Next Volunteer Meeting - TONIGHT!

We are welcoming new volunteers or anyone who wishes to have a refresher around what volunteering at GI is all about. 

When: Wednesday 16th April, 5m - 6pm and then we will resume our usual activities from 6.30pm til 8.30pm.

Where: Central School of Speech & Drama, Swiss Cottage, NW3 3HY.(map)
Let’s meet at reception and we can walk up together. 

Following the induction/ refresher our meeting for Gendered Intelligence volunteers will run from 
6.30pm - 8.30pm.

If you are a new volunteer and can make this meeting, please ensure that you complete our volunteers’ form

If you are intending to come please complete this form so that we have an idea of numbers and can ensure there is enough biscuits and squash to go around!

Coming up at GI Youth Group

Tuesday Trans Youth Group (with steering group)

When: Tuesday 8th April
5.30pm - 6.30pm (steering group) 
6.30 - 8.30pm (youth session)

Where: Tavistock Centre, Swiss Cottage. (Map)

From 5.30 - 6.30pm we will have our youth steering group, where everyone is welcome to attend. The hour is an opportunity for our members to plan sessions and activities. 

From 6.30 - 8.30pm all are welcome. There will be an opportunity for some social time and some light refreshments. For those who wish to stay behind to talk about our camping trip once again everyone is welcome.   

Travel bursaries for up to £7 per person is offered to all attendees.

Coming up at GI Youth Group
Tuesday Trans Youth Group (with steering group)

When: Tuesday 8th April
5.30pm - 6.30pm (steering group) 
6.30 - 8.30pm (youth session)

Where: Tavistock Centre, Swiss Cottage. (Map)

From 5.30 - 6.30pm we will have our youth steering group, where everyone is welcome to attend. The hour is an opportunity for our members to plan sessions and activities. 

From 6.30 - 8.30pm all are welcome. There will be an opportunity for some social time and some light refreshments. For those who wish to stay behind to talk about our camping trip once again everyone is welcome.   

Travel bursaries for up to £7 per person is offered to all attendees.

Imagining Our Futures

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Gendered Intelligence is running its ‘Imagining Our Futures’ event, for young trans people to meet trans people with established careers, passions and interests.

We have a range of amazing trans, gender queer and intersex people from a range of professions/ trades / vocational careers etc. for you to talk to, hear their stories and inspire you! 

So far our guest professionals include a graphic designer, senior lecturer, software analyst, playwright, councellors, special needs teacher, members of a political party, medical staff member

When: Saturday 26th April 2014, 1.45 - 5PM

Where: Central School of Speech and Drama, London, NW3 3HY (Map)

Meet in main foyer outside the Embassy Theatre at 1.45.

This session will also be a SOFFA session, where significant others, friends, and family members are welcome to attend. This is a good opportunity for family and friends of young trans people to meet each other and gain mutual support.

The venue is fully accessible. Travel bursaries will be available, for up to £7 per person, with a receipt. Light refreshments will be provided.

Puffball circus LGBT performance

MAIN SPACE

CIRCUSFEST 2014

PUFFBALL

DIRECTED BY MARK STOROR

The Roundhouse, Camden

Tuesday 22 - Sunday 27 April

7.30pm




If there is one thing you need to do this year it’s this! Buy your ticket now! tickets are selling fast. 

Also on the 23rd April there will be a post show discussion about human rights.

Broadcaster Evan Davis will be chairing the panel and it will feature Syriah Bailey - all round creative and Puffball ambassor, Boris Dittrich - Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch, Sophie Ward – writer and actor, Emma Woollcott – lawyer and Jay Stewart from Gendered Intelligence

Youth Chances - LGBT report Transgender experiences seminar

We have 4 tickets to attend this seminar with Jay Stewart. The subject will be ‘transgender experience’ and it is a chance to join together with policy makers, practitioners, campaigners and young people to develop the first set of Youth Chances recommendations. 

