Call for art submissions for Gendered Intelligence Art Auction - please share widely!
For the 2nd year running, Gendered Intelligence is hosting an art auction to raise money for our work improving the lives of young trans people.Our art auction has proved to be a very successful event, last year raising £1500 for Gendered Intelligence trans youth.
Hopefully, with your support, we can make the second year into an even more fantastic fundraising effort that will go towards furthering the GI cause!If you’ve wanted to contribute to Gendered Intelligence but haven’t had the funds or the time to donate, consider donating your artwork for our Art Auction!
We’re looking for anything artists are willing to submit - whether they be canvas paintings, photographic prints, sculptures, jewellery, etc. We encourage a diverse range of artwork - whether you’re a professional artist or you enjoy art as a casual hobby, we want your submissions!
The art auction will run alongside our annual holiday party on 15th December to celebrate all the work we’ve done in 2012.We’re definitely interested in submissions from trans and gender variant artists, but if you’re an ally who’d like to submit to show your support, please do get in touch with us.
Please contact us to get involved! Or, if you’re not an artist, please repost this widely to your artistic friends and communities!
Deadline: November 23rd, 2012. More details below.
DEAR GAY MEN OF THE WORLD~ Consider this a PSA~
I’m going to say this before I go off. I am NOT angry, rather just tired of this and I think it is important that this be said, so I’m going to say it. Dammit.
In case any of you haven’t already been told (and ESPECIALLY to those of you who have been told and continue to do it) a HUGE percentage of trans men (especially the ones who identify as GAY) find it extremely insensitive and very hurtful when you make jokes, statements, innuendos and whatever else otherwise pointing out that you are disgusted by girly bits (which yes, some of them still have causing them daily depression & hatred toward their bodies). In fact, it upsets a lot of biological females as well, which if I remember correctly make up of a large percentage of the gay male population’s closest friends?
Gay boys, WE GET IT. You don’t like the dreaded V-word. Apparently it horrifies you in ways straight men and lesbians will never understand because you feel the need to remind us ALL the time. let me just be clear here~we already know. I’m pretty sure it’s actually a general requirement for being a gay man, so I think we’re all pretty good with that news. KTHANKS. We don’t need constant reminders that our genitals are repulsive to you. We have enough internal dislike for them already. We don’t need your help, but thanks so much for your support.
IF you truly give a shit about your fellow LGBT members please remember that TRANS people part of your community. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. The next time you start to say something along the lines of “OMG I CAN’T HANDLE THE CLAM” or “OMG a…a…a VAGINA??!!!” crying hysterically while fleeing from the room with arms flailing in the air, please take a moment to remember that YOUR COMMUNITY is very diverse and some of those people identify with gender identities that don’t match their bodies. This is not always something they can change due to financial or medical reasons and is very upsetting to them. It’s NOT FUNNY. NOT FUNNY. annnndddd one more time…NOT FUNNY. It’s hurtful and it makes some trans men (like myself) feel very very very bad about themselves. Thank you for not reminding the boys in the trans community that they are still not looked upon as ‘real men’ in society unless they have a dick.
By the way, has anyone seen a dick lately? A very limited number of dicks qualify as ‘pretty’ so glass houses and all.
The more you know.
Training for Professionals Working with Trans People
Are you a trans service user of an organisation that could do with some training on trans issues?
Do you, or could you work with transgender people?
Are you providing a good and appropriate service to people who are trans or questioning their gender identity?
Gendered Intelligence is running a Continuing Professional Development session which is the perfect opportunity for professionals to learn important skills and information to ensure they can provide high quality services to trans people. If you or an organisation you know could benefit from this training, please check out the full information here.
Monday 3rd September 2012
Come to either our morning session (10am - 1pm) or our afternoon session (2-5pm).
Central School of Speech and Drama
Eton Avenue, London.
£55 - Organisational representatives from organisations with
less than £100,000 income per year
£85 - Organisational representatives from organisations with
more than £100,000 income per year
Our training sessions will enable you to:
• Comply with the Equality Act 2010 with regards to the Protected Characteristics of gender reassignment.
• Enhance your professional development and confidence with specific skills and knowledge pertaining to use of language.
• Tackle forms of bullying that relate to diverse gender expressions and sexual orientation.
• Ensure your school, service or organisation can deal effectively with an ever-increasing gender diverse population.
• Ensure your school, service or organisation supports the smooth transition of any trans person in your service, workforce or student body.
Gendered Intelligence also provides training sessions for larger groups of staff in schools, colleges and workplaces - please contact us if you are interested in bringing us in to your organisation. If you are a young trans person who thinks your school or college could do with training on trans issues, please feel free to contact us!