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The Corpse Project: Gendered Intelligence

The Corpse ProjectThe Corpse Project

Trans and non-binary people are often faced with life difficulties in this overly gender binaried world. Consequently, there is little opportunity to explore how we deal with the trans and non-binary body after death.

Gendered Intelligence are looking for a small group of people who are over the age of 16 and would like to get involved.

We welcome trans people and our friends, family and allies.

It is open to people with any or no spiritual background and any opinions about the body after death.

The Corpse Project is a national research project asking ‘How can we lay our bodies to rest so they help the living and the earth?’ It is offering places to the Gendered Intelligence community to talk about trans bodies after death and to be part of its unique programme, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Over four days in June, we will visit a crematorium, a cemetery and a funeral director, learn about rituals and make our own ‘rituals for the trans soul’. We will look at how to turn the body into compost, the pros and cons of burial and cremation, future technologies and about how various cultures through the world treat bodies in a specific and gendered way after death. This is a sensitive but interesting, universal and very urgent topic, as land for burial gets scarce and we need to protect the environment. It is also very important that our bodies are dealt with in a way which respects our identity when we are alive. We will make sure this is a creative, respectful experience for all participants. It will be thoughtful but not miserable and sometimes fun.

It will be led by Dr Sophie Churchill from The Corpse Project supported by Krishna Istha.

 The programme:

Saturday June 4th, 4pm to 7pm –  Opening Session at GI, 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP.

Friday June 10th, 10.30am to 3pm – Golders Green Crematorium and return to GI.

Monday June 13th, 10.30am to 1.30pm – Poppy’s Funerals, Tooting. (Bring lunch.)

Saturday June 18th, 2pm to  7pm – Crossbones cemetery Southwark, the cemetery for outcasts, followed by FINAL SESSION AND SHARING OF FINDINGS AND RITUALS at GI

There is no fee, but participants must attend as many sessions as they possibly can so that the group is supported and the research is completed. Your views will be treated as confidential but will feed into the national findings of The Corpse Project. Venues are basically wheelchair accessible. Please ask for more details.

E mail krishna.istha@genderedintelligence.co.uk to book a place.

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The Art of Emergency Care

The Art of Emergency Care

Join a unique and innovative project ‘The Art of Emergency Care‘ to explore patient stories through forum theatre, working with patient educators, applied theatre students and health professionals.

Workshops will likely be 11-4, lunch will be provided (and we can also possibly pay expenses if needed), we want some people for all workshops but they do not all have to take part in performance if not keen. We are looking to collect a diverse range of stories about experiences of A&E.

Workshops take place on 17, 24 and 31 May and the performance will be on 17 June. All take place at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage.

For more information contact Kerry.Wykes@nhs.net

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Real Boy at the BFI Flare

Real Boy at the BFI FlareDear Trans Network Team,
My name is Shaleece Haas and I am the director of the new documentary film REAL BOY, a unique coming-of-age story of a transgender teenager finding the meaning of family—given and chosen.
You can see the film’s trailer here: http://www.realboymovie.com.
I am delighted to let you know that later this month REAL BOY will have its world premiere at BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival! Given the Trans Network’s mission to connect and empower the trans community in London, I thought your membership might be interested in coming to see the film.
The film’s central protagonist Bennett and I will be in attendance at the Monday and Tuesday evening screenings. We would be so delighted to see all of you there!
The screening times are:
21 March 2016 / 18:10
22 March 2016 / 20:30
26 March 2016 / 16:30 – sold out
All screenings are held at:
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road

