What happens when I take part?

Timing

Pre selection will last 1 month

The Intervention will last 1 month

Following this there will be 1 month of follow up

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Phase 1

The first stage of the intervention involves answering four questionnaires exploring the following factors:

  • Experiences of transphobia
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Social Connectedness

Please be as honest as possible!

We want as many young transgender male and non-binary youth to answer these questionnaires as possible and after we have received enough responses, from these participants a sample will be selected to participate in the intervention.

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If you are selected for the intervention you will be randomly allocated into one of two groups.  Either you will be part of the intervention immediately or you will be on a waiting list for two months.

We would like both groups to fill in questionnaires for the duration of the intervention, letting us know how you are getting on and providing feedback so that we can work out what works for you.

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Phase 2

When we have allocated all participants into their groups for two weeks you will be sent links to the tutorials (two days apart) organised around the following principle:

RULES are MADE…to be broken: Navigating gender norms and power.

These tutorials are aimed at exploring gender, power, identity, masculinities and everyday experiences of transphobia.   These tutorials use the voices of other trans male and non-binary youth, collected in group interviews who talk about their everyday struggles with ignorant comments, misgendering and intrusive questions.  There will also be an interactive element where participants will be asked to engage with QUEERSTIONS – moments to reflect on their own experience after hearing about the views of other trans and non-binary youth.

The tutorials are split into six parts

Part 1: INTRODUCTION – This introduces the participants to the idea that rules regarding gender are constructed and explores the influence of power on gender.

Part 2: MASCULINITIES & STEREOTYPES – This looks at the concept of masculinities and power and the multiple ways of ‘doing’ gender.  Looking at stereotypes of masculinity and how they can affect trans male and non-binary youth in interactions with other men.

Part 3: QUEER GOGGLES & GENDER CATEGORIES – This explores how the outside world see binary gender and how this connects with ideas of ‘passing’ and validate trans bodies as authentic.  It also looks at the use of categories for trans and non-binary youth.

Part 4:  DEALING WITH INTRUSIVE QUESTIONS – This theme explores the experiences of trans male and non-binary youth dealing with personal and invasive questions.  What questions often come up and how other young people have chosen to respond.

Part 5:  BREAKING THE RULES: BEING MISGENDERED – This part looks more closely at ‘passing’ and whether it is a helpful concept for trans male and non-binary youth.  What are the opinions and experiences of other trans youth?  What are the pros and cons? How is it different for trans and non-binary?

Part 6: BREAKING THE RULES: DOING IT YOUR WAY – The final part looks at examples of trans and non-binary youth breaking gender norm and feeling empowered doing so.  It challenges the rules of gender and explores new and rebellious ways of ‘doing’ gender as trans and non-binary young people.

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Stage 3

After completing the tutorials, you will be invited to participate in the online community building stage and given a login for a unique webpage whereby you and all others with the same login will be asked to post your own content on what matters to you.

This could include your own video blogs, stories, posts about what it’s like being trans/gender non-conforming.

Over the course of two weeks you will be given three tasks as a group.

  1. To post content and build a page to educate adults on what it means to you be transgender/non-binary.
  2. What are the other intersecting identities that impact your life? Race? Sexuality? Religion? Ability? How do these contribute to your life?
  3. To post messages of encouragement and inspiration for the next intake of participants into the intervention.