GI Youth Group activities - Spring is in the air!
Spring is on its way and the evenings are starting to get a bit lighter. Phew-ey. Why not head down to a GI Youth Groupying lighter Happy LGBT History Month one and all! We have so much going on this month and into March, we thought we’d pop it all in a wee e-flyer. Be sure to read it all! There will definitely be something for you!

Tuesday Trans Youth Group (with steering group)

When: Tuesday 11th March
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.

 

BFI Flare - London’s LGBT film festival
 
 

It’s that time of year again and we are bringing our Saturday session forward to Friday 21st March in order to be in time for the amazing screening of the new documentary about Kate Bornstein. 


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

When: Friday 21st March 6.30pm 
Where: BFI, Southbank

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

 
SOFFA (Significant Other, Friends, Family and Allies) Monthly Group

When: 29th March 2014 2-4.45pm
Where:Central School of Speech & Drama, swiss cottage, NW3 3HY.


There will be a regular informal meeting for parents, carers and family members which will take place on the last Saturday of each month. If you wish to sign up to the parents mailing list please go hereIf it’s your first time e mail us to let us know that you’re intending to come. We’ll send out more information about venue once it’s confirmed. 

THIS IS NOT A GROUP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Huge turn out at the LATES

Wow, well if you were there you will have seen the hoards of people attending last month’s LATES event at the Science Museum. There was a record breaking 6,916 visitors through the door, which was 1,300 higher than any other night. There were also many members of the LGBTQI community attending our tour and performance in the Who Am I? gallery.  Thanks to everyone who attended. We hope that many of you managed to hear at least something from us tour guides. But I don’t think anyone could have missed Mzz Kimberley’s amazing voice!

Check out this link for more photographs: http://whatmakesyourgender.wordpress.com/blog-2/

LATES at the Science Museum consider What Makes Your Gender?

The Who am I? Gallery in the Science Museum explores the ways in which the world of science and technology enables us to think about humanity, life and who we are.

On Wednesday 26th February, as part of the LATES events, Gendered Intelligence will be hacking into the Science Museum with our interactive tour, musical performance, nail bar and all round showing off of our What makes your gender? display case.

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Hacking into the Science Museum is about interacting with the objects in the Who am I? Gallery, as well as adding new objects to the space, in order to reorient or reinterpret meanings, particularly to do with gender. Our display case aims to demonstrate a shift away from seeing gender simply as a boy/girl binary towards viewing gender as something much more dynamic.

Opening from 6.45pm we will have a Nail Bar and a stall set up, so why don’t you head over to the Who Am I? Gallery to hang out, find out more and – hey why not? – get your nails done.

At 8pm there will be a 35 minute interactive tour where some of the facilitators and young participants of the project will talk about some of the objects, interpretations and games in the gallery before returning to our What Makes Your Gender? display.

As part of the project, the young people collected three oral histories with important members of the trans community. These were equalities campaigner, Christine Burns; arts producer, Serge Nicholson and internationally renowned singer,Mzz Kimberley. Christine Burns will be attending the LATES and there will be a chance to hear about her experience in the project and to ask her questions as part of the tour.

Mzz Kimberley

At 9pm we will be wishing everyone a ‘Happy LGBT History Month’ as our very own Mzz Kimberley, with her powerful belting voice and broad vocal range, is surely set to make some noise!

So why not join us in celebrating this amazing opportunity to engage the wider public (think –3  million people each year visit the Science Museum) with the wonder of gender, and to show that  conforming to societal expectations of being a ‘boy’ or a ‘girl’ is – we think – frankly rather dull.

Oh and look out for the Rainbow flag at the top of the building.

Entry to Lates is free and for ages 18+ only, no prior booking is necessary. Doors open from 18.45 to 22.00.

The What makes your gender? project is part of the All Our Stories Projects and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Arts and Humanities Research Council

GI member publishes book and make no. 1 best seller
Young Trans writer, and member of Gendered Intelligence, Lando Hilton has published a sci-fi novel which recently reached #1 on one of Amazon’s best seller lists. 
Check it out here: 

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brains-Bay-Lando-Hilton-ebook/dp/B00HS3M9J2
Fourteen-year-old Eddie Landon and his friends were all looking forward to their trip to Brains Bay Activities Centre. However, excitement soon turns to dread when Eddie finds out that their fun-packed week by the sea involves a sinister twist. 

