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Befriending Team Correspondence Vol[ume] 2, Jun 1978 - 22 Feb 1979

Identifier: GD61/4/1/2

Scope and Contents

Comprises of correspondence sent and received by the Scottish Minorities Group's (SMG) Befriending Team, which includes:

Correspondence between clients and the Befriending Team providing information and advice, and contacts for external services.

Correspondence between members of the Befriending Team and from prospective members.

SMG correspondence, including funding applications to the Social Work Committee.

Correspondence between the Befriending Team and the Edinburgh Branch of SMG and other SMG branches and external organisations and institutions, Bristol Gay Switchboard, the British Association for Counselling, Lothian Marriage Counselling Service, Scottish Council of Social Service, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and Joint Council for Gay Teenagers.

Correspondence relating to the establishment of a ‘TV/TS’ group. Note: TV is an abbreviated form of the historical term transvestite used to describe individuals who wear clothes associated with a gender other than their gender assigned at birth and TS is an abbreviated form of the term transsexual used to describe individuals whose gender identity is different from their assigned sex at birth.

Topics and themes discussed include: sexual health; counselling; support groups; depression; psychiatry; and marriage.


  • Creation: Jun 1978 - 22 Feb 1979

Conditions Governing Access

This item is closed and will not be open to public access until 1 Jan 2054 – 1 Jan 2055, depending on year of correspondence.

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