G(end)er Swap at London BiFest 2018

G(end)er Swap had a great time at London Bifest today at the Kingston Quaker Centre! We had an information booth as well as a 15 minute presentation where attendees could learn more about the project.

There were some other great initiatives there and it was a really supportive day.

Thank you to those who dropped off some great clothing donations and an awesome STP/packer!

If anyone is in need of this specific item please do get in touch with us on FB or genderswapp@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to the events set up in the fall!

 

Stay tuned!

 

Santina from G(end)er Swap

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G(end)er Swap at Trans Pride Brighton

On July 22nd, G(end)er Swap hosted a clothes swap event at Trans Pride at the Marlborough Pub in Brighton. We had a G(end)er Swap volunteer come along to give glitter looks. At the event we had a chill out art station and best of all lot’s and lot’s of clothes! Thanks to everyone who came by to swap. Including Travis Alabanza who dropped off an amazing full length crushed velvet dress! Included in the clothes swap we had a binder giveaway that went to someone in need. A pair of breast prostheses were also donated. We are grateful for all the generous donations!

Catch G(end)er Swap at London BiFest on August 18th where we will have an information booth. More info can be found on our Facebook page.

Youth Pride Day in Dundalk!

G(end)er Swap participated in Youth Pride Day in Dundalk, Ireland on July 13th 2018. It is a two day festival were LGBTQIA+ young people, allys and families get together to celebrate pride!

Santina, the founder of G(end)er Swap, facilitated an interactive workshop entitled, “Are We What We Wear?”, exploring how queer individuals use clothes as a way to feel good in their own skin and to challenge gender norms. Following the workshop Santina facilitated a T-shirt decorating activity.

It was an amazing opportunity to chat with inspiring young people who had a lot of personal experiences and ideas they were eager to share.

Thank you to Outcomers (LGBT Centre) for inviting G(end)er Swap – it was a memorable couple of days!

Next up, G(end)er Swap will be hosting a clothing swap event at Trans Pride Brighton on July 22nd. Check out the details in our EVENTS section or on Facebook

 

Pride Against Prejudice in Northern Ireland

A big THANK YOU to the Belfast Trans Resource Centre and QUB LGBT+ Society for inviting G(end)er Swap to Belfast, Northern Ireland to speak on March 20th, 2018.

G(end)er Swap facilitated a clothing swap evening featuring an arts and crafts segment. As a group we made cut out clothes with messages we wanted to get out there.

In the evening, Santina facilitated an interactive presentation entitled, “Are We What We Wear?” on queer/trans identities and their connection to style and self image.

Can’t wait to come back and hangout at the cozy trans center again. What a great community you have! Good luck with your new free clothing corner at the trans resource center and hope to see you soon!

For information about the event that happened click HERE

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Learn more about the Belfast Trans Resource Centre HERE

Gender in the Contemporary World

On March 3rd G(end)er Swap was invited to set up an information stall at Queen Mary University for the conference entitled, “Gender in the Contemporary World: Articulation, Navigation and Change”.

For more info click HERE

We had an information booth set up as well as a corner to drop off clothing donations.

It was great to talk to more people about the initiative and to learn from so many queer, trans, non-binary academics and activists who are doing amazing work in the UK.

Thank you Andy Law (Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary University) for the invite!

Looking forward to more collaborations.

Andy runs a meet up group for non-binary individuals in London- check out their FB page HERE P_20180303_173656_1.jpgif this is a community you would like to be a part of.

Collaboration with The Outside Project

G(end)er Swap is moving out from LimeWharf and in with The Outside Project! You can now find G(end)er Swap at The Outside Project’s weekly hub. Tons of great clothes, accessories and shoes have been donated¬†to supporting guests and others in need at the shelter.¬†27331985_351016568712802_7712170130293321434_n

The pop up shop residency at LimeWharf has now ended but have no fear! We are in the process of finding a more permanent location. Want to collaborate? Send us an email at : genderswapp@gmail.com

At the moment we are not accepting clothing donations since the pop up shop is closed. For any clothing donations or inquiries please contact The Outside Project HERE

More event updates for February coming soon!

NEW BLOG!

G(end)er Swap has created a new blog on TUMBLR. A project that archives queer/gender diverse voices and their relationship to the clothes they wear. We are looking for submissions to expand the project.

Have a story you want to share? Want to have a place to have your voice heard?

Please email a short statement and a photo of you wearing your favorite outfit, item of clothing or accessory. For confidentiality purposes you do not have to show your face in the photograph if you don’t want to. No names are published in the blog posts.

To see the current blog click HERE

All submissions can be emailed to: genderswapp@gmail.com

SOFIA LGBTI FEST, BULGARIA

On December 12th, 2017 G(end)er Swap was in Bulgaria participating in Sofia LGBTI Fest! This is a week long queer festival that hosts a series of informative workshops and information sessions on LGBTQI+ issues in Bulgaria and more globally.

Santina led a G(end)er Swap presentation and led an interactive workshop on the need for an outreach clothing project that support gender diverse individuals. The presentation was followed by a really fun clothing swap!

This evening was hosted by The Fridge, an art collective in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Looking forward to setting up a potential pop up shop and facilitating more G(end)er Swap events in Bulgaria in the new year!

To see what other activities ran during the event click HERE

TALKING BACK!

G(end)er Swap had an information booth at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) yesterday (December 2nd) for TALKING BACK! The annual LGBTQ+ conference focusing on archiving marginalized histories. This conference was all about the work being done to archive queer oral history. What an inspirational day learning about research and other organizations contributing to to making sure queer voices are heard!

Thank you for hosting us LMA and hopefully see you next year!