When: Tuesday May 27th 2-5pm
Where: the UNISON building, Euston Road.

You may have seen the launch of the first findings of our Big Lottery-funded action research project called Youth Chances. Based on response from over 7,000 16-25 year olds through the largest survey of LGBTQ young people ever conducted in England, we have evidence of acute need affecting young people’s life chances, with four topics of particular concern: Schools, Mental health, Safety and risk and transgender experiences. We can offer to pay travel expenses on advanced fare train tickets (the cheapest tickets available) for up to 4 young people.

Please e mail jay.stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk if you are interested.

We want to ensure that young people play a full part in the seminar series and recommend that those attending are interested in contributing to a strategic discussion about youth services.
Imagining Our Future - Careers Day

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Gendered Intelligence is running its ‘Imagining Our Futures’ event, for young trans people to meet trans people with established careers, passions and interests.

We have a range of amazing trans, gender queer and intersex people from a range of professions/ trades / vocational careers etc. for you to talk to, hear their stories and inspire you! 

So far our guest professionals include a graphic designer, senior lecturer, software analyst, playwright, councellors, special needs teacher, medical staff member, Green Party activist and local council election, Candidate and Trans officer for LGBTIQ Greens and Young Greens co chair and spokesperson for LGBTIQ Greens

When: Saturday 26th April 2014, 1.45 - 5PM

Where: Central School of Speech and Drama, London, NW3 3HY (Map) Meet in main foyer outside the Embassy Theatre at 1.45.

This session will also be a SOFFA session, where significant others, friends, and family members are welcome to attend. This is a good opportunity for family and friends of young trans people to meet each other and gain mutual support.

The venue is fully accessible. Travel bursaries will be available, for up to £7 per person, with a receipt. Light refreshments will be provided.

Gendered Intelligence: Want to inspire young trans people with your career, passions or interests?

Gendered Intelligence are running our ‘Imagining Our Futures’ event, for young trans people to meet trans people with established careers, passions and interests.

We are looking for trans, gender queer and intersex people from a range of professions/ trades / vocational careers etc.for you to come in as a guest and for our young people to hear your stories, ask questions, and inspire them for the future!

If you are keen to attend then do complete this form

When: Saturday 26th April 2014, 1.45 - 5PM
Where: Central School of Speech and Drama, London, NW3 3HY (Map) Meet in main foyer outside the Embassy Theatre at 1.45.

This session will also be a SOFFA session, where significant others, friends, and family members are welcome to attend. This is a good opportunity for family and friends of young trans people to meet each other and gain mutual support.

So far, we’ve tried our best to get a diverse range of participants, but we would still like more guest speakers.


The venue is fully accessible. Travel bursaries will be available, for up to £7 per person, with a receipt. Light refreshments will be provided.

Trans* 2014 - Emerging trends

A two day conference on contemporary issues for clinicians interested in Trans* and gender variance.

Day 1 will focus primarily on clinical and research issues, Day 2 on the social context and emerging trends.  You can register for one or both days.  

Click here for more

Update on campaign petition ‘In support of ‘X’ passports in the United Kingdom’

From: CHRISTIE ELAN-CANE

NON-GENDERED

Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure

A highly secretive internal policy ‘review’ recently undertaken by HM Passport Office (HMPO), formerly the Identity and Passport Service (IPS), turned out to be a sham with no serious consideration given towards proposals in favour of non gender-specific ‘X’ passports. The outcome was an unequivocal rejection of proposals to issue ‘X’ passports to people who do not define as male or female in the UK, with an indication there was no need and no benefit to be gained from ‘X’ passports while the views of people who desperately require identity documentation that does not misrepresent through the use of inappropriate gendered references were dismissively ignored by the governing authorities. HMPO has subsequently admitted that ‘X’ passports are recognised as valid at UK border control when presented by visitors on arrival from other countries.

