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Gender Variant Experiences in Primary Schools: 26 January 2008, Central School of Speech and Drama, London 1 - 4pm

In collaboration with No Outsiders, we have been asked to make a documentary, which looks to tackle gender variant experiences in primary schools. The film looks specifically at young trans people’s experiences and memories of primary school. The initial stage of this is to gather some young trans people under the age of 25 who remember their primary school years well.
How did you express your gender under the age of 11? Were there any significant moments where you felt that your gender expression was variant and outside of social norms? Or perhaps you had positive experiences you would like to share? Would you say you identified as trans back then? Who had actually heard the word ‘trans’ before their 12th birthday?

This event will be filmed. For more information download the flyer here

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Teachers: 26 January 2008 

This Consultation Conference aims to enable LGBT teachers to engage with the key issues and challenges facing the Union, share experiences, meet other members and shape the future of the Union.

There will be opportunities to:

  • hear from high-profile speakers;
  • share experiences and network with other teachers;
  • discuss the NASUWT focus for the TUC Equality Conferences in 2007;
  • identify strategies to promote the interests of, and improve participation from, under-represented groups within the Union;
  • participate in workshops on key issues.

Participants will be asked to identify key issues within the workplace and the Union, which will be used to form themes for discussion groups during the afternoon session.

Issues arising from the Conference will be used to inform NASUWT policy and practice, and influence the Union's work with Government, national bodies, schools and colleges.

To reserve your place at the Conference please contact Conferences and Events on: 0121 453 6150 or e-mail conferencesandevents@mail.nasuwt.org.uk.

or for further details please visit the Seminars & Events section of the NASUWT website.

Launch of DCSF Guidance on Homophobic Bullying

We are writing to invite you to a free event taking place in One Great George Street, London on 30 January 2008, to mark the launch of the new guidance on preventing and responding to homophobic bullying in schools. A programme for this event is attached. This guidance has been written for the government by Stonewall and EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) and can be found on the teachernet website. A second event, with a similar programme, will be held in 6 March, at Park Plaza in Leeds.

The event will showcase the new and innovative guidance on preventing homophobic bullying, and will include a keynote address from Ed Balls, the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. There will also be workshops that look in more detail at the work primary schools, secondary schools and senior managers can do to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying.

Homophobic bullying is prolific in our schools and impacts on A-level and GCSE results, performance SATs and truancy rates. A recent study conducted by Stonewall found that two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual people experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation. Seven out of ten pupils say that homophobic bullying has an impact on their school work. Homophobic bullying does not just affect gay pupils; those who are thought to be different in some way, or may have gay friends or families, can also be affected.

There is now robust legislation in place to protect all young people from bullying, including homophobic bullying. The Education and Inspections Act 2006 obliges schools to respond to all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying. This conference will provide the tools and information needed to fulfil these duties to all pupils, regardless of sexual orientation.

We’d be grateful if you could pass the details of this event to senior managers responsible for bullying in the schools you work with. Those who would like to attend should email education@stonewall.org.uk with the name, school, and contact details of participants, and whether they would like to attend the event in Leeds or London. Places are limited and priority will be given to education professionals who are responsible for bullying in schools. Confirmation and joining instructions will be sent to the delegate.

Best wishes,

Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive, Stonewall       Denys Robinson, EACH

Programme for the day can be downloaded here

Not the only Gay in the village - Wednesday 27 February 2008, The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford 

One day conference to address issues for young people who are themselves Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans or who have friends or family who are and living in rural places 

As part of Herefordshire’s Out in the Sticks festival to celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2008, this conference will look at the issues for young people living in rural places.  

The aims of the day are:

  • To explore and raise awareness of the differences between rural and urban areas for LGBT people
  • To provide an opportunity to hear first hand how young people feel about being LGBT in a rural county
  • To identify and share best practice and solutions to help us all move forward 

The conference is aimed at those working with young people for example:

  • Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Health professionals
  • Foster Carers
  • Diversity officers
  • Justice professionals
  • Youth Workers  

Author and actor Stella Duffy will be facilitating the day.  Speakers include members of Stonewall and West Mercia Constabulary along with young people sharing their experiences.  The day is an excellent networking opportunity.

