Out In The City
Trans youth seek camping help
As summer approaches and the weather heats up in Britain, summer residentials are kicking off. Usually these programs for children are segregated by sex, putting transgender youth in awkward positions and limited options for social interaction during the season. Gendered Intelligence, a community interest company that supports trans youth, attempts to combat this every summer with a trans youth residential.
The programme includes everything from kayaking to raft building as well as informal games and social interacting that help trans youth gain important personal and outdoor skills. The residential provides a safe space for all gender identities expressed by youth.
However, running residentials is costly and homelessness and poverty remains a frequent issue for LGBT communities, especially transgender people.
For this reason, Gendered Intelligence is seeking donations to support this August's camping residential. Previous residentials have seen 15-20 trans youth attending and with a cost at £300 a head. This year they have 20 signed up and 10 on the waiting list. To support and cover all of the youth, GI needs £5,000 in donations.
"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.
Though many of the youth can't share their names, many of them report positive experiences: "I really enjoyed being part of this physical project. I most enjoyed the swimming session. I can't swim but the instructor gave me a lot of attention and said that I had potential, which was really encouraging."
To donate to the camping residential go to: http://www.gofundme.com/gicamping2014. Check Gendered Intelligence's Tumblr and Twitter for updates on the campaign.
Posted: 23 July 2014