Gender Identity
Research and
Education Society

Current calender of events of interest to transgendered people
Dates for your diary
May 2015

Past events of interest to transgendered people, their families and medical professionals.

24 August 2008

London Transgender Film Festival Fundraiser

A transgender community event for trans people, their allies, partners and friends. To raise money for the London Transgender Film Festival 2008. 3 pm - 6 pm. Entry charge £5 (or £4 concessions).

At Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE1 5RH (Oval Tube).

27 September 2008

Lectures on Face and Body Feminisation and Speech Therapy

Face And Body Feminisation Lecture: Mark L Zukowski MD FACS

The Importance Of Speech Therapy In A Successful Transition: Christella Antoni BA (Hons) MSc MRSCST

The event will be held on Saturday 27 September 2008 commencing at 8 pm and attendance is free (complimentary buffet will be available from 7 pm) at:
The Chamberlain Hotel (020 7680 1500), 130-135 Minories, London EC3N 1NU. The hotel is a short walk from Tower Hill underground station (District and Circle Lines) and Aldgate underground station (Circle and Metropolitan Lines).
Dr. Zukowski will be available for complimentary consultations starting at 8:00 am on that date. However, his time slots fill fast and you should either call Chris at 001-847-853-8869 or e-mail her at to schedule an appointment well in advance.

28 August 2008

Manchester LGBT Jobs Fair

Manchester City Council will be hosting their annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender jobs fair, in partnership with Barclays Contact Centre Manchester and Manpower and supported by Stepping Stones, on Thursday 28th August between 11am and 4pm at Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square.

Increase you independence and confidence when applying for jobs. Find out what's on offer from a wide variety of employers from the private, public and voluntary sectors, who will be available to answer queries about specific job and career opportunities. A wide variety of job vacancies will be available on the day.

Visitors can also obtain advice on employment related matters, training and educational opportunities. Free workshops will also take place, offering practical advice on completing application forms and interview techniques.

For more information about exhibiting at or attending the jobs fair, contact Kate Fowler: tel 0161 234 1885; textphone 0161 953 2785; email

4-5 September 2008

National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Summit

The 2008 National LGBT Health Summit will take place in Bristol on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September at the BAWA Conference Centre, Filton, Bristol here.

This is the third National LGBT Health Summit. Previous Summits have been held in London and Manchester and have attracted over 450 delegates between them.

This years LGBT Health Summit is hosted jointly by Terrence Higgins Trust and Equality South West. The 2008 LGBT Health Summit aims to raise the profile of LGBT people in the UK, and also to raise awareness of the health inequalities present within LGBT communities. The theme of this years Summit will be: Equality and Diversity.
The key objectives for this years Summit are:

•To raise awareness of differences in health outcomes affecting LGBT people;
•To share ideas and good practice regarding the removal of barriers to service access for LGBT people;
•To focus on the specific and differing needs of a broad range of LGBT people, including older people, BME communities, disabled people and those living in rural settings, and;
•To foster partnership working and to make recommendations about improving health outcomes for LGBT people.

There are 300 delegate places available at this years Summit, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Full details can be found here.

6 September 2008


The 6th Annual Trans Rights Picnic Fundraiser & Get Together : 1pm-6pm.

As in previous years it will be in Kensington Gardens opposite the Serpentine Gallery entrance. Stroll over to the biggest tree in the long grass. Look for the area marked out with bunting.

All trans folk and their friends, partners, family, and allies are welcome. Come with friends or come alone, you will find many friendly faces. All are welcome. Bring food and drink to share, blankets and tablecloths.

This is a fundraiser for Press for Change, so please could you bring along a contribution of small change, notes, or cheques made payable to 'Press For Change' for the picnic fundraiser collection.

Press For Change is the political lobbying and educational organisation that campaigns on our behalf to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all transsexual and transgender people in the UK.

If you want a good day out please come, and do spread the word to your groups and friends. See you there,

Serge and Jason of Transfabulous.
Christina, Michael and Tessa of TransLondon.

The picnic spot is half way between the Serpentine gallery, the shared cycle route and the public conveniences.

See map.

28 September 2008

Conference on Medical Care for Gender Variant Teenagers

This conference has been approved for 6 units Continuing Professional Development

Hormonal treatment of transsexual teenagers is controversial. Whereas in the UK teens must experience most pubertal body changes before any medical intervention, usually at 16, in some countries, including the US, Canada, and the Netherlands, the earliest signs of puberty are blocked and then cross-sex hormones administered.

Clinical practices at medical centres in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands, with teen patients and parents describing their experiences, will be presented at Imperial College on Sunday, 28 September.

Clinicians presenting will be Professor Norman Spack, Harvard Medical School, Professor Marvin Belzer, University of Southern California Medical School, Professor Kenneth Zucker, University of Toronto, and Dr. Annelou de Vries, Free University, Amsterdam. All are engaged in extensive programs treating teen transsexuals with pubertal blockers and cross-sex steroids. Dr Simona Giordano, School of Law, Manchester University, will discuss ethical issues. Teens and parents from the Netherlands and the UK, the latter having travelled to the US for treatment, will discuss their experiences.

Professor Wylie Hembree, Columbia University, Chair of the Endocrine Society Task Force developing a Clinical Guideline for the Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual People (including adolescents) will deliver a report on the Task Force deliberations.

Richard Green is moderating the conference. From 1994-2006, he was Research Director/Head, Gender Identity Clinic, Charing Cross Hospital. He authored the chapter on child and adolescent gender identity disorder in the New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry and has published 200 papers and chapters on psychosexual development since 1960.

The conference runs from 9:30–5 at Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 201, Imperial College, South Kensington campus. We hope you can attend. To reserve a place, please send a check for £55, which includes lunch, payable to Richard Green, addressed to: Prof Richard Green, Imperial College at Charing Cross Hospital, Claybrook Centre, London W6 8LN.

1st October 2008

Gender identity disorder in adolescents

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) will hold a one day meeting for clinicians at its building in London: 1 Wimpole Street, W1G 0AE. Nearest underground station is Oxford Circus. Those who work with the trans support groups will be able to attend at the reduced fee of £125 for charity workers.

Registration is at 9.15 am and the meeting ends at 5.30 pm.

At present, the clinicians at the UK's sole treatment centre for gender variant adolescents refuse to offer medication to suspend the pubertal development that many of these young people find deeply distressing. Such medication is allowed in page 10 of the standards of care published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health ( Standards of Care version 6 ). It is offered by the well respected treatment centres in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands and the USA, see page 25 of the NHS publication: Medical care for gender variant children and young people: answering families' questions.

Most of the knowledge of treating these young people is in overseas centres and the UK's sole treatment centre has no experience in providing early suspension of puberty. Nonetheless, the planning committee for the meeting was drawn entirely from the UK. Moreover, only 2 of the 15 presenters at the meeting are from overseas. The RSM has provided a description of the aims of the meeting, the planning committee and the programme for the day.

If you wish to book a place, please go to here .

12th October 2008

Annual meeting of GIRES member

The next annual meeting of the charity will be on Sunday 12 October 2008, in Ashtead, Surrey, commencing at 2.30 pm. Attendance is open to all the charity's members. Details of how to apply for membership are here.

The meeting will begin with the formal business of approving the report and accounts for the previous year and appointing trustees, as well as the independent examiner of the charity's accounts. Then there will be workshops on subjects that are of interest to the charity's members. Tea and later a light early supper will be provided. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet other members.

Formal invitations will be sent to members in midsummer.

7 November 2008

Conference on LGBT Young People and Mental Health

The LGBT Consortium is running a one-day conference, aimed at professionals working with young people including youth workers, lecturers and support workers. The sessions will incorporate workshops, discussion and training around core aspectsof recognising mental health issues, questioning strategies when approaching young people and sign posting to other services.

The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) will conduct a session on medical care for gender variant young people and helping schools to combat transphobic bullying.

The conference will be held at:

University of the Arts London
Southampton Row

10am - 5pm

The day is completely free of charge, with refreshments and lunch included. There will also be the private view of the inner-sense exhibition between 5pm and 7pm, offering the opportunity for delegates,session leaders and artists to network over a glass of juice or wine.

There are still a few places available – book here

7, 8 and 9 November 2008
Trans Candle

London Transgender Film Festival

At the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton. Details can be seen on the festival's website

Please use the Ritzy booking line to book films. Please book early to avoid disappointment

We hope you enjoy our program and screenings and we look forward to seeing you at the festival!

Address: Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG
Booking Tel: 08707 55 00 62

11 November 2008
Trans Phoenix

Dr. Lorimer and Dr. Seal Presentation

Dr Lorimer and Dr Seal, from the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic will be visiting Spectrum London to give a presentation and talk, along with answering questions, of which we are sure there will be plenty at Spectrum, London.

This is the 3rd of these presentations that the Doctors have given in London and is expected to be just as busy as before. In order for us to have a good idea of numbers for this event please can you send an email to let us know you intend to pop along.

All are welcome—whether you are trans, a partner, a family member or friend—Spectrum, London is open to all.

As usual there will be tea, coffee, biscuits and cold drinks, entrance will also be the usual fee of £2 to cover the cost of the hire of our meeting place, and to cover refreshments.

12 November 2008


1 DAY SEMINAR, 10.30–16.00 Tuesday November 12th at the University of Sussex Conference Centre, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QU, Fully Accessible.

Does your organization need clear guidance on the recent equality and rights legislation for TRANS people?

“The sectors of life in which discrimination and inequality most impacted trans people's lives were employment and the workplace, healthcare access and leisure and education.” (Equalities Review Report, 2007)

Are you sure you comply with:


Fees for Attendance:

Voluntary Sector £90
Public Sector £135
Private Sector £165

See here for more information

16 November 2008 TMMC Logo

Torquay's Remembrance Service

The Metropolitan Community Church Torbay, is holding a special service on Sunday 16th November. This is taking the form of a remembrance service to mark “Transgender Remember Our Dead” day. It will be held at 7.00 pm at the Unitarian Church, Montpelier Rd. Torquay. Further details and a map may be found on the website or by telephoning the Pastor on 01803 520713.

19th November 2008
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Pre-Launch of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month (February 2009)

This free event is a part of The National Anti Bullying Week. It will be held on the evening of Wednesday, the 19th of November, 2008, at The Hackney Free and Parochial Church of England School in London.

LGBT History Month is a tool to support and promote all the equality strands. Under the new Single Equalities Bill, schools are likely to have to promote all seven equality strands.

The 19th of November will be a celebration of work done by teachers, youth workers and young people. It will be a chance to view exhibitions that have been made specifically for LGBT History Month from around the country and meet with other educators, youth workers, and people interested in the work.

The Pre-Launch puts LGBT History Month on the education calendar and makes the point that all schools - faith and secular - can celebrate the achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people, past and present, local and world-wide, famous and grassroots.

The Pre-Launch is being held in a school for the first time. The theme in 2009 is Education and Youth and Education Minister Baroness Morgan is the key speaker.

You will be treated to:

• A DVD of Students’s work
• Pupils’s performances
• Two teachers demonstrating how to do LGBT History Month in schools
• No Outsiders work in primary schools.
• How to celebrate LGBT History Month within a religious context
• An exhibition by the Proud Heritage Museum Project
• A display by Gay Birmingham Remembered
• A Nottingham Heritage timeline
• Lesbian Gay Christian Movement resources
• A GIRES stall, containing information on the medical care of gender variant young people and a toolkit to help schools combat transphobic bullying

You will be inspired, and will take inspiration and support from others. You will be resourced and ready to design and develop your own events in February 2009!

Refreshments will be available during the interval, as well as at the beginning and end of the evening.

The Pre-Launch begins at 6.30 pm and the doors will be open from 6. Further details will be available upon your reply.

The hall and canteen where the event is held has disabled access.

Please let us know of any access requirements you might have and any dietary requirements in your reply.

State your name and job description as you wish to see it on a name badge.

At LGBT History Month you will find:

• A tool kit for schools to help them celebrate the month
• A calendar to put your events on and see what others are doing
• Resources to help schools design their own events
• A forum for schools and individuals to make links and share resources.

On the schools out website there is a tool kit for students to help them support their schools to be LGBT friendly. You will also find a host of other useful resources.

February 2009 marks the tenth anniversary of theStephen Lawrence Report; we are proud to be a player in the work to challenge all forms of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination.

February 2009 is the fifth year! Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year in February. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. We are committed to celebrate its diversity and that of the society as a whole. We encourage everyone to see diversity and cultural pluralism as the positive forces that they are and endeavour to reflect this in all we do.

23rd November 2008 TS Candle

London's Transgender Day of Remembrance
For trans people, their friends, families and allies

An opportunity to remember, mourn and celebrate trans lives lost to violence or suicide.

The Transgender day of Remembrance is an opportunity for trans people, their friends, families and allies to come together in a safe space to reflect on those trans people who have lost their lives through violence or suicide because they are trans. It is a time to remember, mourn and celebrate them and to tell their stories so they are not forgotten.

You don't have to bring or do anything, but as in previous years, we would very much like people to contribute and participate if they wish. Please bring short stories, readings or poetry – if you prefer not to read yourself, we can find someone else to read your text for you.

2:00pm for a 2:15 start
Readings, poetry and music, followed by tea and cake
Ends at 4:00pm

Can You Help?
They are looking for:
• A person/group to provide a short musical section
• Volunteers to help on the day
• Anyone who would like to help Joe, Erasmo and Simon in organising the event
• Names of trans people who have died since August 2007

Dragon Hall, Stukeley Street, Covent Garden

The venue is first floor, fully accessible and has a disabled toilet. If you have any other access requirements, please let us know.

This event is supported by Camden LGBT Forum.

23rd November 2008 Beacon of Hope Picture

Manchester's third Annual Transgender Day Of Remembrance Vigil

This will be the tenth year that a day has been set aside to honour the memory of all those transpeople killed by violence every year and to affirm our resolve to report transphobic crime. Over 400 people are named as having been killed, with many more remaining unknown.