Delegate fees are £75 + VAT for individuals and organisations from Herefordshire and people and £90 + VAT for those out of county.    

The programme for the day is attached, which includes details of the workshop topics.  Booking forms are also attached, however should you wish to discuss the conference in more detail please feel free to contact me at lradmore@herefordshire.gov.uk

Lyndsey Radmore
Out in the Sticks

Conference Information (pdf)
Electronic Booking Form (Word Doc)
Manual Booking Form (Word Doc)

Queer Easter 2008 - Education for Diversity and Inclusion - 17th - 24th March 2008, Werftpfuhl, Germany

Education plays an important part in socialising, for us as individuals, as well as for society as a whole. Therefore Queer Easter seminar will examine how lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues are affecting education and those in education. Questions such as how to raise the issue of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in education will be tackled as well as curriculum development on LGBT issues debated, to give only some examples.
Furthermore, taking education as a socialising process, the seminar will take on the challenge to develop skills and materials for educating towards more diversity and for genuine inclusion of LGBT people into society.

To download the programme and find out about registration, click here

Trans People, Rights, Law and Policy - 1 Day Seminar, Manchester April 8th

Does your organisation need clear guidance on the recent equality and rights legislation for Trans people?

The aim of the day is to assist organisations in meeting the requirements of all equality legislation regarding transsexual/transgender people.

Click here for the brochure

Click here to visit the web page which includes the booking form on the left

LAUNCH OF PROUD HERITAGE - THE NATIONAL LGBT MUSEUM - 14th April 2008
7pm, The Earth Gallery, South Kensington

After three years careful research and development, Proud Heritage, the national museum for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and cultural ancestry, opens its doors online officially on 15 April. There is a special preview event for the public the evening beforehand, featuring a rare biographic interview with Peter Tatchell.

At two events in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Proud Heritage will set out its future plans and unveil its first public phase - a cutting edge online museum that breaks new ground, and not just for being queer!

Jack Gilbert, Executive Director comments,"Proud Heritage has already established itself as an expert agency in the heritage sector, now it is ready to go live. And now it needs public support. Find out how to give memory or memorabilia, how to volunteer and how to become a Friend! Be Proud!"

Tickets are free, but places are limited to the capacity of theatre.
Email 14april@proudheritage.org or call the special public launch line 0207 700 7513 to check availability and/or reserve places.

Dag Heede - "Hans Christian Andersen: Tales of a Fairy?"

Dag is Associate Professor of Danish Literature, University of Southern Denmark and has written four books that are all part of the project of queering Danish literature (an introduction to the work of Michel Foucault and queer readings of Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen, Herman Bang and Hans Christian Andersen). He is currently an honorary lecturer at UCL.

12 May 2008 5.15pm Room 238 (English Department Common Room) Strand Building King’s College London

National Conference on Mental Health and Well Being for LGBT People

LGBT people suffer more mental illness and worse mental health outcomes than the general population. Over the next few years the Department's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group (SOGIAG) is running a programme to improve health and social care provision for LGBT people working in or accessing services.

As part of this programme, SOGIAG, supported by the Department's Equality and Human Rights Group, is holding a conference. It will include the launch of a new study by CSIP and NIMHE into the prevalence of mental disorders, suicide and self-harm among LGBT people.

The conference will take place on Wednesday 28th May at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham, commencing at 10.00 am and finishing at 4.30 pm.

To register your interest in attending this conference please click here and register

Who should come?

