For Trans People


LGBT Foundation are proud to launch their new Trans Programme!

This work has been developed through a comprehensive and ongoing period of consultation with the trans community in Greater Manchester, and we are very pleased to be a part of the local and national work that continues to highlight the needs of the trans community and fight transphobia in all walks of life. As we expand on our services and capacity, we are looking for new volunteers to come on board to make this programme a success.

The aims of the programme are…

  1. Improve the health and wellbeing of trans people
  2. Increase the skills and confidence of trans people
  3. Increase the knowledge, empowerment and resilience of trans people
  4. Reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation of trans people

What We Do

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Our Services

LGBT Foundation supports trans people with our helpline, sign-posting, groups, befriending and counselling.

All our gender specific groups (i.e, the Young Men’s group or Stepping Stones) are open to all those who self-identify completely or partially as that gender, whether they are binary or non-binary, and are based on sexual orientation only (e.g. Stepping Stones is open to all women who identify as lesbian or bisexual).

Our Trans Advisory Panel was established in 2014 as part of a period of ongoing consultation with the trans community as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation prepared to change our name to LGBT Foundation. This group is made up of representatives from a range of voluntary and charitable trans groups who offer services and support to the Greater Manchester trans community. Learn more about the Trans Advisory Panel here.

Manchester trans community groups

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Afternoon T.E.A

Afternoon T.E.A is a group for trans young people aged 14-25. The group takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, 1-3pm at 49/51 Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB.

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Butterflies provides an open and welcoming space for members of the trans community. Meetings are on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 3-6.30pm at LGBT Foundation.

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Connect is a relaxed and friendly social space for trans* people aged around 18-35, including people who are questioning and those with a trans* history. It takes place on the 1st Monday and 3rd Friday of every month from 15th April, 6-8pm at LGBT Foundation.

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Manchester Concord

Manchester Concord is available for all trans people as a regular venue where they can come along and meet old and new friends. It takes place every Wednesday, 7-11pm at Villaggio, 44 Canal Street, Manchester, M1 3WD.

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Manchester’s free trans swimming group is open to all trans people. They have exclusive use of the pool during this time. The group is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:30-9pm at Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre, Yew Tree Avenue, Manchester, M19 3PH.

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Manchester’s social and peer support group for trans masculine people who want to meet other trans masculine people, discuss relevant issues, and have fun in a safe environment. The group meets every 4th Monday of the month, 7-9pm at LGBT Foundation.

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A peer support group and discussion forum for all trans people and those in any way questioning their gender. You will be heartily welcomed as an individual or together with your partners, family or friends. Takes place every 4th Saturday of the month, 3.30-7pm at LGBT Foundation.

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Action for Trans Health

The UK’s largest campaign for democratic trans healthcare. They give small grants to trans people to enable them to access healthcare, deliver training to medical professionals, provide healthcare advocacy, and support and deliver local trans health initiatives. They have groups in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Brighton. Please contact them to find a meeting near you.

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Sparkle is the world’s largest trans event held every July. This year marks the 12th year Sparkle has been celebrating with Manchester’s trans community. The festival includes music, talks and workshops that are all free to attend.

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Trans Bare All

TBA works with the trans community, helping people accept their bodies and live more fulfilling lives. They run events to explore and discuss sex and intimacy, body positivity, and emotional wellbeing.

Get Informed

TransMission eBulletin

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What is TransMission?

TransMission is a monthly eBulletin for trans people by trans voices. Through personal accounts, poetry, artwork, community profiles and trans social and support group spotlights, we aim to inform and empower trans individuals to have their vocies heard. Alongside these items you'll also find the following sections in our eBulletin:

Broadcast - We’ll link you to some great national news articles, investigative journalism, TV and radio shows, and research publications. 

Trans Resource Bank - This section of our website will be regularly updated with publications and resources providing information and guidance for trans people and service providers on a range of issues from legal rights to health and wellbeing.

What's On? - Find out about forthcoming trans events, and key dates happening over the next month across both the North West, and nationally. You’ll also find information about regular support groups across Greater Manchester by visiting the ‘Get Involved’ section of our website.

If you'd like to subscribe to TransMission, receiving it in you inbox every 3rd Thurday of the month, register your details here and tick the Trans Bulletin box.

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Volunteer with Us

We are specifically looking for trans, non-binary and intersex people to come on board and support the programme but allies who wish to support our work are also very welcome to get in touch.

  • Do you have skills you would like to share with others and develop in a supportive environment?
  • Do you have an hour or more a week to spare?
  • Would you like to help someone starting their journey or questioning their identity as an advocate or befriender?

Please email for more information on how to get involved.