This page is dedicated to the growing availability of Trans social and support groups in the Bristol 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.
New 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.
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.
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.
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
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
Updated 1 year ago.
Depend – support for transgender and transsexual people and their families
Depend – support for transgender and transsexual people and their familiesNOT LGB specifically
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
Updated 5 years ago.
Freedom Youth Group and Gender Jelly Group – Off the Record (Bristol)
Freedom Youth Group and Gender Jelly Group – Off the Record (Bristol)Trans Education WorkerContact:HenryPoultney
HomeOff The Record1-2 Perry RoadBristolBS1 5BQhome
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.
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, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, UK, Youth
Updated 5 years ago.
Press for Change – The UK’s leading experts in Transgender law
Press for Change – The UK’s leading experts in Transgender law
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: email@example.com 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, Social groups, Social networks, Support groups, Trans, Transphobia, Websites
Walk Out is a new project 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. In partnership with Walk for Health Bristol, this project will bring accessible, gentle and welcoming walking groups to anyone who would like to join.
. … 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 or email westwomenwalking(at)hotmail.co.uk
Categories: Activities & Leisure, All Bristol areas, B&NES, Bath, LGBT, Social groups, Social networks, Trans, Walking, Women