South Bank

London SE1 8XT
Tickets and information can be found here: bit.ly/RBFlare
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the film or about the screenings. We are delighted to be traveling from California to London for this very special occasion and hope to see members of the Trans Network community there!
All the Best,
Shaleece
~~~~~~
Shaleece Haas | Director/Producer, Real Boy 
(510) 316-2687  I  shaleece@realboymovie.com
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Transforming Cinema Project – T-boys

T-Boys is a peer support group for masculine spectrum trans people in Leeds and Sheffield.
Transforming Cinema ProjectYou may be aware that some members of T-Boys were involved in E.D.E.N Film Productions’ Trashing Transphobia film project last year. E.D.E.N has now been announced as a People’s Project finalist and is competing to win up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to bring transgender film festival Transforming Cinema to Sheffield.
The Transforming Cinema project would train members of the LGBT community in filmmaking skills to create films raising awareness of issues affecting the transgender and gender non­conforming community. These films would then be screened at a brand new Transforming Cinema festival, organised by E.D.E.N and held on Transgender Day of Remembrance in Sheffield.
This is a really great opportunity to improve media representation of trans people by empowering us to tell our own stories in our own way and educate the wider public about the issues we face.
You can find out more information about the project here:
And to vote for the project (and any other People’s Projects you might want to support!) go to this link:
The full Trashing Transphobia film is also now available to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLiEy1AOfls&feature=youtu.be
T-Boys Committee
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cliniQ Trans Health Matters Conference

cliniQ Trans Health Matters Conference

The cliniQ Trans Health Conference 2016 is taking place on Tuesday 26th April at the Coin Street Community Centre, 108 Stamford Street, Southbank, SE1 9NH

This is a one day conference for trans people, clinicians and sexual health practitioners addressing key issues in sexual health and HIV.

Book your place using this link: http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/TransHealthMattersConference2016

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Trans in the Criminal Justice System

Trans in the Criminal Justice System

When: 1.15pm, Saturday March 5th

Where: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE

Trans in the criminal justice system

The government is re-examining its policy on transgender inmates following the death of two trans women at all-male prisons in the UK. Transphobic hate crime is on the rise. Discriminatory stop & search continues.

LSE invites you to ‘Trans in the Criminal Justice System’, a panel discussion on the challenges faced by trans people and how the criminal justice system should be reformed. Audience participation is strongly encouraged, so please do come prepared to ask questions.

***The event is open to everyone.*** Please do share widely and invite everyone you think might be interested!

Please make sure you register for a ‘Ticket’ and click attending on our Facebook event. The talk is completely free but we do need to know numbers.

Panelists:

·  Ulele Burnham is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and a former chair of the Discrimination Law Association;

·  Charlie Kiss is a political activist, a former prisoner, and the first trans man to stand for parliament in the UK;

·  Dr Sarah Lamble is a Senior Lecturer at Birkbeck School of Law and a leading expert on LGBT+ criminal justice issues.

Chair:

·  Dr Leticia Sabsay is an Assistant Professor in Gender and Contemporary Culture at LSE’s Gender Institute.

This panel event is part of the LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Moot. The competition’s gold sponsors are Linklaters and Mishcon de Reya.

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TRANSACTING one-day writing project: Saturday 19th March 2016

TransActingFollowing the TransActing project in London in summer 2015, Gendered Intelligence are running a one-day writing workshop for trans and/ or non-binary people aged 16 and over.

Writer Jon Brittain will lead the workshop. Jon wrote Rotterdam (Theatre 503). See here for an interview where Jon talks about the play which has a trans character at the heart of it.

Jon’s one-day workshop will run 10am – 5pm on Saturday 19th March at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

The day will be structured into three parts:

  • Getting started (tips and tricks to start creating characters and scenes)

  • Re-writing (taking your first draft to the next stages)

  • What next? (getting your work read and seen)

The workshops will be about skills sharing and bringing participants’ experiences together. You’ll be talking about writing for film and theatre and to a lesser extent, television.
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CliniQ announces Third National Conference Trans Health Matters 2016

Community Needs Best Practice

Trans Health Matters 2016CliniQ has announced the date and venue of the Third National Trans Health Matters 2016 Conference

It will take place on Tuesday 26th April

Registration 09:15
Close of day 17:00

Venue:
3rd Floor, Coin Street Conference Centre
Waterloo
London

THM2016 will be hosting the launch of the World Health Organisation’s Trans Implementation Tool (TRANSIT)

Programme, registration and travel bursary details will follow soon.

Contact info@CliniQ.org.uk for more information

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Kate Bornstein in the UK! February 2016

Kate BornsteinThe legendary Kate Bornstein will be imparting her wit & wisdom through the medium of workshops, performances & talks in Manchester, London and Brighton throughout February 2016.

The full details of the tour so far can be found here http://queerhearted.com/kate-bornstein.html and Facebook events for each event are going up over the coming weeks.

There are already events up for the London and Manchester workshops

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Trans Day of Remembrance 2015

Trans Day of Remembrance 2015Friday, November 20th November  marked the 2015 celebration of Trans Day of Remembrance, also called TDOR, for short.

The event was held at City University, in the Centenary, with kind help from their LGBT society, as well as staff, who together helped run the event and book rooms. This year’s organising committee was led by Sahra and ably assisted by Martha, who has run previous events.

This year combined both an inter-faith spiritual event, organised chiefly by Surat of Twilight People, with the main secular remembrance event, in which the names were read out, as is traditional at each year’s event.

The inter-faith event featured Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Pagan leaders, each taking the participants through readings or meditation practices to help remember those lost. At the centre of the ceremony was a remembrance table, draped in the trans flag and bordered by flowers, on which participants could leave items of remembrance for those they were trying to remember, in general for all trans people lost this year or to give thanks for surviving another year.

The main event took place half an hour later, with the intervening time reserved for trans films or for people to use the safe space room.

The main event was kicked off to a packed auditorium by Mzz Kim singing to the assembled throng, followed by a keynote address by Sophie Labelle, author of the web comic Assigned Male and addresses by Jael and Sahra.

This was then followed by the reading of the names and the lighting of the candles (see picture), plus the lighting of the large candle to commemorate those we don’t know about this year.

This was followed by a reading by a mother, in which she talked about losing her child to suicide, before being brought to a close by some upbeat rapping.

TransLondon would like to help all those who helped make this event possible this year.

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