Gendered Intelligence is running camping trips for 70 trans, non-binary and gender variant young people this summer. Help us raise the last £12,000 to make sure that the two trips can go ahead.
Camping is the ideal summer activity - sitting round a bonfire under the stars, swimming outdoors, learning to kayak and climb for the first time and cooking dinner on a BBQ.
Young trans people have limited opportunities to take part in camping residentials. Usually programmes are segregated by sex, putting young trans people in an awkward position and depriving them of the freedom to be themselves.
At Gendered Intelligence, we do something a bit special.
Since 2010, we have created a trans-only camping residential for young trans people. For one weekend in August, we take a group of young trans people to the Essex countryside where they build a camp, make new friend and have the space to truly be themselves in the outdoors without fear of prejudice and embarrassment.
For some young transgender people, attending our camping trip is the only time in the year that they can feel truly relaxed. Many of the participants do not get the chance to take part in sport or other physical activities in everyday life, missing out on a vital source of well-being and enjoyment.
This year GI is taking a whopping 70 young people camping over two weekends - our biggest group ever, up from 40 last year. The campers will be supported by a core team of 3 youth workers and 7 trained trans volunteers per trip.
Some of the young people have applied for a full bursary and many others have asked for financial assistance. With your help, we can make sure that every single one of those 70 young people comes camping.
How much camping costs
£72 for each young person to camp
£20 for each young person to take part in activities
£32 for each young person's food
£10 to cover each young people's travel
£32 to cover each volunteer's expenses
£360 to cover the entire camping trip for one young person
What our young people think of the camp
"I learnt a lot and had so much fun for the first time in a long time. I didn't want to leave, it was like a little piece of paradise. I can't wait until the next one!"
"Camp was a place I could be myself, a place where I didn’t worry about gender or the world outside, a place to forget about my problems for 4 days"
"I really enjoyed archery, but what I liked best was just hanging out and chatting by the camp fire each night."
"It was muddy, but still fantastic!"
"I wish every day was camp!"
"I made some really good friends on camp and now feel less alone in the world.”
Jamie wrote about their experience of the camping trip over on our blog:
People have been helping us out on Twitter
More about the rewards
We hope that the best reward you'll get by donating is knowing that you've made two amazing camping trips happen. In case you'd like something a bit extra, we've added more information about some of the rewards below.
Stickers and Postcards
With this beautiful design by Soofiya, made especially for our camping trip Crowdfunder
Kin - screenprint by Fox Fisher SOLD OUT
From Berlin to Brighton, 1895 to 2015, this time travelling chap has a flock of starlings flowing from his pipe and feathers for a beard. Karl Kin is a dapper tourist, transcending time and space. A many layered screen-print on 100% cotton rag Free P&P 76cm X 56cm Edition of 30 Printed at Ink Spot Press by Fox Signed & embossed
Fox Fisher is an artist, film maker and trans activist: http://www.foxfisher.com/
Commissioned Text by Scottee - STILL AVAILABLE
A3, Acrylic on canvas
Example of text:
Scottee is an artist from London. His work is often about outsiderness. Find out more: http://www.scottee.co.uk/
Kate Bornstein Tote (£15 donation) - SOLD OUT
Gold Lips Necklace from Black Heart Creatives - SOLD OUT
Charlotte from Black Heart Creatives has created an exclusive over-sized version of the BHC lips necklace just for our camping trip fundraiser.
The necklace is approx 13x9cm big, and comes with its own black and gold foiled stamped BHC presentation/storage box, its completely exclusive and they won't be making another!
Note on payments
Payments won't leave you bank account until we reach our target of £12,000. This means that you should make sure you have enough money in the account when the project ends or the payment will not go ahead.