My top tips for the Scottish LGBTI Awards – but vote today before noon

Two weeks’ tonight, I will be getting my glad rags on and heading off to Glasgow for an evening of fun and glamour at the first ever Scottish LGBTI Awards.

Voting in them closes today at noon, but I wanted to put a word in for two particular nominations and ask you to vote for them.

TransparenTsees

The first is in the Community Groups category. When your child tells you they are transgender, it can be very scary. A quick google gives you the high hate crime and suicide stats for transgender people. You are thrown on to a very steep learning curve and there are very few resources for parents as they find the best way to meet their children’s needs.

A couple of years ago, my friend asked at a meeting at the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow if there was a parents’ support group and found herself volunteered to start one. And so, TransparenTsees was born. Since then the group has grown and has become a lifeline to parents. If you are in that situation, you think that nobody else understands what you are going through. This group is a safe and confidential space to share experiences and is rapidly growing.

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It really is a resource that no parent with a transgender child should be without.

Beyond Gender

This Edinburgh based group run by LGBT Youth Scotland is a super resource for transgender and non binary young people, providing them with information and support. From their website

We provide opportunities for young people, aged 13 – 25 and their peers to meet and access appropriate information, support and learning opportunities, as well as providing opportunities for people to participate in local and national decision making. And have fun in a safe space where they can be themselves. The group have undertaken training and worked to raise awareness of issues that are important to young trans people and to provide information through the creation of this website.

Please make sure that you cast your vote here before noon today.

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About caronlindsay

Scottish Lib Dem pro UK activist, mum, Doctor Who, Strictly, F1 and trashy tv addict and blogger.
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