Assemble for the vigil in Sackville Park (off Canal Street, Manchester) at 3.45pm. The One Minute's Silence and reading of the names of the deceased will take place at 4pm by the Beacon of Hope. This will take place by candlelight so please bring a candle and holder if you are able to. The vigil will last for approximately one hour, and will be followed by an informal gathering at Taurus bar (1 Canal Street) if people wish. Both Sackville Park and Taurus are fully accessible, although at Taurus we may use a private function room down one flight of stairs.

All are welcome; please feel free to bring a reading, flowers or another appropriate tribute.

20th November 2008
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Dublin's Ceremony of Remembrance

In memory of all those that experienced Gender Identity Disorder, Transgender and who have died from suicide, illness and violence. The remembrance service will be held on the green of St. Stephen's Unitarian Church on Thursday the 20th of November at 8:00 pm.

This service is being held for the second year.


Tel: 0857442697

23rd November 2008 Dorset Gardens Methodist Church Logo

Brighton's Transgender Day of Remembrance>

The Gender Trust and The Clare Project are holding Brighton's first Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday 23 November 2008, 16.00hrs at the Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton BN2 1RL.  This is a non denominational meeting and not a religious service. There will be a candlelit vigil and readings. All are welcome.

23 November 2008

Queer Cafe Trans Film Night

Queer Cafe, film and reading group announces its first trans film night on the 23rd November, to coincide with the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This will take place alongside the regular Queer Cafes on the first Sunday of every month, open 12pm - 4pm

Queer Cafe is a new series of community events in Manchester run by and for the LGBTQI community and is open to everyone.

The venue is the LGBT center on Sidney Street, off Oxford Road behind 8th Day Cafe.

More details here

25 November 2008

Everything you want to know about Gender Identity and Transgender – but were afraid to ask!

This course is an ideal introduction to gender identity, transgender and gender confirmation for employers and service providers across all sectors including local government, health, police, housing associations and community and voluntary organisations. It will be particularly useful for anyone working with the public such as community based staff, social workers or front line & sales staff. It will also be useful for policy staff, human resources staff, team supervisors and managers.

This one day course is an introduction to gender identity and transgender issues and covers:
• An overview of the legal framework including the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Gender Reassignment Regulations 1999, Gender Recognition Act 2004 & Goods and Services amendment 2008.
• A introduction to gender identity and gender dysphoria
• Terminology and definitions including transgendered, transsexual, cross-dresser, gender-nonconforming, transvestite, gender-queer, & consciously androgynous people
• Exploring prejudice towards transgender people
• Best practice approach to customer care and employment
• Where next? Individual action planning

Delegates will receive an information pack including an equality checklist and top tips for promoting equality and diversity.

The session is delivered by Jenny-Anne Bishop and Ellen Hart, who are both transgendered and will answer any questions put to them.

This one day course will take place on Tuesday, 25 November 2008 in the beautiful surroundings of Oakfield Manor Boardroom at Chester Zoo and costs just £130 per delegate.

The course includes refreshments, a buffet lunch and lunchtime zoo tour.

More details available here.
Phone:01244 676488 (answer machine) or alternatively text or call 07531 841901

3–28 November 2008
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GFest - gayWise LGBT Arts Festival

GFest - gayWise LGBT Arts Festival takes place in November. Brochure available here. The Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes, says in support of GFest:

“Now in its second year, GFest provides important opportunities for the capital's LGBT and queer-identified artists, performers and filmmakers – as well as others from across the globe - to showcase their work. It is fitting that GFest takes place in the capital. London has the largest, most diverse community in Europe, and already hosts a series of high-profile LGBT events, including Pride, the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and LGBT History Month. The festival also encourages London's theatres and museums to review their programmes and make them more attractive to LGBT Londoners – this is important in a city where at least 10% of the population is gay and lesbian.”

Full details on gayWise website  

5 December 2008 Manchester Metropolitan University Logo

A Feminist Perspective on the Transsexual Debate Friday 5th December 2pm-5pm, The School of Law, Manchester Metropolitan University M16 6HB—just off Oxford Rd. Under the auspices of:

• The Manchester Metropolitan University School of law
• The Manchester Institute for Social and Spatial Transformations

Programme includes:

• Julie Bindel, Guardian Journalist, nominee for the Stonewall Journalist of the Year 2008, Feminist activist, author of “Women Overcoming Violence and Abuse”, and “The Map of My Life: The Story of Emma Humphreys”

• Dr. Susan Stryker, Women*s Studies, the University of Illinois, Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Trans Activist, author of “The Trans Studies Reader”, and “Transgender History”

Chair: Prof. Stephen Whittle, MMU School of Law, author of “Respect and Equality: Transsexual and Transgender Rights” and “The Transgender Debate”.

Public Attendance Cost: £12 or £5 on benefits (evidence of benefits must be produced at door).

Free for MMU Staff and Students, ticketless entrance: your staff or student card must be shown at the door.

People who are not MMU staff or students must apply for tickets. Without a ticket you will be refused entrance to this event.

To apply for tickets:

Send full details, indicating the number of tickets:

Please send a separate cheque for the correct amount by postal mail to Dave at the address below. Admittance will not be allowed without payment.

Postal Mail: send Full details, indicating the number & type of tickets, with a cheque for payment to: David Hulme, The School of Law Office, Sandra Burslem Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Lower Ormond St, Manchester M15 6HB.

For details of the venue look for Building no.19 on the map

Event organised by:
Professor Stephen Whittle, OBE, PhD, MA, LLB, BA
Professor of Equalities Law
Manchester Metropolitan University

6 December 2008 FTM London Logo

FTM London's Annual Party

Come and join us for some festive cheer!

We'd love to see you for fun and frolics with your nearest and dearest on Saturday 6th December. We have moved our annual party to a fully accessible venue, come down to Dragon Hall on Stukely Street from 7pm. Food, party games, cheep booze and if you've been very good this year - a visit from Ben Gooch in his santa costume (or a sack of coal from Thomas for those that have been naughty).

DJ's and tunes for all, looking forward to seeing you there.

11–14 December 2008

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Unique Christmas Party & Festive Winter Weekend

The Unique TG Network North Wales is running another of their excellent Christmas Parties and Fun Filled Festive Winter weekends, Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th December 2008, at the Edelweiss Hotel, Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

A safe and welcoming place for all TransPeople, their partners, families and supportive friends, and is an ideal weekend for that “first time out” as we have friendly beauty, make up, style and wig consultants to assist you achieve your best looks in a safe and secure venue.

The programme is:

• Thursday Evening 11th December: Unique Christmas Party & disco;
• Friday Afternoon 12th December: Bring & Buy Sale - bring along all your unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery, etc. and pick up a bargain. Also an afternoon concert of gentle live light and popular music and Songs from our cabaret artist Debbie;
• Friday Evening 13th December: Chinese meal and live Entertainment from “ Just Mel” with a 1950s theme;
Also an afternoon concert of gentle live light and popular music and Songs from our cabaret artist Debbie;
• Saturday Afternoon: T-girl market, with wigs, hairdressing, jewellery, makeovers & photography;
• Saturday Evening: Masked Ball and Christmas Banquet, with Cabaret and Disco, and a prize for the best costume.

Everyone is invited to attend for the whole event, or any part of it.

You can also stay in this very TG friendly hotel before and after the event as the Trans Person you are.

Event Website

31st January 2009 Funding image

LGBT Consortium - Annual Meeting and Conference

In response to feedback from members the LBGT Consortium is holding this year's AGM & Annual Conference on a Saturday making it more accessible for volunteers. Also the event has been moved to Birmingham as a central location and to celebrate the opening of the regional office in the West Midlands

The day will begin at 10am and finish at 5pm with an informal drinks reception from 5pm to 7pm providing the opportunity for further networking with other delegates and organisations both nationally and locally.

This year the Consortium is 10 years young so it will be looking to celebrate the work of the LGBT Third Sector that makes up its membership.

The agenda is currently being finalised, therefore there is still time for you to contribute to how the day might look and the workshops that will be provided.

It will be worthwhile for representatives of the trans organisations to attend to ensure that a proper proportion of the Consortium's £700,000 per annum expenditure is allocated to their needs.

If you are interested in presenting, showcasing, running a workshop or facilitating please

5th February 2009 LGBT Youth Logo image

LGBT Youth Scotland Schools Conference 2009

Thursday 5th February 2009, 10-4pm, The University of Edinburgh, The Pleasance, Edinburgh.

Learn more about the issues which LGBT young people experience at school and how you can help to support them.

All conference places are now free of charge, thanks to the kind support of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
More information here

4-7th February 2009
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IFGE Annual Conference

The event will be held February 4–7, 2009 at the Alexandria Hilton at Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. It is being hosted by the Transgender Education Association (TGE) of Washington DC, in coalition with other groups in the mid Atlantic region. The theme for this year's gathering is: “Working Together for Change.”

This year we are giving priority to the following themes:

• Issues impacting Transgender Youth, and Children of Trans Parents
• Issues impacting Transgender Elders
• Issues and concerns of FTMs (We are reserving a full track for FTMs)
• Issues and concerns of Crossdressers
• Reforming or removing "Gender Identity Disorder" from the DSM
• Transgender Health, Medicine and Legal Concerns
• TGs in Relationships - for Significant Others, Couples & Individuals with or without partners
• Changing the perception of Transgender People through Education.
• Creating unity in the Transgender Community

New ideas, new topics and new faces are also of strong interest. We will be holding special panel discussions for the benefit of students, researchers and educators to learn more about the trans community. (Student registration rates will be available.)

More details available here

7th February 2009

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Schools OUT annual conference

The Schools OUT Conference, held on Saturday 7th at The Drill Hall, just off Tottenham Court Road in London.

Schools OUT Conferences are something else. Previous ones have featured Q Boy, Mz Fontaine and Dean Atta. They're vibrant, dynamic and fun, and there's no death by PowerPoint for us. That's because they are on a Saturday and you don't want to give up your Saturday for something that feels like work.

Some of the highlights this year will be:

• Teachers from the No Outsiders Project showing us how they have been using all sorts of books in primary schools that explore LGBT lives including a dvd of the opera written by John Harold and his pupils ‘And Tango Makes 3’,.
• Young people from the LGBT project in Calderdale GALYIC.
• Anti-Bullying and Homophobia Worker (ABC Project) Kate Sicolo from the South West doing both a workshop and sharing with us material she is pioneering in secondary schools.
• Journey Man will be entertaining us - telling us stories.

Schools Out Website

18th February 2009

April Ashely at 65

An Evening with April Ashley

First Lady of Trans APRIL ASHLEY will be appearing at the Purcell Room in London, talking about her extraordinary life. This is a unique opportunity to see a true genderpioneer, and to hear about her extraordinary journey from the slums of Liverpool to the upper echelons of the British aristocracy.

Wednesday 18 February at 7.45pm

Details and Booking

Please do get in touch if you need any more information.

20th February 2009

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Visible, Valued and Vocal – Exeter

This is an LGBT History Month event brought to you by Equality SouthWest, South West LGB Network and Transgender Network. It is a full day event on 20th February and will be held at Exeter Racecourse. A full programme is available here

23rd February 2009

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Why do LGBT Scots from rural areas migrate to London, Glasgow and/or Edinburgh?

This is the question that Avanté Consulting has been asked to research by Stonewall Scotland.

As part of this research a second London focus group is being staged on Monday the 23rd of February and LGBT Scots originally from rural communities and now living in London are invited to offer their insight. The focus group will be highly participative and informal, with refreshments and sandwiches provided. You and others will have the opportunity to share your experiences with other Scots and your contributions will be entirely confidential.

Further information on the research is provided is available here

Details of the London focus group including timings and venue are provided below. All those attending will receive a £10 gift and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed on the night.

Time: 6:00 – 8:30, tea coffee and sandwiches will be provided on arrival.

Venue: The London School of Economics.

Houghton Street London WC2A 2AE, Clement House Building, Room D11.

A map of the LSE and surrounding area is available here
If you are able to attend please confirm your attendance by no later than Friday the 20th of February.
Tel: 0131 272 2728
Mobile: 07809555410
Fax: 0131 272 2800

February 2009 LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month 2009

A calendar of events organised for LGBT History Month 2009 for each region of the UK may be found here

15th March 2009


Conference for the Families and Friends of Transgender People

LUCY CAVENDISH COLLEGE, Cambridge CB3 0BU. Arranged and facilitated by Diana Aitchison BSc, Women of the Beaumont Society (WOBS) 09.30 am - 17.30 pm

After a lot of discussion it has been decided that wives, partners and family members CAN be accompanied by their trans-partner to the WOBS Conference on Sunday March 15th (9.30 - 5.30 pm (first speaker 10.15) and everything will be FREE!!

The Conference has to be paid for anyway so we should not waste it. Please e-mail me regarding attendance so that we can gauge how many to be catered for. We have some brilliant speakers booked and there will be plenty of opportunities for individual input so please support the Conference. It doesn't matter whether you are accepting or not, all are welcome as there is something for everyone,

Fantastic setting, free parking, fabulous food and the opportunity to meet others for mutual friendship and support.

Tel: 01223 441246, 07989 038223

15th March 2009

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Inner Enigma Meeting

All TG/TS welcome 7:30pm

No 1 Canal Street Manchester M1 3HE

19th March 2009

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Unique Meeting
7:30 pm -Edelweiss Hotel Colwyn Bay

24th March 2009
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Exploring Gender and Transgender Identities

Continuing Professional Development Sessions for professionals who work with children and young people.  Gendered Intelligence wish to support teachers and professionals working withchildren and young people who would like to increase their understanding around trans and to ensure their environments are inclusive and safe for all.

Introduction to exploring gender and transgender identities – Tuesday 24th March 2009 5.30pm – 8pm

For more information please contact Jay Stewart:
Tel: 07841 291 277

30th March 2009


PACE Family Conference

•Do you work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people and/or their families?
•Do you want to share good practice and learn about issues relating to LGBT people and their families?
•Do you want your organisation to be more inclusive of all young people and families regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity?

PACE is London's leading charity promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people of all ages. On 30 March they are running a one-day conference at the Resource Centre, Holloway Road exploring best practice and current issues in work with families, focusing on sexual orientation and gender identity. All are welcome. Places are limited so book as soon as possible.

