DRAB & DRESS TG Support Group
- Meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month in Dover, Kent
- Support for trans folk by trans folk
- Partners welcome
- Agency / professionals visits by prior arrangement
- £3 suggested donation per person to cover room hire and tea / coffee
Our aim is to have a comfortable and safe location with easy access and ample parking right next to the venue. If you are feeling nervous one of our 'meet and greet' folk will come out to you and walk you in. We welcome folk in drab (birth gender mode), dressed (preferred gender mode). We have facilities for those who may wish to change on site with mirrors for make-up.
No matter how you present we will always address you by your preferred name. You will be asked to sign in but this is also in your preferred name and is a health & safety requirement in the event of fire evacuation.
This group continues to be well attended by people across Kent and beyond. It is a mine of useful information, advice and support from and for those attending. This group is growing in strength and in numbers and we are very proud of its integrity. Our group meetings often have 40+ people although the move to Dover has reduced the numbers somewhat, as well as the multiple services out there for transfolk nowadays.
From a first terrifying trip out of the closet (whether dressed or in drab) to post-op normality, to partners or family members of trans folk, this group has someone who understands your situation. We have been pleased to see partners and supportive friends and it has also been great to see a growing group of (FTM) trans guys getting the benefit of peer support as well as the (MTF) trans women.
This group is a real tonic and if you would like to know more please feel free to email us!
We extend our thanks to all Drabbers past and present. You have made this group the warm and wonderful support that is today and we look forward to its continued success...and to the rollout of Drab & Dress groups across the country! Watch this space....
"I personally thoroughly enjoyed this event and find it incredibly grounding and just about the most "normal" social event in the TG Calendar.
People here relax, and talk, yes talk properly, the range of subjects and conversations is from the serious and supportive, switching to gut busting belly laughs echoing around the table as the wit and banter quick fires around the room QI style. It is not about what you wear, what you look like, how pretty you are, its about who you are.
Its just a good old social get together. I would say the TG community needs more events like this. Around the big table, (yes it is big) the only social fuel is tea, coffee, squash, and biscuits and cake. Everyone is welcome and equal. If you think you are shy you won't be left sitting in the corner for long!"
"Another great evening with some very good friends whom I would never have had the privilege to have known without this essential support facility.
Heather and Abbie are amazing people who give their time willingly to assist those in troubled times and deserve thanks for doing so.
I travel over 100 miles round trip for this facility starting my day at 0530 for normal work stuff and then travelling down from London to the group and not getting back home to around 0030 , a very long day but an essential part of keeping my sanity and M's development on course."
Miss M.M .xx