August Tuesday Youth Group CANCELLED

Just to let you know that there will be no Tuesday youth group in August.  Due to staff Summer holidays, there is no one available to facilitate the session. So please don’t turn up on the 12th of August because there will be no group to attend!


When is the next youth group? 

There will be a Saturday session on the 30th of August for young people and parents. Two groups will run side by side on the same day. The time and location for these groups is to be confirmed. 

Look out for updates on the time and location on the GI News page

Coming up in September

Soon there will be major, exciting changes to the way we run GI’s youth group. Watch this space! 

Next Wednesay, Adjoa Andoh will talk about her son and mention Gendered Intelligence!

Actor Adjoa Andoh’s son sensed from a very young age that although he inhabits the body of a girl, he was born a boy. “In the imperfect language we have to describe people,” she says, “we call him transgender.”
Adjoa talks movingly about raising a transgender child, and about what really defines who we are or who we might become. “In too many places today,” she says, “and in too many ways, we suffocate our true potential selves at birth.”
Four Thought is a series of thought-provoking talks in which speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society in front of a live audience.

[CRITSEX] Call for Papers

Queer Kinship and Relationships

 International Conference, 08-11 June 2015
Zalesie, Masuria,  Poland
[CALL FOR PAPERS]
Studies of non-heterosexual kinship in modern societies are well established in the Anglophone countries, dating back to such ‘classical’ text as Eshter Newton’s ‘Mother Camp’ (1972) and
especially Kath Weston’s ‘Families We Choose’ (1991). The once original body of work has now become ‘canonical’ and mandatory point of reference for subsequent researchers. 
Canonization, however, presents us with the obvious perils of hegemonization and domination of theories that perhaps do not necessarily fit into the diverse (i.e. non-Western) social and cultural realties. At the same
time, it is hard to escape the existing theoretical vocabulary, since scholars from various localities researching non-heterosexual families use them as the
only pre-existing point of reference, and inspiration for their own terminology and conceptualizations. Consequently, although studying ‘their own’ localities,
they presumably have no choice but to use ‘not their’ language and concepts to capture developments and local narrations of queer families/kinship. 
During the conference we want to concentrate on different understandings of queer kinships/relationships, and present more insights into the dynamics of
non-normative kinship configurations in various geo-temporal contexts. Thus we seek to address the following questions among others:
1. How non-heterosexual people define their relationships? What concepts are used to think through, understood and describe the non-normative kinship practices?
2.          How ‘queer families’ are socially framed and understood in various localities, where the social and political significance of ‘traditional family’ is strong?
3.           Does 'queer kinship/family' have the potential to become a (new) reference point of the LGBTQ activism, in the place or in conjunction 
with ‘marriage equality’ or ‘rights politics’?
4.          How do specific local contexts influence the debates on sexual politics in diverse locations? 
We seek contributions about various configurations and aspects of relationships spanning across the following: 
-        daily practices of queer kin-work, doing queer families, defining queer relationships,
-        gender roles/identity in homemaking and household labour,
-         queer and LGBT parenting,
-         changing patterns of household formation (e.g LATs, communal/collective living, single living, cohabitation),
-         friendships, strategic partnerships, neighbouring, and other forms of relating
-	relations with animals and pets,
-         using ‘familial’ concepts in sexual rights’ activism,
-         queer and LGBT intimate citizenship, political dimensions of intimate life,
-         migration/ borders/ transnational queer families/kinship,
-         state and public discourses and recognition, public (hetero)normativity, policing intimate lives, seeking recognition through legislation,
-         consumerism/consumption in queer families,
-         home violence in queer relationships,
-         queer family/kinship failures, queer breakups and divorces,
-       non-monogamy and polyamory,
-         queer families vs. outer world/families of origin, coming out as families,
-         intersectional perspectives on non-normative intimacies.
We keep the CFP purposefully open, to accommodate a
diversity of propositions, who share an interest in exploring queer forms of relationships.
Invited Contributors
We are pleased to announce that following speakers have accepted our invitation to participate in the conference:
Prof. Judith Butler (University of California, USA),
Dr Ulrika Dahl  (Södertörn University, Sweden),
Dr Jacqui Gabb  (Open University, United Kingdom),
Dr Ruth Preser (ICI-Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Germany),
Dr Ana Cristina Santos (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal).
Conference venue and the idea of the conference
The idea of the conference is to meet in a relaxed and more intimate atmosphere away from the busy metropolis. Thus way, we hope to inspire
more personal and individual an exchange between the participants. Therefore we have decided to organize the conference in Masuria – beautiful lake district of
Poland. The conference will take place in a conference centre situated on the lake, the “Zalesie Mazury”, Zalesie near Olsztyn. 
Deadlines & Submission
15 September 2014- submission of abstracts and bio notes
30 October 2014   - information about selection outcomes
1 January 2015 – 30 April 2015 - online registration open 
08-11 June 2015 - conference takes place
Submitted document should include: 250-300 word abstract, 6 keywords, short bio note (all in one document).

