Purpose of TranzWiki.net
TranzWiki.net attempts to be a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting transgender people and their families across the UK. It has been developed by GIRES to support the trans community but its content is determined by a broad range of stakeholders. Some groups may appear in one or more subdivisions.
People have many reasons for contacting support groups. Some of them may be the victim of a crime related to their being transgender and need to know who to turn to for support. TranzWiki also contains a list of Police forces, and these are also listed on each regional page. Groups may wish to use the information to liaise with other listed groups regarding issues of public policy.
The national groups are listed below. To access other groups, please click the relevant link.
TranzWiki also enables trans people to view and edit documents that are vital to their interests, for instance their Statement of Need.
The TranzWiki directory is intended only to provide signposts to the great range of voluntary and public-sector organisations that provide services to trans people and those who care for them. GIRES has not vetted the accuracy of the contents of TranzWiki or the reliability of the organisations that are listed. The inclusion of an organisation within TranzWiki does not mean that it has been endorsed by GIRES. Some of the information and images on the organisations' individual websites may be inappropriate for you. Users of the information contained within TranzWiki are strongly advised to be prudent in making use of the directory and to note carefully that GIRES is not responsible for the material it contains.
Nonetheless, GIRES retains the right in its entire discretion to remove without notice any information or image that may be displayed and to close any account.
If you are unhappy with the response of any organisation listed, please tell us immediately.
You must have a TranzWiki account in order to amend details in it. To request an account, please go to contact us.
If you find any fault with TranzWiki or the organisations that it lists, wish to suggest improvements or know of other organisations that should be listed, please tell us.
We have also set up a system for reporting transphobic crime, http://www.Tcrime.net. We want to know about all the unpleasantness, and too often much worse, inflicted on gender variant people because, in their opinion, they have been targeted based on their actual or perceived transgender status. Very often this unpleasantness is criminal. However, whether or not anyone could be charged with a crime would depend upon a police investigation and Crown Prosecution Service examination of the case.
For instance, persistent use of transphobic language directed at a trans person probably does constitute a crime. But, regardless of that, we want those who experience such treatment to tell us about it, please. This will help us to build up a picture of the transphobia that too often results in abuse or much worse. We can use this information to persuade policy makers in the criminal justice system and elsewhere in government to take additional action to protect trans people. Improving the circumstances in which trans people live may depend more on education than criminal prosecution. We also want to use this information in our work with educators and, in collaboration with Trans Media Watch, journalists and people working in broadcasting.
Trans Community Statement of Need
In response to the recently commenced talks with the government about the range of problems which trans people can face but have no protection against, they are now engaged in producing the Trans Community Statement of Need. This document outlines all the problems that trans people face and suggests those that the state could act to prevent, discourage or assuage. These may either be things that negatively affect all trans people or, importantly, problems specific to certain under-represented subgroups of trans people. The Community realistically accepts that the government cannot act on all its problems immediately. Some may have to be dealt with later and, in the case of others, the Community itself can improve the situation with nothing more than government support and encouragement rather than specific departmental action.
The Trans Community Statement of Need is very powerful because many different perspectives have gone into producing the document. If you would like to review the current version of the Statement and/or make comments and amendments please see the main document, Trans Community Statement of Need
Medical Care for Gender Variant Young People
NHS England is about to conduct a review of the Gender Identity Development Service for Children and Adolescents.
The present specification for this service is available to view and download (in adobe pdf format) here
A review of that specification is available to view and download in (adobe pdf format) here
A group of stakeholders has drafted recommendations for improving that specification which are below:
- Allow other independent providers
- Apply latest Endo Soc, WPATH and DSM approaches, especially with regard to readiness for physical intervention
- Recognise urgency of adolescent cases
- Treat young people who have been treated elsewhere
- Respect all protected characteristics
- Ensure the GP provides an acceptable service
- Arrange seamless transfer to the adult services
These recommendations have been incorporated into a suggested revised version of the specification, which available to view and download (in adobe pdf format) here
Good practice guidelines for the assessment and treatment of adults with gender dysphoria
The Royal College of Psychiatrists Good Practice Guidelines are on view at:
These best practice guidelines – which are endorsed by 13 separate organisations – have been drawn up by a multidisciplinary working group that included representation from psychiatry, endocrinology, gynaecology, urology, general practice, nursing, psychology, psychotherapy and speech and language therapy, as well as representation from patient groups. It is the first time that so many different groups have come together to agree a common set of guidelines.
Now that the document is in place, we must all work together to ensure that it is put into practice at all levels throughout the NHS.
The Government Transgender Action Plan
On the 8th of December 2011 the government officially launched the first ever transgender action plan. The plan commits government departments including the Department of Health, the Department of Work and Pensions, the UK Border Agency and the Government Equality Office, amongst others, to work actively promoting human rights and equality in the lives of trans people.
Here, on youtube, former equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, announces the launch of the first ever transgender action plan, plus a trans activist, Harri Cole Weeks, talks about his personal experiences and why the action plan will make a difference.
The Government Equalities Office latest bulletin (in pdf format) containing more information on the plan can be found by clicking here
To see and to save a copy of the plan (in pdf format), click here
This section of TranzWiki lists all the organisations that we know about which support transgender people across the UK, at national and local level, including those which have a special focus. The national groups are listed below. To access groups which have a more local focus, please click the link for the relevant regional page.
Churches and other faith-based communities are listed in their own sections on the regional pages. However, the LBGT Anglican Coalition has a list of churches they believe to accept some of gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans people on their own website.
The categorisations used are for guidance only.
UK-wide Support Groups
|Group Name||Support Trans Men||Support Trans Women||Support Partners||Support Children of Trans Parents||Support Trans Children / Youth||Support Parents of Trans People||Religious Support||Employment Support||Internet Group|
|Dawn Skinner Fund||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Gender Action UK||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|National Trans Police Association||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Press for Change||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Proud2Serve||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Queer Youth Network||Yes|
|The Other Halves||Yes||Yes|
|Trans Media Watch||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Women of the Beaumont Society - WOBS||Yes|
This section contains links to pages for each region which detail groups which focus on that geographic region or part of it.
If you report a trans-related hate crime via www.TCrime.net, GIRES can inform the police, protecting your anonymity if you wish.
To report a crime through TCrime.net, click here.
The following is a list of Police Authorities across the UK, together with their statements on hate crime and ways of reporting hate crimes: