Become a GI youth group volunteer!

Could you inspire young trans people?  From October 2014, GI will be running 5 youth groups across London, Leeds and Bristol. Our plans are ambitious and we need people who are passionate about the potential of trans youth to support our fledgling groups. 

What skills do you need to be a volunteer? You don’t have to have specific skills. Enthusiasm is more important than skills and experience. However, if you have previously worked with young people, that’s a great start. 

You don’t have to be trans. GI Volunteers Society is made up of trans and cis people with a wide range of identities and backgrounds. What they have in common is a belief that young trans people have a lot to contribute.  And that we can change the way the world thinks about gender! 

The young people we work with demonstrate that being trans never means just one thing.  We want to support all sorts of difference. We are looking for a diverse team of volunteers to support our youth work and are seeking applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and working class backgrounds. We do our best to reduce the barriers to volunteering with GI. 

We want all of our volunteers to feel happy and safe in their work, so if you have any specific needs, such as access needs, please let us know in your application form. 

Find our application form here. We’re looking forward to hearing from you! 

ELOP Club Mellow LGBT* Youth Group in Walthamstow, East London

Club Mellow Youth Group is a space for lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans* young people aged 13-21yrs who would like to meet up with others in a friendly, safe, supportive environment with a host of opportunities for participating in a programme of facilitated activities, sharing experiences, enjoying good company, joining in discussions, or just relaxing, chilling & have a little mid-week fun away from the scene. We have activities for all tastes, including some just for fun, some to challenge our brains, some to bring out our creativity, and some for our health, wellbeing, empowerment & safety. 

Join us every Wednesday 6-9pm at the ELOP Centre, 56-60 Grove Road, London E17 9BN. Admission £1. 

New members always welcome & group facilitators are always at hand to introduce & support new people as needed.

 We also have a small snack bar, an LGB&T community library that you can join, plus rainbow goods merchandise, plenty of comfy relaxing sofas, a pool table, games corner & more!  Come & experience for yourself.

If you require any further information regarding this email or the group itself please contact us on 0208 509 3898 or email us

Flyer Reads: Free Event. Kent and Medway LGBTQ Youth Summit 2014 via Kent Community Health NHS Trust. Stalls, Karaoke, Workshops. Lunch provided. Saturday. 13th of September. Kearsney Campsite. Dover. 12 to 7 PM. More details from: Hayley Rees on or Fiona Thomson on 07538701802. Find us on Facebook. Facebook dot come slash Kent LGBTQ Hubs.

Flyer Reads: Free Event. Kent and Medway LGBTQ Youth Summit 2014 via Kent Community Health NHS Trust. Stalls, Karaoke, Workshops. Lunch provided. Saturday. 13th of September. Kearsney Campsite. Dover. 12 to 7 PM. More details from: Hayley Rees on or Fiona Thomson on 07538701802. Find us on Facebook. Facebook dot come slash Kent LGBTQ Hubs.

LGBT focus group on experiences of GP services

Patient and Public Voice in NHS England are running a series of focus groups,  and would like to run a specific LGBT focus group at Southside on the 27th August in the morning, the focus group would run for 2 hours and travel cost will be paid and all participants will receive a small gift pack for their attendance. The focus group will explore the experiences of GP services with a view to feeding these experiences into the development of some developmental standards for GPs across London.
interested participants should contact 

LGBT Role Models Within The NHS

Health Service Journal with the NHS Leadership Academy, will be publishing a special supplement in September exploring attitudes to, and experiences of, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in the NHS.  To take part in the survey and to find out more …. read more

The survey is now open and we are seeking views – both from people who identify as LGBT and those who do not.

Research Into Transgender Friendly GP’s by Transfigurations

Coming out as transgender can be the most stressful thing that a person ever does in their life - and if they meet up with an uncaring/obstructive GP it can lead to an increased low self esteem and despair - which can often result in self harm or even an attempt at ending their own life. 

You can help if you have a sympathetic GP for if you have one that is trans friendly and we can publish that in out database it will mean that there might be a sympathetic GP in someone’s area where they can go and know that they can get help - and your action in providing the details of a sympathetic GP could therefore save somebody’s life

Calling all trans people over 18 for online focus group on trans representation!