To submit an abstract please follow this link http://queerkinship.systemcoffee.pl/ or visit http://familiesofchoice.pl/

Conference Fee & Registration
Conference fee is: 200 Euro ( includes conference materials, accommodation, and meals). We will also provide free transport to/from Warsaw to the conference venue.
Registration will open in January 2015 and will be facilitated by the online payment system.

To facilitate the exchange with scholars from the geo-politically disadvantaged regions, we will offer a number of fee-waivers
and travel bursaries for: PhD students, independent and untenured researchers, and junior tenured academics. The primary recipients will be people form
‘Global South/East’, but students and freelancing academics in hardship from the ‘Global North/West’ should feel encouraged to apply too.
To apply for the fee-waiver/bursary, please indicate that in your submission, explaining your reasons. 
We encourage scholars from beyond the ‘West’, as much those working on ‘non-Western’ contexts.
EU Schengen visa requirements - please get in touch,
and we will assist you individually.
Organizing committee
The conference is organized as a part of the research
project ‘Families of Choice in Poland’(http://familiesofchoice.pl/) (2013-2015), Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences,
by the following team:
Dr hab. Joanna Mizielińska, PI on the project,
Dr Robert Kulpa,
Dr Sylwia Urbańska,
Agata Stasińska,
Aleksander Wasiak-Radoszewski,
All questions should be sent to:

familiesofchoice@psych.pan.pl

The Sex Educational Supplement is a new termly e-magazine for teachers and other professionals involved in sex and relationships education.

The LGBT Issue

The third issue of the magazine was published in July 2014 and is free to Sex Education Forum members or available for £4.99 from the NCB web-shop.

 SEF ISSUE 3 Cover High Res Web Fit

   
     The LGBT Issue includes:  

  • ‘take the quiz’ to boost your knowledge about LGBT issues, including a bit of history and current events
  • meet Jackie Foley, UK sexual health professional of the year finalist, 2013.

  • findings from the METRO Youth Chances survey of young people
  • eight pages of lesson ideas and resources to help you plan and deliver inclusive SRE at all Key Stages
  • advice on addressing transphobia
Gendered Intelligence goes to Trans Pride

There will be a large group of us meeting at London Bridge on Saturday the 26th to head down to Trans Pride in Brighton.  

The Trans Pride march is leaving from The Marlborough Pub at 4 Prince’s Street (map here) at 11.30 am and will make its way to New SteineGardens.
 
There is also a GI gazebo in New Steine Gardens which is where we will be based.  Look out for us and our amazing banner
 
Non-Binary Opinions Wanted

I’m a volunteer working alongside Sexpression:UK - a non-profit group that aims to improve sex education in UK schools - to produce a sexual health guide aimed specifically at non-binary people. I was just wondering if any of your members would have any thoughts on what they’d like to see in such a guide - I’m trying to reach out to as many other UK non-binary people as possible so we can get a range of perspectives. Would you be willing to let your members know about this via your website? Anyone who’s interested in contributing can contact me via this email address, or Sexpression at advocacy@sexpression.org.uk.

Open Barbers Update
Dear friends,

Things are really taking off for Open Barbers in a BIG way! Since our Crowdfunding success, we are expanding our hours, and designing the refurbishment of our space. We are welcoming new clients all the time and we’re so excited about what the future holds.

We are staying at our salon in Finsbury Park and you can now book your appointments online through openbarbers.co.uk so it’s becoming even easier to get a quick appointment. 
We are also travelling about the UK and entering mainland Europe! Here are a few forthcoming pop up events, and some recent press:
  • We are in JULY 2014 ISSUE OF DIVA - get out and buy a copy if you haven’t already as it’s a fantastic article and a full page photo of Felix and Greygory to rip out and stick on your bedroom wall :)

  • We will be styling at DUCKIE: MODS VERSUS ROCKERS at Brighton Pride 2014 on Saturday 2nd August.

  • We will be cutting hair at NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY for a day on Wednesday 24th September.

  • We are going on our first International Tour to Secession in VIENNA, Austria! We’ll be cutting hair for 2 days at UTOPIAN PULSE: FLARES IN THE DARK ROOM in one of the 7 salons of the exhibition, as part of the programme curated by Miguel A. Lopez on 25th and 26th October.

  • We will also be in Edinburgh again in September - more information to follow soon!
Thank you for continuing to support us by coming to the salon, spreading the word and giving us such great feedback on your experiences at Open Barbers. We’re looking forward to expanding our services further by the end of the year and launching our refurbished space in the Autumn. 

Lots of love,

Greygory and Felix xx

[Flyer reads: LGBTQIA Feminist Collage Activism Workshop. A free two day event for seventeen to twenty one year olds. Young artists and activists collaborate to disrupt media representations of gender. Use a combination of traditional and digital collage, gif art, and tee shirt printing to articulate and share your opinions to promote individual creative and gender expression. With help from curator of Girls Get Busy zine Beth Siveyer and photographer Hannah Nagle.

Location: Eastside Educational Trust, Perseverance Works, Suite 16, 37 Hackney Road, E2 7NX
Dates: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th August. 11 AM to 4:30 PM. You must be available for both days.
Only 10 places available. To sign up, email himarni at live dot co dot uk with your name, age, mobile number and why you want to take part.]

[Flyer reads: LGBTQIA Feminist Collage Activism Workshop. A free two day event for seventeen to twenty one year olds. Young artists and activists collaborate to disrupt media representations of gender. Use a combination of traditional and digital collage, gif art, and tee shirt printing to articulate and share your opinions to promote individual creative and gender expression. With help from curator of Girls Get Busy zine Beth Siveyer and photographer Hannah Nagle.

Location: Eastside Educational Trust, Perseverance Works, Suite 16, 37 Hackney Road, E2 7NX

Dates: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th August. 11 AM to 4:30 PM. You must be available for both days.

Only 10 places available. To sign up, email himarni at live dot co dot uk with your name, age, mobile number and why you want to take part.]

[Flyer Reads: LGBT Jigsaw Fifa World Cup Brasil. It’s that time of the year when football fever is in the air. If you have skills and you want to show them off or if you have never played football before - this event is for you. Jigsaw will be hosting a football training session which is only open for LGBT young people. You will be trained by London’s Finest Football Coach in a beautiful location. This session will not only build your confidences but increase your social skills in a warm environment. This session is only open to LGBT young people across London. If you’re interested and want to have some fun, come and join us at:

Wednesday 23 July. 4 PM to 5:30 PM.
Venue: Clissold Park - The entrance on Green Lanes

Refreshments will be provided and travel will be reimbursed only with a valid receipt. This event is free.

For more information and to confirm your place, please contact:
Text - 07981 471 9623
Phone: 07983 220 580
Email: info@lgbtjigsaw.net]

[Flyer Reads: LGBT Jigsaw Fifa World Cup Brasil. It’s that time of the year when football fever is in the air. If you have skills and you want to show them off or if you have never played football before - this event is for you. Jigsaw will be hosting a football training session which is only open for LGBT young people. You will be trained by London’s Finest Football Coach in a beautiful location. This session will not only build your confidences but increase your social skills in a warm environment. This session is only open to LGBT young people across London. If you’re interested and want to have some fun, come and join us at:

Wednesday 23 July. 4 PM to 5:30 PM.

Venue: Clissold Park - The entrance on Green Lanes

Refreshments will be provided and travel will be reimbursed only with a valid receipt. This event is free.

For more information and to confirm your place, please contact:

Text - 07981 471 9623

Phone: 07983 220 580

Email: info@lgbtjigsaw.net]

Sing Your Heart Out for Gendered Intelligence

Could you raise money for GI’s camping trip through running a small event?

GI volunteer Laura did just that. She recently threw a karaoke party with her friends and raised £210!  We asked her a few questions about what was involved.

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Laura, how are you involved with Gendered Intelligence? 

I’ve been volunteering for GI for about a year and a half and it’s been great getting involved with such a dynamic organisation. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the young people GI supports so I wanted to do something which would raise some funds towards their camping trip this summer.
 
How did you raise money? 

Last Christmas I was given a karaoke kit (complete with hot pink microphones!) so I decided to put it to use and host a karaoke party for my friends in exchange for a donation towards the camping trip. I made a couple of bowls of punch, put out some snacks and told people in advance the cause we were raising money for (and to remind them to bring cash on the night!)
 
Do you have any tips for running a fundraising event? 

We had a great time, and thanks to the generosity of my friends, made £210. I really recommend putting on an event which is something you’d find fun anyway – and then asking people to donate an amount they’d spend on having a night out. Set up a Facebook group in advance (where you can give a bit more information on what GI does) and even if people only have a small amount to give you’ll still have fun and raise awareness!  

You can do it too!

Grab a few friends and pay a couple of pounds each to do something you enjoy. Drag bingo? A cake sale? A football match? Why not! 

If you’re interested, please get in touch at  admin@genderedintelligence.co.uk.