It turns out that three of their teachers, plus a malevolent neuroscientist, are plotting to make money from the students’ brains. The Year Nines are to be secretly drugged one night and have some of their brain cells removed. These precious neurons, which are abundant in young people but rare in adults, will then be sold to paying clients who yearn to have a long-lost, youthful trait returned to them. 

What could this trait possibly be? What is it that the neuroscientist’s customers are willing to pay thousands for? Eddie and his friends are determined to find out. 

Just as they are starting to make progress, however, Eddie mysteriously disappears. His friends - rock chick Steph, rugby-mad Joe and sweet, sensitive Kerry - are left with less than a week to save him and foil the teachers’ plans, ensuring that their year group leaves Brains Bay with their cerebra unscathed. 
There are a few places left for our Patchwork project
Patchwork Workshops 

We have a few places left for our Patchwork project that starts on Saturday. 


Patchwork consists of multi-media stories under the themes of “support” and “celebrations”, made by the trans community and will build skills around basic video blogging and podcasting skills, exploring creative digital storytelling.

This session starts at 10am (arrive at 9.45am) and finish at 4.45pm


Travel bursaries will be available and lunch is provided.


Contributors must bring 3 things that mean something to them to the workshop like a bracelet, skateboard, drawing etc.


Contributors have the option to remain anonymous but each contributor must create one Patchwork Piece (a 2 -3 minute video or podcast) at the end of the workshop. 

Interested? Complete this form

When: Saturday 25th January,
10am - 4.45pm 
Meet in the reception area about 10mins before we are due to start. 

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

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ICE SKATING with GI Youth

To celebrate the end of the year and to say thanks to all our GI young members for all their hard work and contributions in 2013, we are celebrating the winter holidays and going Ice Skating.

When: Saturday 14th December, 1.30pm - 5.pm

Where:Meet at Wood Green tube station and we will go together to Alexandra palace ice skating rink (Map)
click here for more information about the ice rink. 


If you would like to come you must have attended at least one GI session prior and you must complete this form.

There is only one exit at Wood Green so it should be easy enough. Once you fill in the form we can e mail you and send you a mobile phone number.


This is an all expenses paid trip. We will pay for your entry as well as reimburse you for travel costs for up to £7. In addition we will make sure you get some light refreshments but please eat lunch before you come.

Coming up for young trans people from across the UK


Tuesday Trans Youth Group (with new steering group)

When: Tuesday 12th November
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 be running our youth steering group, where everyone is welcome to attend. The hour will be run by young trans people and is an opportunity for our members to plan sessions and activities. We will chat about how the session will run and also we need to start planning our Ice Skating Christmas trip. If you have any information about ice rinks, costs and times etc. please bring it with you. 

From 6.30 - 8.30pm all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to share experience. We also promise some social time and some light refreshments. We will also talk about how we can move forward with our video making ideas and your Gendered Intelligence Youtube Channel! Quite a few of you have some great experiences with video making and we are going to be visited by a small production team who are the makers of a film called Through her eye. Check out more here

So if it’s your first time at Gendered Intelligence or if you are part of the furniture you are welcome to join us. We have allocated young people called “TANGERINES" who will ensure that you feel welcomed and included at the group. 


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


Phone 07540 261 104 if you need to text or call. 

SOFFA event (Significant Other, Friends, Family and Allies)



When: Saturday 30th November, 2-4.45pm (we will finish at 4.45pm in order to be out of the building)
Where: 
Central School of Speech & Drama,

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London

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This session welcomes all young trans people and those questioning their gender identity and, for those that wish to, they can bring their friends, parents, carers, family members, partners, key workers and any significant others. It’s really important that the people that love us also have a chance to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with one another and to draw on support from those who have had similar stories. 

All travel will be reimbursed up to £7. We hope to see you there! 

Stop Our Silence




Don’t forget to take part in our stop our silence campaign - to raise money and awareness around the bullying and mistreatment that so many of our young transgender people face day to day in schools, colleges, and universities around the country.

If you are up for carrying out a 24 hour sponsored silence complete this form.


All are welcome to do it and you don’t have to do it in the week if you can’t for whatever reason. 

If you can’t or do not wish to take part then why not sponsor one of our young people and their loved ones. 