Full details and forms maybe found here under 'PACE Family Conference'.

Queries and completed booking forms should be directed to:

Jo Beecham – Manager, Children & Family Service
PACE, Freepost NAT5443, London, N7 9 BR

Tel: 020 7715 0367

16th April 2009

Kellie Telesford

Kellie Telesford – meeting in Croydon to address concerns over the investigation and prosecution.

In November 2007 the police investigated the murder of a black, trans woman, Kellie Telesford, in Thornton Heath, Croydon. The press made great play of her trans status and even more so of suggestions that she may have been a sex worker. There was concern about aspects of the inquiry at the time, and it has not been possible to bring these concerns to the Serious Crime Unit in the months since. The trial of the suspected murderer found him not guilty.

At the meeting there will be a representative of the Crown Prosecution Service, who can explain details of the prosecution process and the trial. There will also be a representative of the Serious Crime Unit to answer questions about the investigation and to discuss how things might be done differently in future investigations.

We hope that the meeting will allow the various concerns of many people to be expressed and addressed.

If you, or your organisation, have questions to ask or points to put, please do so in writing. Please respond – if at all possible – by Thursday 9th April. (This doesn’t prevent late arriving questions being put, but it makes it difficult.) If you give contact details with your question it may be possible to get an answer back to you.

If this meeting fails to address the concerns raised there is the possibility of a bigger meeting, but this will depend on the response to the April 16th meeting.

Please see the website for up-to-date information.

24th April 2009

LGBT Consortium

Consortium LGBT Conference - Every Youth Matters

The aim of this conference is to explore the new rights and protections for younger Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people and opportunities for key Voluntary and Statutory sector agencies to develop their services in a supported way to ensure that they are delivering in accordance with this new legislative framework. The vebuw will be in central London.

Speakers and workshops will cover:

•The new Single Equalities Act
•Creating LGBT inclusive Children's Trusts and Local Authority Agreements
•Improving your organisation's engagement with LGBT young people

For more information please contact:

Event website

or call: 020 7064 8383

15th May 2009

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A conference for people of all faiths and none following-up a ground-breaking 2007 event which unanimously affirmed and celebrated values of human equality and social justice, rooted in the best of faith traditions and shared by all who are committed to a fully human vision of a transformed society. The day will counter onslaughts on LGBT Goods & Services rights, confront exemptions to equality legislation in employment and education, challenge homophobia and transphobia in faith schools, and build alliances between people of faith and all those concerned with promoting social equality and cohesion.

Saturday, 16 May 2009, 9.00 - 17.00
The Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL
(Russell Square Tube)

More details and a pdf

17th-20th June 2009WPATH Logo

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Symposium

The next WPATH Biennial Symposium will be held in Oslo, Norway, from 17 to 20 June 2007.

Information about the Symposium may be viewed here.

20th June – 6th August 2009Galop Logo

“Nothing about me without me”

Galop are hosting a series of discussions to explore some of the issues around transphobia, the availability (and lack of) of trans friendly services, and how the world you live in impacts upon your life. Your views will be used to shape how Galop works with all trans people in the future, to campaign for change and influence other organisations to better meet your needs. They want you to tell them what you think.

There will be a mixture of themed sessions (open to all trans spectrum people) and closed sessions aimed at specific groups of trans spectrum people (youth, BME, asylum seekers and refugees). The discussions are split in this way because to make safer spaces for people who identify in certain ways to participate in the discussions, and to further explore the differences (in terms of experiences and therefore needs) amongst trans spectrum people.

You will be reimbursed for your time.

When are the sessions?

Saturday 20th June (1.30 – 5) Transphobia –Themed group: open for all
Tues 23rd June (6.30 – 9) Trans Youth (16-25)
Sat 11th July (1.30 – 5) Accessing Services: Themed group: open for all
Tuesday 21st July (2 –- 4.30) Trans Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Thursday 6th August (6.30 – 9) BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Trans people.

All are welcome – so please pass this information on to your friends and colleagues. To find out more or book your place contact Ben: Tel: 020 7704 6767

4th July 2009

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Pride London invite you to “come out and play“, and party with purpose.

With that sort of title you can expect our annual LGBT Pride Parade to be a cavalcade of colour and fun through the streets of London. As usual will set off from Baker Street at 1 p.m. and proceed down Oxford Street and RegentStreet taking in some of the major sites of London as we swing round through Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square.

In Trafalgar Square you'll find an eclectic mix of speakers, stalls and a great line up of main stage performers from 3 pm. Alternatively, head into Soho where you'll find the streets closed to traffic and a street party in full swing.

With stages and bars dotted around you'll find plenty of entertainment or a place to chill with mates or space to make new friends. There truly is a place for everyone at this fabulous free eventender.

For more information, go here.

29 June to 9 July 2009

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Play—“Brief Encounters”

This is a thought provoking, educative piece of drama about the lives of a group of young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and straight people at school.

In collaboration with Central School of Speech and Drama; US based theatre company, Fringe Benefits and Gendered Intelligence (an organisation that works with young people, delivering creative workshops in schools and colleges to generate discussion and debate around gender) approximately 50 young people came together to produce the play “Brief Encounters”.

It is a thought-provoking, educative piece of drama about the lives of a group of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ) and straight people at school.

Accompanying the play is a workshop and a teacher’s pack.

Gendered Intelligence also delivers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and ongoing support for teaching staff.

The play and workshop is aimed at Year 10–13 students and designed to fit into the PSHE national curriculum as it looks at personal issues such as identity and relationships.
The play and the workshop aim to:

•Demonstrate respect for differences between people with regard to gender identity and sexual orientation.

•Recognise difference and diversity (for example in culture, lifestyles, gender identity, sexuality or relationships), and demonstrate understanding and empathy towards others who live their lives in different ways. They can assertively challenge prejudice and discrimination (for example that related to gender, race, disability, etc.).

• Ensure pupils can discuss relationships, feelings and emotions.

Gendered Intelligence understands the barriers and problems that schools face when trying to tackle homophobia and transphobia.  We know it takes time for teachers and pupils to feel confident enough to confront LGBTQ issues.  Brief Encounters offers a space to encourage discussion about gender and sexual orientation in a safe and controlled environment.

The package is also designed to work with drama classes and our collaboration with Central School of Speech and Drama allows us to offer pupils further information regarding possible future careers in the arts.

Provisionally offering 10 free places are on offer to interested schools. These places however, are dependent on funding and the cost of the entire package is £300 to schools who do not gain a free place.

For more information or to book the play and workshop, please contact Jay Stewart:
Tel: 07841 291 277

10th-12th July 2009

Sparkle - The National Transgender Celebration

A weekend festival in Manchester of all things transgender, with live entertainment on the Sparkle stage, meals, clubs, information/support and so much more.  Come and join the world's biggest public celebration of Transgender.

For more information, go here.

4,5-6th September 2009
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Friday 4th (Evening), Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th SEPTEMBER 2009

KEY SPEAKER: Dr. Douglas Ousterhout
Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of California, USA

Friday evening buffet; Saturday & Sunday midday meals and refreshments;
Saturday Evening 3-Course Gala Dinner (with Pre-Dinner Drink and BackgroundMusic for Dancing) at the prestigious Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
(Extra Gala Dinner Guests will be welcome, Tickets £33.50.)

(includes midday meals and refreshments)

B & B ACCOMMODATION is available on Campus AT EXTRA COST
(All rooms have en-suite showers, etc.)

NR14 8RG
TEL/FAX: 01508 492551
More details available here

4 – 6th September 2009
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WEST 2009 – National Transmen's Conference

WEST 2009 is the second national conference for FTMs to be held in the West Country, organised by Western Boys. The first conference, in 2007, was described by many attendees as a “life changing event” – from which they returned home with a much greater sense of well-being and self-confidence.

The event aims to:

• increase FTM community focus
• provide information about medical, legal and social issues
• provide support and inspiration for those newly transitioned, i.e. people who are relatively new to the community, and to community members of longer standing who may have lived much of their transitioned lives in less enlightened times.

Above all, the conference aims to allow transmen, their close friends and their family a safe space to meet, chat, exchange information and make friends for life!

Specialist speakers, including medical professionals, will address current legal and medical issues to ensure that the community is aware of and understand the implications of any recent changes in legislation and/or medical advancements. Workshops will be held to explore topics of interest, and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to facilitate.

Western Boys are currently bidding for funding for the conference to help with the costs. In the event that they are unable to secure financial assistance the full cost of the conference will be £100 per person (to include all meals and a conference dinner). Accommodation will be available on the campus in single rooms (not en-suite), single en-suite rooms and double en-suite rooms, ranging from £20 to £53 per night. Please note that the number of en-suite rooms is limited, so book early.

It is hoped to offer some assisted places for those on low income or benefits, subject to funding. FTM London have offered travel bursaries up to £20.

If you wish to book a place now please send a deposit cheque for £40 per person (payable to WEST) to the address below, or send an email. Full details and a booking form will be sent out by post and email by Easter 2009.

35a Fore Street, Wellington, TA21 8AG
Tel: 07811 814302

12th September 2009
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An Audience with Jason Elvis Barker

Jason Elvis Barker is an award winning filmmaker, comix artist, occasional stand up comedian, co-producer of Transfabulous and a programmer of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Jason likes corduroy, slippers and proper puddings with custard. He dislikes it when people's noses whistle when they are sitting next to him in the cinema.

At this one off fundraising event, he will also take questions from the audience about his life, work and the universe.

Central School of Speech and Drama
Embassy Theatre
Eton Avenue
LondonNW3 3HY

Prices: £4.50 (conc) / £6.50
Tel: 07841 291277

For more information about Jason check out his new website.

3rd October 2009

Dr Zukowski October 3rd London Lecture Series

Visitors to the GIRES website may wish to know of an event that includes presentations by three private practitioners from the USA and the UK. Listing the event here should not be taken to imply that it is endorsed by GIRES.

Individualised advanced surgical techniques for global face and body feminisation and micrograft hair restoration for the transgendered or crossdressing patient

Mark L Zukowski MD FACS

The role of Transhealth in a successful transition

Richard Curtis BSc MB.BS Dip. BA

Modifying the MtF voice with coaching and surgery

Guri Sandhu MBBS FRCS and
Christella Antoni BA (Hons) MSc MRCSLT

The day will commence at 8am to allow trans people and their significant others to meet with folks in a similar position. All are welcome to drop in and chat. The lectures will commence at 7.30pm and refreshments will be available all day. The event will be held at

The Chamberlain Hotel (020 7680 1500)
130-135 Minories
London EC3N 1NU

The event will be attended by some of his UK-based patients who will be pleased to discuss their experience and results gained from Dr Zukowski’s face and body feminisation surgery. Dr. Zukowski will be available for complimentary consultations starting at 8:00am on 3rd October. Call Michelle on 001 847 853 8869 between 3pm and 9pm (UK time) weekdays or

Also contact Michelle if you intend to attend the lectures.

6-7 October 2009
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National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Summit

Newcastle/Gateshead has been selected to host the LGBT Health Summit in 2009. This is a key national event, founded in 2006, to provide a safe, supportive and exciting space for individuals, organisations and activists to come together to discuss, debate and challenge thinking and practice on LGBT health issues in the UK.

The 2009 Summit will be the fourth such event and will provide a key opportunity to promote LGBT Health issues and showcase what’s going on in the north east, to around 350 delegates from across the UK. It will take place on the 6th and 7th October 2009 at the Hilton Hotel, on the banks of the river Tyne. The Summit is being hosted by NHS North East with the support of a growing number of regional and national partners including the “NHS North East LGB Staff Network”, and “Equality North East”
If you are interested in becoming a member of our stakeholder group or you would like to join our distribution list to receive our regular newsletter updates which will be launched shortly

For more information,please visit here.

11th October 2009

Annual meeting of GIRES members

The next annual meeting of the charity will be on Sunday 11 October 2009, in Ashtead, Surrey, commencing at 2.30 pm. Attendance is open to all the charity's members. Details of how to apply for membership are here.

The meeting will begin with the formal business of approving the report and accounts for the previous year and appointing trustees, as well as the independent examiner of the charity's accounts. Then there will be workshops on subjects that are of interest to the charity's members. Tea and later a light early supper will be provided. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet other members.

Formal invitations will be sent to members in midsummer.

17th October 2009
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Gender Matters Charity Ball 2009

The Gender Matters Charity Ball 2009 – anyone who is transgender friendly will be made most welcome.

Live entertainment and music for all tastea and a very nice buffet will be served. Tickets £s;12 each.

You can send in this booking form, pop in and collect your ticket or book in advance and pay on the door.

For more details ring Gender Matters on 01902 744424.

30th October 2009

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Shout Festival Launch

Shout is a new LGBT Cultural festival in Birmingham, our main visual arts commission is a retrospective of the work of Del LaGrace Volcano.

Please see the website website for more details on the festival.

The first retrospective of Del LaGrace Volcano’s work, a gender variant visual artist, including works never before seen in the United Kingdom. His work spans over twenty years of gender terrorism exploring the hermaphroditic traces of the human body. The show draws on work from around the globe. This is the first time this major collection of work has been shown in one place. Alongside his more well known work (both as Volcano and as Della Grace), there will be work never shown before, contact sheets and press clippings that chart his art practice and life.

The Works Gallery, Jubilee Works, Pershore Street, Birmingham, B5 6ND

Launch Night Party – 6.00 – 9.00pm
Times: Opening 11am – 4pm Mon – Sat
Admission Free

7th November 2009


TREC Launch

TREC is an innovative new Trans Resource & Empowerment Centre for all trans and gender variant people in the North West (& beyond).

Time: 11am – 4pm Saturday, November 7th 2009
Place: LGF, 3rd Floor, Princess House, 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD

14th November 2009

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Changing Hearts, Opening Minds

It's been 40 years since the first Scottish LGBT equality group was founded. Reaching complete legal equality for LGBT people in Scotland is now a goal within our reach.

This year the Equality Network, with LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland, is running its national conference in Dundee.

Changing Hearts, Opening Minds
Saturday 14th November 2009
10am to 4pm

The keynote speaker is Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health and Sport.

A full agenda, further information about attending and the registration form is available from their website

19th November 2009

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Pre-Launch of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month (February 2009)

The national pre-launch event for LGBT History Month 2010 will be taking place at the British Museum on 19 November 2009.

The year 2010 will bring us The Equality Act with its greater legislative demands of schools and all public institutions thereby increasing the relevance of LGBT History Month.

Timed to be a part of Anti-Bullying Week, this will be a whole day event in four parts, with prestigious contributors:

To find out more about the event, including a list of the contributors and exhibitions, please click here.

To sign up for the event, please click here, select the part of the event you want to attend and click on register.

20th November 2009
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Dublin's Ceremony of Remembrance

In memory of all those that experienced Gender Identity Disorder, Transgender and who have died from Suicide and violence without realising their full potential. May they find the peace that they did not find on earth.

R.I.P. remembrance will be held in the Unitarians church Stephen's green on Friday; the 20th of november 2009.



(free Refreshments served after ceremony)

Tel: 0857442697

9–22 November 2009

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GFest - gayWise LGBT Arts Festival

GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival takes place in November.

GFest London's premier LGBT cross-arts festival, GFest is a platform for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer artists, organisations and venues to promote LGBT and queer arts. Organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, GFest features queer artists and talent across the arts, including visual arts, theatre, dance and performance, LGBT short films, debates, workshops and parties.
Details available here

25th November 2009

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Becoming Druscilla

Richard Beard and the titular Drusilla will be discussing the book and their experiences as part of November's SHOUT festival in Birmingham.

For years Richard Beard would take spontaneous holidays with his motorcycling friend Drew. They would spend a few days walking, camping, cycling or canoeing before returning to their everyday lives: wives, children, jobs. Richard was writing novels and Drew was working in the engine-room of cross-channel passenger ferries. Then one year Drew phoned Richard to announce something: he was planning to have a sex change.

This is the story of how Drew became Dru – of a friendship re-evaluated.

Becoming Drusilla explores what we think we know about ourselves, our friends, and our families and how this can often turn out to be very wide off the mark. It’s about secrets and preconceptions and confronting prejudices you didn’t know you had. It holds up a mirror to the extraordinary in outwardly ordinary lives.

Venue: Birmingham Library Theatre, Paradise Place, Birmingham. B3 3HQ
Time: 7.30pm (Doors Open at 7.00pm)
Ticket Prices: £5.00
Details and booking here

30th November 2009

Time for T

Time for T Conference 2

Practitioners from the around the country can meet to share knowledge and good practice in relation to the issues facing the Transgender population. Issues faced by the young and old will be addressed, with specific insight through three case stories of their experiences.

What can you expect to get out of this event:

Download the conference brochure and the registration form.

5 December 2009

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PACE LGBT Women's Workshop
This workshop will provide basic facilitation skills specific to working with LGBT groups as a LBTQ woman:

The PACE Womens Health Promotion Project wants to celebrate the work that women are achieving in our community, provide a space for people to network and share their own experiences of facilitating LGBT groups and encourage new women to get involved.

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Place: PACE Office, 34 Hartham Rd, London, N7 9JL

11–13 December 2009

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Unique Christmas Party & Festive Winter Weekend

The Unique TG Network North Wales is running another of their excellent Christmas Parties and Fun Filled Festive Winter weekends, Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December 2009, Royal Hotel Llandudno, North Wales.

The programme is:
Arrive Friday from 2pm

Friday evening (11th Dec): Unique Christmas party and disco;
Saturday (12th Dec): Afternoon: T-girl market and Bring & Buy;
Evening: Gala dinner with wine, followed by a live cabaret (Lady in Red theme).

Event Website

14th January 2010 Rainbow mark logo

Launch of Rainbow Mark
The Rainbow Mark is an equality mark sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government and supported by the Welsh Local Government Association and Tai Pawb – a signifier of good practice, commitment and knowledge othe specific needs, issues and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Wales.

In order to gain a Rainbow Mark, the LGBT Excellence Centre will provide a clear assessment criteria to work from and on-going guidance and advice to help collect evidence and develop good practice, including supporservices (where required) with rewording forms, policies and procedures.

Together with the Cardiff Council, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Welsh Local Government Association, and Tai Pawb, the LGBT Excellence Centre Wales is launching “The Rainbow Mark” in the Senedd, on 14th January 2010. The launch will bring together organisations, professionals and policy makers from all public services, as well as the private sector from around Wales, to understand the role that this new kite mark plays in achieving better equality for LGBT people.

Registration for the event is now open. There is only room for 200 people, and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note the event is free to attend. However, should you be allocated a place and not attend, a cancellation fee of £20 will be levied to help cover costs, unless a colleague is nominated to attend on your behalf.

LGBT Excellence Centre Website

Phone: 01792 645325.

30st January 2010 Funding image

LGBT Consortium - Annual Meeting and Conference
The day will begin at 10.00am and finish at 5.00pm. There will be an informal drinks reception after the conference. This is an excellent opportunity for you to network with other people from the LGBT third sector around the UK.

The theme for this year’s conference is Change:

6th February 2009

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Schools OUT annual conference

The Schools OUT Conference, will be held on Saturday 6th February at The Drill Hall, 16 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EX (just off Tottenham Court Road).

Conference fees (which include buffet lunch)
January 26th January 26th
Organisational £50£60

Book at the Schools Out Website

Telephone 0207 635 0476, 07960 493544

20th February 2010

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Workshop For Families Of People Dealing With Gender Identity Issues

People affected by gender identity issues need the understanding and support of their families. The other family members usually themselves need help to deal with a situation for which they are unprepared. GIRES, in collaboration with two support organisations, Depend and Mermaids, has designed a workshop that enables these other family members to share their experiences, understand their own situations better and work together on finding ways to help their loved ones and themselves. It is primarily aimed at the families of people who consider themselves to be transsexual, or who may be so. However, their trans family members will be most welcome if it seems best that they too should attend. Confidentiality, understanding and sympathy are guaranteed for everyone who attends. To preserve the character of the workshop, we are unable to allow trans people to attend without members of their families. Nor can we permit counsellors or other professionals to be present who might wish to observe what happens in the workshop.

All the workshop leaders have personal experiences as family members or trans people. They enable participants to:

The families who attended previous workshops in London, Leicester, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, Gateshead and Glasgow said they were highly valuable. If you have any questions phone us.

Please apply using this form.

Either post or

12th March 2010


LGBT Information Sharing Event

PACE would like to invite London’s youth organisations to our information sharing event (priority will be given to LGBT specific youth organisations). This FREE event is an excellent opportunity for you to network with other organisations in London.

Order of the day:

Places are limited, so please book early. (A number of spaces will be reserved for LGBT specific organisations). very part of life through collaborative leadership. A booking form can be found here.

020 7700 1323 (office)
020 7715 0368 (direct)
07504 874195 (mobile)

22nd Jan–25th March 2010 LSIS Logo

Promoting Trans Equality – the 7th Equality Strand
The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) working in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in post-school education and with support from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) have designed a series of trans-equality development workshops. These interactive workshops are designed to inform, develop and build individual and organisational learning and to give you the skills to effectively promote and mainstream trans-equality.

The workshops have been designed and will be delivered by colleagues and learners from the trans community in FE, with input from the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) and Laura Miles from the UCU.

Practical, interactive and engaging, these workshops use the ‘lived experience’, presentations from colleagues and learners from the trans community, case studies and small group discussions to develop your understanding, build knowledge and the skills needed to meaningfully promote trans equality in your organisations.

Dates for 2010

20th March 2010

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New Scottish Hate Crimes Legislation
New legislation that will protect queer people in Scotland will pass into law next month, making Scotland the first country in Europe to implement hate crime law which covers transphobic hate crime.

The Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009, also known as the hate crimes bill, will extend protection for victims of violent crime because of race or religion to cover sexuality, gender identity and disability.

It will mean that when someone does something that’s already a crime such as assault right through to murder and they were motivated by homophobic or transphobic reasons, sheriffs and judges will have to take this into account when sentencing.

The Equality Network is inviting people to the National LGBT Forum and Scottish Transgender Alliance Forum in Glasgow on March 20 to find out what exactly the changes will mean.

There will be contributions from Police forces across the country and victims of hate crime, discussions about how the law will be implemented and the best ways of ensuring gay people across Scotland know their rights.

Nearly one in four people in Scotland have been physcially assaulted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Police forces, councils and organisations across Scotland are planning campaigns and events to co-incide with the new law.

If you would like to register for the event

30th March 2010 LSIS Logo

An event to launch three new tools and resources

This event is for those involved in the development and implementation of equality and diversity (E&D) and inclusion practices in further education colleges, such as: E&D practitioners, senior managers, HR professionals, curriculum development managers, inspection programme leaders, training and development managers, and learner services managers. Book here

Tel: 024 7682 3651

30th March

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Meeting to explore gender identity issues in Wales

The meeting will take place from 10.30 to 15.00 at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, 3rd floor, 3 Callaghan Square, Cardiff, CF10 5BT, which is within walking distance from Cardiff Central Station. Lunch will also be provided and we can cover reasonable public transport expenses.

The purpose of the meeting will be to support the LGBT Excellence Centre to:

Telephone: 01792 645325 – 07876 655871 (mobile)

More details available here

10 May 2010 Jane Wrin Logo

Putting the T first - Photo Exhibition

On 10th May 2010 Jane Wrin will open a new Photo Exhibition, at the Brighton Media Centre, entitled ‘Putting the T first’. This is Brighton’s first photo exhibition focussing on the trans community.

Jane aims to raise awareness of the trans community; to show how many people’s pre-conceived ideas of transgender and transexuality is skewed by the hidden nature of many trans people and to reshape the way that people react to and think about the trans community.

Many, even those in the LGBT community not only put the T at the end, but they also discriminate and vilify them in a manner that gays and lesbians were treated no so long ago (and still are of course in many places). With a rise in Transphobia in 2009, this exhibition will form just one part of a movement towards change.

Jane is looking for models. If you identify as trans please email her for a chat. Shooting must end by 17th April and will take place during weekends in a central Brighton location, unless a group can be gathered for a specific location outside of Brighton.

15 May 2010 Jane Wrin Logo

Gendered Intelligence Youth Session

After a successful consultation period with young people in February, Gendered Intelligence have nealy finalised their youth programme of events for the next year.

Everything planned has come from the suggestions and initial planning of 12 young trans and gender questioning people. The programme includes a trans/ gender queer sports day, canoeing, hormone and surgery info sessions, voice session, healthy relationships and having families and... a trip to a theme park!

All sessions will be free and refreshments will be provided; travel bursuries are available

The launch session will be on Saturday the 15th of May 2010, for young people who identify as trans, who are questioning their gender identity and are under 25. There will be plenty of time to meet and hang out with other young trans people and people questioning their gender identity, food provided, and a great session on Self Expression of Gender through Image, facilitated by two of the UK's top queer/ femme performers!

After this the sessions will be running twice a month, one Saturday and one Wednesday evening each month.

8, 22 May 2010 GIRES Logo

Workshop for the Families of Gender Variant People in Cambridge

GIRES arranges workshops that enable family members to share their experiences, understand their own situations better and work together on finding ways to help their loved ones and themselves. It is primarily aimed at the families of people who have embarked on transition or plan to do so, see here

For information about the workshop in Cambridge, contact 01372 801554

4th-6th June 2010

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International Congress on Gender Identity and Human Rights

The Congress has two main objectives:

To achieve these objectives, it has been established a format that includes not only the papers and round tables of the Conference itself, but the creation of 5 working groups to develop some very specific issues and to prepare 5 thematic documents which will form the basis of the “Declaration of Barcelona”.

For more information, go here.

7 July LSIS Logo

Promoting Trans Equality – the 7th Equality Strand The workshops have been designed and will be delivered by colleagues and learners from the trans community in FE, with input from the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES), Laura Miles from the UCU and Nicci Mack from GenderActive

Practical, interactive and engaging, these workshops include presentations from the transcommunity, case studies and small group discussions.

The seventh strand explains the law and uses LSIS's trans equality online resource and existing guidance to explain how the equality duty should be used in the transgender context.

Dates for 2010:

9th-11th July 2010

Sparkle - The National Transgender Celebration

A weekend festival of all things transgender, with live entertainment on the Sparkle stage, meals, clubs, information/support and so much more.

For more information, go here.

16th July
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Trans Community Conference 2010

Submit art works and sign up for a stall

Central School of Speech and Drama
Embassy Theatre
Eton Avenue
LondonNW3 3HY

More details available here.

20th August
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Trans Day at Bristol Pride

For the first time Bristol has a pride festival. The main trans event takes place on Friday the 20th August. The night will be a collection of films, documentaries, art, media and discussion. It looks set to be a fantastic night. There will also be a great Trans tent on the main Pride day, which is the 21st August.

More details available here.

3–5 September, 2010
Barbara Ross

Everybody interested in or concerned with Transgender Issues

The sixth Barbara Ross Association Conference for 2010 (TG10) will take place on 3rd, 4th and 5th September (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)2010.

More Information here.

6–7 September, 2010

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LGBT Health Summit 2010

Emotional health & wellbeing is an issue for everyone, however for many LGBT people there can oftens be times in our lives when our emotional health & wellbeing suffers, having a significant impact on our physical health.

The LGBT Health Summit 2010 is a free event and this year will focus on how emotional health can impact on physical health and vice versa. They want to hear from as many people as possible from all across the UK sharing their ideas on how we can work together to improve services for LGBT people. They especially want to hear from LGBT people themselves who are interested in getting involved in the event, whether behind the scenes or up on stage!

Although the conference is free, we will be planning some evening entertainment on the first day with a cost attached but we will try to keep the costs down as much as possible to ensure you have a great experience and will release more details about this shortly as we start to finalise the programme.

The summit will take place in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on the University of Hertfordshire site.

More Information here.