My online petition was received by IPS, the Government Equalities Office and by the parliamentary office of Helen Grant, Under-Secretary of State for Equalities back in January 2013. IPS replied with a very brief written acknowledgement and I received nothing more than an automated response from Helen Grant, the government Minister with direct responsibility for delivering on commitments made to the trans* community under the government’s trans* equality action plan.

The government has made a very determined effort to sweep all remnants of the issue under the carpet as the voice of opposition to inappropriate gendered classification grows stronger. The petition will remain active until non gender-specific ‘X’ passports are available as an option for UK passport holders who do not define as male or female and do not want ‘M’ or ‘F’.

We now have over 900 signatures and I profoundly thank you all for your support – the 1,000 mark is within reach – but why settle for 1,000 when we can have 10,000+++?

You have received this message because you have already signed the petition and no need for you to sign again. However, I am asking you to circulate the petition to your friends and associates, and circulate to everyone within your orbit who might be willing to lend their support because every signature counts towards raising the consciousness of this legitimate human rights issue.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/in-support-of-%E2%80%98x%E2%80%99-passports-in-the-united-kingdom.html

From a principle of legitimate identity as a fundamental human right, the UK government’s unequivocal rejection of ‘X’ passports will be challenged over and again.

A report of the ‘review’ outcome was recently published as a Deposited Paper in the House of Commons Library with the greatest of reluctance by the government and HM Passport Office.

‘Review’ outcome documenthttp://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2014-0152/Gendermarkings__290114.pdf

My response to the publication of this documenthttp://elancane.livejournal.com/19552.html

Early Day Motion (EDM)

There is another effective way that UK residents can help to raise this issue with the government and I would really appreciate your assistance if this is something you are able to do.

I ask you to approach your local representative MP and urge their support for EDM 907, tabled in Parliament on 6 January 2014 by Julian Huppert MP (LibDem: Cambridge). The EDM calls upon the UK government in support of ‘X’ passports for people who do not define as male or female.

Here is full text of EDM 907 with online signatory list periodically updated http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/907.

My aim is for EDM to attract no less than 100 Member signatories – realistically, the absolute minimum required in order to secure a debate on the floor of the House, although 100 signatures does not necessarily guarantee a debate but would certainly raise the profile of the issue to a level the government could not ignore. Points to note are that government ministers do not sign EDMs and neither do certain committee members due to protocol (approximately 150 Members in total). Some eligible MPs refuse to sign EDMs because they perceive them as pointless. And it is unfortunate that some very frivolous EDMs are tabled in Parliament but that should not detract from the importance of EDMs when used correctly as a mechanism to raise awareness of serious issues that would not otherwise get aired. There are more than 300 Parliamentary Members who are eligible to sign EDM 907 and have not done so. If your MP is not listed as a signatory, please urge them to lend support for the motion either as a signatory or to assist in any way they can. If not sure who is your local MP, this site lists them all and you can find their details through entering your postcode http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/. Please include your postal address on correspondence with your MP – MPs are generally not responsive to direct approaches from outside their locality.

Petition calling for ‘Legal protection for all trans* and intersex in the UK’

There is another online petition you may be interested in http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/legal-protection-for-all-trans-and-intersex-in-the-uk.html.

It is currently quite legal to discriminate against sections of the trans* community who are specifically EXCLUDED from protection under the Equality Act 2010. Intersex people also have no legal protection under this Act. Can you imagine a situation where exclusions applied to other ‘protected’ groups (eg. on grounds of race, faith, disability)? That would be inconceivable but the government perception is that legal discrimination is somehow ‘acceptable’ when applied to trans* and intersex people. Legal discrimination is never acceptable and I ask again, please consider signing this petition if you have not already done so, and remember to circulate to all who might want to sign. The petition currently has just under 400 signatures and the count should be much higher.

If you are not on my email distribution list and would like to be, please respond with ‘SUBSCRIBE’ in the Subject bar (you will receive occasional relevant email alerts).