Stop Our Silence! Speak out against the gender related bullying

We are asking all members of the community and beyond to take part in Stop Our Silence - a sponsored silence fundraising campaign to raise money and awareness around the bullying and mistreatment that so many of our young transgender people face day to day in schools, colleges, and universities around the country. Bullying can take many forms and when young trans people tell us that they feel consistently frightened and anxious about what their fellow students and teachers might say or do we know there is more work to be done.

So what do you reckon? You wanna help?

We are looking for people to take part in a 24 hour sponsored silence as part of Anti-bullying week in November 2013. All you have to do is stay quiet for 1 whole day? Do you think you can do it? What about your friends, colleagues and family? Do they think you can do it? How much are they willing to pay?

How it works

If you are up for the challenge and think you can raise funds for this important and much needed cause just complete this form and encourage your friends, colleagues and family to sponsor you. All you need to do is:

1.       Choose the 24 hour period you will be silent in Anti-bullying Week, from the 18th November to 23rd November 2013.

2.       Let us know by completing this form: http://genderedintelligence.wordpress.com/take-part/

3.       Ask your friends to sponsor you by going on line: http://genderedintelligence.wordpress.com/sponsor/

4.       They can simply make a donation on line:  http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/support-us/donate or you can do it old skool and collect the cash.  

What next?

There will be an on-line campaign, so if you are up for it we would love to interview you. This is your chance to tell the on-line world why you have taken part in Stop our Silence Campaign. 

As part of the campaign we are gathering at Speakers Corner on Saturday 23rd November in the afternoon. It will be a celebratory event where we share stories around how we got on being silent and what it’s all for. There will be speakers who will break the silence and speak out and raise awareness around the extent to which bullying is such a pressing issue for the young people in our community.

More information can be found here:  http://genderedintelligence.wordpress.com/


Don’t forget to tweet: @GIYouthGroup #StopOurSilence

transgender seeking - a play

There are still tickets available for our fundraising play at GI

Friday, 25 October 2013 from 19:30 to 20:30

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/7006118489/eorg

Get involved in our sponsored silence campaign!

We are looking for some imagery to go along side our Stop Our Silence! Speak out against the gender related bullying campaign

Stop Our Silence (SOS) is a sponsored silence fundraising campaign to raise money and awareness around the bullying and mistreatment that so many of our young transgender people face day to day in schools, colleges, and universities around the country.

At our youth group it was decided that an image of a person who has their mouth zipped would work perfectly. 

But then we thought - why not have lots of them? If we had an image of lots of people that would really show how widespread this problem of bullying is as well as the support we are hoping to muster up. 

Send us an image of your face with your mouth closed. And then we might get someone to do some fancy photoshoping adding the zip. You don’t have to show all of your face if you don’t wish to. 

If anyone is up for volunteering and good on photoshop then please do get in touch! jay.stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk

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What medical records say about trans heritage

When: Saturday 26th October, 2-5pm 

Where: The Science Museum

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

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We are inviting any young trans person who wishes to attend a chance to take part in our Who am I? Hacking into the Science Museum Project. This transgender heritage project will enable 15 trans people (ages 13-25) to learn about their heritage in relation to a history of medical science.

We will spend the afternoon considering historical medical records in relation to transgender experiences as well as talking about the Who am I? gallery and our hacking project.

Let us know you’re coming by COMPLETING THIS FORM 

All travel will be reimbursed. We hope to see you there! 

Tuesday Trans Youth Group (with new steering group)

When: Tuesday 8th October


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 be running our new youth steering group, where everyone is welcome to attend. The hour will be run by young trans people and is an opportunity for our members to plan sessions and activities. We will chat about how the session will run and also we need to start planning our Christmas Party.

 

From 6.30 - 8.30pm all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to share experience. We also promise some social time and some light refreshments. We want the Tuesday nights to be a space for young people to share their experiences and have a chance to ask questions. We also recognise that trans youth want to hear more about particular topics so this is your opportunity to get involved. As part of a research project, Matt Bristow, a Trainee Clinical Psychologist has created a website for young people aged 13 to 17 with a minority sexual identity (e.g. lesbian, gay, bi, queer). He will be coming in and talking a bit about it. 

So if it’s your first time at Gendered Intelligence or if you are part of the furniture you are welcome to join us.

