Bulletin #35 January 2018

All of us at Notts Trans Hub and Trans Space Notts would like to wish everyone in our community, our supporters, friends, family and allies all the very best for 2018 . . . here’s hoping for all kinds of positive progress, both personal and collective, for all of us!

Reflections on 2017

This was the year that Trans Space Notts, our funded support group, and Notts Trans Hub, our community-led hub, consolidated their relationship with each other, even though they are still separate entities. Our Facebook group now has 280 members, our bulletin goes out to over 200 people by email alone, and we generally get more than 15 people at each NTH social and TSN support group.

We continue to have a broad and inclusive approach to community – everybody is “trans enough” and we recognise the strength of our community is in its diversity. Once again this year we were able to have a community-led TDoR vigil, which was attended by around 40 people, and a big group of us marched together at Pride with a banner we painted as a group.[image: some of the NTH and TSN volunteers with our hand painted banner at Pride]

Once again this year our Facebook group was abuzz with chat over Christmas Day and Boxing Day as we supported each other through a time that can be tricky for so many people. Thanks so much to all who volunteered their time, or just hung out with everybody and made the group a warm and comforting place to be.

Many more volunteers are now on board for both NTH and TSN, so 2018 will bring new possibilities for us to support each other, work with the organisations that can support us, and generally make things brilliant for trans people in Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands.

Thank you to everyone who makes this happen in big and small ways – simply by showing up, YOU make a difference and help other trans people feel less alone.

Gender Clinic – new address, and typo alert!

Hopefully most patients will by now have got a letter saying the clinic has moved to 12 Broad St. However, please note the phone number in the body of the letter is incorrect – the correct number is 0115 8760160, as listed on the top right of the letter.

Trans Space Notts (TSN) next meets Monday 8 January, 7-9

Note we will be a week late because of the Bank Holiday on the 1st! We may have to use a different room, but the venue will be same as usual.

TSN is a semi-structured support group for all people who self-identify under the trans umbrella and those who support them further details here.

Topics for the meeting: (Meeting format).: Our relationship with spirituality/religion as trans people; Coming out! Talking to cis folk about gender identity; Third group has no set topic

Trans Meet Up, 16 January, 7-9ish

The informal trans meet-up/social is always 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Open to all trans people and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs), meet upstairs at Broadway bar. Please put 2018 dates in your diary: Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 19, Jul 17, Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18

Creative day, Sun 11th Feb

More details in next bulletin, but put this in your diary! We are booking a large room at Nottingham Writer’s Studio for the day so we can come together and do art, crafts and writing together, following the enormous success of the creative space at the last TSN group. If you would like to do a demonstration or mini-workshop within the space, please let us know!

Trans Swimming Group

Twice monthly group – see web page for details

New trans Games Group – upcoming dates

Sat 13th Jan 10am onwards at Warhammer World Lenton (get off at Gregory St Tram stop Toton Lane line)

Sun 21st Jan noon onwards at National Videogame Arcade Nottingham.

Sat 27th Jan noon onwards at Dice Cup Cafe Nottingham.

Details here or in NTH Facebook group. Look for the Rubik’s cube to find the group.

Complaining to the NHS

It can be hard knowing who to approach when something goes wrong. Following a thread about this on our Facebook Group, we thought we would summarise the useful advice about different complaint routes here on our website

Guide for body therapists

This excellent guide has been created to help therapists who work with trans people’s bodies

LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire

Did you know this service offers counselling, 1:1 support, 16-25 trans specific group, 11+ LGBT+ group, Parent & carer group? Details

LGBT+ Short Films Event – your help needed

NCBI are looking for volunteers to help plan their next events – LGBT+ film event planning meeting

Getting gender questions right on forms

Asking about gender on forms is a Notts Trans Hub guide to monitoring forms and other places where you might ask about gender. Email us for the document in other formats.

New national trans mental health line – 0300 330 5468

If you identify as trans or non-binary, a new helpline offers support when you need it.  The line operates Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers

NHS Screening programmes for trans people

This helpful booklet gives essential information on cancer screening – please read and share Transgender_cross_programme_screening_leaflet July 2017

Events, Services, and Much More . . .

Check out our local info  page for listings of trans and trans friendly groups and events, services and all sorts of useful stuff, from hairdressers to counsellors, to where to find unisex toilets. Please let us know anything you would like added.

Accountability

We have developed a feedback form and process to raise any issues with organisations who have signed up to the Safer Space Guidelines. Please let us know if this form looks ok to you or any changes you would like to see. nth-safer-space-guidelines-concerns

 

 

About Notts Trans Hub

Notts Trans Hub is a shared, non-profit resource for the full diversity of the trans community – if you want to be part of it, or promote your stuff, please get in touch

  • Support for trans community organising in Notts
  • A way for organisations to contact and consult the trans community
  • Home of the safer space guidelines
  • A monthly bulletin for services, supporters and trans folks to share info – email us to add to the bulletin
  • Facebook group – find us through this page
  • Previous bulletins
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Bulletin #34 December 2017

Whether you celebrate, don’t celebrate, hide or feel ambivalence about this time of year, we at Notts Trans Hub would like to wish our community warmth, safety, peace and acceptance over the coming month, and continuing into the New Year.

Coping with Christmas

For many trans people, whether they observe Christmas or not, this can be a challenging time of year, from sensory overload and the unavoidable Xmas messages everywhere, to dealing with family or estrangement. At last year’s TSN support group meeting, members wrote down their best tips for getting through the holidays, and we made them into this slideshow. View transcript here

As last year, Notts Trans Hub will make a rota so that there are people online on the Facebook group to chat to on Xmas day and Boxing day.

Trans Space Notts (TSN) next meets Monday 4 December, 7-9

A semi-structured support group for all people who self-identify under the trans umbrella and those who support them further details here.

Topics for the meeting: (Meeting format).: Resisting that little transphobic voice in our heads; Creative space (bring a work to share); Third group has no set topic

Trans Meet Up, 19 December, 7-9ish

The informal trans meet-up/social is always 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Open to all trans people and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs), meet upstairs at Broadway bar.

Trans Swimming Group

Twice monthly group – see web page for details

New trans Games Group – two upcoming dates

Sat 2nd 10am onwards at Warhammer World Lenton (get off at Gregory St Tram stop Toton Lane line)

Sat 30th noon onwards at Dice Cup Cafe Nottingham. Look for the Rubik’s cube to find the group. More details here or in NTH Facebook group.

LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire

Did you know this service offers counselling, 1:1 support, 16-25 trans specific group, 11+ LGBT+ group, Parent & carer group? Details

LGBT+ Short Films Event – your help needed

NCBI are looking for volunteers to help plan their next events – LGBT+ film event planning meeting

Transgender Day of Remembrance – Thank you

Thanks to all who helped out and spoke at the TDoR vigil, and to Rosey Donovan at the City Council for her tireless support. Here’s a blog about the event from one local attendee.

Getting gender questions right on forms

Asking about gender on forms is a Notts Trans Hub guide to monitoring forms and other places where you might ask about gender. Email us for the document in other formats.

Flat in trans friendly housing co-op

Banna Housing co-op are looking for a new member.

Gender Construction Kit

This amazing new website promises to be the go-to place for transition-related information and resources. Many local Nottingham people have contributed to its creation, and we hope you will link to it and share it widely

New national trans mental health line – 0300 330 5468

If you identify as trans or non-binary, a new helpline offers support when you need it.  The line operates Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers

NHS Screening programmes for trans people

This helpful booklet gives essential information on cancer screening – please read and share Transgender_cross_programme_screening_leaflet July 2017

Research and consultation – please participate!!

Important! Public Health England (PHE) is inviting all UK trans people over 16 to complete this survey about reproductive health.

This survey checks people’s experiences of courts and police in many settings, from hate crime and community organising to demos and arrests:  Survey on The Experiences of Transgender People in the Criminal Justice System

Events, Services, and Much More . . .

Check out our local info  page for listings of trans and trans friendly groups and events, services and all sorts of useful stuff, from hairdressers to counsellors, to where to find unisex toilets. Please let us know anything you would like added.

Accountability

We have developed a feedback form and process to raise any issues with organisations who have signed up to the Safer Space Guidelines. Please let us know if this form looks ok to you or any changes you would like to see. nth-safer-space-guidelines-concerns

About Notts Trans Hub

Notts Trans Hub is a shared, non-profit resource for the full diversity of the trans community – if you want to be part of it, or promote your stuff, please get in touch

  • Support for trans community organising in Notts
  • A way for organisations to contact and consult the trans community
  • Home of the safer space guidelines
  • A monthly bulletin for services, supporters and trans folks to share info – email us to add to the bulletin
  • Facebook group – find us through this page
  • Previous bulletins

Bulletin #33 November 2017

This month’s bulletin contains details of our transgender day of remembrance vigil, new resources for the community, important consultation, and much more . . .

Trans Space Notts (TSN) next meets Monday 6 November, 7-9

A semi-structured support group for all people who self-identify under the trans umbrella and those who support them further details here.

We are proposing (based on feedback) a slightly new format this month. To have 3 discussion groups as usual, but one group where there is no set topic. The 2 other topics are decided by a Facebook poll.

Topics for the meeting: (Meeting format). : The good things about being trans; mental health

Trans Meet Up, 21 November, 7-9ish

The informal trans meet-up/social is always 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Open to all trans people and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs), meet upstairs at Broadway bar.

Trans Swimming Group

Twice monthly group – see web page for details

Transgender Day of Remembrance – 20 November, 6pm

TDoR 2017 will be marked with a vigil on 20th November, at Barker Gate (St Mary’s) Rest Gardens, NG1 1JU, 6pm. Afterwards, the community are gathering at Broadway Bar Mezzanine Lounge from 7pm, where we have a private booking. Details and map/flyer

Gender Construction Kit

This amazing new website promises to be the go-to place for transition-related information and resources. Many local Nottingham people have contributed to its creation, and we hope you will link to it and share it widely

NHS Screening programmes for trans people

This helpful booklet gives essential information on cancer screening – please read and share Transgender_cross_programme_screening_leaflet July 2017

Old binders?

Did you know many trans people donate their old binders to morph? Check it out

Leicester Adult Trans Support and Inclusion Project

The first of regular consultation events on this upcoming funded project is Saturday 18th November at Leicester LGBT Centre. Tickets

New national trans mental health line – 0300 330 5468

If you identify as trans or non-binary, a new helpline offers support when you need it.  The line operates Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers

Research and consultation – please participate!!

Important! Public Health England (PHE) is inviting all UK trans people over 16 to complete this survey about reproductive health.

The impact of non-verbal therapy on male-to-female transgender transitioners – details

Events, Services, and Much More . . .

Check out our local info  page for listings of trans and trans friendly groups and events, services and all sorts of useful stuff, from hairdressers to counsellors, to where to find unisex toilets. Please let us know anything you would like added.

Accountability

We have developed a feedback form and process to raise any issues with organisations who have signed up to the Safer Space Guidelines. Please let us know if this form looks ok to you or any changes you would like to see. nth-safer-space-guidelines-concerns

About Notts Trans Hub

Notts Trans Hub is a shared, non-profit resource for the full diversity of the trans community – if you want to be part of it, or promote your stuff, please get in touch

  • Support for trans community organising in Notts
  • A way for organisations to contact and consult the trans community
  • Home of the safer space guidelines
  • A monthly bulletin for services, supporters and trans folks to share info – email us to add to the bulletin
  • Facebook group – find us through this page
  • Previous bulletins

Bulletin #32 October 2017

Do you have events, news, or consultations you would like to include in our bulletin? Email us with the information.

Trans Space Notts (TSN) next meets Monday 2nd October, 7-9

A semi-structured support group for all people who self-identify under the trans umbrella and those who support them further details here.

Topics for the meeting: (Meeting format). We will pick 3 from the following topics: Pre and post surgery issues; How can we look after each other or support others through transition?; Navigating the NHS or private care; What does Trans mean (our identities?); Being non-binary in a binary world

Trans Meet Up, 16 October, 7-9ish

The informal trans meet-up/social is always 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Open to all trans people and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs), meet upstairs at Broadway bar.

Trans Swimming Group

Twice monthly group – see new web page for details

OWL – Out of the Well of Loneliness, for LGBT+ Community

A workshop to combat loneliness and isolation in the LGBT+ community.  Sunday, 29 October 2017 from 11:30 to 15:30 Nottingham Buddhist Centre

LGBT Season at Derby Theatre

Members of Notts Trans Hub are offered reduced price (£7) tickets for group bookings (6 or more) for the upcoming LGBT season. Quote code LGBT7 when booking

Action for Trans Heath Benefit Gig, Sheffield, 20th October

With Diet Cig, The Spook School, Anatomy – details

Part-time Telephone Helpline Practitioner Vacancy

To support people attending Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health (NCTH). This post will be based in London, but there is the possibility to work remotely.

Volunteers Needed – Transgender Day of Remembrance – 20 Nov

Marshalls and Readers wanted. It will be a community-led event which centres marginalised groups most affected. Email

New! Support for LGBT+ people in Notts county

LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire is new and has an array of services (LGBT Service Nottinghamshire Leaflet) for our community, including counselling @LGBTPlusNotts.

New national trans mental health line – 0300 330 5468

If you identify as trans or non-binary, a new helpline offers support when you need it.  The line operates Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers

Gender Identity Services Consultation

This crucial consultation about the services that affect us has now been extended. There is a consultation event next Saturday 7th in Sheffield and you can participate online here

Research and consultation – please participate!!

Please remember that participating in these consultations can make a huge difference to the treatment our community receives!

Important study into LGBT people with cancer – particularly looking for trans participants as this is a neglected area – details here

Kate Arnold at the University of Nottingham is looking for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people (18+) to interview re research about their experiences of all aspects of the healthcare system.  email for info.

Events, Services, and Much More . . .

Check out our local info  page for listings of trans and trans friendly groups and events, services and all sorts of useful stuff, from hairdressers to counsellors, to where to find unisex toilets. Please let us know anything you would like added.

Accountability

We have developed a feedback form and process to raise any issues with organisations who have signed up to the Safer Space Guidelines. Please let us know if this form looks ok to you or any changes you would like to see. nth-safer-space-guidelines-concerns

About Notts Trans Hub

Notts Trans Hub is a shared, non-profit resource for the full diversity of the trans community – if you want to be part of it, or promote your stuff, please get in touch

  • Support for trans community organising in Notts
  • A way for organisations to contact and consult the trans community
  • Home of the safer space guidelines
  • A monthly bulletin for services, supporters and trans folks to share info – email us to add to the bulletin
  • Facebook group – find us through this page
  • Previous bulletins

Bulletin #31 September 2017

Do you have events, news, or consultations you would like to include in our bulletin? Email us with the information.

Trans Space Notts (TSN) next meets Monday 4th September, 7-9

A semi-structured support group for all people who self-identify under the trans umbrella and those who support them further details here.

Topics for the meeting: (Meeting format). We will pick 3 from the following topics: Practical self-care; Navigating the NHS or private care; Trans rights, law, and responsibilities; Coping methods for dysphoria

Trans Meet Up, 19 September, 7-9ish

The informal trans meet-up/social is always 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Open to all trans people and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs), meet upstairs at Broadway bar.

Trans Swimming Group

Twice monthly group – see new web page for details

Trans Lives: East Mids project survey

Loughborough University project to collect the stories and experiences of trans people in the East Midlands. Short survey to help trans people inform how the project takes shape

New! Support for LGBT+ people in Notts county

LGBT+ Service Nottinghamshire is new and has an array of services (LGBT Service Nottinghamshire Leaflet) for our community, including counselling @LGBTPlusNotts.

New national trans mental health line – 0300 330 5468

If you identify as trans or non-binary, a new helpline offers support when you need it.  The line operates Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers

Research and consultation – please participate!!

Please remember that participating in these consultations can make a huge difference to the treatment our community receives!

Important trans heathcare survey

The following are repeats from last month:

Last chance: NHS England has launched a 12 week consultation on specialised gender identity services for adults (17 and above). The consultation is open until 30 September 2017.

Last chance: Make sure trans voices are heard in the UK Government’s LGBT survey

Important study into LGBT people with cancer – particularly looking for trans participants as this is a neglected area – details here

Training video for Police Service – complete this survey to say what issues you want highlighted.

Kate Arnold at the University of Nottingham is looking for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people (18+) to interview re research about their experiences of all aspects of the healthcare system.  email for info.

Know your rights if you are at a protest

Green and Black Cross have produced this handy guide to help trans protesters understand their rights during protests and if they are stopped, searched, or arrested by police

Events, Services, and Much More . . .

Check out our local info  page for listings of trans and trans friendly groups and events, services and all sorts of useful stuff, from hairdressers to counsellors, to where to find unisex toilets. Please let us know anything you would like added.

Accountability

We have developed a feedback form and process to raise any issues with organisations who have signed up to the Safer Space Guidelines. Please let us know if this form looks ok to you or any changes you would like to see. nth-safer-space-guidelines-concerns

About Notts Trans Hub

Notts Trans Hub is a shared, non-profit resource for the full diversity of the trans community – if you want to be part of it, or promote your stuff, please get in touch

  • Support for trans community organising in Notts
  • A way for organisations to contact and consult the trans community
  • Home of the safer space guidelines
  • A monthly bulletin for services, supporters and trans folks to share info – email us to add to the bulletin
  • Facebook group – find us through this page
  • Previous bulletins

Bulletin #30 August 2017

Do you have events, news, or consultations you would like to include in our bulletin? Email us with the information.

Trans Space Notts (TSN) next meets Monday 7th August, 7-9

A semi-structured support group for all people who self-identify under the trans umbrella and those who support them further details here.

Topics for the meeting: (Meeting format). We will pick 3 from the following topics: Navigating how you’re being read, gender-wise, Feeling out of place in trans spaces, Feeling out of place or alienated, Coping methids for dysphoria, Practical self-care, Coming out, Creative space (bring a written or drawn creative work – sorry no music)

Trans Meet Up, 15 August, 7-9ish

The informal trans meet-up/social is always 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Open to all trans people and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs), meet upstairs at Broadway bar.

Trans Swimming Group

Twice monthly group – see new web page for details

Notts Pride 29th July – March with us!!

This year, Pride has asked some of the groups that are more marginalised within LGBT+ organising to lead the march. Notts Trans Hub is very happy to be marching alongside QTIPOC Notts and representatives of the bi community, among others. We would love for you to come and join us, especially if you have not marched before. Meet us outside Hotel Chocolat at 11.15, or afterwards find our big Notts Trans Hub banner and do say hello – all under the trans umbrella, partners and allies welcome. (event page)

Nottingham Contemporary – Trans related events

Trans Artist Wu Tsang – exhibition until 28 August ( Details).  Writer Russell Christie will be doing a walkthrough of Wu Tsang’s work  at 2 pm on Wednesday, August 2nd

Giuseppe Campuzano, the philosopher, drag queen and activist who founded the Transvestite Museum of Peru: artefacts and archive material hosted from August 1st. August 24th, Seminar to discuss a translation of the writings.

New Trans Podcast “T and Cake”

Nottingham based podcast discussing trans issues

LGBT+ film event Friday 28 July

LGBT+ Film screening at the Malt Cross, starting at 6:30, register by email

Trans Lives: East Mids project survey

Loughborough University project to collect the stories and experiences of trans people in the East Midlands. Short survey to help trans people inform how the project takes shape

Research and consultation

NHS England has launched a 12 week consultation on specialised gender identity services for adults (17 and above). The consultation is open until 30 September 2017.

Make sure trans voices are heard in the UK Government’s LGBT survey

Important study into LGBT people with cancer – particularly looking for trans participants as this is a neglected area – details here

Training video for Police Service – complete this survey to say what issues you want highlighted.

Kate Arnold at the University of Nottingham is looking for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people (18+) to interview re research about their experiences of all aspects of the healthcare system.  email for info.

Know your rights if you are at a protest

Green and Black Cross have produced this handy guide to help trans protesters understand their rights during protests and if they are stopped, searched, or arrested by police

New Top Tips Documents for trans and LGB+ people

Produced by EMAHSN in consultation with community members, these documents are available in print and audio form to help services improve their competence

Events, Services, and Much More . . .

Check out our local info  page for listings of trans and trans friendly groups and events, services and all sorts of useful stuff, from hairdressers to counsellors, to where to find unisex toilets. Please let us know anything you would like added.

Accountability

We have developed a feedback form and process to raise any issues with organisations who have signed up to the Safer Space Guidelines. Please let us know if this form looks ok to you or any changes you would like to see. nth-safer-space-guidelines-concerns

About Notts Trans Hub

Notts Trans Hub is a shared, non-profit resource for the full diversity of the trans community – if you want to be part of it, or promote your stuff, please get in touch

  • Support for trans community organising in Notts
  • A way for organisations to contact and consult the trans community
  • Home of the safer space guidelines
  • A monthly bulletin for services, supporters and trans folks to share info – email us to add to the bulletin
  • Facebook group – find us through this page
  • Previous bulletins

Bulletin #29, July 2017

Notts Trans Hub belongs to the whole trans community. We work hard to ensure the consultation and inclusion of diverse and marginalised voices, and our aim is to provide service to the community rather than leadership of the community. We encourage everyone to take ownership of this resource, and to use it to bring people together for mutual aid, awareness and understanding.

Trans Space Notts (TSN) next meets 3rd July, 7-9

A semi-structured support group for all people who self-identify under the trans umbrella and those who support them further details here.

Topics for the meeting: (Meeting format). We will pick 3 from the following topics: Feeling out of space or alienated; Depiction in the media; Coping methods for dysphoria; Practical self-care; Coming out

Trans Meet Up, 18 July, 7-9

The informal trans meet-up/social is always 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Open to all trans people and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs), meet upstairs at Broadway bar.

Divercity – LGBT Lives, Five Leaves Bookshop, 25 July, 7pm

Researchers at Middlesex University have been researching the lives of LGBT people in Nottingham. At this session the researchers will present their initial findings

New Top Tips Documents for trans and LGB+ people

Produced by EMAHSN in consultation with community members, these documents are available in print and audio form to help services improve their competence

Trans Artist Wu Tsang – exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary until 28 August

Check it out! Details.

Re-Performing Gender Exhibition at Backlit gallery, 28 June

A showcase event in response to the performing gender exhibition at Backlit Gallery  in Sneinton

New Trans Podcast “T and Cake”

Nottingham based podcast discussing trans issues

Notts Pride – 29 July volunteers wanted

Notts Pride is on the 29th July this year (event page). They are currently also looking for volunteers.

Research

Kate Arnold at the University of Nottingham is looking for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people (18+) to interview re research about their experiences of all aspects of the healthcare system.  email for info.

Events, Services, and Much More . . .

Check out our local info  page for listings of trans and trans friendly groups and events, services and all sorts of useful stuff, from hairdressers to counsellors, to where to find unisex toilets. Please let us know anything you would like added.

Accountability

We have developed a feedback form and process to raise any issues with organisations who have signed up to the Safer Space Guidelines. Please let us know if this form looks ok to you or any changes you would like to see. nth-safer-space-guidelines-concerns

About Notts Trans Hub

Notts Trans Hub is a shared, non-profit resource for the full diversity of the trans community – if you want to be part of it, or promote your stuff, please get in touch

  • Support for trans community organising in Notts
  • A way for organisations to contact and consult the trans community
  • Home of the safer space guidelines
  • A monthly bulletin for services, supporters and trans folks to share info – email us to add to the bulletin
  • Facebook group – find us through this page
  • Previous bulletins