With growing support for this issue, the governing authorities eventually must acknowledge the denial of legitimate identity and the consequential social invisibility experienced by people who do not –and cannot – define as male or female as a genuine human rights issue that urgently needs to be addressed.

With thanks once again for your support

 From: 

Christie Elan-Cane

NON-GENDERED – Fighting for Legal Recognition

www.elancane.livejournal.com

Twitter @ChristieElanCan

The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered

trans awareness training and professional development

Continuing Professional Development

Do you want to:
 

  • Find out what ‘trans’ is all about?

  • Gain confidence to approach situations involving a trans client, student or colleague?

  • Understand what your organisation might need to do to comply with Equalities law?


Then Gendered Intelligence’s “Introduction to Trans Awareness” is for you.
 

We provide 3-hour professional development trans awareness sessions for professionals to attend in London to broaden their understanding of issues faced by transgender, transsexual and gender variant people.
 

BOOK HERE
 

The session is based around interactive exercises, encouraging participants to get involved in thinking through what trans means and ways to achieve equality and inclusivity in practice.

At the end of the session you will have:

  • An appreciation of how sex, gender and sexual orientation interact
  • Improved understanding of trans identities, terms and language
  • A good grounding in the key laws relating to trans people
  • Increased awareness of trans issues and ways to be trans inclusive
  • Increased confidence in working with trans colleagues/clients
  • Information about helpful resources

Our sessions look at:

  • The relationship between sex, gender and sexual orientation
  • Key terms and language with regards to various trans identities
  • What the law says
  • Experiences of young transgender and transsexual people
  • How we can make cultural and social interventions
  • Signposting other organisations and resources

Dates

We aim to offer sessions every 6-10 weeks. The next dates are:

  • Tuesday 22nd April
  • Wednesday 4th June
  • Thursday 10th July

All sessions: 1:30pm arrival (for a prompt 1:45 start) – 4:45pm
 

Fees for 3 hour CPD sessions

  • Standard rate (organisations with annual income >£100,000): £85
  • Reduced rate (organisations with annual income <£100,000): £55
  • Early bird: £75 (standard) / £45 (reduced) - up to 4 weeks in advance


Please note:

  • Early bird for April 22 closes March 25

  • Early bird for June 04 closes May 07

  • Early bird for July 10 closes June 12
     

Multiple bookings

  • 3 people from same organisation: £195 (standard) / £120 (reduced)
  • 4 or more people: If you would be interested in 4 or more people attending a session, please contact us - it may be a better option for you to have a session just for your organisation. This has the added benefits that we can use scenarios that are all directly relevant to your organisation, we can train on your site avoiding your travel time / costs for multiple people and we can arrange a date / time convenient to you.


If you would like to discuss this option, please contact training@genderedintelligence.co.uk or call 07950 471414



Booking a Place

You can use this form to book a place and we’ll get back to you to confirm.

See our news page for more about our events and other activities. You can also contact us and sign up to our mailing list. If you’d prefer we come to you, we also offer in-house training.


Who should attend?

People from any discipline or field of work are welcome, whether you already have transgender clients, staff or pupils, or whether you are thinking about the contacts you’ll have in future.

Past participants include people working in: Local Authorities, charities, the NHS, schools, colleges and universities, the Fire Brigade, youth services, housing associations, counselling, sexual health, theatre/ the arts and many more.


Why should I attend?

A good understanding of ‘trans’ is important not only for good practice, but because “gender reassignment” is now a protected characteristic under the Equalities Act.

The proportion of people falling somewhere on the broad trans spectrum is estimated at around 1%. Of those, the number seeking a medically supported transition is growing rapidly, increasing the likelihood that any organisation will encounter real-life situations involving trans people.

Our sessions offer the opportunity to check out terms you’ve heard and practices you’ve heard of and ask “Is it OK to…?” in a small group setting, typically of no more than 20 people.

