Gendered Intelligence: Understanding diversity in creative ways

Jay Stewart and Catherine McNamara at the Trans Community Conference.

Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence (GI) is a trans-led charity working across the UK. We were originally a Community Interest Company, established in 2008.

Our mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity.

Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.

We work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; we particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.

Gendered Intelligence Aims and Activities

GI’s aims are:

We do this by:

Our Philosophy

Our identity as a man or a woman is often taken for granted, but sex and gender come about through a combination of biological, social and psychological aspects of life that build our individual identity. When we begin to investigate who we are, locating why we are the gender we feel ourselves to be, things can become very complex.

Gendered Intelligence might be a sensitivity or attunement to moments when gender or gendered expressions appear in the world in ways that raise interest or cause for debate. This might be a political moment where power is brought into play. If you think about what happens when certain behaviours which are traditionally carried out by one gender, are lived by an other, you can see quickly how roles, jobs, appearances and behaviours, even ways of thinking, are all gendered activities.

Therefore we might say that gender is not something that you are, or have, but is something that you do. For us, it is important to nurture and develop gendered intelligence in the individual, in order that we may occupy a world where a greater freedom of expression and a wider and richer spectrum of identities can co-exist.

Co-founder Jay Stewart delivered a TedX talk to make these points.

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