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

Click here to find out more about the groups that Freedom run 

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

Click here for the Western Boys website


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.

Click here for Transcaf facebook link


United Nations has released a fact sheet about Intersex, the ‘I’ in LGBTQIA.

Intersex Fact Sheet


searchNew Transgender Emotional Support Line


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 for support or more information.

Here are a listing of the organisations that offer services in the Bristol area.

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Avon Trans People
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Our aim is to bring together male-to-female transsexuals & others undergoing gender reassignment. Whatever stage you are at, from trying to decide to fully post-operative, we would like to hear from you. The gender reassignment process is a very demanding and difficult emotional experience, from struggling with the agony of belonging to the wrong sex all the way to recovering from major surgery.  We are a self help group serving Bristol and the surrounding area.

Categories: All Bristol areas, B&NES, Bath, Families, LGBT, North East Smerset, South Gloucestershire, Southwest, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, Websites
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Bristol Crossroads
Contact: Lauren and Lesley
Home Wick Village Hall Wick Bristol BS30 5RG
Work Phone: 07935 276 752 Website:

The Bristol Crossroads group has been supporting the transgender community in and around Bristol, under various names, for over 25 years. The meetings are informal and provide the opportunity for all transgendered people (Transvestites, Crossdressers, Transexuals, both male-to-female and female-to-male) and their partners and family to meet and dress in a safe and supportive environment. There are changing facilities available for those who need them.

Not all transgendered people can dress at home or have the confidence to join the more public girls and boys at other venues. At a Crossroads meeting you can dress and chat with other people like yourself, learn new skills (e.g. makeup), find out about places that provide the special items that we need to make us in to the girl or boy we want to be (e.g. breastforms, clothes etc) and get information about other groups and activities that you may like to take part in.

If you are taking your first tentative steps out of the closet or have only been able to dress occasionally at home but you want to meet and chat with others just like you, or your family or partner would like to chat with others in their situation, contact us and come along to a meeting. It could be the start of a whole new world.

Categories: Support groups, Trans, Transsexual
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Bristol Mindline Trans+
Work Phone: 0300 330 5468
Categories: Advice & Help, Helplines, Non Binary, Trans, Transphobia, Transsexual, Uncategorized
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Depend – support for transgender and transsexual people and their families
NOT LGB specifically
Other BM Depend London WC1N 3XX

Depend is a voluntary organisation whose aim is to provide support, advice and information for anyone who knows, or is related to, a transsexual person in the UK. They provide a space and carry a lot of information, as well as personal stories by/for partners, ex partners, parents, children, family members and friends of transgender and transsexual people in the UK. Their site aims to provide the following:

  • News of the latest developments from within our organisation and relevant sources from around the UK and abroad.
  • Information for visitors who would like to learn more about Transsexualism in general and treatment of the condition.
  • Access to free support, in many forms, for anyone in the UK, who has come to know a transsexual person as a friend, colleague or family member.
  • A place where people in similar situations and circumstances can meet to exchange experiences and information.
  • An opportunity for visitors and supporters to help us develop Depend into an invaluable network of support and resources for the friends and family of transsexual people in the UK.
Categories: Homophobia, Intersex, LGBT, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, UK, Websites
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Freedom Walkers

Freedom Walkers is a new group specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) people to get together to share time, thoughts and the surprisingly amazing walks in and around Bristol.  They meet at 10:30 outside the Watershed, every Wednesday morning.  New walkers welcomed.

Categories: Activities & Leisure, Gay, Gay men, LGBT, Older LGBT, Trans, Walking, Women
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Freedom Youth Group and Gender Jelly Group – Off the Record (Bristol)
Trans Education Worker Contact: Henry Poultney
Home Off The Record 1-2 Perry Road Bristol BS1 5BQ
Work Phone: 0117 922 6747 Cell Phone: 07496 965 262 Website: Off The Record website

A Bristol based charity which offers counselling for youth, advice on sexual matters (incl free condoms) , set up support groups. We offer a range of therapeutic services, training, research and consultancy, as well as participatory campaigns alongside local young people.

Categories: Advice & Help, Bullying, Children, Health, LGBT, Non Binary, Sexual Health, Trans, Youth
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Gendered Intelligence
Trans Youth Work
Home The Station Silver Street Bristol BS1 2AG
Website: Visit Website

Bristol Youth Group for under 21 year olds, welcomes trans, non-binary, gender variant and questioning young people.