All our current trainers are trans with a wealth of grass-roots community knowledge and experience to call on.

Book now!

The Sessions will take place at:
Voluntary Action Islington
200a Pentonville Road
London N1 9JP UK
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(Nearest Station is Kings Cross)

Here are some recent comments from our 700+ past training participants:


Really really interesting. I learnt so much about different terminologies and found it very thought provoking and a great insight” – Local Authority worker, 2014
 

This has been a brilliant and insightful experience and I feel a lot more confident and aware” – Theatre Visitor Services Supervisor, 2013
 

Excellent training covering a lot of ground” – Housing Association Manager, 2014
 

Excellent session. Very informative. Learnt a lot about the legal situation around trans people” – Administrator in Higher Education Instititue, 2014

Want us to come to you? 

We offer training packages for organisations looking to offer training on trans issues, for up to 15 members of staff per session. For more details,check this page out or reply to this email.
 

Hosting

Could you host a Gendered Intelligence Trans Training for Professionals Session?

We are keen to offer our training in more locations, especially beyond London. If your organisation could host a Trans Training session, we would be pleased to offer a number of free places on the session for staff from your organisation in return.

We are looking for venues that:

  • Can accommodate a minimum of 15 people, (ideally sitting at tables)
  • Are accessible for those with disabilities
  • Are in a location that is reasonably easy to get to / has good transport links
  • Can offer basic tea and biscuits
  • Can provide a projector, laptop and flipchart plus suitable projection wall/screen
  • Ideally have local networks through which the session can be promoted


If you would like to host a session but can’t offer everything on the list, talk to us anyway; we can be flexible in some areas.
 

If interested, please contact us or call 07950 471414

Mentoring Support for Trans Students

Gendered Intelligence now offer a mentoring scheme for trans, gender variant and questioning people in education, or students who have a trans history.

The service provides confidential, one-on-one mentoring sessions with a Gendered Intelligence trans mentor, to help trans students who may be struggling with managing gender issues, experiencing some of the challenges of living as a trans person in education or may have existing mental health issues which are exacerbated by being trans.

If you are a school, sixth form college, college of further education or Higher Education Institute and have a student who may benefit from the service then do get in touch.

Life as an activist

Charlie Kiss is active in Unison and the Green Party but started campaigning years ago – setting up a youth CND* group whilst at school. This led to trips to Greenham Common peace camp*, scene of big protests against nuclear missiles during the 1980s, as well as two periods in prison, including Holloway. Charlie lived at Greenham for a year and a half before moving back to London aged 18 and starting to work as a printer. After transitioning from female to male, 17 years later he changed career and currently works in local government housing repairs. Having been homeless, Charlie is passionate about fighting for housing and reversing the worsening inequalities of wealth and privilege. Q&A with Nicola Baird

Read more

Want to inspire young trans people with your career, passions or interests?

 

Gendered Intelligence are running our third ‘Imagining Our Futures’ event, for young trans people to meet trans people with established careers, passions and interests - to hear your stories, ask questions, and inspire them for the future!

When: 26th April 2-5pm

Where: Central School of Speech & Drama, Swiss Cottage, London

We’re looking for trans, gender queer and intersex people from a range of professions, trades and public services. 

Please complete the form if you’re interested

The Implications of austerity on LGBT members and service users in local government
 
Research commissioned by UNISON’s LGBT Committee provides a snapshot of the devastating impact of Government’s austerity measures on LGBT service providers and LGBT service users. An executive summary of the research undertaken by NatCen Social Research for UNISON can be downloaded at http://www.natcen.ac.uk/media/205546/unison-lgbt-austerity-stand-alone-exec-summary.pdf
 
The report finds that reductions in funding of services due to austerity measures have led to:
 
·                     Financial hardship from redundancies, real term pay cuts and changes to benefit rules. LGBT workers are earning less from working zero-hour contracts, having their pay frozen for years, struggling to meet basic costs such as household bills, travel costs, making them more likely to use payday loans and food banks.
 
