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Spotlight: Festive Blues

The Christmas and New Year holidays can be a difficult time for many trans and gender non-conforming people, they could be spending this week alone, without company, separated from relatives and loved ones.

Although Christmas can be a joyful time of the year, filled with festivities, food, parties and time with loved ones. For some people, it can also be one of the hardest times of the year.


Christmas can bring about feelings of obligation and over-commitment to social plans. Some people may experience loneliness and isolation. Others may find the disruption to their routines destabilising so please reach out to your trans friends, ask them how they’re feeling, how they’ll be spending Christmas Day, and offer them the opportunity to celebrate with other people if you can.


We found some great tips over at the Mental Health Foundation to help you beat the Festive Blues. Here are a couple of our Favourites!



If you are trans, non-binary/genderfluid or intersex, spending Christmas alone and are concerned or unhappy, speak to a close friend if possible, or contact one of the following organisations.

For Adults experiencing difficulties: Samaritans 116 123 LGBT Foundation 0345 3 30 30 30 LGBT Switchboard 0300 330 0630

For younger people, or their parents and carers: Mermaids 0808 801 0400 and Gendered Intelligence For trans men and AFAB non-binary people: TMSA-UK

Concerns about sexual health: CliniQ - Trans Sexual Health Service and Terrence Higgins Trust 0808 802 1221