Gender Recognition Act consultation

On December 11th, trans representatives from Galop, CliniQ and FTM London got together with staff from the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to discuss needed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) and current problems in the process of getting a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC), the document that makes officiant a change in registered gender.

Below is a selection of the key discussions held between the attending parties.

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Yoga for LGBTQIA+ and friends

Yoke yoga studio in Dalston is running a monthly yoga class for the LGBT* community.

You can book a free space at this Eventbrite link.

Next up: Sundays 28th January & 25th February 2018
4:00 – 5.30pm

Unit 3a Stamford Works, Gillett Square
Gillett Street

London N16 8JH

Open to all levels, this class “will consist of a modern postural yoga practice of fundamental yoga poses”.

This class is for the LGBTQIA+, queer communities and friends specifically to ensure that everyone feels comfortable to practice yoga in a safe inclusive environment that celebrates gender expression.

Proceeds will go to Mermaids UK, the gender awareness charity who campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in children and young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.

LGBT befriending service opens all across London

Opening Doors London has started up an LGBT befriending scheme for older people, specifically from the LGBT community, who are feeling isolated.

Living in London can become a lonely experience if you can’t get out and about as much as you used to. The befriending scheme aims to reduce the stress of isolation.

The scheme matches a volunteer with an older person for regular social contact. This could include accomapanying them to social groups and community activities, exhibitions or events, or just visiting for a chat.

The Opening Doors London Befriending scheme now operates in every London borough. The scheme has already been a success; one man emailed recently to say: “This is the first time in 55 years that I’ve had company on Christmas day.”

To learn more about the Befriending Service please contact the Befriending Coordinator of Opening Doors London at, or phone 020 7239 0400.

Opening Doors is a support service for older LGBT+ people. Read more about thier services on their website.

A new blog, a new tech-savvy day

We’re hoping to post some news on this blog as it comes. It’s a better medium for reading come-and-go information than our website. So, rather than start with a “here is a new blog” news piece, we’ll give you some news right off the bat.

Currently, we’re working on building a YouTube channel with some videos relating to FTM London. Among these will be a visual tour of the church for those with anxiety issues who prefer to know exactly where they are going and what they will see before setting out.

The channel will also feature recordings of talks from key guests. And anything else we can think of! But don’t worry, we aren’t about to sneak around filming our members. Your guaranteed your confidentiality, no matter what.