30th September, 2010

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Reflecting Diversity Seminar

This seminar is timed to coincide with the release of the BBC's consultation on the portrayal of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) audiences and with the Coalition Government setting out its plans to deliver greater lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

Planned sessions will examine:

The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Media Forum. An up-to-date copy of the agenda can be viewed here
Tel: 01344 864796

30th September – 3rd October, 2010


3rd European Transgender Council

This year's council will be held in Malmo in Sweden from Thursday evening, September 30th till Sunday afternoon, October 3rd. The motto will be “Embracing Diversity. Stretching Boundaries. Demanding Rights”

As previously the third Council will be open to all trans people, including cross dressers, transgender people, transvestite and travestie, transsexual people and LGBTI human rights activists, friends, allies and spouses.

Traditionally the General Assembly of Transgender Europe is held on Saturday afternoon including the election of board and steering committee of TGEU for 2010 – 2012.

More Information can be found here.

10th October 2010

Annual meeting of GIRES members

The next annual meeting of the charity will be on Sunday 10 October 2010, in Ashtead, Surrey, commencing at 2.30 pm. Attendance is open to all the charity's members. Details of how to apply for membership are here.

The meeting will begin with the formal business of approving the report and accounts for the previous year and appointing trustees, as well as the independent examiner of the charity's accounts. Then there will be workshops on subjects that are of interest to the charity's members. Tea and later a light early supper will be provided. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet other members.

Formal invitations will be sent to members in midsummer.

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Transgender Equality – what is your duty?

The Equalities Act 2010 has expanded on transgender legal duties, and Ofsted and the compliance functions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission reinforce those duties for public bodies.

This workshop is for Board members, executives, senior managers, managers, senior officers, HR specialists, E & D practitioners and user/staff representatives who are responsible for the care of transgender employees and service users. It provides expert guidance on how to develop lawful and effective policies and ensure good practice.

Topics to be covered:

Please fill out the online booking form

2nd November 2010

Making Babies in the 21st Century: Reproductive Technologies

As part of a series from Cambridge University in association with The Guardian; Baroness Onora O'Neill, Marcia Inhorn, Susan Golombok and Carl Djerassi discuss how reproduction is affected by 21st Century Technology. Questions include: "What reproductive options have been made possible with the latest technology?" and "What does the separation of sex from reproduction mean for understandings of gender?"

More information here.

2nd November 2010
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Pre-Launch of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month (February 2011)

Twickenham Rugby Stadium (20 minutes from Waterloo)





Tel: 0207 635 0476, 07960 493544

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Clarifying The Agend(a) er

The Psychosexual Therapy Service NHS Blackburn with Darwen CTP are pleased to announce this years conference on the 11th November from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

The program will be exciting, informative and valuable to all those working with any patients/clients who present with gender identity issues. Speakers to present from Charing Cross London and Gender Identity Development Unit, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust are expected.

Protected Learning Time for Blackburn with Darwen colleagues has also been secured so there are free places for colleagues who are employed by NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire. There will be a charge of £90 (non refundable) for anyone from outside these areas, which is payable with application form.
For further information please feel free to contact our Service Administrator Sandra Fisher on 01254 669429 or by

16th November 2010

'Gendered Behaviour: what can Science tell us?'

As part of a series from Cambridge University in association with The Guardian; Deborah Cameron, Robin Dunbar, Elizabeth Spelke and Simon Baron-Cohen discuss the implications of modern science on our understandings of gender. Questions include: "What do new advances in the behavioural sciences tell us about gendered behaviour?" "What will it be possible to deduce in the future?" and "What might this mean for gender equality?"

More information here.

17-18th November 2010

Accelerating Equality in Higher Education conference

The Equality Challenge Unit Conference presents a major national two-day conference to accelerate thinking and action on equality in higher education. GIRES is contributing to a seminar entitled "Is trans equality your weakest link? Ensuring your institution's policies and practices are fit for purpose."

New equality legislation, a more complex equality landscape and the demands of rapid demographic changes face higher education. The sector must act now to make real headway in realising the potential of all students and staff.

ECU's major two-day national conference brings together vice-chancellors, senior managers, governors, human resources directors,managers of student services and students' unions, equality and diversity specialists and academics.

From religion on campus to the equality implications of funding cuts, the packed agenda allows delegates to grapple with the challenges that lie ahead.

Speakers include:

Matthew Taylor, Chief executive of the RSA and former chief adviser on political strategy to the Prime Minister
Natasha Walter, writer, broadcaster and author of Living Dolls: The return of sexism
John Wadham, Legal Director of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former Director of Liberty
Aaron Porter, President of the National Union of Students
Barbara Cohen, discrimination law consultant
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief executive of HEFCE
Simon Fanshawe, writer, broadcaster and Chair of the governing body at University of Sussex
Professor Elaine Thomas, Vice-chancellor, University for the Creative Arts
Bernard and Terry Reed, Trustees of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

More information here.

20th November

20th November is International Transgender Remembrance Day. Details of local remembrance events can be found here.

9th October– 20th Nov, 2010

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Interarts: An Intergen(D)erational Arts Programme

In collaboration with Age UK, Gendered Intelligence is carrying out an arts based project exploring age in relation to gender and sexuality.

People are sought who are

LGBT and queer identified people who are members of the LGBTQ community from across London and the surrounding areas for our art making intergenerational project.

Consideration of how age plays a part in forming one's gender identity and sexuality, and to explore how different genders and sexualities are expressed across our aged (younger and older) bodies.

LGBTQ people are wanted to share their stories and lives, so explore their heritage, history and culture be it from decades ago, right up to the current day.

Four full day workshops will be delivered at the Central School of Speech &p;Drama where participants will get involved in photography, video, drawing and painting, creative writing and live performance workshops.
You can attend as many or as few workshops as you would like.

The workshops will take place on:

A final exhibition will be produced, which will be a combination of hanging paintings and photographs, or projected images as well as live performance and sound recordings. This will be shown to our families, friends,colleagues and the wider LGBTQ community.

The exhibition will take place on: Saturday 4th December 3.30—5.30pm

Lunch and travel bursaries will be provided. Come and join this fantastic and creative project!

1st December 2010

Transitioning Gender: Radical Technologies

The final part int the Public Forum series on Gender from Cambridge University in association with The Guardian; Richard Green, Judith Halberstam, Jens Scherpe and Ben Thom discuss current and future potential techniques of gender-transition technology. Questions include "What do the different terms - transsexuality, transgenderism, intersexuality - mean?" "What Is possible with the latest technology?" "What will be possible in the future?" "How do different cultures deal with transgenderism/transsexualism?" "What impact does transgenderism/transsexualism have on traiditional notions of the family?"

More information here.

Equal Marriage

As the law stands, same sex couples in the UK can enter into civil partnerships, but marriage is not yet an option. The law also interferes with both marriage and civil partnership rights of transgender people. This event will investigate the perceived barriers to equal marriage and seek to produce a roadmap for legislators as to how to make equal marriage a reality, suggest areas for further consideration and make recommendations for moving forward.

Date2nd December
VenueMacdonald Holyrood Hotel
81 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
Time10.00am registration – finish at 16.30

This event will include presentations, panel and group discussions. Speakers/panellists will include Prof John Curtice, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Patrick Harvie MSP, Prof Kenneth McK Norrie, Rev Sharon Ferguson (Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement), and representatives of LGBT groups working for equal marriage in Scotland.

This event is FREE but must be booked by Friday 19th November using the booking form or by phoning Steven Smyth on 0141 228 5961, or

Saturday 4th December

FTM London Christmas Party

FTM London are hosting a festive pirate–themed party at the Pirate Castle in Camden. Fancy dress is encouraged but optional (with Anne Bonny as welcome as Captain Hook!)

There will be music, a buffet, a raffle, and a pirate–based quiz for the evening's entertainment. FTM London will be providing soft drinks but people may bring alcohol for themselves and to share if they wish (rum is suggested!)

Admission is £5 or £3 for concessions. The night will start at 7pm and finish at 11pm. Details of the venue may be found here.

Monday 6th December 2010

Transgender life – Challenging Times, Challenging Issues

This exciting event, 'Transgender life – Challenging Times, Challenging Issues' is a masterclass for those supporting / working with, for, and on behalf of the Trans community in the Public & Voluntary sectors, and beyond.

The Centre for Local Policy Studies (CLPS at Edgehill University) in partnership with the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre (TREC) are hosting this unique and interesting conference on current Transgender (Trans) Issues at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF), 5 Richmond Street, MANCHESTER M1 3HF.

Following the very successful format of the 2009 event hosted by CLPS in partnership with the LGF, which specifically focussed around sexual orientation and the public sector, we have designed a masterclass focussed on gender identity to ensure that the issues that are relevant and current (inc. The Equality Act 2010) to the Trans community are addressed positively, frankly and given adequate time for open discussion.

The masterclass agenda has been developed by engaging with representatives from the community, highlighting the current issues and needs of Trans people.

We have engaged a number of specialist speakers who bring both their professional and personal experiences to the presentations & workshops.
We are particularly pleased to present Christine Burns MBE as our key speaker.
Themes include:
• NHS Treatments for Trans people,
•Current Legislation,
•Equality & Human Rights for Trans People,
•Transitioning as a young person,
•Transitioning in the public sector, &
• Dealing with Discrimination and Hate Crime.
All with plenty of time for Questions & Discussion.

The day will provide you with the opportunity to ask the Professionals those questions you've often wanted to ask but not felt able to.

The cost is just £120 per person plus VAT (Special Early Bird offer –book by 1st November & pay only £99 + VAT). Extra 25% discount for further attendees from the same organisation, or those from voluntary sector organisations. Registration and coffee from 9.30am. Lunch and refreshments included. For further information or to reserve your place, contact the Centre for Local Policy Studies on 01695 584765 , or email . CLPS website

TREC can be contacted at or see their Website

11th December 2010

Partnering Trans–identified and Trans-historied People — Problem or Pleasure?

As long as being Trans' remains socially stigmatised those who engage in relationships with them may find themselves stigmatised by association – wherever their sexual identity and orientation resides. This brings a unique layer of struggles for partners, beyond any issues within the relationship itself, such as the silencing of celebration.

This workshop will draw on the personal and professional experiences of the facilitator, providing an enlightening whistle stop tour of the issues arising for those partnering trans-identified and trans-historied people, plus provide time to explore in greater depth, via case studies and discussion, some of the most common struggles


Trainer: Tina Livingstone is a published Pink Therapy Accredited Sexual Minorities Therapist working in the Person Centred Approach who has specialised in counselling sexual and gender minorities since 1999.

The workshop will be held in a central London venue from 1pm to 7pm. Booking forms are available here.

21st December 2010

TransLondon Christmas Party

Translondon's next meeting will be the Christmas Party, hosted at the First Out Café Bar. Last year's was an outstanging success and everyone was made very welcome. The downstairs bar is booked and will be open until midnight, with vegetarian food, juices, beer, wine and spirits being served. The DJ is as yet unconfirmed but it is hoped that there will be one!

The address is:
52 St Giles High Street
WC2H 8LH (venue webpage here.) and if you have any questions get in touch with

They look forward to seeing you there!

17th January

LSIS &ndash Promoting Transgender Equality

The Equalities Act 2010 has expanded on transgender legal duties, and Ofsted and the compliance functions of the Equality and Human Rights Commission reinforce those duties for public bodies.

This workshop is for public sector professionals. It provides expert guidance on how to develop lawful and effective policies and ensure good practice.


• Understand the nature of gender variance
• Develop lawful and respectful transgender policies, monitoring procedures, practices and equality impact assessments
• Learn from the personal experiences of the transgender workshop facilitators
• Prepare for the consequences when an employee or service user is perceived as transgender
• Use the new transgender e-learning resource

Booking information can be found here.

19th January

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Trans consultation group

Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust will be holding a planning meeting on Wednesday 19th January, focussing on the two main topics on their action list:

• Influencing GP consortia,
• Staff training

There is limited parking at the venue and on-street parking in nearby Castle Street. Tea, coffee and bisuits will be provided.

If you wish to attend, please inform Sheree Bell, Community Engagement officer by email to

Thanks are given to Heather Gooch for providing the venue.

22nd January

LGBT Consortium Annual General Meeting

The Consortium will be holding its Annual Conference and AGM for all members on Saturday 22 January 2011 in Leeds.

The theme of this year's event is: "Coming together, Securing our future"

The day will feature influential guest speakers, workshops and a chance to network with others. You will also have the opportunity to feed into the Consortium's future plans.

Click here for more details and booking.

26th January

Age Concern Camden's Trangendered Women's Meet

Age Concern Camden are organising a Women's Group aimed at older transgendered women. The group is new so it is a great time to get involved.

The gathering will start at 4pm and finish at 6pm on Wednesday 26th January at the First Out Café, 52 St Giles" High Street, WC2H 8LH.

2nd February

London's LGBT Learning Network February 2011 Meeting: Trans Equalities: deepening our understanding of the issues.

This is the first meeting in 2011 of the In Our Name London LGBT Learning Network. The session is being organised in response to specific interest expressed by LGBT VCOs. The session aims to increase understanding of the nature of transphobia and to explore how LGBT VCOs might become more trans inclusive.

Organisations with no paid staff can claim a £50 consultancy fee for their organisation plus travel and access expenses. Additional fees are available to facilitate access for disabled representatives of LGBT organisations.

There will be Sign Language Interpretation available and the venue is Accessible.

In Our Name is a partnership project, led by Kairos in Soho, managed in partnership with London Friend, Pace and The Metro Centre.

Wednesday 2 February 2011 - 1.15pm to 5.00 pm
Hot lunch served from 1.15 pm

Guest Speaker: Ben Gooch, Shine Project Coordinator / Galop
Venue: Graeae Theatre Company, Bradbury Studios, 138 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY

Click here to book a place.

3rd February 2011

Invisible Voices

Outwest are hosting a free conference entitled “Invisible Voices” on Thursday 3rd February 2011 at
W14 9UY
from 9.30 am until 4.00pm. Lunch will be provided.

The aim of the conference will be to discuss the issues and difficulties faced by younger,older,disabled and refugee/asylum seekers within the LGBT Community. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone from statutory, voluntary and individuals to come together to talk about what we are doing right, and possibly more importantly, where we are going wrong.

