Trans* survivors of domestic abuse and/or hate crime need emergency accommodation at time of crisis. Current services struggle to meet the need or demand for safe/supportive emergency accommodation and leave survivors at high risk of harm. This situation cannot continue. A specialist housing project needs to be funded.

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Tuesday Trans Youth Group: Reproduction & Parenting

When: Tuesday 9th July, 6-8pm
Where: Tavistock Centre, Swiss Cottage. (
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Who can get pregnant? Who can be a parent? Who can have children and how?

This week’s topic explores the reproductive rights of trans people. There are many ways of being part of a family and raising children and we don’t hear enough about trans people being parents or having families. As part of this session, we are keen to find out what young trans, gender queer people and those questioning their gender identity think or want in terms of reproduction.

We will discuss: what reproductive rights mean to you? what might it include? and who might it involve? 

Our guest facilitators will be Laura Hurley, who is a Senior Project Worker from Brook (she is also a member of Gendered Intelligence Volunteer Scheme) and members of The Test Shot, a trans masculine on line platform.  

Blog outlining the prejudice against trans people in the UK Equal Marriage Act, which is forcing trans people to disclose to partners by and law, and requiring them to seek consent from their spouse before being granted a Gender Recognition Certificate. 

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When: Thursday 27th June 6pm – 8.30pm.
Where: Central School of Speech & Drama, Embassy Theatre, 62-64 Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY (map)
Book now to reserve your place by clicking here.

GI’s Anatomy is a Wellcome Trust funded project delivered by Gendered…

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When: Tuesday 11th June 5.45pm - 8pm

Where: Central School of Speech and Drama, NW3 3HY (Map) - Not the Tavistock!
We will be visited by staff from the Roundhouse, who will facilitate a story sharing session. You will use creativity to share stories and experiences around themes…

This is tonight!

Getting to know your voice - FREE voice workshops for trans people

Gendered Intelligence is collaborating with MA Voice Studies, at Central School of Speech & Drama to offer one to one voice work. 

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Are you a trans or gender queer person of any age (over 18) who would like to be involved in this exciting new opportunity is do voice work?

Have you ever heard your own voice back on tape and said “Is that wow I sound? I like the sound of that!”
This is an opportunity to get to know your voice. The sessions will run one to one with voice studies practitioner, Margaret Mills and will take place at Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Margaret is an experienced coach who has worked in theatre and the business world. 

The workshops may involve a camera so that you can hear your voice back and study your posture.  You will carry out exercises that will improve breath, connection and control.  The idea is that you will work and develop your voice in the way that YOU want it to develop.

You may be surprised what it can do if you give it a chance.

Each sessions will run for 45 minutes and take place on a Wednesday evening (although there may be some flexibility with days and times)

The sessions will take place at:
Central School of Speech & Drama
Embassy Theatre
62-64 Eton Avenue
London NW3 3HY
United Kingdom  (Map)

If you are interested to find out more, or wish to book a slot, email jay.stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk.  

 

Puffball Project - Creative workshops for trans, intersex, queer & LGB youth!
When: Monday 8th to Friday 12th of July, 11am - 4pmWhere: The Roundhouse, NW1. Near Chalk Farm station. (Map)A unique workshop residency for 16 – 25 year olds who identify as Trans, Queer, Intersex, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and / or Questioning (LGBTQ). Working with award winning performance artist Mark Storor and professional Circus Artist Lina Johansson, you will use creativity (storytelling, art, theatre and circus) to share stories and experiences around themes of love, acceptance, joy, loss and people’s gender identities and sexuality. We are looking for participants with an open mind and a willingness to get involved. No previous experience is necessary.
This residency is part of a longer project that will platform the voices of young LGBTQ people across the UK.
This project is FREE and lunch and travel costs will be provided.
If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, please download & complete an enrolment form and return it to josephine.bamford@roundhouse.org.uk.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Josie – 0207 424 6794.

Puffball Project - Creative workshops for trans, intersex, queer & LGB youth!

When: Monday 8th to Friday 12th of July, 11am - 4pm
Where: The Roundhouse, NW1. Near Chalk Farm station. (Map)


unique workshop residency for 16 – 25 year olds who identify as Trans, Queer, Intersex, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and / or Questioning (LGBTQ). Working with award winning performance artist Mark Storor and professional Circus Artist Lina Johansson, you will use creativity (storytelling, art, theatre and circus) to share stories and experiences around themes of love, acceptance, joy, loss and people’s gender identities and sexuality. We are looking for participants with an open mind and a willingness to get involved. No previous experience is necessary.

This residency is part of a longer project that will platform the voices of young LGBTQ people across the UK.

This project is FREE and lunch and travel costs will be provided.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, please download & complete an enrolment form and return it to josephine.bamford@roundhouse.org.uk.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Josie – 0207 424 6794.
Tuesday Youth Group - Puffball Project Taster Session

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When: Tuesday 11th June 5.45pm - 8pm

Where: Central School of Speech and Drama, NW3 3HY (Map) - Not the Tavistock!
We will be visited by staff from the Roundhouse, who will facilitate a story sharing session. You will use creativity to share stories and experiences around themes of love, acceptance, joy, loss and people’s gender identities and sexuality. 
You do not have to be a creative type to attend this session!  No previous experience is necessary.
As usual, travel bursaries up to £7 will be provided. The building is wheelchair accessible.
If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the Puffball project which will take place in July.
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.

London trans women needed for article on inclusion in the lesbian community

We’ve been sent over this call-out for trans women to contribute to this article for G3 - get in touch if you’re interested in being interviewed!

I’m writing an article for g3 magazine on the inclusion of trans women within the lesbian community, and am currently looking for 2-3 trans women in the London area to interview about their experiences. The article itself will be in an interview-style format, with my parts being neutral. My aim is not to speak for trans women, but rather to give them a voice in order to highlight a problem. I will be writing it with the utmost care, and you can read it before it gets published.

Interviewees can remain anonymous in the published article if they wish.

Please contact me on sophie.cooper@mac.com if you wish to get involved, or share with anyone you think will be interested. I’m hoping to conduct interviews next week.

Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to give me advice.

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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 alana@onroadmedia.org.uk.

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.

Contributors:

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

Listen now.

This was broadcast last night on Radio 4 - may be of interest to people!