Event for LBGTQI Youth: [Flyer Reads: Breathing Queerly. An ecstatic breath experience for LGBTQI young people. 18 to 25 years. Get off your head on breath! No need to be cis-gendered, lungs have no gender! Move, create, breath, have fun! Delivered by Hollie, Michael, Eva and Frejya: Graduates of Urban Tantra Professional Training Program.


October 12th 2014, 1 to 4 PM. Wheatsheaf Hall. Wheatsheaf Lane. Vauxhall. SW8 2UP. 15 pounds. Some concessions. For info and booking, email: queerly breathing at gmail dot com.]

Event for LBGTQI Youth: [Flyer Reads: Breathing Queerly. An ecstatic breath experience for LGBTQI young people. 18 to 25 years. Get off your head on breath! No need to be cis-gendered, lungs have no gender! Move, create, breath, have fun! Delivered by Hollie, Michael, Eva and Frejya: Graduates of Urban Tantra Professional Training Program.

October 12th 2014, 1 to 4 PM. Wheatsheaf Hall. Wheatsheaf Lane. Vauxhall. SW8 2UP. 15 pounds. Some concessions. For info and booking, email: queerly breathing at gmail dot com.]

How You Can Help Our Trans Summer Youth Residential
As you might have heard, we’re fundraising for a trans youth summer residential.
We’re doing all we can to try and spread the word to get donations as best we can. We have over 20 youth signed up and 10 on our waiting list. Not everyone can afford to attend and we want to make it a reality.
Do you want to help? If you can’t donate, there’s still plenty you can do:
1. Share our GoFundMe page on Facebook, Twitter, and any social network.
2. Email your friends! This seems silly, but you never know who you’re connected to. If someone else can tweet about it or share it or write about it, that would help. Here’s an example of what you can say:

Hello! I’m trying to spread the word about a fundraiser for transgender youth to attend a summer camp in August from Gendered Intelligence. Most summer programmes are gender segregated, which makes most of those programmes impossible for trans youth. They have 20 youth signed up and 10 waiting - and not everyone can afford it.
Here’s the fundraising page: http://www.gofundme.com/gicamping2014
Can you spread the word about it? Tweet it, Facebook it, and do whatever you can do? Or, if you work for or know anyone who works for a newspaper and can cover the story, you can have them email: press@genderedintelligence.co.uk.
Thank you.

3. Reblog this post on Tumblr.
4. Ask others to tweet and share the page.
We need your help to make this happen! We have until the end of July and we already have more than £500. Please do what you can!

How You Can Help Our Trans Summer Youth Residential

As you might have heard, we’re fundraising for a trans youth summer residential.

We’re doing all we can to try and spread the word to get donations as best we can. We have over 20 youth signed up and 10 on our waiting list. Not everyone can afford to attend and we want to make it a reality.

Do you want to help? If you can’t donate, there’s still plenty you can do:

1. Share our GoFundMe page on Facebook, Twitter, and any social network.

2. Email your friends! This seems silly, but you never know who you’re connected to. If someone else can tweet about it or share it or write about it, that would help. Here’s an example of what you can say:

Hello! I’m trying to spread the word about a fundraiser for transgender youth to attend a summer camp in August from Gendered Intelligence. Most summer programmes are gender segregated, which makes most of those programmes impossible for trans youth. They have 20 youth signed up and 10 waiting - and not everyone can afford it.

Here’s the fundraising page: http://www.gofundme.com/gicamping2014

Can you spread the word about it? Tweet it, Facebook it, and do whatever you can do? Or, if you work for or know anyone who works for a newspaper and can cover the story, you can have them email: press@genderedintelligence.co.uk.

Thank you.

3. Reblog this post on Tumblr.

4. Ask others to tweet and share the page.

We need your help to make this happen! We have until the end of July and we already have more than £500. Please do what you can!

Help Gendered Intelligence Go Camping!
As summer approaches and the weather heats up in Britain, summer residentials are kicking off. Usually these programs for children are segregated by sex, putting transgender youth in awkward positions and limited options for social interaction during the season.We combat that as we have in years previous with a trans youth summer camping residential. The programme includes everything from kayaking to raft building as well as informal games and social interacting that help trans youth gain important personal and outdoor skills. Most residentials are gender segragated, which makes life difficult for trans youth. Our residential provides a safe space for all gender identities expressed by our young people. We’ve had over 20 youth sign up and 10 on our waiting list and not every trans youth can afford to attend. We want to ensure that everyone of our young members who wishes to go on the camping trip gets to go.“I really enjoyed being part of this physical project. I most enjoyed the swimming session. I can’t swim but the instructor gave me a lot of attention and said that I had potential, which was really encouraging.” Young trans man“I only feel safe doing physical activities with other young trans people, or trans people, I wouldn’t feel comfortable at the moment doing any sport with other young people.” Young female-to-male trans person, aged 21.Please donate to our campaign to help us make this a reality for trans youth.It costs:£52 each person to camp£20 each to take part in activities£60 each to cover staff costs£32 each to cover volunteers’ expenses£32 each for food£28 each for getting there

Help Gendered Intelligence Go Camping!

