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Trans youth residential seeks to create safe space for all gender identities

Joseph McCormick July 1, 2014

A yearly residential camping programme run by Gendered Intelligence is going ahead this summer, and seeks crowdfunding to allow trans youth members to attend.

Run by Gendered Intelligence, the residential aims to address issues faced by trans young people when signing up to summer camping trips.

The majority of summer residential are segregated by gender, limit options for trans young people in terms of social interaction, and create potentially awkward situations.

The Gendered Intelligence programme includes kayaking, raft building, games and outdoor skills-building activities. It aims to provide a safe space for all gender identities whilst avoiding any awkward situations.

“Our summer residential really gives our young trans members a safe space to be themselves and a chance to have a positive experience with other trans youth, to make new friends and to strengthen old ones. Come rain or shine the most fun will be had cooking over an open fire, having heart to hearts, laughing and bonding. It just may be that this quite simple opportunity for our young people could actually be life changing,” said Jay Stewart, co-founder of Gendered Intelligence.

The organisation is crowdfunding the residential on Go Fund Me, and updates are available on Twitter and Tumblr on the status of the event.

Twenty trans young people have already signed up to the event, and ten are on a waiting list.

More: gendered intelligence, Trans, young people, youth

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