMotion is run by Coach Huld, a non-binary trans person and personal trainer in Edinburgh, Scotland. They started Underdog Health Revolution to help people of all genders who feel aliented by or unwelcome in traditional gym spaces. Huld describes their space as a community of people who exercise on their own terms where the basic building blocks are fat positivity, anti-racism, LGBTQIAP+ and disability inclusivity.

Active Voice Theatre Company

Active Voice Theatre Company are a trans-led grassroots theatre company based in Edinburgh with a focus on LGBT and other minority representation and inclusion.

They offer classes, weekly Monologue & Poetry circles, and opportunties to hang out and chat with other folks with similar interests.

Category Is Books

Category Is Books is an independent LGBTQIA+ bookshop in the southside of Glasgow.

They run social activities and events on a regualar basis, details can be found here.

LightHouse Bookshop

Lighthouse is a queer-owned and woman led independent community bookshop based in Edinburgh. They describe themselves as an unapologetically activist, intersectional, feminist, antiracist, lgbtq+ community space.

They run social activities and events on a regualar basis, details can be found here.

Positive Change Arts Projects

Positive Change Arts Projects is an umbrella for a number of multidisciplinary creative projects aiming to empower participants and audiences alike, with a focus on self-exploration, self-expression, mental health and wellbeing, and healthy representation of LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities. It’s projects include “I am…” and “I have a Que(e)ry”.

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