Our Events

We’ve been running regular social meetups for the young trans community in Northern Ireland since August 2013. We now run social meetups twice a month in Belfast, monthly in Newry and Friends & Family meetup regularly in cooperation with SAIL NI.

A map of Northern Ireland showing GenderJam's monthly event schedule: 1st and 3rd Saturday in Belfast, 2nd Saturday in Newry.

GenderJam’s monthly meetup schedule. See below for more information.

Belfast

We hold twice-monthly open meetups for young trans, non-binary, questioning & intersex people in Belfast, to which all young members of the trans community are welcome. We currently hold these events in the Belfast Trans Resource Centre (98 University Street), in the Queen’s University / Botanic area of Belfast, from 2pm to 5pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.

 Newry

We also run monthly meetups for young trans, non-binary, questioning and intersex people in Newry. We currently hold these events in Rainbow House, Monaghan Street, Newry, from 2pm to 5pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Rainbow House is open for a drop-in at that time so there may be other users from time to time, but it is mostly our own space. We also have a private office for one-on-one conversations if you need to get information or questions answered in confidence.

Can I come along?

If you’re a young person under the age of around 25 who considers themselves to be transgender, non-binary and/or intersex, or is questioning their gender identity, you are very welcome along!

You don’t need to tell us you’re coming beforehand, or mark yourself as going on any event pages. Just turn up!

  • If you’re under the age of 16, you need to bring a parent or guardian with you. They don’t need to sit with you the whole time – they can sit with others if they wish!
  • If you’re nervous, you can bring a close friend with you if you wish!
  • If you’re worried about you or another young person coming along, get in touch!
  • Before attending, please have a look at our few rules about coming along

 Travel Bursary

If you can’t afford to pay for travel to our events, we may be able to help. We can pay for some or all of your travel if you’re on a low income, live in a rural area, or are disabled.

Accessibility information

We try to make our events as welcoming and accessible as we can, to make sure as many people as possible can attend. We list accessibility information for all of our events, every time we advertise them, and on social media. For specific access information for venues, please see the event Facebook pages or details above.

Friends & Family Meetups

Logo of SAIL, the family support group for trans people in NI. Copyright SAIL 2015. Used with permission.We also run a Friends & Family meetup every month alongside the fortnightly regular events. These are open to all friends and family members of trans youth. They are a brilliant way to get support as a friend or family member, and a lovely way to network with other families.

Our Friends & Family Meetups are run in cooperation with SAIL, the Northern Ireland based family support organisation for trans, gender variant & questioning people.

Can I come along?

Our Friends & Families events are open to everyone, particularly young trans people and their friends & families. As long as you follow our few rules, you’re very welcome along!

You don’t need to tell us you’re coming beforehand, or mark yourself as going on any event pages. Just turn up!

  • If you’re under the age of 16, you need to bring a parent or guardian with you. They don’t need to sit with you the whole time – they can sit with others if they wish!
  • If you’re worried about you or another young person coming along, get in touch!
  • Before attending, please have a look at our few rules about coming along

Accessibility information

We try to make our events as welcoming and accessible as we can, to make sure as many people as possible can attend.

  • For access information about our events, click here

Pride 2016

You bet we’re excited for Pride in 2016! We’ll be attending Belfast Pride, and will hopefully also be visiting Foyle Pride and Newry Pride if we can.

In 2015, we had a trans group of at least 53 people in Belfast Pride, which was the largest trans presence in the parade in history!

We’ll be walking in the Belfast Pride Parade this year – keep a look out for our trans flags and banners!