Has anything changed since Leveson?

What does trans media representation mean for trans audiences?

Rhianna Humphrey is a postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow looking at these issues of trans media representation in the UK in the last year looking for participants for this research project.

Are you a self-defining trans person over 18 willing to take part in an online focus group to discuss these issues?
All you need is internet access and to be willing to share your opinions and give an hour of your time. These focus groups will be completely anonymous and you are free to withdraw at any time. Quotations, headlines and some newspaper images (with faces blurred out where they appear) will be used during the focus group to aid the discussion. Online interviews are also possible if that’s a more accessible format for some individuals. 
The purpose of this research project is to look at the effects media coverage of trans people and trans issues are having on trans audiences to better understand what the issues are and how to improve them.

If you want to get involved please email Rhianna on for more info and consent documents.

Trans Action has free places for young people

Now taking bookings for free places for young people  - more info online:

Our budget doesn’t stretch to offering free evening meals and accommodation, unfortunately but there are sure to be some cheap alternatives to the UEA accommodation in town.

9 July 2014

A new book by veteran equality expert and former trans rights campaigner Christine Burns MBE provides a unique first person account of how the seeds of trans activism were first sown in the UK.

Written as part memoir and part historical account, Pressing Matters is the first book of its kind to document the way in which trans community activism developed in Britain, after the fallout from a 1960s divorce case stripped them of the means to change their legal status.

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
Fund Our Summer Residential

Summer can be a difficult time for trans youth that want to go to summer camp - a traditionally sex segregated space.

We’re trying to combat that this every summer, as we’ve done in past years, with a trans youth residential. The programme includes kayaking, raft building, informal games and social interacting that help trans youth gain important personal and outdoor skills. The residential provides a safe space for all gender identities expressed by youth.

But, as with most activities, running residentials is costly. Previous residentials have seen 15-20 trans youth attending and with a cost at £300 a head. This year, we already have 20 signed up an additional 10 on the waiting list. We want everyone to go, but we need your help! To support and cover all of the youth, GI needs £5,000 in donations.

"When a lot of children go to summer camp, most of the activities or even the entire camps are gender segregated, making life really difficult for trans youth. Our residental really gives them a safe space to be themselves and have a positive experience with other trans youth and, even though it seems small, it’s so essential and valuable for trans youth," said Jay Stewart, co-founder of Gendered Intelligence.

To donate to the camping residential go to:

Please share the link with friends and family!

If you’d like additional information or would like to write about this, please contact press

the first openly gay black MP to be elected in the continent of Africa.

Zakhele Mbhele has become the first openly gay black MP to be elected in the continent of Africa.

On Wednesday, Mr Mbhele, 29, was officially sworn in as a Member of South Africa’s Parliament.

Read more:

Duckie Summer School For Emerging Artists

The deadline for this has passed but if you are interestied it might be worth contacting Dickie to see if they would consider extra applicants.

Duckie Summer School For Emerging Artists
Monday 7th - Wednesday 16th July

Are you aged 18 - 25?

Do you like live art, cabaret, DIY culture and post-queerness?

This is an 8 day intensive performance and cabaret Summer School with director Mark Whitelaw and filmmaker Tim Brunsden.

We will recruit 8 participants aged 18 - 25 and armed with the 150 year archive of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, will create stunning ensemble performance for a show to be presented at the RVT on Wednesday 16 July.

Participants have to commit to 8 days full time 10am - 6pm and are paid a bursary of £100. You will work everyday at the Battersea Arts Centre in Clapham Junction.

To apply to be part of this project email with a CV and one paragraph outlining your interest in this project. The deadline to apply is 5pm on Monday 19 May and decisions on the final team will be advised by Friday 23 May.


Open Barbers Crowdfunder goes LIVE!


Hey folks!

Between 6th April and 18th May, Open Barbers are crowdfunding for the launch of our full time space in June 2014. Please take a look at our crowdfunding appeal here:

We hope you can help us!

Thank you,

Greygory & Felix


Open Barbers are almost at their fundraising target for a new, full-time hair salon designed for queer and trans people. There’s only 7 days left to reach their goal. Please reblog and donate if you can!