  • Equalities leads across health and social care in England
  • Health and social care commissioners
  • LGBT people in leadership roles in health and social care (independent, public, third sector)
  • People working with LGBT people, addressing health and social care needs
  • People using services

3rd Annual Gender and Theory Seminar at Goldsmiths - Feminist/Queer Desires:Past Present and Future
Wednesday 11th June 1:30pm at Goldsmiths College featuring:

  • Tim Lawrence
  • Donna Landry
  • Angela McRobbie
  • Mandy Merck
  • Sally Munt
  • Lisa Blackman
  • Sara Ahmed

Click here to download the flyer

Are the kids alright? A symposium on the queer child
Featuring film screenings & talks by…

“Gay for Baby Tigers: Desire, Deliberation, and Growing Up,” Dr Nancy Koppelman (The Evergreen State College, Washington) with a response by Professor Lynn Segal (Birkbeck College)

Screening of Put the Camera On Me (2003) featuring Michael Lawrence (Middlesex University) presenting, “Home Videos and Queer Childhoods”

Screening of Small Town Boy (2007) featuring Q&A with filmmaker Moby Longinotto & David from the film and with a response by Professor Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths)

Saturday, 14 June 2008, Room K2.31 (formerly 2C), King’s Main Building
9.30am coffee & welcome

There is no charge to attend this event, but you do need to register. If you wish to attend please email Kimberly Springer (kimberly.springer@kcl.ac.uk).

‘Human Rights in Schools’ project

This summer will see the launch of the ‘Human Rights in Schools’ project, which has been developed by the British Institute of Human Rights in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, Amnesty International and the Department of Children Schools and Families. The project aims to support secondary schools to contribute to a culture of human rights in the UK.

As part of this project we have produced;

-          A KS3 resource on human rights, developed to support the new citizenship curriculum
-          Guidelines on how secondary schools can develop a whole-school approach to human rights
-          A series of teacher training sessions  

All resources will be free of charge, and will be available from early summer 2008. The training sessions are also to be free of charge, and will be held in the following locations:

Tuesday 3rd June     Bristol
Friday 6th June         London
Tuesday 10th June   Coventry
Tuesday 17th June  Newcastle
Thursday 19th June             Leeds

If you would like more information on the project, including how to order resources and book a place on our training session, please contact Helen Trivers (BIHR) on 0207 848 1926 or htrivers@bihr.org.uk

GENITAL CUTTING IN A GLOBALIZED AGE: A FORUM FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY DEBATE A major international conference in London Friday 4th July 2008 The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Keynote lecture: CHERYL CHASE, Intersex Society of North America

A groundbreaking event bringing together medical doctors and researchers, social and behavioural scientists, scholars in literary and cultural studies, lawyers, artists, philosophers and historians who share a critical interest in genital modification in the clinical, political and cultural spheres. The remit will be to examine practices and discourses of health, harm and sexuality in their historical and contemporary contexts. The conference will explicitly address the discursive and legislative inconsistencies relating to genital cutting, and tackle the ideological, political and ethical implications of current practices.

Topics and speakers:

Childhood surgery for ambiguous genitalia
MILTON DIAMOND, University of Hawaii
PHILIP RANSLEY, formerly Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Sex reassignment surgery for transsexual people
PHILIP THOMAS, Royal Sussex Hospital
STEPHEN WHITTLE OBE, Manchester Metropolitan University

Female genital mutilation
EFUA DORKENOO OBE, London

Male circumcision
ROBERT DARBY, Canberra

Genital cosmetic surgery
VIRGINIA BRAUN, University of Auckland
DAVID RALPH, University College London

Chairs and discussants:
Polly Carmichael
Gerry Conway
Hera Cook
Lisa Downing
Peter Hegarty
Katrina Roen

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for practitioners, researchers and scholars to harness interdisciplinary collaboration, in order to improve the accuracy, sophistication and impact of scientific research, discursive analysis, and professional practice relating to all forms of genital cutting.

Registration fee (includes lunch): 85 before 31 March 2008; 115 thereafter

Registration form: http://www.iainmorland.net/docs/GCGA-registration.pdf

Printable flyer: http://www.iainmorland.net/docs/GCGA-flyer.pdf

Programme enquiries to Iain Morland (morland@cardiff.ac.uk )
Sponsored by BJU International (www.bjui.org ).

LGBT Health Summit - Terrence Higgins Trust and Equality South West - 4th & 5th September 2008 - Bristol - FREE

This summit aims to provide a platform for raising awareness of the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in society in general.  The summit will address general health issues specific to LGBT communities and where necessary recommend improvements to services that impact on the health and well being of LGBT people in the UK. 

