Saturday Youth Group - ‘I’m OK, you’re OK’ - 25th May
When: Saturday 25th May, 1.45 - 5PM
Where: Central School of Speech and Drama, London, NW3 3HY (Map) Nearest tube: Swiss Cottage (Exit 2)
Let’s look closely at our friendships and relationships - or the ones we might want to have. How can I find the right friends and relationships for me? What’s OK and not OK? How can I deal with all my feelings of jealousy, insecurity or simply fancying someone? How can I be safe and how or when do I come out as trans?
This session is for all of you - whatever your age, whether you’re having relationships or not – this session will help you think about yourself and feel better about being you and doing the right thing for yourself and others.
The session will be very interactive, with lots of games and activities. It will be a safe and supportive space – it won’t be embarrassing and you won’t be asked to say anything you don’t want to.
The session is being run by Catherine Bewley from Galop. Galop is a London-based LGBT anti-violence charity that has worked a lot with GI over the years. Catherine does lots of outreach and development work with trans* people, works with lots of individual trans* people who’ve experienced sexual abuse, and helps run cliniQ, the new sexual health service for trans* people at Dean Street.
They’ll be a chance to ask questions, meet other young trans people and socialise. Light refreshments will be provided. Travel bursaries of up to £7 will be provided with a receipt. Our spaces are wheelchair accessible, but please contact us if you have any access needs we may need to take in to consideration.
Pride sports are holding a FREE basketball taster session for trans guys in Manchester on the 6th of June.
At this session, we’ll be introducing the sport of basketball to people who identify on the trans-masculine spectrum. The taster will be a good opportunity to try a new sport with no pressure. Skills optional! The session will be suitable for guys with no prior experience as well old pros. Why not come along and give it a try? The session is free. Just register here and come along on the night!
To check it out and reserve your free place, click here.
‘Trans Guys Are…’ Film screening on Friday 17th May
‘TRANS GUYS ARE….’
A film by Tom O’Tottenham & Serge Nicholson
Made in partnership with Galop
When: 9pm on Friday 17th May 2013
Where: Unskinny Bop, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, Pollard Row, London E2 6NB (Map)
Cost: £1 (and free entry to club afterwards at 10pm)
Tom and Serge, two London trans guys enlist their extended queer family of friends and community allies to share a playful, joyous, affirmative message. Trans guys are… hot.
The film shows a message held close to the hearts of London queers and trans people. Set to a steaming soundtrack, Happiness Train by the Jessica Lauren Four (www.jessicalauren.com), the film is an extended family album shot on location on the streets of London and in queer nightspots. Tom and Serge’s aim is to celebrate that trans guys are very much part of the wider community, as friends, allies, activists and… hot lovers
For more information see http://transguysare.com/
‘The Boy Who Was Born a Girl’ Book event - 50% of proceeds going to Gendered Intelligence!
This book reading event features a book published by one of our long-time youth group members. 50% of the proceeds from this event will go towards GI trans youth support work!
When: Thursday 30th May, 7pm - 9pm
Where: Gay’s the Word Bookshop, Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB. (Map)
Cost: £4 (50% of proceeds go to Gendered Intelligence)
Facebook event link here.
The groundbreaking autobiography of the boy who was born a girl.
In 2009 Luisa and Jon appeared in the BAFTA nominated Channel 4 documentary. It was the first time a family with a transgender child had agreed to be on camera and the programme hit record figures of over a million viewers.
Brought up as Natasha for 15 years, Jon can remember feeling male since the age of five. Having grown up always feeling differently to the girls in school, it was impossible to identify as female.
Jon eventually confided in his mother Luisa, who supported him in seeking help from his GP and subsequently a gender specialist. Diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a condition that affects over 100 British children every year, he embarked on an extraordinary journey of transition at the age of 16.
For Jon, the changes that followed were things he’d always wanted - but for Luisa, this meant coming to terms with the enormous loss of her daughter.
Imagining Our Futures & SOFFA Session - 27th April
When: Saturday 27th April 2013, 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.
For our next session, we’ll be having another Imagining Our Futures session, after our hugely successful event in April last year. In this session, we’ll be having trans professionals from a range of backgrounds coming to talk about their career, what inspires them, and how being trans may have had an effect on things for them.
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 eachother and gain mutual support.
Some of the careers of our confirmed guests so far are:
- Primary school teacher
- Published poet & bookshop worker
- Conservation Scientist
- A former Navy medic
- Senior Policy Officer in local government
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
We’ve tried our best to get a diverse range of participants, but we would still like more guest speakers who identify as non-binary.
This session will give young trans people an opportunity to hear from older trans people and ask questions - whether it’s about the career path itself or information on being trans or transitioning in a particular field.
The venue is fully accessible. Travel bursaries will be available, for up to £7 per person, with a receipt. Light refreshments will be provided.
See you there!
A book published by one of our youth group members!
We won’t be having a session on Saturday 30th March as it’s the bank holiday weekend. We’ll instead be having a trip to see Ajamu’s exhibition, ’FIERCE’ - Portraits of young, Black, LGBTQ people,on April 5th.
When: Friday April 5th, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall…
Remember to let us know if you want to come to this on Friday! We can pay your travel expenses up to £7.
