Gender Identity and Transgender Issues Podcast

My friend Vonney brought this podcast to my attention, as he was featured on it and we both care a lot about gender issues:

The Gender Spot – 26th April

I think it’s a really great introduction for people who perhaps don’t know much about gender nor the issues around it. It offers a lot of statistics and places to visit online for further reading. I think it is brilliant overall but in particular I really liked the discussions around the lack of gender information in education. It’s something I feel especially passionate about and I class it as one of my goals to help somehow in regards to this. I would love it if schools allowed external visitors to talk about subjects like this, as well as mental health and sexuality etc, as this would also educate teachers!

The YouTube videos that Vonney brought up interested me, as it may be something I would like to join in on and make videos about as well, as I myself identify as genderqueer/non-binary. My gender identity confuses me as I feel that I can fluctuate between male, female, and agender. But as there is no label for this, I currently feel that my expression fluctuates a lot, some days being very feminine, sometimes masculine and sometimes neither. But that my identity is perhaps agender – neither male nor female, nor necessarily a mix. Currently I am happy with either female pronouns or neutral pronouns (them,they) and my title is Mx. I prefer to be known and referred to as Char because it is a lot more neutral than my birth-name.

I created an interactive piece regarding non-binary individuals for my Final Major Project of my Extended Diploma; it did confuse my peers at first as they thought that I was trying to say that trans men and women were different to cis men and women. They didn’t quite understand the non-binary aspect of gender, and I think it took me explaining it to them, as a genderqueer individual, for them to understand better. On the contrary, I included trans men and trans women as men and women, because that is of course what they are. The only difference being that they have to suffer a lot more as they are not as privileged as cis men and cis women.

My final piece – the triangle represents genderqueer individuals and the cube and sphere represent male and female individuals. I also designed a leaflet alongside them to explain gender.

Barcelona Trip: 15 things to do…

  1. Get a view of the city from up high.
  2. Document 2 examples of Catalonian or/and Spanish design.

    I saw many different types of design in Barcelona, but I have decided to show a comparison between the windows in the city and the windows in Park Guell. The first two look very similar, but one notices that the one in Park Guell is much more colourful and flamboyant, with more patterns surrounding it. The buildings in Park Guell themselves are also a lot more abstract than those of the city, which are much more angular. One of the houses in Park Guell reminds me of a gingerbread house, in its structure, colours and textures. It feels a bit more fantastical, whilst the buildings and windows in the city feel more uniformed in comparison. However, there are still buildings in the city which have pattern on them, which gives each building its own personality.

  3. Listen to local live music – how does it make you feel?

    I managed to film 3 musicians around the city, and out of the 3 my favourite were the second performers shown in the video. They in particular really lifted my mood with their music, and they both seemed to be very cheery people. I couldn’t understand what they were saying, but it doesn’t matter – the great thing about music is that it communicates its meaning on its own most of the time. What I found strange and a little anxiety provoking was that after they had performed, the performers would go around the crowd asking for money (both the first and second performers did this).
  4. Take a suggested walk around the city and document it.
  5. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in Spanish to a local – what response do you get? The majority of locals could speak English, but at any opportunity such as receiving food I would say ‘Gracias’. They seemed happy that I had tried to speak in their language, as they would respond in a cheery way! I struggled to use ‘Por favor’ in a sentence, but I did use ‘Hola’ a lot! There was one instance in particular that stands out to me, which is when I visited a small shop between Las Ramblas and the MACBA. They were selling a watermelon-shaped ice-lolly I had seen on the Sunday, and I knew I would regret not buying it. The lady over the counter however didn’t seem to know very much English and I didn’t know very much Spanish. Despite this however, we managed to communicate and understood each other! At one point, she decided to pick up a board with the ice-creams on it which I’d seen outside, so I could point at the one I wanted. I feel that this is a perfect example of not necessarily needing to know a language to communicate, and it makes me smile when I think back to it!

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  6. Visit seafront – Compare the port and the beach, document visually.
    A place for leisure. Many people can be seen swimming, playing volleyball & riding bicycles by the sand. Much more about relaxation, community and tourism.

    In comparison, the port focuses on industrial matters. It’s less about relaxation and leisure, and much more about working. At the same time, there is the aspect of tourism as there are numerous boat trips which show tourists the shoreline. Photos from my own boat trip are included in both sets.

  7. Document some street art.
  8. Visit one of Gaudi’s architectural designs – what do you think of it?

    I actually managed to visit several of Gaudi’s designs, but I have focused on his mosaic work above. The reason for this is I feel that the colours and patterns are very inspirational! There seem to be some parts that try to represent something visually, whether an idea, a pattern or a physical thing. But equally it can be argued that there are many parts that don’t necessarily represent anything. Yet, it can be seen that the entire row of mosaic does correlate. For these reasons I personally think it has been constructed beautifully.

  9. Document a market.
  10. Document a park.

    Mirador del Poble Sec & Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera
    I went with Charlotte to find the castle in this area, but we weren’t entirely sure of where we were going. We did eventually find the park that we wanted to visit, to try to meet up with the rest of the group. We never found them, but we enjoyed the park anyhow! We saw loads of cats, it was quite a shock! They seemed to live in the park, and we even found catfood tins in the bin – obviously somebody feeds them!
    We then came across another park on our hunt for the castle; it had lots of cacti plants, which was a sudden change from the park we had started in. We also bumped in to some other English tourists which was nice, and we took a photo for them!

  11. