TRANS-MASC? TRANS-FEMME? OR QUESTIONING?
If you need some local support, or to find your community, we can help. Here you’ll find our list of trans groups in Greater Manchester.
A group for non-binary and genderfluid people age 18+. Runs once a month online.
Afternoon T.E.A is a group for trans young people aged 16-25: The Proud Trust
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.
Rainbow Noir is a social and peer support group for people of colour who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and/or Intersex (LGBTQI). They meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Manchester’s LGBT Centre on Sidney St.
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.
Femolition Squad is a group for trans women and trans femme young people aged 11-25.
Manchester’s social and peer support group for trans men, trans-masculine people, and non-binary people who were assigned female at birth (aged 18+), who wish to discuss relevant issues, and have fun in a safe environment.
Mxer is a social group for non-binary people aged 18+. This group is for non-binary people, regardless of whether you identify as trans.
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 The New Hall at Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0UB.
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.
TURTLES is a group for trans young people aged 11-15. The Proud Trust
A group in Stockport for trans people and those who may be questioning their gender. For more information, visit http://www.stockportplus.org/Trans
Support for domestic violence. Tuesday 1-5pm is a trans specific service.
Mind’s helpline provides information on different types of mental health problems and how to get help, as well as legal advice on mental health.
MindLine Trans+ – 0300 330 5468
Bristol MindLine has launched a helpline looking to support trans and non-binary individuals, and those questioning their gender. It is also available for family and allies of trans people. Lines are open Mondays and Fridays, 8pm-midnight. For more information, visit: http://bristolmind.org.uk/help-and-counselling/mindline-transplus/
An engaging 28 page A5 booklet providing information about people who identify as trans or who are beginning to explore their gender identity.
The booklet features inspirational and affirming photographic images of people with a trans identity.
Published: April 2013
This document was written by representatives from Gender Identity Clinics (GICs) across the country. It outlines NHS protocol for managing gender dysphoria, advising GP’s on how to refer a patient to specialist services and support them in the meantime.
Reviewed: March 2017
This NHS page lists the addresses and contact details of the eight Gender Identity Clinic’s in England.
Published: July 2013
This 29 page document from NHS England provides extensive guidelines to ensure equal access to healthcare cross the NHS in England. It outlines how a patient should be referred to a specialist clinic, responsibilities of local GP’s to provide care and also different surgical procedures that may be offered.
The General Medical Council has provided detailed guidance on best practice for health care professionals. It outlines the risks of self-medication on physical and mental health and advises when a GP ought to provide bridging prescriptions. There is also lots of guidance on patient confidentiality and disclosure of previous gender history.
Published: March 2015, May 2016, and September 2017
The National LGBT Partnership have published a collection of factsheets on various aspects of trans health. Areas covered include fertility, hormones, sexual health and mental wellbeing. There are also factsheets specifically for BAME trans health.
A guide to the NHS complaints procedure. Everyone has the right to make a complaint about their NHS care, including the use of the Mental Health Act. You also have the right to escalate your complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman if you are unhapy with the outcome of an initial NHS complaint.
This page outlines the referral pathways and services offered at The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health. There is also guidance on the waiting times for first appointments.
Detailed FAQ document from the Sheffield Gender Identity Clinic which includes information on the referral pathways, waiting times and what services are provided at the clinic.
Sparkle is the world’s largest trans event held every July in Manchester. The festival includes music, talks and workshops that are all free to attend.
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.