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:

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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!

Puffball - London, Doncaster, Manchester - GO GO GO!

Tuesday 22 - Sunday 27 April

Tonight 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.

The 24th April is press night! Do you want to attend the show? We can take up to 10 young people who are members of the Gendered Intelligence youth group for Free! E mail - bagsies first!

Puffball circus LGBT performance





The Roundhouse, Camden

Tuesday 22 - Sunday 27 April


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 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.
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.


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


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 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
(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.


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.

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
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[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 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

BME LGBT Health Conference

In this report it evidences greater feelings of marginalisation and invisibility as specialist LGBT services and support disappeared.

Trans*fixed - performance
"Humans have 46 chromosomes, in total 23 pairs. The sperm and the egg leave and combine to allow/produce, Fertilization ‘Zygote’. So what has gone wrong here? What makes these people different?"
A show following adapted stories from Trans people across the gender spectrum.
Trans*fixed on at St Marys University Theatre, Twickenham as part of the T-Junction Festival.
Trans*fixed is being performed Tuesday 19th 8pm, Thursday 21st 5pm and Saturday 23rd 8pm November.
You can buy tickets online here
It is a festival format so when you buy your wrist bands online you will need to print out your receipt and bring it with you to pick up your band on the day and then you will be able to watch the three shows of that day one right after the other.
Complete this survey

Sussex University have just released a survey examining community experiences of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in the UK which has the potential to be very helpful. It takes under 30 mins to complete and participants have a chance to win £100.

Have your say by filling it in here -