As summer approaches and the weather heats up in Britain, summer residentials are kicking off. Usually these programs for children are segregated by sex, putting transgender youth in awkward positions and limited options for social interaction during the season.

We combat that as we have in years previous with a trans youth summer camping residential. The programme includes everything from kayaking to raft building as well as informal games and social interacting that help trans youth gain important personal and outdoor skills. Most residentials are gender segragated, which makes life difficult for trans youth. Our residential provides a safe space for all gender identities expressed by our young people. 

We’ve had over 20 youth sign up and 10 on our waiting list and not every trans youth can afford to attend. 

We want to ensure that everyone of our young members who wishes to go on the camping trip gets to go.


I really enjoyed being part of this physical project. I most enjoyed the swimming session. I can’t swim but the instructor gave me a lot of attention and said that I had potential, which was really encouraging.” Young trans man


I only feel safe doing physical activities with other young trans people, or trans people, I wouldn’t feel comfortable at the moment doing any sport with other young people.” Young female-to-male trans person, aged 21.

Please donate to our campaign to help us make this a reality for trans youth.

It costs:

£52 each person to camp
£20 each to take part in activities
£60 each to cover staff costs
£32 each to cover volunteers’ expenses
£32 each for food
£28 each for getting there

Pronoun is on at at the National Theatre

Pronoun

by Evan Placey

Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts. They were meant to spend their gap year together, they were meant to be together forever. But Isabella has now become a boy.

A love story about transition, testosterone, and James Dean.

Evan Placey is a Canadian-British playwright who grew up in Toronto and now lives in London.

We have 8 complimentary tickets to go and see the play in this amazing space.

When: Monday 7th July, 7pm

Where: The Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, Southbank, London

E mail: jay.stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk 

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: http://www.gofundme.com/gicamping2014.

Please share the link with friends and family!

If you’d like additional information or would like to write about this, please contact press @genderedintelligence.co.uk.

Donate to support young trans, non-binary and intersex young people

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 jay.stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk 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.
Voice Workshops for 13-25 year olds

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We have spaces left for our voice workshops. If you want you identify as trans, gender queer or intersex and are aged between 13 - 25 years why not attend. The sessions are weekly on Wednesdays through March and April. 

Next session: Wednesday 5th March, 5.30pm - 7pm
Others are: 12/3/14, 19/3/14, 26/3/14, 2/4/14, 9/4/14 & 16/4/14.

Where: Tavistock & Portman Centre, Swiss Cottage. (Map)


If you want to come just complete this form and we will be in touch via e mail. 

Gendered Intelligence is collaborating with MA Voice Studies, at Central School of Speech & Drama to a series of group sessions. 

You may be surprised what it can do if you give it a chance.
Sexual identity focus group (ages 13 – 17)

If you are between 13 and 17 and have a minority sexual identity (for example: gay, bi, lesbian, pansexual, queer), would you like to join a small focus group for a research project?

The group is a one-off event to discuss topics related to sexual identity with other young people. It is open to all regardless of gender status and history, so feel free to also invite along any LGB etc. friends.

When:  Tuesday 11th March, 5.15 – 6.15 (to finish in time for people to get to GI)

Where: Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Road, London, NW3 3NR (map<https://www.google.com/maps/place/Swiss+Cottage+Community+Centre/@51.5430634,-0.1723431,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x48761a91061a2705:0x866c0a60522805a3>)


What gets discussed in the group is completely up to you. Previously, at a similar group some of the topics people talked about were:

  *   Do you like using categories and labels?
  *   Stereotypes for gay characters on TV
  *   Religion and sexuality
  *   Coming out and family reactions

If you are interested in taking part (or for more information), please contact Matt Bristow (u0818662@uel.ac.uk<mailto:u0818662@uel.ac.uk>).

If you are under 16, you will also need a parent’s permission to take part, a form for this will be emailed to you before the group.
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Clothes Swap session for young trans people

Our next session is this Saturday.

When: Saturday 22nd February 2-5pm

Where: Wellcome Collection, Euston. (Map)


The Trans Clothes Swap has been going on for some time and headed up by one of our founding volunteers Lola. This clothes swap is a trans youth only special!

The idea is that you bring clothes that you no longer need and/or come and take any clothes for free! You do not have to bring clothes to this event to take clothes either.

Head to the Trans* Clothing Swap Tumblr for more information on how to get involved or about the Swap rules (http://transclothingswap.tumblr.com/) and follow @TransClothSwap for updates.


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

When: 22nd February 2014 2-4.45pm
Where: tbc.

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 here. If 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.

Gendered Intelligence launches new showcase at the Science Museum, called: ‘What makes your gender?’


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Throughout LGBT History Month this February and continuing into April 2014, the Science Museum will showcase a new display that asks its audience: What makes up your gender? The display, which can be seen in the Who am I? Gallery, aims to demonstrate a shift away from seeing gender simply as a boy/girl binary towards viewing gender as something much more dynamic.