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

"Transgender Seeking… "
Book now for our next GI theatre event -  ”Transgender Seeking… ” 


Jimmy is trying to quit romance so he’ll never get hurt again. “I’m a romance-­a-­holic. I am quitting though  -­  cold turkey. That’s why I’ve come to this meeting, for support”.  An exposing, funny and tender look at queer relationships including run-­‐ins with the polyamory police, online dating mishaps, and how relationship scripts and bigger political systems like policing and prisons affect interpersonal relationships in queer communities (and beyond).
 
Transgender Seeking… includes clever unconventional use of multimedia. Characters argue with their projected online profiles exposing what’s beneath our attempts to present our best sides to the world.  Projection surfaces spring up suddenly like a video montage about internalized homophobia projected onto an installation inside a suitcase.  A giant wall of projected mouths and eyes humorously interrogate   Jimmy about jealousy. The show seamlessly flips between absurd, earnest and tender. Jimmy eats flowers whole when he’s nervous. He pretends to like medieval live action role play to impress his new date.  An endearing encounter with a puppet brings Jimmy back to what’s really important.  

For more info about the show go here

When: 
Friday 25th October 2013
7.30pm (50min performance) Bar opens at 7pm.
 
Where:
Central School of Speech and Drama
Embassy Theatre, 
Eton Avenue, London.
NW3 3HY
click here for map

Cost:
Tickets are £8/ £6 (concession)

BOOK NOW by clicking here

Get in touch: genderedintelligence.co.uk/contact
 
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE SPLIT 50/50 WITH THE THEATRE COMPANY AND THE GENDERED INTELLIGENCE YOUTH GROUP
There will also be a bar and we will be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.  So come a bit earlier for a nice drink and a bit of a catch up! (Bar opens at 7pm)


“Beautiful, articulate, well considered and very sophisticated…Complex and difficult subjects are delivered in the most accessible and authentic way. It’s light hearted, fresh and wank free…. Sunny drake is a progressive queer visionary.” (Samesame.com, Melbourne, Australia)
 
“Whenyou watch a Sunny Drake play, you are drawn into his life, his fears, his passions and his internal struggle. His performance is funny, poignant and whimsical” (Spartan Youth Radio, Canada)
  
Continuing Professional Development
CPD

Do you, or could you work with transgender people?  

Are you providing a good and appropriate service to people who are trans or questioning their gender identity?


Gendered Intelligence is running its next CPD session for professionals interested in learning more about working with trans people on:

Friday 18th October

1.30 - 3.30pm

or
4.30 - 6.30pm

These sessions will run at:
 
Central School of Speech and Drama
Eton Avenue
London
NW3 3HY (Map)
Nearest Tube: Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line)
FEES 
 
£55      Organisational representatives from organisations with less than £100,000 income per year
£85      Organisational representatives from organisations with more than £100,000 income per year
 
Book your place now

Our training sessions will enable you to:
  • Comply with the Equality Act 2010 with regards to the Protected Characteristics of gender reassignment.
  • Enhance your professional development and confidence with specific skills and knowledge pertaining to use of language.
  • Tackle forms of bullying that relate to diverse gender expressions and sexual orientation. 
  • Ensure your school, service or organisation can deal effectively with an ever-increasing gender diverse population. 
  • Ensure your school, service or organisation supports the smooth transition of any trans person in your service, workforce or student body.
This session looks at:
  • The relationship between sex, gender and sexual orientation
  • Key terms and language with regards to various trans identities
  • What the law says
  • Medical and non-medical models of trans
  • Experiences of young trans people
  • How we can make cultural and social interventions
  • Signposting other organisations and resources

Book your place now

For more information, emailjay.stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk

next youth session: this saturday! Sexology at the Wellcome Collection


When: Saturday 28th September, 2-5pm 
Where:Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE map


The Wellcome Collection has started work on a new, year-long exhibition exploring ‘sexology’ and how sex, gender and our love lives have become a legitimate area for scientists to study. The staff at the collection have identified some of the key personalities and ideas they wish to focus and want to recruit a group of young trans people to help develop ideas for the exhibition content, events and youth projects. The session will be facilitated by Eleanor and Paul from Wellcome Collection.

Please meet us on the 5th floor of the building.
Travel bursaries of £7 and light refreshments will be offered.