·                     A growing perception of feeling ‘less safe’ in the streets and more vulnerable to discrimination. The cut or loss to initiatives that help LGBT people report hate crimes meant some raised concerns that LGBT discrimination was ‘creeping back into society’. The police cuts on equality and diversity advisors for example made this feeling worse.
 
·                     A reduction in sexual health and mental health services that addressed specific needs could trigger a rise in the number of undiagnosed sexual infections as some participants admitted they would be reluctant to use general health services.
 
·                     LGBT people feeling gradually disconnected from public services and less engaged with their local community. Others felt marginalised, but described a feeling of guilt for asking for their needs to be met when there are other groups needing support. 
 
These findings are an important campaigning tool for UNISON as we continue to make the argument to the public that the coalition cuts to local government are having a detrimental impact on LGBT workers.
 
Branches are urged to:
 
·                     Use UNISON’s guidance and factsheets on negotiating for improvements to workplace equality policy and practice for LGBT workers, and particularly transgender workers, given historic and persistent discrimination at http://www.unison.org.uk/about/our-organisation/member-groups/lgbt/resources?Module[5221][viewPage]=1
 
·                     Strengthen self-organisation by involving LGBT members in bargaining, including assessing the equality impact of proposals; Report back to the local government service group on bargaining gains and successful cases to build and publicise our database of good practice across local government.
 
·                     Send examples of workplace agreements on equality (particularly those agreed after the 2010 Equality Act) to bsg@unison.co.uk or post it to UNISON Bargaining Support, UNISON Centre, and 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY.
 
Pride in London

Pride Needs Your Help

Support our fund-raising campaign

Running Pride in London costs over £700,000. We already have a number of corporate sponsors but we need your help. 

In 2014 our theme is #FreedomTo… and today we have launched a fundraising campaign that gives our supporters the #FreedomTo… have a real stake in Pride in London, make your own statement about #FreedomTo and enjoy a range of benefits.

Find out more about this campaign from Chair of London LGBT+ Pride, Michael Salter 

Please consider making a pledge to help us raise £25,000 towards the overall cost of managing the Pride Parade down Europe’s busiest shopping street. Your support will help secure the future of Pride in London. 

Please also consider promoting the campaign to your colleagues, clients, members and service users and through Twitter and Facebook. Here are some examples

Whether you pledge or promote, please show your support for Pride!

A massive thank you from your Pride in London team

Open Meeting 
Monday 31st March


We’re holding our next open meeting for the community on Monday 31st March from 6pm at Oxford House in Bethnal Green. The event is kindly being hosted by East London Pride. 

We’ll be updating you on plans for the Pride Festival 2014 and taking your questions and ideas. 

The event is free but to be able to manage numbers at the venue we would be very grateful if you would book your place. 

Book now

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8289d9ca2253b74574f849c73&id=84f9f058d4&e=51526a17c7

BFI Flare - London’s LGBT film festival


 

our Saturday session is being brought forward to Friday 21st March in order to be in time for the amazing screening of the new documentary about Kate Bornstein. 

We have FREE tickets to see Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger

SIGN UP


Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger
A portrait of Kate Bornstein – author, playwright, performance artist, gender theorist, recovering Scientologist and pioneering gender outlaw.

There is nothing violent or sexually explicit in this documentary but Kate does talk about sex and orgasms and is quite controversial. For instance, Kate has no problems with trans guys using the word ‘tranny’ and also doesn’t see herself as a woman for all sorts of reasons. We think that this doesn’t mean that would affect someone else’s sense of identity. Oh and she swears all the time and smokes a vapor fag!

Jason Barker - current artist and facilitator of the #transvengers web comic project - says “There is so much in it that’s really empowering.”

When: Friday 21st March 6.30pm 

Where: BFI, Southbank

Tickets are free to GI Youth members, but you need to sign up here