In December, we go out for a Christmas meal on the 1st Saturday of the month.
This year on the 2nd of December, we'll be at Wagamama any time from 7pm. After that, we intend to go on over to Bloc Bar nearby.
The address of the Camden Wagamama is 11 Jamestown Rd, London NW1 7BW.
The booking name is under Adrian Williams. Committee members will be there a bit early, including the aforementioned Williams. If you can't spot a rowdy rabble, look for the ugly mug on the left.
Note, he will probably not be wearing a graduation gown, but there are no guarantees.
This month, we are having an important talk on phalloplasty and bottom surgery options.
We are delighted to welcome Mr Nim Christopher, an accomplished microsurgeon and Consultant Uroandrologist at St Peter's Andrology Centre, London. If you get referred for bottom surgery in the UK, Mr Christopher is likely to your guy. He has played a central role in the development of our phalloplasty techniques and is heavily committed to our work in this area.
This is a unique opportunity to ask Mr Christopher questions, so, please feel free to bring your SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies), if you think they will be interested. If SOFFAs would like to attend the support group in the side room instead / as well, they are welcome to do so as usual.
Please be aware that there is a chance this talk will be filmed, however, no member of the group will be identifiable, just Mr Christopher.
We begin officially at 7pm and finish at 9pm. The talk is scheduled to take place between these times. By all means, swing by for 6:30pm for tea and socialising, as usual.
This month, we heard from Leo Robinson of CliniQ, a trans founded and led free sexual health and wellbeing service attached to 56 Dean Street, Soho, London. Specialising in trans specific services, CliniQ is unique and pioneering, and we heard more about their services, including counselling, housing advice, mentoring, PrEP and PEP (HIV treatments).
We talked about Gender Identity Clinics (GICs), to discuss some of the issues relating to the NHS England consultation, which is working on improving the service of GICs such as Charring Cross. Several members of the committee attended the consultation to relay some of the thoughts and concerns expressed by members at the meeting.
This year, Pride Brighton clashed with this month's FTM London meet up.
As an alternative, FTM London ran a casual group, with a few snacks and block puzzles which confused everybody.
We also welcomed Charlie Kiss, ex-Chair of the committee, who gave a short talk and Q&A on his recently released memoirs, ‘A New Man’.
More information on A New Man can be found here: https://anewman.uk/
As Pride was on the 8th, we got into the spirit with a crafty session – we brought bringing some craft materials for decorating T shirts to wear at the parade.
We did “freezer stencils” and fabric pens / puffy paint for freehand designs. Some people just made simple placards.
It was such a success, we're thinking of making it a yearly thing.