Knowledge is Power - workshop for young trans and non-binary people
Knowledge is Power is a new GI project that is funded by Awards for All, part of the Big Lottery Fund. Learn more about the award here.
On Saturday 27th of September we are holding our first Knowledge is Power workshop for young trans and non-binary people (age 13-25) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (see details below) as our regular Saturday activity session.
Knowledge is Power is basically a resources building project that aims to support young trans, non-binary and questioning people on line. The workshops will ask: How can we capture what is gained in the room and put it online?
We all go through particular lived experiences, but we don’t always reflect on what helped us. So the point of the project is to look at information and other stuff that helped us and think about how we can share it with other people.
Date, time and location:
Saturday 27th of September
2 pm - 5 pm
Royal Central School of Speeh & Drama, Swiss Cottage, NW3 3HY
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Are you interested in the media?
At GI, we’re often talking about how trans people are portrayed in the media. In fact, we receive several requests per month from journalists and filmmakers who want to write about or film young trans and non-binary people for a range of newspapers, magazines and production companies.
We thought it might be a good idea to bring together young trans people, GI volunteers and trans professionals interested in the media to think about how we deal with these requests.
The group will set up some loose guidelines for how GI deals with media enquiries that concern us, as well as think about the sort of media content we want to see about trans people, and young people in particular. There might even be the opportunity to create our own!
Occasionally, the group might put a call out for those who want to be involved in media coverage. Even if it’s not something you’re interested in, you still have the chance to learn about how journalists put together stories and gain a better understanding of how the media works.
Discussions will mainly be online, so don’t worry if you’re not London-based.
If you would like to be involved or would like to know more, please fill in this form:
Families Picnic at Primrose Hill
When: Saturday 30th August 2-5pm (meet 1.30pm at CSSD)
Where: Entrance from Elseworthy Terrace (Map)
To celebrate the end of the summer, we will be having a lovely families’ picnic for all trans youth and their SOFFAs (significant others, families, friends and allies). We will meet at 1.30pm at the regular spot of outside Central School of Speech & Drama, and we will walk down to Primrose Hill. For those who wish to make their own way there we will be near the Elseworthy Terrace entrance.
ALL ARE WELCOME.
Bring something to add to the picnic for us all to share - healthy food welcome! And once our food has digested we will embark on a game of rounders for those who are up for it. Hurrah! Let’s hope for nice weather. There’s no Plan B!
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Trans Action has free places for young people
Now taking bookings for free places for young people - more info online: http://transaction2014.com/booking-accommodation/
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
£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
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
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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.
Tuesday May 27th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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+Centreemail@example.com,-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 (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>).
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.