Sunday, 29 January 2012

Going out in Oxford: Rose's

    For a reasonable-sized town, you might expect Oxford to have a modest transgender scene, maybe a support group or a pub night. After all, smaller places manage it, what's wrong here? But somehow everything that starts manages to fizzle away after a while, which I guess is the reason we started this site.
    There is a small flicker of light in the wilderness though, from time to time some of the regulars on the Rose's forum have get-togethers here. Have a meal in a restaurant, end up at the Castle or the Jolly Farmers, that kind of thing. Surprisingly good fun.
    If that kind of outing floats your boat, you could do worse than going over to Rose's forum and having a look to see when the next one is

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Watch out for defunct meetings in Oxfordshire

    In the past, there have been several attempts to start regular meetings for transgender people in Oxfordshire. These have all folded for reasons ranging from lack of ongoing interest to difficulties with venues.
    Unfortunately though these defunct meetings live on in cyberspace many years after they ceased, as directories and other support web sites faithfully list them. They are even copied wholesale from one website to another, assuming a zombie life of their own.
    This is unfortunate. Someone emerging from the closet might be given misleading information, try to turn up to a meeting that doesn't exist and find themselves feeling rather alone. The ones we keep finding are records of meetings at either of Oxford's gay pubs or a long-gone meeting at the La Dolce Vita restaurant in Summertown.
    So if you run a directory site for transgender people could we make a plea: please keep your content up to date? After all, the more bad entries it has, the less useful your website becomes.