Gendered Intelligence: Understanding diversity in creative ways

A list of some of the ways people who attend our youth group identify: Transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, intersex, trans man, trans woman, trans boy, trans girl, genderqueer, and many more.






CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - CHANGES TO ONLINE YOUTH GROUPS AND 1-2-1 SUPPORT AT GENDERED INTELLIGENCE

Updated May 27th 2020 In light of the current situation and until further notice, all GI youth groups and youth service events will be held online. We will keep this page updated with instructions and any changes as we work them out.

What we’re doing

As a team of youth workers, we are all still working from home to ensure that we can support young trans people and – where possible, their families – through this time. We are reviewing the government advice every step of the way and will work out when it might be possible to meet young people in person again safely.

We have learnt a lot more about technology and online platforms in the past 2 months… We’ve been developing ways to use online spaces safely and appropriately to enable us to do our youth work, reach out to young trans people across the UK and attempt to come together as a community. Having tried out Habbo Hotel, Zoom, Discord and Google Hangouts we are mostly settled on Zoom at the moment and are using functions like the doorbell, waiting room, breakout rooms, and controlled messaging (either everyone or only hosts – who are GI youth workers) to keep everyone safe and ensure great youth work practice.

We hope as many of you as possible can access our online youth groups, if you are struggling at all, please email us to ask for support. It could be that you can’t use zoom on your device, or another problem, we’re here to help. If you can’t join us on online group spaces for whatever reasons, our lead youth workers will make time to call you and check in. Either way, please email us, keep an eye on our social media pages and our website to find out more.

How to join a GI trans, non-binary or questioning online youth group space

Please email youthwork@genderedintelligence.co.uk with the subject ‘ONLINE YOUTH GROUPS’. Include your name, age, whereabouts you live in the country and if you are ok with being contacted by phone, by a GI youth worker. A worker will arrange a time to call you, this is an initial check-in and find out your needs for being involved. You don’t have to send any details at first if you just want to ask us a question. If you don’t want to speak on the phone we can email back and forward with you to assess your needs.

What will happen next?

Once you have spoken with us and shared your membership details with us, you will hear from one of our Lead Youth Worker’s depending on the group/s you can join as to when the next online spaces will be held.

Then what? The lead youth worker will then send you and email with a link to the online space.

These are trying times, but as trans people our community is familiar with overcoming challenges and we will adapt. If you're a young trans person, please know that we have no intentions of leaving you to face the times ahead without support - we will continue to support you for as long as we can. If you're worried about how things are, or concerned about your well-being or safety if you need to isolate, let us know and we will do what we can to support you.




Our Workers

All our youth workers are trans or non-binary identified.

Isa
she or they pronouns
Runs our under 12s youth group, 11–15s youth group and 11 – 25s Community Saturday days.


Rami and Sabah
mostly they pronouns and they pronouns
Jointly run our Colours group for trans young people of colour aged 13 - 25


Sasha
they pronouns
Runs our 16-20 youth groups


Finn T
he or they pronouns
Runs our Leeds and West Yorkshire groups.


Bon
they pronouns
Runs our Bristol/South West group.



Contact the Youth Service

Please email youthwork@genderedintelligence.co.uk with the subject ‘ONLINE YOUTH GROUPS’. Include your name, age, whereabouts you live in the country and if you are ok with being phone by a GI youth worker to first of all check-in and find out your needs for being involved, include your mobile number. You don’t have to send any details at first if you just want to ask us a question.

Should you need more urgent emotional support, please contact:

Childline 0800 1111

LGBT Switchboard

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90




Youth Groups for Young Trans and Gender Variant People

Gendered Intelligence runs a range of youth groups in London, Leeds, Bristol for young trans, non-binary and questioning young people. Our groups have different age ranges which you can find out more about below. We also run a young adults peer-led support group in London for those aged 18-30.

Young trans people aged 11 or over are welcome to attend our Under 16 group in London and our Saturday sessions in London. If you are at Primary school, or aged between 8 – 11, you can attend our special under 12s group with a parent/ carer. At the moment, our groups in Leeds and Bristol are open for young people aged 13-20. If you are a young trans person under the age of 13 or over 20 in these areas, and would like some support, please [get in touch](/contact/email).

No matter how you identify, Gendered Intelligence's trans youth groups are open to all young trans people - whether you're brand new to identifying as trans, still questioning your identity, worrying about whether you are trans or not, or if you consider yourself to be post-transition or as having a trans history. We strive to be fully inclusive of individuals who identify as non-binary / other, as well as male or female.

There is no fee to access our youth group, and we can reimburse travel for at least £7 per person at every session if the cost of travel would prevent you from getting to the groups.

At the youth groups you can:

  • Meet other young trans, transgender, non-binary or gender questioning people, socialise, make friends, have fun and get some support
  • Find out information about coming out / disclosing, transitioning, your rights as a trans child, teenager or young adult, how to negotiate life post-transition, and more
  • Have a safe and supportive space to explore your gender identity if you're questioning, be yourself if you're not out, or have an opportunity to chat about trans stuff if you're stealth.




Find out more about each group

LONDON

  • Youth Group for Under 12s in London and Parents and Carers' Group
  • Youth Group for 11-15 Year Olds in London
  • Youth Group for 16-20 Year Olds in London
  • COLOURS - London group for trans, gender variant and questioning young people of colour


  • LONDON - SPECIAL GROUPS



    LEEDS

    Youth Group for Under 21 Year Olds in Leeds

    BRISTOL

    Youth Group for Under 21 Year Olds in Bristol

    HERTFORDSHIRE

    Youth Group in Hertfordshire for 13-19 Year Olds



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    Our parents' meeting also takes place on the last Saturday of the month. Find out more




    Membership


    You don't need to be a member to attend the GI youth group, but young people who attend our events more than once are asked to become members of Gendered Intelligence youth. This helps us keep you up-to-date with what we're doing, and means you receive priority when applying to attend our arts projects and special trips. It also lets us build a picture of the needs and backgrounds of young people who come to Gendered Intelligence, which helps us make our service more inclusive and accessible for all.


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