Help Open Barbers find a new home!

Open Barbers

Open Barbers need a new space by the end of October!
Due to our current Landlords need to expand their own business further, Open Barbers are looking for a new venue from which to deliver our salon services.

We need to have vacated our current premises by 1st November 2015 and we are seeking the support of our clients and networks in finding a new full time space. This new chapter in our business is both exciting and daunting – so please see below further information and how you can help us!

What are we looking for?
We are looking for a new venue from which to run our full time salon for people of any hair length, gender and sexuality. At the moment we are open minded as to what that venue might be, such as:

– renting a commercial property
– renting a live / work space
– renting an artists’ studio (as long as we can trade with the public there)
– sharing / subletting a venue with another business or organisation
– renting a container, garage, or similar type of space

We will consider other, more temporary options such as empty shop schemes, ‘pop up’ venues and mobile salons as an interim measure.

We aim to prioritise affordability, accessibility and safety and we have a checklist criteria to help us decide on the best fit for our needs.

How you can help?
1) Can you help us find a suitable venue? If you find something accessible in your local area with good transport links – we could be neighbours!
2) Do you have a space that Open Barbers could rent?
3) Can you spread the word?
4) Do you have knowledge about commercial renting and property law and be able to share some advice?
5) Can you get involved in Crowdfunding efforts by donating rewards, putting on an event or supporting our scale up costs?

Get in touch!
Greygory: 07712 090553
Felix: 07920 832320

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Trans Network London Community Picnic on 5th September

Remember to come to the Trans Network London Community Picnic in Kensington Gardens on Saturday 5th September! Arrive from 1.30pm. Bring food to share, something to sit on and sunshine!

This is a picture of the Serpentine Gallery and Pavillion.

Serpentine Gallery, the venue for the Trans Network London Community picnic London September 2015

The picnic is to be held under the trees, a few minutes away from the Serpentine Gallery and the colourful temporary Pavilion. Near The Flower Walk path, located between the Serpentine Gallery and the Kensington Gardens Public Toilets.,-0.1749252,3a,75y,227.93h,89.84t/data=

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Trans community photos from London Pride 2015

Have a look at the trans community photos from London Pride 2015 in our new photo album. The pictures were taken by Patricia (TransPALS) and others and give a great flavour of the event. We had sunshine and banners and big friendly crowds cheering us on!

trans community photos London Pride 2015


If you have any photos that you would like to share on this website, send them to (please make sure first that anyone pictured is happy to have their photo shown here).


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New TAGS trans self defence classes

trans self defence classes

This new trans self defence class organised by TAGS starts on 10th September from 8-9pm and will be for six weeks. The class tutor is Jai Chan who has over ten years experience of teaching self-defence to LGBT* users. The class will be held at West Greenwich Community Centre and we will charge on a rising scale from £5 to £10.

For more information contact Roberta at

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TMSA-UK shortlisted for two diversity awards!

TMSA-UK diversity awards

TMSA-UK have been shortlisted for two diversity awards, the National Diversity Awards and the European Diversity Awards!!

The National Diversity Awards 2015 ceremony is on Friday 18th September in Liverpool

TMSA-UK were shortlisted from over 20,000 nominations in the category Community Organisation for LGBT because of their hard work and dedication to the equality agenda.

The full Community Organisation for LGBT shortlist is:

Trans Men support and Advice UK
Broken Rainbow
Foyle Pride
Planet London
Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus
No Going Back
Out and Proud Diamond Group

The European Diversity Awards will be given on Wednesday 30th September at the Natural History Museum.

TMSA-UK have been shortlisted for the Community Project Of The Year for their outstanding dedication to diversity in the last 12 months

The full list of nominees in this category are:

Trans Men support and Advice UK
Diverse Futures
Give ‘Em Hope Campaign
Positive 21
Race Equality Foundation
Sustainable Food In Urban Communities
The Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)

Let’s hope TMSA-UK win both awards! Watch this space for the results in due course! Continue reading TMSA-UK shortlisted for two diversity awards!

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Job opportunity: Trans* Outreach Worker with Spectrum/West London GMP


West London GMP is hiring a new Trans* Outreach Worker to assist with the front-line running of Spectrum, but primarily to do sexual health work with the other projects within the organisation at this stage. This is a sessional role, so a zero-hour contract with a three-shift-per-month minimum availability commitment, but those who put a lot of availability down tend to get a good few hours per week of work. The specific Spectrum work on its own currently takes 6-10 hours per month at the moment.

The deadline for applications is Fri 28th August so anyone interested has a good long time to send the forms back. Please find more information and the application form download here:!Trans-outreach-worker-wanted/c1jao/55b7ab0e0cf25507a8c0fd25 . Also please circulate to any professional and personal contacts, and group members or service users, who you think might be interested – the more applications the merrier!

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Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Transgender Equality

trans inquiry

IMPORTANT: Responses need to be received by Friday 21st August so act soon

The Women and Equalities Committee is undertaking an inquiry into equality for transgender (trans) people — that is, people who identify with a different gender to the one assigned to them at birth.

In recent years important steps have been taken to ensure equality for trans people. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 for the first time allowed trans people to be legally recognised in their new gender. And the Equality Act 2010 made it illegal to discriminate against trans people.

However, the Committee is aware that full equality for trans people still has not been achieved. In its inquiry the Committee will look at a range of outstanding issues and consider how they can most effectively be addressed. These will include: how well the current law is operating; employment and workplace issues; transphobia and hate crime; trans people in the criminal justice system; NHS services for trans people; and issues affecting trans youth.

For more information go to

Also the LGBT Consortium and Trans Organisations Network has produced a briefing document to help you if you would like to write to the inquiry.

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Everyone welcome at the Trans Network London Picnic!

TNL picnic logos

This is our first Trans Network London event and we would love you to  come along and celebrate with us on Saturday September 5th starting at 1:30  till 6pm.

Trans* communities, friends and allies are getting together. Everyone is welcome especially children and dogs!

The venue is Kensington Gardens. We will be fairly near to the Serpentine Gallery’s 2015 Summer Pavilion, a chrysalis-like structure made from colourful see-through plastic off West Carriage Drive, London W2.

Bring food to share, picnic blankets and flags, hankies to mark our location.

There is disabled parking. Liberty Drives provides free transport for individuals with disabilities within Hyde Park (contact 07767 498 096) . Disabled person toilets are also nearby.

Contact us via or email
See you there!

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