We’ve had an amazing year here at Gendered Intelligence.
We’ve worked with more young people and parents than ever before. We’ve also delivered more training sessions, assemblies, talks and workshops on trans awareness and gender diversity too!
In December we produced an interim report of our work from June 2014 – July 2015. Here are some highlights:
- From July 2014 to June 2015 we worked with 266 young people and delivered 63 sessions with a total of 851 attendances.
- In the same period we worked with 99 parents, carers and family members.
- In schools and colleges, we have delivered workshops and assemblies to approximately 1200 students.
- 985 people attended our trans-awareness training course.
You can read more about our work in the past year by downloading our interim report.
Below you’ll find more highlights of our work in the past year.
A Parent’s Story
Deb, parent of a GI youth:
“I am not exaggerating when I say that getting in touch with GI was literally life-changing for both me and my son.At the beginning of this year, I had a depressed and isolated child, out of education and out of life generally. He wasn’t the only one who was depressed and isolated. I don’t know if you’ve heard the expression “you’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.” How true is that?
At the end of February, my then 15 year old told me he was transgender. I knew very little about trans issues but whilst researching, someone told me about GI. A week later, I took an anxious and reluctant teenager who had not been out of the house for weeks to the March Youth Group.
What a transformation! The group welcomed him with open arms and immediately took him in and accepted him as one of their own. Two hours later, he emerged with the biggest smile on his face and there were plenty more hugs all round! I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I had seen him so happy.
Getting in touch with GI felt like a real lifeline to me and my son. He said to me the other day “I really don’t know where I would be now without GI” and I don’t know either.”
For more information about our parents and carers support group, please see the Gendered Intelligence website.
GI Volunteers Society
Members of Gendered Intelligence Volunteer Society (GIVS) have continued their amazing work this year to support and raise funds for GI. In 2015 GIVS members have:
- Worked hard to recruit volunteers to the trans youth group and other projects such as the camping trip
- Run stalls at events at Southbank Centre, Westminster Kingsway College, London Metropolitan Archives and more
- Organised activities including Clothes, Cake and Trans Inclusion in collaboration with The Circle as part of International Women’s Day, and camping trip fundraising party
- Supported our clubs like Allotment Club and Football Club.
Football Association Partnership
In February 2015 Gendered Intelligence was commissioned by the Football Association to develop guidance around the practical inclusion of all trans people in football. The guidance sets out to support the FA’s new Trans People in Football policy.
We ran two focus groups to gather people’s views, followed by a friendly knock about on one of the astro turfs at Wembley. As part of this work we also ran a workshop about trans fans in football at the Football v. Homophobia conference.
To support the guidance we are also currently making a short film that looks to raise the visibility of trans people participating in football. Watch this space for 2016!
Stop Our Silence Success
During Anti-Bullying Week 2015 in November, GI supporters signed up to stay silent for 24 hours to raise money for our youth work and take a stand against transphobic bullying. One 10 year-old young person raised £357 single-handedly! Well done to everyone who took part – you were amazing.
Knowledge is Power Launch
Knowledge is Power was a project funded by Awards for All that aimed to build a resource for young trans people, their families and those who support them.
We collected young people’s experiences and ideas during a series of workshops up to July 2015. One of the workshops was delivered by Beyond the Binary, where young people talked about their experiences and journeys as non-binary people.
Now Knowledge is Power is live! There’s lots of information there – it’s up to you to apply it to your life in a meaningful way and turn it into knowledge. Ka-pow!
Best wishes for the New Year from everyone at Gendered Intelligence.