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.
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|
|Queer Youth Network||Yes|
|The Other Halves||Yes||Yes|
|Trans Media Watch||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Trans men Support and Advice UK||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.
Information about GIRES
GENDER IDENTITY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SOCIETY
GIRES' overall aim is to improve substantially the circumstances in which gender nonconforming people live. GIRES upholds the right of all those who do not fit the typical boy/girl, man/woman tick boxes, including people who intend to change gender role completely and others whose gender identity is non-binary, to live proudly in a society that celebrates diversity.
GIRES contributes to de-psychopathologising gender nonconformity and has
(a) ensured that the UK’s Good Practice Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of adults with gender dysphoria adopt the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) description of this condition as “not negative or pathological” and
(b) supported the World Health Organisation’s move to take account of current scientific research and transfer the condition out of the mental and behavioural disorders section of the International Classification of Diseases.
The charity combines the expertise of a largely voluntary team of trans and non trans people, many of whom have direct experience of the issues with which it is involved. They undertake the wide range of work described below and ensure that the charity is robustly governed. GIRES is supported by 366 individual and 63 Corporate Members, making annual subscriptions, one-off donations and payments for services.
Although GIRES works with a number of major organisations, it never loses touch with the needs of the individual gender nonconforming people and their families, whether members or not, who seek its help every day. Each gender nonconforming individual faces the challenges of being themselves within families, education, the workplace and social settings, where they may experience discrimination and even violence. In the UK, around 650,000 people, 1% of the population, are estimated to experience some degree of gender nonconformity. Most of them are as yet invisible. However, information via the internet, stronger laws, more support groups, increasingly responsible media reporting and improving healthcare are contributing to rapid growth in the number of gender nonconforming people confident in being visible, especially among the young. The growth rates of those seeking medical care are 20% p.a. among adults(who currently account for the majority cases) and 50% p.a. among young people. This growth looks set to continue. About 26,000 individuals have so far sought medical care, in general practice or specialist centres, but a further 100,00 may do so in the near future. GIRES and the other support groups receive a stream of requests for help from individuals with a wide range of needs, for instance: a child not being allowed to use the appropriate toilet in school; a wife who has just learned that her spouse intends to change gender role; an employee intending to undergo transition at work; a patient being denied proper gender reassignment treatment.
GIRES maintains a directory of local and national support groups that has been accessed 1.8 million times since its launch in 2010: www.TranzWiki.net
Improving Medical Care:
Not all gender nonconforming individuals need medical interventions. To benefit those that do, globally, GIRES has funded the translation of the recently improved WPATH standards of care into other languages, including Chinese and Russian. In the UK, GIRES has sought the adoption of those standards by serving on the intercollegiate committee that has published the Good Practice Guidelines and the two NHS England(NHSE) Clinical Reference Groups that are developing the specifications for gender identity services, respectively for adults and young people. However, even as standards are improving, capacity within the NHSE specialist gender services for adults has not, overall, kept pace with the continuing growth in numbers. Waiting lists are often more than a year and worsening. Financial pressures on NHSE are likely to restrict funding for additional capacity. In order to augment capacity and provide the required equity of access to services for gender nonconforming individuals who need treatment, NHSE may consider upskilling GPs so that the less specialist elements of care can be offered locally and more promptly in tandem with the specialist clinics. This would improve the mental health of the individuals who would otherwise be waiting for care and address the risks associated with their obtaining unsupervised hormone medication via the internet. Gender treatments are not part of standard medical training in the UK. GIRES is therefore working with health professionals to develop e-learning resources for GPs, school nurses, health visitors, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, teachers and other providers of health and social care. Through its membership of the National LGB&T Partnership, GIRES is leading a project to develop a series of factsheets that will inform gender conforming people about practical ways to improve their own health and wellbeing.
Empowering Gender Nonconforming Young People:
In collaboration with Mermaids, GIRES has been campaigning since 2000 for the NHS to make puberty suspending medication available to gender nonconforming young people in accordance with the international guidelines. Some families have been taking their young people to the USA and Germany for treatment. The NHS adopted this approach partially in 2011 and then fully in 2014. The next goal is to achieve a more benign approach regarding cross-sex hormones and care for young people who have obtained medication via the internet
A group of great young people have formed a National Trans Youth Network, of which GIRES and twenty-three other organisations that support them are members. The Network will hold its free inaugural conference in Manchester on Nov 8th 2014 funded by GIRES, Awards for All, and the National LGB&T Partnership. The 170 available places were rapidly sold out. The conference includes a range of sessions to inform and empower young people, including a question and answer session with a panel of professionals working in the trans healthcare field.