The day will begin with speakers from the four areas to be discussed, followed by a Q&A session. After lunch which will be a great networking opportunity, there will be workshops on the various topics covered in the morning session.

The booking form is found here and may be returned via email or post to the addresses which it contains.

4th February 2011

Life in Trans Conference

LGBT Network Staffordshire is organising a conference, "Life in Trans: To develop best practice for Transgender issues in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire" on the 4th of February 2011 at The North Staffordshire Conference Centre in Hartshill Stoke-on-Trent.

The aim of the is conference to highlight and address many of the issues Trans people face in day to day life. This includes Hate Crime ranging from being called names in the street to, in its most extreme form, Trans people being killed just for being themselves. Employment for many people in today's climate is hard, but for many trans people the extra pitfalls and problems being faced can make finding a job an impossible task.

The conference will address all of these issues and offer best practice from leading specialists from around the country. Key Note speakers Bernard & Terry Reed OBE from GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) will be delivering a talk on based on in-depth research on best practice for PCT's in the transition process and the sustained rapid growth in Trans people seeking medical care. They will be joined by a representative from the Police who will be discussing Transphobic Hate Crime and the TUC's role in combating it and Carol Robson who will be talking about the best practice in employing Trans people for organisations.

To book on of the limited spaces please call 01782 266998 or email (a donation of £20 per delegate is asked.)

5th February 2011

Schools Out Annual Conference

Schools Out are hosting an interactive conference exploring how LGBT people can be safely visible in education, whether they are students, teachers, support workers, governors, parents or academics.

The day will include:

•Discussion space
•Launch of our new Schools OUT classroom
•LGBT Youth Northwest Equality framework
•Chances to talk about the law of Public Duty on sexual orientation and gender identity

Click here for pricing and location details.

6th February

Camden Transgender Drama Project

An experienced theatre and television writer/director will be leading a series of drama workshops in the New Year, specifically for trans individuals or those who are transitioning, who live in Camden. The workshops will explore the experiences of the trans community through drama and performance. No previous theatrical experience is necessary and no one will be expected to do more than is comfortable.

There is no fee to participate. If you're interested or would like more information, please email:

This project is supported by a grant from Camden Department of Arts and Tourism


February is Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans History Month.
Details of many events being held can be found here.

19th March

FTM Brighton's Inaugural Meeting

Are you local to Brighton or the surrounding area? Ever wished there was a local FTM trans group you could go to? Well now there is. A groups of trans guys have come together to set up a monthly group meeting in the heart of Brighton.

The project is an initiative that came out of a local Terrence Higgins Trust project called Informed Passions; a grass–roots sexual health project for gay and bisexual men in the city. This forward–thinking project convened a trans men's working group and the volunteers involved have been considering what is needed locally for FTM trans folk. As current members of FTM London, the volunteers decided that a local social and support space was needed, along the lines of FTM London, but complementing rather than competing with it. The group will address sexual health issues but will also work more broadly to provide information, support, social events and involvement in local campaigning relevant to FTM trans people.

The group is open to all FTM trans people, whatever their sexuality and however they identify: trans men, genderqueer or questioning. It will be run entirely by and for the members so it is essential that local trans guys come along and get involved. The first meeting of FTM Brighton takes place on Saturday 19th of March, 18.00–20.00, at the THT Offices, 61 Ship Street Brighton BN1 1AE. For more information, email

14th January – March 25th 2011

Large Print Trash

Jonathan Brown is performing his play "Large Print Trash" about a transgendered person in Sussex over the next three months. It was nominated for "Best Male Performance" in the Brighton Fringe with the following review from Nick Stockman:

”… beautifully performed and exquisitely written and Jenny's voice is articulately conveyed and precisely observed“The show is funny in the right places and thought provoking throughout exploring parent/child relationships, sex and sexuality, love and self discovery. There is a huge writing and acting talent at work here - the show was one of the stand-out nights of the 2007 Brighton Fringe and deserves to play to a wider audience."

Dates are as follows:

January 14th & 15th The Marlborough, Brighton
January 20th & 22nd The Victoria Institute, Brighton
February 16th Woodingdean Library, Brighton
March 5th –March 12th New Venture Theatre, Brighton
March 19thHove Centre
March 25thWoodingdean Library, Brighton.

Further information and tickets are available here

18th April

Action on issues which affect LGBT people

LGBT The Fed are holding a meeting to discuss Hate Crime; with representatives from ARCH, Ben Hoare Bell Solicitors, CPS, Citizens Advice Bureau and Northumbria Police. For more details see click here

18th April

"Sexual Orientation and Trans, and the NHS" Workshop

The workshop, supported by The Department Of Health, GIRES and Stonewall, provides an opportunity to find out about the government's National LGBT Action Plan, as well as LGB&T healthcare. Please click here for the flyer, which includes further details and contact details for those wishing to reserve a place.

18th, 20th & 22nd May

Special Trans–Friendly reserved showings of "The Primrose Hill Ladies Club"

The Courtyard Theatre are hosting specially designated Trans–Friendly evening performances of the play "The Primrose Hill Ladies Club. They give the following invitation to those who are interested in attending:

"The Primrose Hill Ladies Club is a play that tests the limits; now playing at the Courtyard Theatre, two minutes from Old St and trendy Hoxton Sq. This is where it all started back in 1968. A probing, provocative and hilarious night out packed with surprises, twists and turns more gripping than a rollercoaster ride. LONDON EVENING STANARD said the playwright, 'Bern Bowers has interesting things to say about transvestism... astute writing' EXTRA EXTRA 'Uproarious with wonderful characters who dare to be different.'

Join one of our special reserved transgender friendly nights (dress for comfort!). Please book early as numbers are limited. The special nights are Wednesday 18th May at 7.30pm; Friday 20th at 7.30pm and Sunday 22nd at 7.30pm. Go to for more details about the show and when booking enter promo code GROUP to get the special rates £10/£12. Hurry! It will be a night to remember."

21st May

Lewisham LGBT Liaison Launch

Lewisham Police have announced their new LGBT Liaison programme, and will be holding an official "launch" get–together.
Attendees will have the chance to

• meet the new LGBT Liaison Officers,
• receive advice on LGBT and local policing,
• get information on third–party reporting of crimes.

The event will be held at:
Bar 286
286Lewisham High Street,
from 9pm.

25th May

Meeting of LGB&T groups, hosted by the Greater London Authority.

The first of the two LGB&T Engagement Meetings for 2011, chaired by Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London.

The meetings are held at City Hall on Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA.

Please contact

20th June

Manchester City Council community consultation

Manchester City Council is holding the next consultation with the Trans community to discuss progress, hear about your experiences of their services & listen to suggestions for improvements to our services.

The consultation will take place on Monday 20 June 2011, 6pm till 8pm at:

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation,
Main Conference room 3rd Floor 5 Richmond Street,
Manchester M1 3HF.

Refreshments will be provided.

Further details from:

Alex Keelan
Gender Officer
Organisational Improvement
and Service Inclusion Team
(Please note that Alex currently works Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
Tel: 0161 234 4263
Int: 800 4263
Fax 0161 274 0025
Email :

or Jenny-Anne Bishop
TransForum Manchester

22nd June

Meeting of trans groups, hosted by the Greater London Authority.

The annual Engagement Meeting for Trans Organisations in 2011, chaired by Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London.

The meetings are held at City Hall on Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA.

Please contact .

24–26th June

Lesbian Gay Christian Movement Annual Meeting

The Annual Conference and AGM will be held in Birmingham this year from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June at the Carr's Lane Centre. Information will be posted on this page.

29th June

Working with young trans people – Dissemination and Networking event.

Do you, or could you work with young trans people?
Are you responsible for making sure your service is providing a good and appropriate service to young people who are trans or questioning their gender identity?

Gendered Intelligence invites you to a free dissemination and networking event. Come to either the afternoon session (3.30-4.45pm) or the evening session (5.15-6.30pm) at:

Central School of Speech and Drama
Embassy Theatre,
Eton Avenue,

For further information click here.

8–10th July

Sparkle Weekend 2011

A weekend festival of all things transgender, with live entertainment on the Sparkle stage, meals, clubs, information/support and much more.

Details of the roster are announced here as they are being confirmed.

A workshop to discuss the next stage of the Trans Equality Action Plan will be held on Sunday 10th. To book a place please contact Jenny-Anne Bishop at

To see the current version of the full 56 page document download it here.

22nd July

Trans Community Conference 2011 "Trans in the Media: Broadcast, Journalism, Screen & Social Media

Convened by Gendered Intelligence, in association with Trans Media Watch, this special fundraising event will include contributions from:

•Hollyoaks actress Victoria Atkin who plays Jason Costello, the first transgendered teen in a british soap
•Abi Austen from the Channel Four documentary "Sexchange Solider" made in 2007
•Young journalist and trans activist, Paris Lees who appeared in Channel 4's 4Thought TV
•Human rights lawyer and New Statesman journalist David Allen Green
•Guardian blogger, Juliet Jacques
•Jennie Kermode from Trans Media Watch
•Nathalie McDermott, director of social enterprise On Road Media, which trains organisations, communities, young people and journalists in podcasting, video blogging & other social media.
•As well as trans activists, academics and campaigners: Natacha Kennedy, Louise Chambers & Jay Stewart
•And more…

For further details click here.

TGEU Capacity Building Seminar Application Deadline
29th July

Transgender Europe (TGEU) is organising a 2 day Capacity Building Seminar for trans* activists and organisations across Europe hosted by the Scottish Transgender Alliance in September.

The event seeks to develop greater capacity and networking within the European trans* movement and is intended to promote increased effectiveness and impact of trans* activists at local, national and regional level.

If you are interested in attending, please review the Seminar Invitation and complete the Registration Form.

The deadline for applications is this Friday, 29th July at 12 noon (CET).

Click here to download the Invitation
Click here to download the Registration form

31st August

Trans community consultation in Cardiff City Hall

This workshop is being held in conjunction with The 6th LGBT Health Summit in Cardiff on 1st & 2nd September 2011.

Many representatives of Trans organisations attending the Summit will find it convenient to attend the community workshop on 31 August. This will follow on from the series of community workshops previously held in collaboration with the GovernmentEqualities Office (GEO), the LGBT Consortium, GIRES and many other Trans organizations to develop the Trans Community Statement of Needs (SON).

To see the current version of the document please download it here

Click here for the event's flyer.

2nd September

Kent Transgender Forum Launch

The Kent Transgender Forum is a charitable society dedicated to the wellbeing of all on the transgender spectrum. The launch will be held at Kent and Canterbury hospital.

Click here for the agenda and contact details.

1–2nd September

LGB&T Health Summit 2011

The LGBT Health Summit was founded in 2006 to provide a safe, supportive and exciting space for individuals, organisations and activists to come together to discuss, debate and challenge thinking and practice on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) health issues in the UK.

There have been five summits so far, the inaugural summit was in London in 2006, followed by Manchester in 2007, Bristol in 2008, Newcastle/Gateshead 2009 and most recently in 2010 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

This year's summit will be held in Cardiff at the LGBT Excellence Centre. For any further information, or to get involved, please contact Federico Podeschi on:

31st August–2nd September

Come Out and Play 2011

The LGBT Excellence Centre has officially announced Come Out & Play 2011, scheduled for 31 August to 2 September. Come Out & Play is where over 1,000 international LGBT people and those concerned with equality and human rights and the media connect with, learn about, and deliver the greatest developments in LGBT equality and human rights. Events range from international speakers, plenary sessions, workshops, exhibition areas, networking and parties.

Further details are found on the LGBT Excellence Centre's website.

This year's Summit will be held in Cardiff City Hall. To register, click here

2nd–4th September

QWEST 2011, 3rd National Conference for Transmen/FTM

Previous conferences have been described by many attendees as a 'life changing event' – from which they returned home with a much greater sense of well–being and self–confidence.

The event aims to:

• increase FTM community focus
• provide information about medical, legal and social issues
• provide support and inspiration for those newly transitioned, i.e. people who are relatively new to the community, and to community members of longer standing who may have lived much of their transitioned lives in less enlightened times

Above all, the conference aims to allow transmen, their close friends and their family a safe space to meet, chat, exchange information and make friends for life!

QWEST FTM UK look forward to welcoming many older friends and meeting new guys. This really is an event like no other – the chance to talk Trans all weekend, with no holds barred, no language blocked and all subjects possible! If you have not attended an FTM event before then let this be your first. You will not regret it, and will go home with a huge glow, lots of friends and the knowledge that you are not alone.

The price of booking a place ranges from £80 to £150 depending on income, which includes the two nights Bed & Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Workshops. The event will be held at Newport University in South Wales.

For more info please contact QWEST 35a Fore Street, Wellington, TA21 8AG Tel: 07811 814302 Email:

11th September

GIRES annual meeting of its members will be held in Ashtead, Surrey on September 11th.

For details of last years' meeting, click here.

All GIRES members are invited to the meeting. If you are not yet a member, click here for application details.

16th September

3rd Annual LGBT Housing Options Information Fair

Age UK Camden and Opening Doors London are holding an information fair on housing options for older LGBT persons, including speakers from:

• Anchor Housing – "Building a successful LGBT staff & customer group".
• Chartered Institute of Housing – "Delivering housing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers".
• OWCH – "How to set up a successful co-housing scheme".

And stalls from housing providers and organisations that support the LGB&T community.

To book, contact Stacey Halls

24th–28th September

WPATH Biennial Symposium 2011

The purpose of the 22nd WPATH International Symposium is to present professionals with the latest advances in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy to promote the health and well being of transgender and transsexual people and their families. The scientific program will address topics in several areas including primary care, psychiatry, endocrinology, and surgery; psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy; sociology and anthropology; gender and sexuality; speech and voice therapy; and other related fields relevant to transgender health.

There will be a variety of special panels, paper presentations, poster sessions and speakers, including some of the following topics: Children, families, and youth; ethnic/racial and cultural diversity in transgender health; transition–related services; community-based health care and community–participatory research; transgenderism in sports; human rights; and the latest advances in brain research. An update will be provided on the revision of the DSM and ICD gender-related diagnoses, and the completely revised Version 7 of the Standards of Care will be presented.

This year's WPATH symposium is in partnership with the 21st annual Southern Comfort transgender community Conference and the 29th annual conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, both held immediately prior to the WPATH Symposium, and with a joint programme on Sunday, September 25th at the WPATH Symposium site (Emory Conference Center).

Proof of Attendance Certificate will be given to all Symposium attendees. CEU's and CME's will be offered for the Pre-Conference Continuing Education program on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

For more information, click here.

22nd August

Gendered Intelligence Youth – Voice Workshop and SOFFA Meeting

For young trans people between 16 and 25, Gendered Intelligence will be running a voice session facilitated by Rebecca Root as part of the next SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies) event. The event is for your SOFFA's to attend with a whole group session and discussion for everyone. The voice session will be for the young trans* people only whilst your SOFFA's are in a different room.

Voice session: Learn to use your existing voice to help you feel better about your gender presentation, enhance specific qualities and generally gain self confidence and esteem. We will be working on a group voice piece in the session and then presenting back to the rest of the SOFFA's after! (Presenting is optional)

For SOFFA's: this is a chance to come and meet and talk to other partners, friends, parents, siblings, family members or key workers of young trans people. Also, time with GI staff to ask questions, gain support and advice as well as network with the other SOFFA's to continue your own connections outside of GI spaces. The event will be held at the Central School of Speech & Drama near Swiss Cottage tube station from 2pm until 5pm. RSVP to Finn Grieg at

31st October

Pride After Prejudice – Bristol

Pride after Prejudice is an exciting and FREE one-off event giving you the chance to listen to four innovative and provocative speakers addressing the issues affecting today's LGBT youth. You'll also be able to challenge them during an hour-long debate with members of the audience. From bullying and discrimination to homelessness and mental health issues, they'll be discussing the pride of the LGBT community and the problems faced in search of recognition and acceptance.

For more information and to book a free place, click here.

7th–13th November

Trans Events in Liverpool

Workshops and festival, organised by Mandy Romero and funded by a grant from the Arts Council. For more information, contact 07815 078219

17th November

"Educate and Celebrate" LGBT Training Day for teachers

Stoke Newington school has celebrated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans history month for 6 years. They are now sharing their experience and resources, and are giving practical advice and training to other educators to make their own schools LGBT friendly.

The next course is on 17th November from 9.30am-4pm and is open to all teachers and educators.

Click here for Stoke Newington School's hompepage.

Click here for more details and booking information.

18th November

Manchester Transgender Day Of Remembrance

To mark the re-launch of the TREC community events and to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20th), the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre announce Rev Sarah Jones as their keynote speaker. Friday, 18 November 2011, 7-9pm at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester.

19th November

Pace – Transgender Women's Health Workshop

Pace are holding a workshop to provide an opportunity for transgender women to discuss and learn about health issues in a context relevant to their specific needs and experiences.

The event is open to pre, post, and non-operative trans women, cross dressers, or those who are contemplating starting some form of transition.

This workshop will be held in Holborn, London

Click here to download the flyer with more information

If you are intereseted in attending or would like further information, please contact

20th November

Transgender Day Of Remembrance will be observed on the 20th November.

Click here for a list of regional events.

The International Trans Day of Remembrance is an opportunity for trans people, their friends, families and allies to come together in a safe space to reflect on those who have lost their lives through violence or suicide because they are trans. It is a time to remember, mourn and celebrate them and to tell their stories so they are not forgotten.

You don't have to bring or do anything but, as in previous years, we would very much like people to contribute and participate if they wish. If you would like to take part, please bring short stories, readings or poetry and speak to the organisers beforehand – if you prefer not to read yourself, we can find someone else to read the text for you.

London International Trans Day of Remembrance 2011

Sunday 20th November · 4:30pm – 6:30pm followed by refreshments in 52 Club bar until 9.00pm

Location : The 52 Club, Basement, 52 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EB

For trans people, their friends, families and allies.

An occasion to remember, mourn, celebrate trans live lost to violence or suicide.
Commemoration through readings, poetry and music

Refreshments & cake in 52 Club Bar

The venue is accessible via lift at street level.

21st November

LGBT History Month Free Pre–Launch Events at the Oval Cricket Ground

10.00 am – 3.00 pm: Seminars on Trans and LGB inclusion in sport

3.30 – 5.30 pm: Q and A with the Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone, together with experts from government and the sports bodies, discussing the sports charter against Homophobia and Transphobia.

5.40 – 6.15 pm: Pink Triangle Theatre perform Show One, a hard hitting piece challenging homophobia

6.45 – 10.00 pm: Celebration, including The London Gay Men's chorus, news on the international Gay Games, and all things LGB&T for the London Olympics 2012.

Please register for these events, which are free but any donations will be gratefully received. Also, badges and key rings will be on sale to help cover the costs:

Click here for more information.

23rd November

An Audience with April Ashley

Homotopia in association with Shout: Miss April Ashley will be in Birmingham for a special SHOUT appearance presenting recollections of her life. April is one of the most important and well known figures in the UK transgender community. Born in Liverpool in 1935 as George Jamieson, she lived in Liverpool for all of her childhood. In 1960 she was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery in Morocco. April developed a successful career as a model even appearing in Vogue.

Outed in 1961 as a transexual by the Sunday People. Her marriage and subsequent divorce in 1970 removed the ability of trans people to acquire full legal status in their required gender and it was not until the passing of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, that this was satisfactorily resolved. Living for many years in the South of France she looks forward to this special event.

A once in a lifetime event and not to be missed.

Price: £15
Buy tickets here
...or from the Order Hotline 0844 870 0000

23rd November

Meeting of LGB&T groups, hosted by the Greater London Authority.

The second of the two LGB&T Engagement Meetings for 2011, chaired by Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor of London.

The meetings are held at City Hall on Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA.

27th January 2012

Seminar on The New Standards of Care Published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Pink Therapy in association with GIRES present the 7th edition of the Standards Of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming people as developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). The seminar will be delivered by Bernard Reed OBE and Terry Reed OBE, who are both members of WPATH. GIRES has presented its award for 2011 to the 34 members of the WPATH committee that developed the standards.

Click here for more information

4th February 2012

Schools OUT Conference

As always the Schools OUT Conference will be held on the first Saturday of February 2012. It is entitled: Educating OUT Prejudice through the LGBT Lens. Featuring the Classroom, The Rainbow Project and presenters and speakers from the other protected characteristics, the Conference will be rich in resources and ideas for practitioners in the classroom and stakeholders in an exclusive education service. Below you can find further details and how to register and book your place.

To register call the Drill Hall box office: 020 7307 5060 Fees:
Until Jan 26 2012: Student or Unemployed £10, Retired £15, Individual £40, Organisation £50.
After Jan 26 2012: Student or unemployed £15, Retired £20, Individual £50, Organisation £60.


> Celebrating our new website "the Classroom"
> Gendered Intelligence, Mermaids and GIRES will explore how to challenge the concept of binary gender
> Disability History Month will explore challenging disability
> HMI/Ofsted will explore how we can use the curriculum to celebrate diversity
> Workshops will explore the lesson plans on the website
> There will be an opportunity to view the Rainbow Project films
> Schools Out AGM - vote in the new committee
> plus the usual chance to network
Other LGBT History Month Events Click here

2 April 2012

Manchester City Council's Trans Consultation

This event will be held next Monday from 5.30 till 7pm (refreshments provided), at the Lesbian & Gay Foundation Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. This is an opportunity to discuss suggestions for service improvements for Manchester City Council, specifically: Access to services and Equality monitoring.

12–13th May 2012

Training for therapists on trans issues

A weekend of training on trans issues for therapists in London: Saturday 12 May 2012 Michelle Bridgman : working with gender identity; Sunday 13 May 2012 Tina Livingstone: Partnering Trans-historied and Trans-identified people. Each workshop can be booked independently but priority will be given to bookings for the whole weekend. For more information and to book

12–13th May 2012

Have your voice heard on equal marriage

Time: 1pm to 5:30pm
Location: City United Reform Church

The UK Government Equality Officers are coming to Cardiff to discuss same sex marriage. This is your chance to have your voice heard… there will be group discussions debating various questions around same-sex marriage. Keynote speech will be by Andrew Morton who recently resigned from the Church of Wales over homophobia and equal marriage.
Places are limited so BOOK NOW

18–20th May 2012

Weekend in Windermere

The Sibyls is a UK-based confidential Christian spirituality group for transgender people, and their supporters, offering companionship along the journey, and information/advocacy to churches. The group will meet for a weekend in Windermere on 18–20 May 2012.

26th May 2012

Body Positivity & Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies Session

Where: Central School of Speech and Drama, near Swiss Cottage Jubilee Line, London.
When: 1.45pm – 5pm. Saturday 26th May.

On Saturday 26th, we'll be running a body positivity session for young trans people (under 25), and alongside this, a session for their ‘SOFFAs’ (significant others, family, friends and allies) to meet other SOFFAs of young trans people. This has been a hugely successful event in the past and offers a great opportunity for family members to gain some support or mutual understanding.

15-17th June 2012

Transgender Conference 2012

The next Transgender Conference, TG2012, will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, on Friday June 15th (evening), Saturday June 16th and Sunday June 17th 2012.

Possible Key themes:

Please Note, invitations to speak and calls for papers will come from Barbara Ross in due course. More details will be forthcoming on the website in due course.

Please feel free to pass on these dates to anyone who you know would benefit from attending.

13th July 2012

Continuing Professional Development

Do you, or could you work with transgender people? Are you providing a good and appropriate service to people who are trans or questioning their gender identity? Training sessions are offered that will enable you to:

Morning or afternoon slots at £55--85 depending on size of organisation

13–15th July

Sparkle Weekend 2012

Sparkle attracts people from right across the TG spectrum, from those who live full-time to those who may only have the chance to cross-dress on an occasional weekend. A full schedule of events is planned throughout the weekend and the highlight for many is Sparkle in the Park on Saturday afternoon, with live performance on stage and trade/info stands. Of course, there are also dozens of TG-friendly bars, clubs and restaurants in the Manchester Village so you can also do your own thing, meet up with old friends and make lots of new ones too! Sparkle is the largest public celebration of Transgender in the world. We are very proud of how the event has grown over the last seven years and we would like to welcome you to come along and join the fun!
More information here

13th July 2012

Trans Community Conference 2012 “Moving the goal posts :Gender in Sport, Movement and Physical Education”

The Trans Community Conference 2012 is a one-day gathering featuring a series of workshops for members of the trans community from across the UK, and professionals who work with the trans community. The trans community includes family members, partners, lovers, friends and allies. The conference will celebrate our diversity of identities and knowledge, as well as the different groups, organisations and projects that our community offers.

This event has been cancelled .

27th July 2012

April Ashely at 65

The April Ashley Exhibition And Heritage Project 2012-2015

Homotopia Liverpool announces this groundbreaking project that will tell the story of the life of Miss April Ashley, utilising her unique collection of photographs, letters and personal documents supplemented with archive materials from Liverpool Records Office, Liverpool Museum and other sources. It will demonstrate the significant role April has played in making social and political history in Britain from 1935 – 2012. The exhibition will form a key part of Homotopia’s 10th anniversary in 2013 and open as a trailblazer in October 2013 until October 2014.

Time: 3pm
Place: The Education Suite, Museum Of Liverpool, Albert Dock

Followed by Q&A with April Ashley

Tel: 07840 759467 or 0151 428 0760

27th July 2012

Gender Matters 9th Aniversary Party

27–29th July

TBA Retreat 2012

Friday 3.30pm–7pm — Sunday 1pm – 3.30pm
Location: Hathersage, Derbyshire
Price: £60, £80 or £100
Accommodation: Dorms and bunk beds

Previous experiences of these retreats can be found here

More details and booking form can be found here.

31st July 2012

The Young Volunteers Awards Ceremony 2012

Allsorts Youth Project will be holding The Young Volunteers Awards Ceremony 2012 on Tuesday 31st July, 6.30–8.30pm, at the Light House Art Galley. The event is to celebrate the work and achievements of the young volunteers of the campaigning and engagement project ‘Young People’s Voice’ (YPV).

They will also be launching ‘LGBT Children Young People’s and Families Day’ due to take place in February next year, a major event to celebrate LGBT youth identity and community. ‘Togethernessrsquo; will be the theme of the day and will involve a ‘gathering’ for community members with presentations, performances, activities throughout the day and evening. More details will be announced by the YPV Campaigns Action Group Representatives at the ceremony.

The event will also feature an exhibition of images created by the Allsorts young people from their campaign: lsquo;Global Voices: LGBT Youth Against Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying in schools’.

2–5th August 2012

12th Asia–Oceania Congress of Sexology

All sexologists in Asia and Oceania are cordially invited to participate in the 12th Asia-Oceania Congress of Sexology in August, 2012. The Congress program aims to promote the noble goal of Sexual Health worldwide, by stimulating scientific discussions in the academic areas of sexual medicine, human sexology, sexuality education and other related fields. Particularly the participants from Asia and Oceania region are most welcome to join the Congress. The Congress takes place in Matsue, Japan and the official language is English.

More details here


UK Black Pride Logo18th August 2012

Black Pride 2012

The seventh UK Black Pride festival will take place at the Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, London, SE1 6DP; 12:00–16:30

To buy tickets and for more information


24–27th August, 2012

Imaan Logo

5th International LGBTQI Muslim Conference

Imaan, Europe’s largest support group for LGBT Muslims announces its 5th International conference in London, at which Gay Muslims and Islamic Scholars from around the world explore the diversity and inclusivity found within contemporary Islamic culture.)

More Information can be found here.

7–9th September, 2012


4th European Transgender Council

The 4th European Transgender Council being hosted in Dublin, Ireland. All trans activists from Europe are welcomed as delegates and speakers to Dublin City University (DCU)

More Information can be found here.

9th September

GIRES annual meeting

GIRES annual meeting of its members will be held in Ashtead, Surrey on September 9th, commencing at 2.30 pm.

This will be an opportunity for members to learn about the charity's work over the past year, its progress in recruiting Corporate Members and the implications for transgender healthcare of the major changes now under way within the NHS. As usual, there will be a workshop for family members.

Tea and a light early supper will be provided.

All GIRES members are invited to the meeting. If you are not yet a member, click here for application details.

13–14th September

LGBT Health Summit 2012

The annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Summit is to be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury, 13–14th September 2012. The Summit is hosted by the LGBT Health Summit 2012 Consortium. This successful bidding partnership is headed up by Metro, Kent Community Health NHS Trust, Kent Transgender Forum, Kent & Medway LGBT Community Reference Group and the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Law, University of Kent. Trans issues will be high on the agenda.

More details here

22nd September

Transforming Domestic Abuse Services Conference

This pioneering conference is being held in partnership with Gender Matters, Gendered Intelligence, Broken Rainbow and Galop and welcomes all who have an interest in improving services to trans survivors of domestic abuse.

The aim of the conference is to achieve better outcomes for trans survivors. We aim to do this by bringing together trans people, activists and sexual and domestic abuse practitioners to identify gaps in service provision, to develop best practice and to find solutions to overcome barriers to safety.

or call 0207 354 6316.

27th September

TBA Training: Trans Awareness

The Circle, Sheffield City Centre
This workshop aims to provide an introduction to the lives of trans people and to enable you to gain an understanding of how you can improve your services and work more closely with trans communities.

29th September

1 Day Event for Trans Women


Why?: This workshop will provide people with the chance to explore why they have sex and what they want from it. This is a great opportunity to learn from others, and to explore your fears and boundaries in a very safe and supportive environment

What?: In this workshop we give people the opportunity to explore sex they want to have and how they can establish their boundaries around this. We will give everyone the chance to discuss what their limits are and what they might enjoy or not.

How?: This workshop will explore ways in which people can engage with sex in a safer way and will give individuals the chance to discuss experiences of having safer sex, what risks they may be exposed to and how to minimise them.


ESRC Festival Logo 6th November

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equalities: Surviving Austerity
Time: 2.00–5.00 pm
Place: National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Camden, London

This workshop will provide a forum for stakeholders, community activists, and service users to discuss current developments in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equalities field. It will include presentations by key community organisations and it will introduce the recently published book Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Diane Richardson and Surya Monro, Palgrave MacMillan 2012). The workshop is free to attend and is funded by the ESRC as part of the Festival of Social Sciences.
More details here

Sheffield Hallam University Logo 9th November

LGBT Communities in the Twenty-First Century
This free one day conference will disseminate findings from the recent UK Arts and Humanities Research Council project on understandings and experiences of ‘LGBT communities’, and their implications for ‘wellbeing’. It will also feature additional contributions from experts in the field.
More details here

15th November

Scottish Trans Health Conference
Time: 10.00–16.30
Place: The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

The Scottish Transgender Alliance, in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, Scottish Health Council, NHS National Services Scotland and The Scottish Government, is holding the first ever Scottish Trans Health Conference on Thursday 15th November.

This conference will help you get involved in providing evidence for the forthcoming formal audit of how all Scottish Health Boards are progressing on implementation of the NHS Scotland Gender Reassignment Protocol and what NHS inequalities still remain to be resolved for trans people.
More details here

Metro Cenytre Logo 19th November

Celebrating Gender Diversity
Time: 13.00–15.30
Place: Greenwich West Community Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8JA

This is an afternoon of celebrating intersex, trans*, genderqueer and gender variant identities, through presentations, performances and discussion. We will also be honouring the International Trans Day of Remembrance.

Please do bring along any promotional materials or other resources you would like to share from your organisation.

Tawe Butterflies 17th November

Swansea Sparkle

Tawe Butterflies presents Swansea Sparkle 11:00–24:00

More details here

Gender Matters Logo 5th December

Mapping My Journey – Launch

Gender Matters is pleased to announce that The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £s; 53,000 over two years to fund a project that will map the journeys of at least twenty trans individuals, in their own words, culminating in an exhibition in 2014.

A launch event will be held at the Mac in Birmingham on the afternoon of Wednesday the 5th December 2012. The Mac is located in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, opposite the County Cricket Ground on Edgbaston Road, off Pershore Road (A441) and Bristol Road (A38), approximately 2 miles from the centre of Birmingham – postcode B12 9QH.

2nd February 2012

Schools OUT Annual Conference

Time: 9:30–17:00
Place: Manchester University

As always the Schools OUT Conference will be held on the first Saturday of February 2012.

This one day conference will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make your school safer, more inclusive, and more celebratory of the rich diversity within your school. It is open to all those in education, from Primary through to Higher Education. The theme this year is science, technology engineering and maths though we welcome people from every discipline.

The day will involve hearing from key speakers, including Ofsted some VIPs, interactive workshops, watching exclusive LGBT theatre in education performances and culminating in a lively debate on the theme- This house would welcome the discovery of the 'Gay Gene'. The day will also include the School's Out AGM, and voting in the new trustees.

By purchasing your ticket, you are also entitled to attend pre-conference seminars on the week leading up the the conference, as well as access on the Sunday (3rd) to the Museum of Science and Industry's Alan Turing event (including a highly acclaimed drama performance of Alan Turing's life).

More detail here

5th February 2013

LGBT Children, Young People and Families Day

Time: 4.30–18.00
Place: Ballroom at Hotel du Vin
(entrance Pub Du Vin, Ship Street)

You will have the opportunity to eat a large scale of scones, cream, jam and cake but also meet with LGBT young people, learn about the project and find out about how your organisation can be even more LGBT youth friendly and inclusive.

13th February 2013

Trans in Football

Time: 18:00–21.00
Place: Wembley Stadium, Pitch View West Room,
HA9 0WS, Wembley

A Panel Discussion: examining trans participation and transphobia in football and other sports. A unique opportunity for trans voices in football to be heard on a national stage.

12th March 2013

Trans* Health Matters
Time: 9.30–16.30
Place: London Lighthouse 111 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QT

Trans* people are more likely to report poor health and well-being than the general population. Despite sharing a protected characteristic under the Equality Act awareness of trans* health issues remains low amongst healthcare professionals and commissioners. This major national conference will look at specific health needs and issues surrounding trans* inclusion in the planning and delivery of health, public health, and social care services.

Supported by the partner providers of cliniQ, a new and innovative trans* health and well-being NHS service in central London, together with the National LGB & T Partnership this conference will provide a trans* voice into the health debate and offer practical solutions for trans* engagement and strategic inclusion in the health and social care sectors.
More details here

13th March 2013

Celebrating Gender Diversity in Physics, Engineering and Sciences
Time: 18.30–20.30
Place: Rehearsal Room 1&2, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, NW3 3HY

Gendered Intelligence have been awarded a grant from the Institute of Physics and Southwark LGBT Network to carry out a celebratory event focusing on gender diversity in the world of physics, science and engineering. It is being carried out in association with the Student Union at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

More details here

22nd March 2013

LGBT healthy futures – a focus on health and well-being
Time: 9.00–15.30
Place: Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre, Hemingford Abbots Golf Complex, Cambridge Road, Huntingdon PE28 9HQA

This conference will:

28th March 2013

Sexuality, Gender Identity and Wellbeing: Promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Health and Wellbeing in the South West
Time: 9.30–13.30
Place: The Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA
Cost: £35–£60

The event is aimed at anyone working in health, social care and support organisations in the South West. It will contribute to LGB and T awareness for anyone interested, in or working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities.
More details here

6th April 2013

GLADD Annual Conference
Time: 13.30–17.30
Place: Upper Hall, University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
Tickets: £12.50 (£7.50 early bird)

The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists will be holding their annual conference in April. All are welcome. Tickets can be booked here

8th June 2013

Gender matters Summer Ball
Note change of time and venue
Place: Shifnal Village Hall, Nr Telford
Time: 7.30 till 12.30
Gender-Matters, formally known as Trans-Shropshire, is coming home to Telford to celebrate this special Tenth Birthday and looks forward to sharing this evening with all their friends, old and new.

6–7th June 2013

The Amsterdam Gender Identity Meeting
Time: 9.00–16.15
Place: VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Symposium and workshops on the occasion of the retirement of Prof. dr. Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis. After several decades of invaluable work in the field of gender dysphoria and differences of sex development Prof. dr. Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis will retire. She published numerous papers on gender dysphoria and received the WPATH’s lifetime scientific achievement award in 2011.
More details here

20–21st June 2013

Conference on Gender and Sexual Inequalities
Place: Leeds University

Details of the conference are now available:

Recognising Diversity Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice Flyer

Recognising Diversity Conference Programme

4–5th July 2013

Classifying Sex: Debating DSM-5
Place:CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

This conference brings together social and political scientists, feminist scholars, sexologists, psychiatrists, historians of science, as well as mental health practitioners and sexual rights activists to critically explore the sexual classifications produced by the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published in May 2013.

The DSM is the standard reference for the classification of mental disorders, and its first major revision since 1994 is consequently an important global event. The conference will explore which categories of ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal ’, ‘healthy’ and ‘pathological’ sexualities and identities the new manual produces, and critically scrutinise their consequences for diagnostic practices as well as their wider social and political implications.

The conference will take place on 4 and 5 July 2013 at the interdisciplinary Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge. It is financially supported by CRASSH, the Wellcome Trust, the Sexual Divisions Study Group of the British Sociological Association, the French Institute, Northumbria University, the Laboratoire de Sociologie of the University of Lausanne, and The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES).

More details here

12–14th July

Sparkle Weekend 2013

Sparkle the National Transgender Celebration – a weekend festival held every July, in the Village area of Manchester. Sparkle is open to everyone who sees themselves as Transgender (and their friends and families) no matter if they be living full-time or just ‘dressing up” for an occasional Saturday night out. We accept the differing aspirations and needs of the various people within our community, but invite all to come together and share our celebration. Every TG person has a place at Sparkle and a warm welcome is on offer to all!

Sparkle does cater for our female to male and drag king friends and this year we are making a special effort to be more inclusive by giving over a special segment of the Sparkle in the Park stage show to this side of the community.

More information here

12–14th July

Buff Weekend 2013

BUFF, a weekend event for the Trans* Masculine community, will be held over the Sparkle National Transgender Celebration weekend in Manchester, UK (12th–14th July 2013).

More information here

26–28th July

TBA Retreat 2013

Friday 3.30pm–6pm — Sunday 1pm – 3.30pm
Location: Hathersage, Derbyshire
Price: £65, £85 or £100
Accommodation: Dorms and bunk beds

More details and booking form can be found here.

4th April, 2014

Practical Tools to improve health outcomes
Showcase the learning from the partnership and share approach so you too can identify solutions and reduce barriers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGB&T) accessing health care services where you are.

Friday 4th April, 10:00am–4pm
Place: Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF

1st May, 2014

Trans* Health Matters 2014
Time: 9.30–17.00
Place: The Penthouse Conference Centre at The Loft Lounge, 143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, B5 6RG

Trans*/gender variant people are more likely to report poor health and well-being than the general population. Despite a “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act and some significant recent progress, equality of access and awareness of trans*/gender variant health issues remain low amongst healthcare providers, clinicians and commissioners.

This, the second major national event of its kind, will have a strong rights and equalities focus and will look at specific health needs and issues surrounding trans* people’s inclusion in the planning and delivery of health, public health, and social care services in the context of the advent of new NHS treatment protocols. There will be a particular focus on issues affecting young people, older people and the experience of ethnic trans*/gender variant people of colour as well as the impact of transphobic violence, harassment and discrimination on physical and mental wellbeing.

More details here

10th May 2014

Schools OUT Annual Conference

Time: 9:30–17:00
Place: Manchester University

This year, Schools Out want to hear from all educators, past and present, to share practice and improve experiences for future generations. The day will bring together those who work in education (from primary schools, libraries, colleges, youth work to Higher Education) in order to make all educational settings safer, more inclusive, and more celebratory of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) diversity for both students and staff. Guest speakers include Peter Tatchell and Lena Milosevic, and workshops will include: supporting LGBT students and staff, how to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the classroom, and LGBT history.

More detail here

11–13th July

The Sparkle Weekend—10th Anniversary 2014

Welcome to Sparkle the National Transgender Celebration - a weekend festival held every July, in the Village area of Manchester. This year is very special, celebrating 10 years of Sparkle. To mark this amazing anniversary Sparkle in the Park will be taking place on the Saturday and Sunday this year. It is hoped that this will be the biggest and best Sparkle festival to date so please come and join in the celebrations as together we share pride in our trans-identity!

Sparkle is an inclusive festival, so we make a special effort to include our female to male (FtM), Gender Queer and drag king friends across the whole weekend..

More information here

25–27th July

Trans Pride Brighton

A community interest group sets out to inspire all trans, intersex, gender variant and queer people to help make a real difference. An all volunteer group, is planning a three day event once again, the week before LGBT Pride in Brighton, from Friday 25th July to Sunday 27th July 2014.
More information here

8th November

National Trans Youth Network Conference

The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) applauds the plans to develop a National Trans* Youth Network (NYTN), commencing with a conference in Manchester on 8th November 2014. The charity has joined with the 23 other organisations sponsoring this initiative to involve fully the young trans* people that they support and also empower them to get their voices heard among the organisations on which their wellbeing depends, in education, medical care, criminal justice and employment.

GIRES has consistently championed the needs of young trans* people and their families, in collaboration with the other groups that work in this field, celebrated the wide diversity of their individual gender experiences and expressions, enabled them to engage with policy makers and ensured that they have been able to contribute to the delivery of its training programmes. The charity now welcomes the formation of the NYTN to carry this work forward.

About 1 in 100 people experience a significant degree of gender variance, i.e. 10 in a school of 1,000 pupils. Hitherto, most have not been visible because they fear rejection and harassment and 23% engage in self harm/overdose. The number being referred to the gender identity development service provided in London, Exeter and Leeds is now growing at 50% per annum.

GIRES is making £s;5,000 available the NYTN on a matched funding basis. NYTN has more than matched this sum with grants from the National LGB&T Network (£s;2,000) and Awards for All (£s;4,000), resulting in a total of £s;11,000. This should be sufficient to cover the costs of arranging an excellent conference and establishing the Network.

The booking arrangements for the conference on 8th November and brief description of the event are on view