TransForum Manchester 

 We play a cruicial Role within the Trans* Community 

 TransForum Support & 

 Sponsor Sparkle Manchester Every Year 

 We hold many events in and around the North West 

 TransForum Support & 

 Sponsor Sparkle Manchester Every Year 

 We hold many events in and around the North West 

 Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE & Dawn Pomfret 

 Celebrating Sparkle in Manchester 

Latest News 2017


Useful links to other organisations that provide support and information on Transgender issues. 

Annabel Ashley - Counselling and Life Coaching
I am a trained therapist in transgender counselling and can provide you a nurturing and non-judgmental environment to explore your emotions, fears and feelings.   

I meet monthly with Transgender people, their family and friends at Transforum in Manchester.

The Beaumont Society 
The longest established transgendered support group in the UK - working with the transgender, transvestite , transsexual and cross-dressing community since 1966.

Blackpool Renaissance

Based in Blackpool, Renaissance provides a safe and friendly environment for trans people (TV/TS/TG – M2F & F2M) to be themselves, meet like minded people, and make new friends.

The Butterflies Drop-In
Trans Support Group and Community Café

A voluntary organisation offering confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK.


Encompass is the new LGBT group for the North Wales and Cheshire area. It usually meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the Citizen's Advice Bureau Community Cafe in Connah's Quay.

Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES)

The UK's Foremost source of information about all issues surrounding gender identity and transsexualism, and a resource for gender dysphoric people and their families; the medical and other professionals that provide their care; Health Authorities; Members of Parliament and other policy makers.

Gender Matters (formerly Trans-Shropshire)
Unfortunately Gender Matters is now closed, but still has useful information on the website

Gender Matters used to cover the West Midlands and all bordering regions, and provided information and support to all trans people, their family, friends and to professional organisations who wish to have better understanding of Gender Dysphoria or Transgender Issues.

Intrust Merseyside

Providing support and guidance for men and women with an intersex or transgendered history in Merseyside.
Positively promoting best practice around employing people from this community.
Working with both voluntary and public sector organisations to identify the barriers to employment and service delivery faced by this community

Combating transphobia, promoting greater acceptance and rights for all ‘trans’ people.
Providing a safe place to explore and express personal gender identity, providing advice and support with transitioning.

Manchester Concord

A transgender social group that meets every Wednesday evening in Manchester as a venue for transgendered people and their partners. A group has been meeting as part of the Northern Concord in various venues around the Manchester Village since 1986.

Manchester Trans Youth

Help and support for young trans people in the Manchester area.

Northern Concord

For many years the premier group in Northern England, Northern Concord no longer holds regular meetings but hosts Le Big En weekend once a year and issues the monthly Cross Talk magazine.

Older & Out – Age Concern Central Lancashire

Older & Out provides a range of services for the older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Services include a helpline, 1 to 1 befriending service, regular social group meetings, local events and activities along with a variety of volunteering opportunities.

Our LGBT social group ‘Older & Out Preston’ meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Disability Equality 103-104 Church Street, PR1 3BS.

Our LGBT social group ‘Older & Out Chorley’ meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6pm – 8pm at Homestart, 112A Market Street, PR7 2SL (Fleet Street Car park entrance).

The social groups take place in bright safe spaces where - as LGBT people - they can be themselves and socialise free from discrimination. Although primarily aimed at LGBT people 50+ the social group is welcoming to LGBT people and ‘straight allies’ of all ages (30+) and act as an alternative to the ‘Pub & Club’ scene.
Older & Out also provide free older LGBT awareness training to care providers working with older people in Lancashire

For more details e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the helpline on: 01772 552897 (Helpline open Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm).

Outskirts - Birmingham's Social Support Group

The largest social support group in the West Midlands. Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at the Victoria Theatre Bar. Full details and information, links, gallery, location maps and event news are on our regularly updated web site.


INTERNATIONAL TV REPARTEE is the magazine for all who cross-dress - published by Rose’s, the largest membership group for transgendered people in the UK.

Unique TG Network - North Wales & West Cheshire

UNIQUE is a voluntary social and mutual support group for all Transgender people in North Wales and West Cheshire. It is the largest trans Group in Wales.
Their web site offers information about who they are and what they do to support the TG community, their regular monthly meetings, social events (including the twice yearly Transgender Weekends) in Llandudno, together with listings of Transgender resources and links to other local and national Transgender Organisations.

TransForum Manchester and Unique work closely together to help support the wider Transgender community and to gain acceptance of all Transgender people in the wider public community.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trans Men Specific Links

Leslie Feinberg’s website

The Press for Change website
- very comprehensive -

- Manchester based social and mutual support group for all Transguys

The Transitional Male
( FTM comprehensive Site).