On Road - All About Trans Social Gathering for Volunteers - Tuesday 26th March
The second phase of On Road’s work with the trans community and the media has begun…
On the 26th March, On Road are holding an informal social gathering for young trans volunteers taking part in The Interactions*, to explain how they will be run and for young people to get to know us and each other. Each of the 20 interactions will be tailored to the interests of the media professional so we will be pairing trans volunteers with journalists who have similar interests – which is why we’re getting to know our volunteers better!
What are ‘The Interactions?’
From late April to July 2013, we’ll be holding 20 “interactions” (social meetings lasting no longer than 2 hours) between a media professional and one to three young trans people. Supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the BBC, It’s a chance for media professionals to get to know young people in a setting of their choice and at their convenience. It could involve anything from a trip on the London Eye, to coffee at their favourite place around the corner from work, to a black cab home being serenaded with their favourite music.
This event is invite only, but please get in touch if you’d like to get involved in any way by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All About Trans (formerly ‘Trans Media Action’) came to speak with us at our last youth group session and run an amazing workshop! Anyone interested in getting involved in their interactions, don’t forget to get in touch!
A spat between feminist Suzanne Moore and transgender rights activists played out on social networking sites, and then hit the headlines when journalist Julie Burchill joined in too.
Jo Fidgen explores the underlying ideas which cause so much tension between radical feminists and transgender campaigners, and discovers why recent changes in the law and advances in science are fuelling debate.
James Barrett, consultant psychiatrist and lead clinician at the Charing Cross National Gender Identity Clinic
Julie Bindel, feminist and journalist
Lord Alex Carlile QC, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords
Melissa Hines, professor of psychology at Cambridge University
Richard O’Brien, writer of the Rocky Horror Show
Ruth Pearce, postgraduate researcher in sociology at the University of Warwick
Stephen Whittle OBE, professor of equalities law at Manchester Metropolitan University
This was broadcast last night on Radio 4 - may be of interest to people!
Want to come and see ‘Young, Sex-Changed and Lonely’ for FREE tomorrow?
We’ve got at least 4 spare tickets to see Young, Sex-Changed and Lonely, our Gendered Intelligence youth satirical film, as part of the ‘We Can Be Heroes’ series of shorts at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival tomorrow, Tuesday 19th March at 8:40pm.
We’d like to offer the tickets to any young trans people interested in coming along for FREE. If you want to come, email us on email@example.com. We’ll meet at 8:15pm at the main entrance to the BFI and go as a group.
We also have loads of free tickets going for young trans people to see the screening on Wednesday 20th March at 6:10pm - however, we will not be meeting as a group to attend this screening, so you’d need to pick up your ticket and head in yourself.
If you’re interested, drop us an email or a tumblr ask!
Gendered Intelligence are running our second ever ‘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!
We’re looking for trans, gender variant and…
We’ve had an overwhelming response to this! We’d really like more trans people to apply who work in trades / vocational careers so we have a balance - if you are a tradesperson or have a vocational career we’d really like to hear from you - here’s the form to fill in if you’re interested.
We’d also like more genderqueer and nonbinary people to apply if possible.
Digital Intimacy? Project for gay-identified men (trans inclusive)
When you log on to the internet does it increase your connection to the world around you or make you feel more alone?
Are dating websites and apps a good way to meet new people or a place where you feel judged and exposed? Or both?
MAGIC ME is the UK’s leading provider of intergenerational arts activities. We are working with GENDERED INTELLIGENCE and AGE UK CAMDEN to run a creative project called DIGITAL INTIMACY?
The project will bring together younger and older men (cis or trans) who identify as gay, in order to explore their experiences of using the internet and mobile phone platforms for dating and relationships.
The group will meet every Saturday in April and May 2013 anduse discussion, movement and photography to explore ideas. On 25 May the group will hold an informal event for invited guests in order to share work created throughout the project.
To take part you must be a cis or trans man identifying as gay aged 18-25 or 50 plus.
You will be available to attend sessions at the CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH & DRAMA between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday 6, 13, 20, 27 April and 4, 11, 18 and 25 May 2013. The project will be facilitated by two Magic Me artists -
Kieran Sheehan (movement practitioner) and Douglas Nicolson (photographer).
You can read the full flyer here.
For more information or to sign up please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Magic Me will arrange a time to meet you in person before the project starts.
A small budget for travel bursaries will be available for participants.
Tuesday Youth Group - Trans in the Media 12/03/13
When: Tuesday 12th March 2013.
5.45 - 8PM
NW3 5BA (Map) Nearest tube: Swiss Cottage. Meet in reception at 5.45pm.
For our next Tuesday youth group for young trans people aged 13 - 25, we’ll have guests Trans Media Action coming in to tell us about their project,working towards more positive portrayals of trans people in the media, and upcoming opportunities to get involved for young trans people.
We’ll follow it up with a discussion, talking about how you feel mainstream and non-mainstream media represents trans people, how media representations have affected your own trans journey, and how we can change the way we’re represented in the future.
As always, they’ll be plenty of time to chat, with light refreshments provided.
We can reimburse your travel for up to £7 per person.
If you have any questions, get in touch!