More details of the support groups, including times and dates, are on the website.

Categories: Advice & Help, LGBT, Non Binary, Social groups, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, Transsexual, UK, Youth
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Mermaids UK
Other Suite 5 High Street House 2 the High Street Leeds LS19 7PP
Work Phone: 0344 334 0550 Website: Visit Website

What would you do if your 7 year old son told you that he wanted to be a girl? Or your 14 year daughter told you that she feels that she is really a boy? Or perhaps you are a young person, and you feel that your body doesn’t match who you are on the inside. Don’t panic, you are not alone! Our members are parents and young people who have dealt with, or are dealing with, issues like the examples above. Mermaids is a support group for gender variant children and teenagers, and their families. Our Infoline is open Monday to Saturday 3pm until 7pm only, UK Time, when staffed, answerphone at other times – local rates Registered Charity No. 1073991.

Categories: Bullying, Families, Hate Crime Reporting, Homophobia, Intersex, LGBT, London, Non Binary, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, UK, Youth
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National Trans Police Association
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Support system for retired and current police officers with any gender identity, including individuals who cross-dress. Also provides support for police staff who have friends, family or colleagues who are struggling with their gender identity.

Categories: Advice & Help, Diversity, England & Wales, Equality, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Hate Crime, LGBT, Non Binary, Older LGBT, Parents, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, Transsexual, UK
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Non Binary/Trans Meet

Private Facebook group for non-binary and transgender people in Bristol

Categories: Advice & Help, Interest groups, Non Binary, Social groups, Trans, UK
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Press for Change – The UK’s leading experts in Transgender law
Home BM Network London WC1N 3XX
Work Phone: 08448 708 165 Website:
Categories: Campaigning, Hate Crime, Non Binary, Trans, Transphobia, Uncategorized
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Rainbow Pilgrims
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Rainbow Pilgrims is a project that explores the history of LGBTQI migrants in the UK both past and present using oral history, film and photography. Hosts a touring exhibition with pop-up events and learning tools.

Categories: Art and Design, Asylum & Immigration, Bi-Sexual, Bisexual, BME, Faith, Gay men, Immigrants, Intersex, Lesbian, Lesbian women, LGBT, Trans, Transsexual, UK
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The Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)
Trans people
Work Melverley, The Warren Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2SP
Work Phone: 01372 801554 Work Fax: 01372 272297 Website:

An organisation offering free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK.

Categories: Advice & Help, Families, Intersex, Non Binary, Queer, Trans, Transphobia, UK, Websites
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Trans Bristol
NB: FB Page for Trans people only
Website: Visit Website

The intention behind TransBristol is to create a safe space where trans identified people in the Bristol area can share ideas, provide support and plan things. This WordPress site will act (for the moment, at least) as a platform for ordering and accessing information . There is a Facebook group where you can input ideas and discuss stuff. There is also an e-mail address: We hope to develop in a non-hierarchical, co-operative and consensual decision-making sort of way. If you want to get involved, that would be great. If you want to stand at the side, that’s also fine. This site is a work in progress. Just at the moment, it’s just me, Dru, putting information in and hoping for the best. If there’s something you think should be on this site, let me know! Further admins will probably get involved later. The Facebook group is the place for free-for-alls. Play nicely! Update: been adding pages of info and links. They reflect my own perspective, and so are weighted in a slightly MtF way. Hopefully this will change as more people get involved. We want as many perspectives as possible. Binary, non-binary, genderqueer, whatever. Anything under the trans umbrella should belong here.

Categories: All Bristol areas, Intersex, Non Binary, Social groups, Social networks, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, Websites
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Trans Pride South West
Categories: Non Binary, Pride, Trans, Transphobia, Transsexual
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West Women Walking
Contact: Annmarie
Cell Phone: 07804 469 991

. … is a group for gay women who meet to walk together and catch up with old and new friends in a relaxed environment. We look forward to meeting any gay women who would like to join us.
This group is the renamed – Wild Women Walking. The group has been renamed because Wild Women was a bit too exotic to be accepted by all mail servers!
Generally the walks are 6 – 8 miles in length and take place in the south west. The group welcomes gay women over 16 and well behaved and controlled dogs. The walks always take place on the second Sunday of each month.
If you would like to find out more about the group then please call Annmarie on 07804 469991

Categories: Activities & Leisure, All Bristol areas, B&NES, Bath, LGBT, Social groups, Social networks, Trans, Walking, Women
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