You can donate whatever you make via ourGoFundMe page or via PayPal

Last month GI launched a GoFundMe campaign to fund our camping trip in August. We have to raise £5,000 by the end of July. Please share!

Pitching for a swimming activity

You free this Sunday?

You need to eat right? Why not eat and vote for us at the same time? 


This Sunday one volunteer and two young people will be pitching for the micro fund that is:

London Soup 

Meet. Persuade. Discuss. Eat. Vote. In the heart of London.


Join us for the third London Soup: a community dinner and micro-funding project, bringing us together to share a meal and raise funds for small, community-led projects that make London better.

WhereNew Unity Unitarian Church 277A Upper Street, Islington London N1 2TZ
When: Sunday 20th July 2-4pm 
more details

At the SOUP event we come together to eat as a community, and to hear from up to four different projects seeking to make London better, in a variety of ways. We’ll eat delicious, home made soup, salad and bread. We talk about the projects, our values, and what’s important to us. We make new connections and new friends. We vote for the project that we like the best, and at the end of the night, we donate our door takings to that project to help make it happen.

SOUP is:

a collaborative situation
a public dinner
a platform for connection
a theatrical environment
a democratic experiment in micro-funding
a relational hub bringing together various activist and creative communities
a forum for critical but accessible discussion
an opportunity to support activist and creative people in London


The GI Pitch

We will be pitching for a swimming activity as part of the trans youth camping trip that we are currently fundraising for. We want to provide a safe space for young trans people to be themselves fully and unapologetically whilst carrying out physical activities without fear of scrutiny. In order to do this we need to have sole use of all the swimming facilities and changing areas. This is a cost of £350 as we would need to pay for a life guard.

In the past swimming activities have proved very valuable to young people who do not feel safe enough to go to public swimming baths. One young member said:


I really enjoyed being part of this physical project. I most enjoyed the swimming session. I can’t swim but the instructor gave me a lot of attention and said that I had potential, which was really encouraging.” Young trans man.

Our ethos is to have full positive regard of all gender identities and throughout the weekend we hope to achieve gender identity validation and a safe and inclusive space. Young trans people are typically isolated and have very low self-esteem. A new report by the Metro Centre called Youth Chances found that young trans people’s experiences to gaining access to services are remarkably poor. Coming together to strengthen this community is very important.
 

If you are free then do please attend and bring your friends!
Whatever happens it will be a wonderful occasion. 

Calling all potential drag queens, drab kings, gender benders, transformers and everything in between – performance artist Scottee is giving you the chance to join his summer school of gender.

Learn how to walk the walk, talk the talk whilst making gender related performance.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and watch professional artists who use gender in their work.

Wigs and make up provided. Bravery and enthusiasm essential.

Rating Gender Reassignment Surgery At CHX
The Imperial College Healthcare Trust, which is to be inspected, is responsible for gender reassignment surgery at the Charing Cross Hospital. It is not responsible for the nearby Gender Identity Clinic, which is the responsibility of the separate West London Mental Health NHS Trust.
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Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting this NHS Trust from the 2nd of September 2014, which includes Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, St. Mary’s and Western Eye Hospitals.
The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months about their experiences. The inspection team is also keen to hear evidence from local voluntary & community sector groups about the quality and safety of care that their members and service users have experienced. Please tell CQC about your experiences by Monday 28th July 2014.
You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to enquiries@cqc.org.uk , by post to CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, or you can ring CQC on 03000 616161. Please put the name of the service you are sending information about in the title to help CQC pass it to the right inspection team.
 
You can send evidence of high-quality care as well as any concerns you have identified.  CQC will use your information to help the inspection team plan the inspection and what to look for on the inspection. The inspection team will ask these five questions about the trust and its services:
  • Is it safe?
  • Is it effective?
  • Is it caring?
  • Is it responsive to people’s needs?
  • Is it well-led?
You can read more about how CQC carry out their inspections on their website 
 
Thank you very much for helping CQC to understand people’s experiences of care. An inspection report will be available after the inspection and published on their website.
The Flamingo Rampant Book Club!, FR’s new subscription for LGBTQ kids books, is now live on Kickstarter! For this weekend, we’re keeping this pretty quiet - there are some nice early-bird deals (extra books, mostly) and we want to keep them for the fans and friends we already have (you!). On Monday, we’ll be sharing with the whole wide world but for this weekend, it’s just you sweethearts. And your friends, too. (Okay, and possibly your assignment editors.)
So: visit, take a gander, join if you like, and feel free to forward this email to your own personal friends and so on. On Monday morning I’ll send you another email, and at that point please feel encouraged to post it on social media, alert your libraries, call your congress critters and members of parliament, and otherwise signal boost as far and wide as you can. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing scenario, and so we need 450 families at the full subscription level to pay everyone and make this go.