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:
to increase the quality of trans people’s life experiences, especially those of young trans people
to increase the visibility of trans people’s lives and to raise awareness of trans people’s needs, especially those of young trans people, across the UK and beyond
to contribute to the creation of community cohesion across the whole of the trans community and the wider LGBT community throughout the UK
to engage the wider community in understanding the diversity and complexity of gender
We do this by:
- Delivering regular activities for young trans people
- Deliver an annual residential trip for young trans people
- Delivering varied arts-based programmes and creative workshops for young trans and young LGBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer) people from across the UK, including some opportunities for people over 25
- Providing educational sessions and workshops for young people in schools, colleges and other settings
- Mentoring individual young trans people
- Providing professional development sessions, trans awareness training and policy development consultation for statutory and other professionals, agencies and businesses
- Running themed trans community conferences
- Running events for parents, carers and family members of young trans people
- Offering volunteering roles that provide opportunities for personal and professional skills development
- Publishing and distributing booklets, publications and other resources
- Bringing trans people and professional services together to form partnerships and run projects that will benefit the trans community
- Generating discussion and debate around gender and the ways in which it presents challenges in our everyday lives
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.