FTM International Network - America.
One of the biggest FTM websites

FTM Informational Network - America

FTM Guide. (FTM Resources)
Has great links to really useful information on

FTM Success Stories

Definitions of FTM Terms etc

E-Group for FTM’s.

FTM Network Scotland.

Forum for Transmen.

Psychology of FTM and MTF.

Madeline H. Wyndzen, Ph. D.
, a transgendered professor of psychology, discusses her personal experiences with gender dysphoria and critiques the mental illness model of "gender identity disorder".

Another very interesting FTM website with lots of resources

Passing Tips for FTM

FTM Alliance Los Angeles

Half Day Workshop

Session 1a 
Misconceptions “Drag Queen to Sex Change”

Stereotypes and Labels – Where the misconceptions start - How the media sees us– Male / Female – Society versus Nature.

Session 1b 
“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, So where on Earth do Trans People come from?”

Genes and Hormones – the latest research on the biological basis for Transgender & Intersex people,and the development of Trans people through puberty and beyond.

Session 1c
“Trying to pin down the Gender Rainbow” Terms and Definitions – an attempt to classify the rainbow of gender difference, while recognizing the diversity of Trans people.

Session 2 
“Legislation which affects Transgender People, and it’s often unexpected consequences”

Session 3 
“Equality needs of Trans People” and “ Lives that progress to fulfillment”-

Short Q+A session and Evaluation of the Workshop

A request for feedback will be made at the end of the workshop and time allowed for attendees to explain how they felt the session benefited them.

Breaks will held at key points between sessions

Typical comments from our training course attendees:

"I work and live in a world of multicultural difference and diversity. It is most interesting to lean more about a particular group of people who live within our community, and aspire to lead normal lives. It has been an interesting and enlightening morning that has enabled open and honest discussions"

"Presentations – well delivered and researched with broad references"

"I learned so much in such a short time, it was interesting to get to understand not only the difference in the different groups within our society, but also to learn how much effect ignorance has on individuals going though transition"

We are a discussion group and mutual peer support forum for all Trans* gender people and all those who are questioning their gender. All are welcome to join including partners, family and friends. 

Our group meets once a month on a Saturday in a safe and comfortable space from 3.30 to 7.00pm. We discuss a wide variety of Trans related issues, have presentations and run activities including, raffles, make-up, a variety of demonstrations and much much more. Our meetings include social time to encourage members to chat, debate trans* issues and make friends. Following meetings we usually move on to a local restaurant where we chat more, enjoy good food and basically enjoy the Manchester night life with like minded people.

TransForum is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.


Meeting Agenda 2018


2018 Meeting Schedule

From Saturday 24th February (4th Saturday )

will be meeting at 3.30pm in a NEW VENUE:
The New Hall at Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church,
Wilbraham Road, Chorlton Manchester M21 0UB.


TransForum will meet as usual on the 4th Saturday of the month from 3.30pm to 7pm (Exceptions are August and December when we meet a week early on the 3rd Saturday).

Dates for 2018 are: 24th March, 28th April, 26th May, 23rd June,
28th July, 18th August(3rd Saturday), 22nd September,
27th October, 24th November and 15th December(3rd Saturday),



TransForum Manchester is a discussion group and peer support forum for all Transgender people and those in any way questioning their gender. You will be welcomed as an individual or together with your partners, family, friends. We meet in a Safe and Comfortable Space in once a month on Saturday afternoons at 3:30pm. We also work in partnership on projects and events with Manchester Concorde and The LGBT Foundation (LGBTF).

Who are welcome

We welcome transsexual women, transsexual men, Transvestites and many other gender variant people including androgynous, gender-queer, non-binary, gender diverse, gender questioning, cross-dressing & inter-sex people. Although we welcome and embrace a diverse community our main audience is Male to Female Transsexuals and Transvestites and those in-between Male and Female.

What we do

Our Group has a wealth of personal experience and helpful contacts within the local community, local government, the police, the health and the caring professions. We also have social outings for our members to promote affirmation in their preferred gender presentation and to build confidence in public spaces.

We are actively involved in many other events and aim to promote Trans Awareness and Equality & Human Rights to support our commmunity. Such events include Sparkle,and Manchester & Oldham Prides.

Although based in Manchester we have members who travel from all over the North West and beyond. So come and visit a welcoming and friendly group, share your experiences, and join in our discussions, chats and refreshments.

When we meet

All TransForum Manchester meetings are held from 3.30 to 7.00 pm at: 

The New Hall at Wilbraham St Ninian’s Church,
Wilbraham Road, Chorlton Manchester M21 0UB.

All directions are here:

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Butterflies Drop-In Cafe

New to the Trans scene? Trying to come-out for the first time or just Looking for Trans friends, visit our Bi-weekly Wednesday afternoon event.

Butterflies meet at the LGBT Foundation on Richmond Street throughout the year on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoon of the month from 2.30pm to 6.00pm


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