We’ve put together a list of support and community organisations in the UK that work with trans and non-binary people of all ages. This is by no means exclusive but should help as an introduction. Many regional LGBTQ+ organisations across the UK offer specific support for trans people and often carry out training and awareness-raising events.

General support

A directory of UK LGBTQ+ organisations that support trans people has been put together by GIRES. You can access the full list here.

GIRES: The Gender Identity Research & Education Society

GIRES is a charity that hears and gives a voice to trans and gender non-conforming individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families. It offers resources on a range of areas relating to being trans and offers training for educational and medical professionals.

Imaan

Imaan is charity that supports LGBT Muslims and runs a support group for trans Muslims.

Intersex UK

The United Kingdom Intersex Association (UKIA) is an education, advocacy, campaigning and support organisation which works on behalf of Intersex people. Intersex people are individuals whose anatomy or physiology differ from contemporary cultural stereotypes of what constitute typical male and female.

Press for Change

This voluntary organisation provides legal advice, training, and research to trans people, as well as their representatives, and public and private bodies.

Trans Bare All

Trans Bare All is an organisation that runs events and retreats to help members of the trans community explore and discuss body positivity, emotional wellbeing and intimacy.

Trans*formation

A London based networking and advocacy group for professionals who identify as trans, seeking to connect and inspire trans professionals in a safe and welcoming environment.

Trans London 

Trans London is a support and social group for trans people in London, with monthly meetings held every third Thursday.

Trans Workers UK

A group that promotes positive stories of trans employment across all sectors; private, public, union and non union. It welcomes employers, employees and allies.

Twilight People

A London based project that discovers and celebrates the hidden history of transgender and gender-variant people of faith in the UK past and present.

Trans awareness training 

The following organisations and individuals offer trans awareness training.  To find trainers in your local area, you could also contact your local LGBTQ+ group as many run trans-specific training sessions for schools, businesses, medical professionals and more, as well as providing other resources on- and offline.

Be

As well as offering one-to-one and peer support sessions, Be provides employer training and collaborates with businesses and public services to improve trans awareness. It is based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Diversity Role Models

Diversity Role Models challenges homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools by running workshops where positive LGBT or straight ally role models speak directly to young people about their experiences.

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence supports young trans people aged up to 25 and their families/carers.  It runs youth groups in London, Leeds and Bristol and a mentoring scheme for young trans people.  It also provides resources for parents or carers and offers training in schools and businesses.

GIRES

(see above)

Natacha Kennedy

Goldsmiths researcher and diversity trainer for teachers and schools focusing on transgender children and young people.

School’s Out

School’s Out is an organisation that aims to make school safe for all LGBT people, including pupils, teachers, parents and other workers.

Stonewall

A charity committed to campaigning for sexual orientation equality, in 2015, began consultations with the trans community to become trans-inclusive and put an end to transphobia.

Youth

Allsorts Youth Project

Allsorts Brighton is a support group for young LGBT people in Brighton and the surrounding area.  It runs Transformers – a group for young people aged 16-25 who are trans or questioning their gender identity to find support and information.

FTM London

FTM London is a support group in London for trans men and all those who were assigned female at birth and are questioning their gender identity. It runs monthly meetings that offer support as well as information, resources and friendly networking for the female-to-male community.

Gendered Intelligence

(see above)

LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. It runs a range of support groups for young people.

Mermaids

Founded in 1995, Mermaids supports the families of children and young people who are experiencing gender identity issues.  It offers information, support, friendship and the opportunity to share experiences.  Support is available for individual young people and training is also available.

Space Youth Dorset

Dorset-based LGBT organisation which runs several youth groups in the region and offers training.

Housing

Albert Kennedy Trust

The Albert Kennedy Trust helps young LGBT people who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment by providing housing and services to help them live independently.

Stonewall Housing

Stonewall Housing is the specialist LGBT housing advice and support provider in England.

Activism

Action for Trans Health

British organisation campaigning to improve trans people’s access to healthcare.

Glaad

US-based organisation that works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

US-based organisation that works towards guaranteeing that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

Trans Info UK

A national charity focused on improving the lives of trans and non-binary people in the UK. It hosts a large number of useful resources relevant to the trans community on its website.

Trans Media Watch

Charity dedicated to improving the media coverage of trans and intersex issues.

Wipe Out Transphobia

Wipe out Transphobia (WOT) is an international volunteer-led campaigning project, with the sole aim of reducing and wiping out transphobia.

Health

Action for Trans Health

(see above)

CliniQ

Based in London, this is a sexual health and well-being service for trans people. It is held every Wednesday evening at 56 Dean Street, Soho.

Trans Sexual Health Clinic at Birmingham LGBT+

Located in the centre of Birmingham, this is a monthly sexual health and well-being clinic for all trans people who may not feel comfortable accessing general sexual health services.

Sport

TAGS

A group for trans and gender-questioning people who want to access public sport facilities. It runs trans-only swimming and yoga sessions across the UK.

Trans Can Sport

A project in Brighton & Hove created to help get trans people into exercise and healthy living. All sessions are free or low cost at point of access.

Trans Girls Can

An initiative celebrating trans women who embrace health and fitness worldwide, inspired by the exercise campaign This Girl Can.

On Road, Project Manager for On Road.

Comments

  • Jack Cummings on October 19, 2015:

    Could our service be added to your list of support networks please. Hart Gables operates in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough we work with LGBT people from 13 years + and offer a wide variety of support, advice and guidance.
    We have a youth group on a Monday evening from 5-8pm for 16-25 year old LGBTQI
    We have a trans* specific group on a Tuesday 5-8pm for 16+ people who identify as trans*
    We also have a Mixed group for 18+ individuals on a Wednesday evening 6-9pm
    These groups are in Hartlepool.

    We offer a social group in Middlesbrough on a Thursday 4-6pm for individuals over the age of 18.

    We offer 1-2-1 support from the age of 13 in both of our offices.

    Thanks Jack Cummings
    Trans* Development Worker Reply

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