This free event is on a first come first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.  To read further please see: LGBT Health Summit 2008 or contact Abbie Pepperell email: abbie.pepperell@equalitysouthwest.org.uk

Click here for the programme (doc)

Queering the Body; Queering Primary Education, A free one-day seminar presented by the No Outsiders research team

Sponsored by the Society for Educational Studies for the Education and the Body seminar series

Tuesday 16th September 2008, 12.00 – 6.45, University of Exeter

This seminar is timed to follow the Queer in Europe conference at the University of Exeter from13th – 15th September. For details of Queer in Europe, see www.sall.ex.ac.uk/centres/cissge/

Education and the Body Programme (Word Doc)

Sexual Orientation Equality in the FE Sector - a practical workshop for colleges
Thursday 25th September 2008, Manchester
Thursday 9th October 2008, London

Legislation outlaws discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in
employment and the provision of goods and services. What does this mean in practice for colleges? What risks and legal liabilities do colleges face in relation to this legislation?

The aim of these workshops is to enhance understanding of what the law
requires and how colleges can best respond to it, ensuring compliance and striving for excellence.

Sexual Orientation Equality Programme (pdf)

Medical Care for Gender Variant Teenagers
28th September 2008, London

Hormonal treatment of transsexual teenagers is controversial. Whereas, in the UK, teens must experience full pubertal body changes before any medical intervention, usually at 16, in some countries, including the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Germany and Norway, the earliest signs of puberty are blocked and then cross-sex hormones administered.

Clinical practices at medical centres in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands, with teen patients and parents describing their experiences, will be presented at Imperial College on Sunday, 28 September.

Clinicians presenting will be Professor Norman Spack, Harvard Medical School, Professor Marvin Belzer, University of Southern California Medical School, Professor Kenneth Zucker, University of Toronto, and Dr. Annelou de Vries, Free University, Amsterdam. All are engaged in extensive programmes treating transsexual teenagers with pubertal blockers and cross-sex steroids. Dr Simona Giordano, School of Law, University of Manchester, will discuss ethical issues. Teens and parents from the Netherlands and the UK, the latter having travelled to the US for treatment, will discuss their experiences.

Professor Wylie Hembree, Columbia University, Chair of the Endocrine Society Task Force developing a Clinical Guideline for the Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual People (including adolescents) will deliver a report on its deliberations.

Professor Richard Green is moderating the conference. From 1994-2006, he was Research Director/Head, Gender Identity Clinic, Charing Cross Hospital. He authored the chapter on child and adolescent gender identity disorder in the New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry and has published 200 papers and chapters on psychosexual development since 1960.

The conference runs from 9:30–5 at Skempton Building, Lecture Theatre 201, Imperial College, South Kensington campus. We hope you can attend. To reserve a place, please send a cheque for £55, which includes lunch, payable to Richard Green, addressed to: Prof Richard Green, Imperial College at Charing Cross Hospital, Claybrook Centre, London W6 8LN.

NUT LGBT Teachers Conference - Friday 17th - Saturday 18th October 2008
The Old Ship Hotel Brighton, Kings Road, Brighton East Sussex BN1 1NR

Delegates who are NUT members, and who identify as LGBT, will be able to participate in debates about which motion (on equality for LGBT teachers) should be selected by the conference on 18thth October as one of the motions for consideration at NUT Annual Conference 2009 in Cardiff.

There will be a reception and dinner on Friday night included in the conference fee.

Themes and workshops to be confirmed.

Richard Fairbrass of Right Said Fred will be speaking.

For an application form, contact Diana Santangelo at NUT, Education and Equal Opportunities Department, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD (Email: d.santangelo@nut.org.uk or telephone: 020 7380 4727)

Click here for the flyer

Click here for the Information sheet

Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance which will be held on October 19-22, 2008 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The theme of the congress is “Gender in Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction.”

Women and environment experts have raised concern over the absence of women in the discourse and debate on climate change and disaster risk reduction, both of which are global mainstream issues that are currently impacting the entire world. The involvement of women in areas of environmental management and governance should not be perceived as an afterthought. Women's roles are of considerable importance in the promotion of environmental ethics.