The display has been created by 17 young transgender people from the Gendered Intelligence organisation.

Each day, both consciously and unconsciously, we draw upon all sorts of items that allow us to manipulate our bodies and express our gender identity. This case holds a mirror up to our day-to-day experiences of conforming and not conforming to societal expectations of being a ‘boy’ or a ‘girl’.

As part of the project, the young people collected three oral histories with important older members of the trans community – equalities campaigner Christine Burns, arts producer Serge Nicholson, and internationally renowned singer (or VSG friends) Mzz Kimberley

On February 26, as part of the ScienceMuseum’s Lates with MasterCard there will be an interactive tour in the Who Am I? Gallery led by members of Gendered Intelligence, followed by a short performance from Mzz Kimberley.

Mzz Kimberly is a US singer and performer, now living in the UK. She has become one of the UK’s most fashionable artistes, winning the 2011 BOYZ award for best cabaret artist. With a powerful belting voice and broad vocal range, she entertains her audiences with a wide repertoire of musical genres. Mzz Kimberley’s voice has been compared many times to Shirley Bassey and Tina Turner. Mzz Kimberley has been nominated for best vocal 2014 London Cabaret award.

One of the young members of Gendered Intelligence said:

“I really identify with Mzz Kimberly because my journey really reflects hers, as she began as a drag queen but is now trans. Speaking to her about the hardships she has faced as a trans woman really resonated with me but then hearing how she overcame these hardships sent me on my way feeling inspired to be true to myself.”

Audience Researcher Kayte McSweeney says:

“The Science Museum is delighted to be working with Gendered Intelligence on this All Our Stories Project. Not only have the group developed an exciting and provocative new display for our Who Am I? Gallery, but they have also helped us consider our medical and psychology collections in new and thought-provoking ways.”

The All Our Stories Project is about giving everyone an opportunity to get involved in their heritage. Through this project exploration, I think we have also created a fascinating insight into the history of science and medicine in relation to transgender heritage for our visitors.” 

To see more go to genderedintelligence.co.uk/whoami  

For further information, please contact Jay Stewart on 07540 261 104 or jay.stewart@genderedintelligence.co.uk

Check out some web content on the Science Museum website as well as genderedintelligence.co.uk/whoami


We have two events attached to this project:

LATES at the Science Museum (18 plus) 
Wednesday 26th February (Doors open from 18.45 to 22.00)

The Science Museum’s Lates with MasterCard take place on the last Wednesday of every month at the Science Museum. This month Lates will explore the bio-revolution. Entry to Lates is free and for ages 18+ only, no prior booking is necessary. There will be an interactive tour at 7.45 finishing with a singing performance by Mzz Kimberley 

Celebration event at the Science Museum
Monday 17th March (6 - 8pm)


This is a community, famliy and friends event for all ages. All are welcome butbooking is essential. The Science Museum are closing the building just for us. This is a private event. 

BOOK NOW (booking ends on 7th march as we need give the list of names to the Science Museum for security reasons. If your names not on the list….)

BUT there will be canapés!

Voice Workshops for 13-25 year olds

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So it’s LGBT History Month and the theme is music and so we thought ‘hey, how about we put on some voice workshops’? If you identify as trans, gender queer or intersex and are aged between 13 - 25 years why not attend an initial session to find out more and give it a try at to our introductory workshop. 

When: Wednesday 19th February,
5.30pm - 7pm

Where: Tavistock & Portman
 Centre, Swiss Cottage.(Map)

If you want to come just complete this form and we will be in touch via e mail. 

Gendered Intelligence is collaborating with MA Voice Studies, at Central School of Speech & Drama to a series of group sessions. The sessions will be co-facilitated  Jay Stewart from Gendered Intelligence and voice studies practitioner, Stacey Jenson. Stacey is an experience voice coach and has done a lot of work with actors. Together we willl 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.

If you are keen to continue then future sessions are: 

5/3/14, 12/3/14, 19/3/14, 26/3/14, 2/4/14, 9/4/14 & 16/4/14.

Put them in your diary! 
A photographic exhibition, exploring life as trans youth

Looking for participants (18-30) to get involved in digital media project - Patchwork

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Patchwork consists of multi-media stories under the themes of “support” and “celebrations”, made by the trans community. 

The team from On Road Media are looking for 10 young trans and gender questioning people from the ages of 18-30 to take part in a two day digital media workshop.

When: 25th January 2014 10-5pm and 8th February 2014 10-5pm.

Where: Central School of Speech & Drama, Eton Ave, London NW3 3HY.

If you identify as trans, gender queer, intersex or questioning your gender identity, are aged between 18-30 and are interested - sign up for these workshops that will take place in January by completing this form.

Travel bursaries will be available and lunch is provided. 
 
These two workshops will support you with basic video blogging and podcasting skills, exploring creative digital storytelling.
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.
There are many other opportunities as part of Patchwork so please get in touch.
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