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Review of the Gender Dysphoria referral process in Wales - Consultation/Workshops


The LGBT Excellence Centre has been commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialist Commissioning Committee (WHSSC) to organise 4 workshops to input into the review of the Gender Dysphoria referral process in Wales.

The four workshops will take place on the following dates and venues:

Sat 9th June, 3.00-5.00pm, Cardiff City Church
Sat 16th June, 3.00-5.00pm, Swansea Council, Committee Room 3
Fri 22nd June, 3.00-5.00pm, Llandrindod Youth Centre
Sat 23rd June, 3.00-5.00pm, Aberystwyth University

Over the past few months Welsh transgender individuals have been working together with WHSSC and Centre for Equality and Human Rights for the NHS (NLIAH) in developing recommendations for an updated referral process for gender reassignment in Wales.

The pathway is also designed to provide transgender people that will meet the latest legal and medical requirements comprehensive support for treatment and to transition within the NHS care system.

These events are designed to consult with as many transgender people as possible in order to provide feedback to WHSSC about the proposals and to ensure that the review is as comprehensive and inclusive of people’s needs as possible.

Objectives of the workshops

1.Explain the proposed all-Wales Gender Dysphoria Service, including the time-line for its approval and implementation by WHSCC
2.Identify the major changes (and improvements) compared with the previous Gender Dysphoria Care pathway.
3.Have an “in-depth” discussion with participants so as to explain how the new process is intended to operate throughout Wales.
4.Identify any concerns arising from these discussions for feedback to WHSSC for the pathway to be finalised.

Agenda for the meeting:

1.Introduction and background to the project
2.Presentation of proposals as they currently stand
3.Identification of major changes compared with existing arrangements
4.The Process by which future patients will get onto the new referral system
5.Extended discussion of the implications of these arrangements
6.Collate all concerns needing further consideration by the WHSSC project team.
7.Role of the third sector (TG support groups) in the new care pathway
8.Proposals for follow-up / confirmation of final agreed referral process

If would like to attend or you need any further information, please call the LGBT Excellence Centre on 029 20451868 of email


Sparkle Weekend - Manchester 12th - 15th July 2012


Sparkle attracts people from right across the TG spectrum, from those who live full-time to those who may only have the chance to cross-dress on an occasional weekend. A full schedule of events is planned throughout the weekend and the highlight for many is Sparkle in the Park on Saturday afternoon, with live performance on stage and trade/info stands. Of course, there are also dozens of TG-friendly bars, clubs and restaurants in the Manchester Village so you can also do your own thing, meet up with old friends and make lots of new ones too! Sparkle is the largest public celebration of Transgender in the world. We are very proud of how the event has grown over the last seven years and we would like to welcome you to come along and join the fun!

More information here



Trans Community Conference 2012 - 13th July 2012 “Moving the goal posts :Gender in Sport, Movement and Physical Education”

The Trans Community Conference 2012 is a one-day gathering featuring a series of workshops for members of the trans community from across the UK, and professionals who work with the trans community. The trans community includes family members, partners, lovers, friends and allies. The conference will celebrate our diversity of identities and knowledge, as well as the different groups, organisations and projects that our community offers.

Further details can be found here.


LGBT Health Summit 2012 - 13th - 14th September 2012


The annual National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Summit is to be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury, 13–14th September 2012. The Summit is hosted by the LGBT Health Summit 2012 Consortium. This successful bidding partnership is headed up by Metro, Kent Community Health NHS Trust, Kent Transgender Forum, Kent & Medway LGBT Community Reference Group and the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Law, University of Kent. Trans issues will be high on the agenda.

More details here