Trans Support Group (closed event for trans/questioning folks)
English-speaking trans support group meets the third Tuesday of every month in Andrými (Bergþórugata 20, 101 Reykjavík) 7-10 PM.
Do you want to share your experiences or to find out information about trans related healthcare, information resources or legal processes here in Iceland? Do you want to find support to organise a trans specific event? Would you simply like to relax and have a casual chatty evening and drink tea without the pressure of misgendering and cissexist assumptions? Come to the meeting!
Tea, coffee, zines & revolution.
This is an unprofessional trans-organised group intended for trans and questioning individuals* of all ages, not (cis) family members or allies.
*This means that trans women, non-binary/genderfluid people, trans men, and people questioning their gender identities of all ages are all very welcome! The group is not intended exclusively for foreigners but English is the main language of communication because trans people not fluent in Icelandic are already disadvantaged in accessing care and community support. Of course, if everyone present feels confident speaking Icelandic, the meeting can also be in Icelandic.
The structure of the meetings and discussions is very free and based on everyone’s preferences and needs. If you have an idea you’d like to discuss or any questions related to the support group, please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name + pronoun tags are available. Washrooms in the space are gender-neutral. The event is meant to be accessible to people with various levels of fluency in English. The entire house is booked for as much privacy as possible.
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Andrými space is unfortunately currently not accessible (we are working on improving that as soon as possible). There is a step before the garden gate and then 5 steps leading to the main entrance, each 17 cm high, door widths in the building vary between 50 cm (upstairs washroom door) and 80 cm (entrance door), and the washrooms are so far only on the upper floor and in the basement. The door to the meeting room is 75 cm wide (as most doors in the building).
The meeting is held on the second floor, but can be moved downstairs in case it’s easier to access for someone, just let me know in advance! It is always possible to leave the room anytime, and there is a quiet room just next door. There are both soft, quite low, sofas and chairs to sit on. Andrymi has water, tea, and coffee for everyone.
What is said in the room stays in the room. We should not to assume that others go by the same name/pronouns/identity outside the group. We don’t take photos during the meetings.
– Mindfulness that everyone’s journey is different.
There is no hierarchy of being “more genuine” or “more trans,” and our journeys as well as goals and aspirations can be very different. We should always try to speak from personal experience (“I feel…,” “I am affected by…”) instead of speaking on behalf of others.
I want to offer support for as much of the trans umbrella as possible. Trans women, trans men, gender fluid, gender queer, non-binary, dual/multi gender, and those questioning their gender identity – and anyone else seeking support for gender identity. Intersex people who identify as trans are especially welcome!
It’s always really nice and empowering to speak to other trans people and spend time together – this event is meant to make you feel more confident and calmer, not the opposite! Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions/concerns/anything else that would help you to come to the meetings.