This page is for Trans social and support groups both online and in the loca area. Please let us know if you offer a relevant service or can provide relevant information. We will develop this page in consultation with our trans members and organisations.
Young People :
Freedom Groups for Young People at Off the Record
Freedom Youth (age 13-19)
Group sessions are social, informative and safe supportive spaces. Sessions are filled with workshops (on topics such as housing, relationships, mental health, gender and sexuality, keeping safe and much more). Members decide the programme which always includes games, socials, trips and creative activities.
Freedom (age 19-25)
Freedom is a social and information space which provides support, advice and social opportunities for those aged between 19 and 25. Group members can gain experience in campaigning, activism, mentoring and event organising. Members lead the group and are supported by friendly and experienced youth workers.
Gender Jelly (Age 13-25)
Gender Jelly sessions are for young people who might be questioning their gender identity, or who identify on the trans spectrum, to talk about gender and what that means. Sessions are workshop based and provide support, information and signposting.
Trans Men :
Western Boys are a small group based in the south west who provide support and a safe meeting place for FTM and trans-masculine identified people
Trans Caf creating a safe and social space for those 18+ who identify as trans, are questioning their gender, or are non-binary, agender, or are general gender rebels. Think of it as the trans-family of terms and everyone is welcome.
United Nations has released a fact sheet about Intersex, the ‘I’ in LGBTQIA.
On 10th February 2017, Bristol Mind launched a new helpline specifically catering for the Trans community. This new service provides emotional support and information for Transgender callers throughout the South West of England. Trans volunteers respond to calls as often as possible and the line is open 2 evenings a week Mondays and Fridays from 8pm to midnight.
MindLine Trans+ 0300 330 5468
More information can be found here.
Wonderful resources on Youtube – from Cheryl Morgan follow MyGenderation
House of Commons, Women and Equalities Committee – Transgender Equality – First report of session 2015/2016.
In this first report, The Women and Equalities Committee looks at how, despite welcome progress, Britain is still failing to protect trans people. High levels of transphobia, including in the provision of public services, leading to half of young trans people and a third of trans adults attempting suicide. The situation is starkly highlighted by the recent deaths in custody of two trans women, and the case of a trans woman who was placed in a men’s prison. The report:
- calls on the Government to update The Gender Recognition Act 2004 in line with the principle of gender self-declaration recognises that the provision on spousal consent under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 gives spouses an effective “veto” on gender recognition and that this can be used with malicious intent
- sees that the terms “gender reassignment” and “transsexual” are out dated, may not cover wider members of the trans community and recommends that the protected characteristic should be amended to that of “gender identity”
- recognises that, by failing to ensure zero tolerance of transphobic behaviour, the NHS is failing in its legal duty under the Equality Act and recommends a root-and-branch review be conducted, completed and published by the NHS
- strongly welcomes the trend towards depathologising trans identities and has serious concerns about Gender Identity Services provision and treatment protocols
- speaks about the importance of building Trans people’s confidence in the criminal justice system and welcomes the Government’s willingness to strengthen hate-crime legislation. It recommends mandatory training for police officers on transphobic hate crime, promotion of third-party reporting and Government tackling the issue of trans people being “outed” inappropriately in court
Overall, the report states that government departments are struggling to support trans people effectively, with the 2011 Advancing Transgender Equality action plan remaining largely unimplemented and recommends that the Government must agree a new strategy which it can deliver with full cross-departmental support.
The full report can be seen here:
Transgender Equality report 14.01.2016
Bristol Hate Crime Services has been set up and is currently working toward a safer place to live and work – regardless of race, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender Identity. A freephone number to report any incident from intimidation or verbal abuse to vandalism or physical assault has been set up. All hate crime cases will be dealt with initially by the police force and with the new scheme you will receive advice and support tailored to your situation. Please, if you are or have suffered hate crime do report it to the police and call us on freephone number 0800 171 2272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support or more information.
Here are a listing of the organisations that offer services in the Bristol area.