Invited to this congress are parliamentarians, decision - makers in national governments, environment ministries/ organizations, National Disaster Organization/Councils, Disaster Relief Organizations, Red Cross Societies, youth leaders, media practitioners, funding/donor agencies/organizations. (Female and male participants are welcome).

Please download the full information sheet and registration form for this Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance from our website, www.capwip.org/3rdglobalcongress.htm

Download the information sheet here

Negotiating difference and sameness: sexualities, schooling and schizoid agendas

One-day seminar series jointly funded by the British Education Research Association (Sexualities SIG) and the Journal of Education Policy

Thursday 30th October 2008, 10:00am – 6.00pm Room TBC, Institute of Education, University of London

Negotiating the Difference and Sameness Programme (Word Doc)

ILGA XXIV World Conference: 3 - 6 November 2008

The 24rth World Conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association will be held in Vienna, from November 3 to 6,2008. It will be co-organised by local member group Hosi-Wien. Its theme will be “Organising locally to bring on global change”.


ILGA conferences are open to all. This year's conference will unfortunately have a limited number of spaces and therefore all those who are interested in attending will be asked to send an application to the office by August 3 as well as a request for a scholarship, if needed. A selection will be made in order to respect a fair regional; organizational, identity and gender balance both in terms of participation and scholarships. Regional board members elected at ILGA’s regional conferences will have priority.

We advise not to make any travel arrangements before getting confirmation you will be able to attend (this also applies to non-scholars).

In order to fully participate to the event by attending caucuses, decide on the agenda, present a candidate and vote, an LGBT group needs to become a full member of ILGA and pay its annual contribution to the work of the organisation (current and two previous years).

More information on http://www.ilga.org

ILGA celebrates its 30th anniversary: in 2008, join us in Vienna and celebrate our world movement!

Viena ILGA 2008 Registro y solicitud de beca.doc

Vienna ILGA 2008 Registration and scholarship.doc

Vienne ILGA 2008 Inscription et demande de bourse.doc

Working with Gender Variant Clients
with Tina LIvingstone

The Hampshire Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists still has a couple of places available on their training day to help therapists think and work with those within, outside, and beyond heteronormative boxes

DATE: Nov 8th, 10am - 4pm. CHANDLER'S FORD METHODIST CHURCH HALL, Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh. S053 2GJ 

Fee £40 members, £50 non members.

Contact Bob at bob@romneycentre.co.uk to book.

International Transgender Day Of Remembrance

(Self-organised by Manchester's Transgender Community and Groups: MORF, Trans Youth Network, TransForum and Queer Cafe Collective).

Manchester's third Annual Transgender Day Of Remembrance Vigil will take place on Sunday the 23rd November 2008.

This will be the tenth year that a day has been set aside to honour the memory of all those transpeople killed by violence every year and to affirm our resolve to report transphobic crime.

Over 400 people are named as having been killed, with many more remaining unknown.

An opportunity to remember, mourn and celebrate trans lives lost to violence or suicide.

The Transgender day of Remembrance is an opportunity for trans people, their friends, families and allies to come together in a safe space to reflect on those trans people who have lost their lives through violence or suicide because they are trans. It is a time to remember, mourn and celebrate them and to tell their stories so they are not forgotten. For trans people, their friends, families and allies. All are welcome.

University and College Union - Becoming or Unbecoming Friday 28th November 2008

One-day conference for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) academics, researchers and activists – plus heterosexuals  conducting research on LGBT issues
Lipman Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Eight years have past since the last gathering of LGBT researchers, the “Lesbian and Gay Lives in Focus” conference in London in December 2000. This event seeks to bring together LGBT academics, researchers and activists from across the country to look at the state of LGBT research, to chart a way forward and to bridge the gap between academics and activists.

The organisers of the conference hope to negotiate the publication of a special journal issue based upon the conference proceedings.

To register for the conference, please request a registration form from Dr Andy Mullen at andrew.mullen@unn.ac.uk

This conference is open to University and College Union (UCU) members as well as those who are not members of UCU.

Call for Papers (doc)
Conference Programme
(doc)

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