Support for Corporate Members:
The 63 GIRES Corporate Members operate in: local and central government, housing, education, police, fire and ambulance services, law, healthcare provision and regulation, the trades union sector, sport, financial services, publishing, aviation, aerospace, nuclear power, food processing, and information technology. GIRES offers each Corporate Member the flexible tailor made package of services that it needs. They pay varying amounts, depending on the services specified. Corporate Members are not required to make a long term commitment. The services and level of payment are reviewed and adjusted each year. These services include: arranging focus groups with gender nonconforming people; participation in diversity consultation groups; help in recruiting gender nonconforming people; development of transgender policies, standards, guidance, equality schemes and equality analyses; document review; assessment of data gathering processes; internal training sessions delivered by a GIRES team that always includes gender nonconforming people; preparation of web-based e-learning resources on transgender issues; development of a trans healthcare scheme for employees; responding properly to a complaint from a gender nonconforming person; and supporting a gender nonconforming individual at work.
Support for Educators:
Information, advice and training are provided not only by GIRES but also by the Allsorts Youth Project, Gendered Intelligence, Mermaids and Schools Out. The GIRES toolkit, funded by the Home Office, has been a valuable resource for schools to use in combating transphobic bullying and GIRES will now update it. However, the Department for Education (DfE) has made little effort to alert schools to the increasing likelihood that they will need to support a gender nonconforming person and inform them about the wide range of resources available. Nonetheless, some educators have sought GIRES help to train staff and develop lawful policies to support gender nonconforming people pre-emptively as part of their equality and diversity programmes. This is preferable to seeking GIRES help, as some do, only when they suddenly need to support a student or teacher who announces the intention to change gender role. Usually, the educators that GIRES helps wish to avoid publicity for their work on transgender issues for fear of attracting press attention, especially when this involves a pupil or teacher. However, Imperial College London has decided to feature prominently on its website the commitments it has made to support gender nonconforming staff and students. The College invited GIRES to deliver its annual diversity lecture.
Advice to policy makers:
GIRES aims to ensure that legislation and practice meet the needs of gender nonconforming people, focusing particularly on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, Equality Act (2010), Gender Recognition Act (2004), Human Rights Act (1998), Data Protection Act (!998) and Freedom of Information Act (2000). It brings these people to the table in policy discussions. GIRES has been deeply involved with the new marriage legislation, which still does not fully meet the needs of gender nonconforming people and GIRES will continue to press for this and other legislation to be improved. The major benefits of GIRES’ belonging the National LGB&T Partnership include working in unity with its other members and sharing the burden of responding to the many government consultation papers on proposed policy changes. However, the level of transgender policy work across government has declined because the politicians and civil servants now believe that recent legislation has greatly improved the entitlements of gender nonconforming people and a wish to postpone new initiatives until after next year’s general election. Most of the policy work that GIRES now undertakes is for individual organisations that wish to bring themselves in line with new legislation, especially the Equality Act 2010.
During the past year, GIRES has
(a) continued to collaborate with the many other stakeholder groups in the transgender field;
(b) provided 43 training sessions for a wide range of organisations, including its Corporate Members,
(c) made presentations at major conferences, including those arranged by: the Law Commission, the Society for Occupational Health; Cambridgeshire Race, Equality and Diversity Service; Barclays Bank; Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; World Professional Association for Transgender Health; NHS Confederation; Trans* Health Matters; Thomson Reuters; the Manchester Sparkle event; East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service/Asian Fire Service Association; the Rainbow Project – Londonderry; and the Barbara Ross Association
(d) responded to a daily stream of requests not only from gender nonconforming people and their families but also from employers, service providers and the media,
(e) produced literature for gender nonconforming people, their families and professionals, and distributed it widely, including via local libraries
(f) operated a website for gender nonconforming people, their families and professionals; and
(g) provided a free e-learning resource, which includes the House of Commons Library among its users: E-Learning Module
The following is a list of Police Authorities across the UK, together with their statements on hate crime and ways of reporting hate crimes:
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.
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
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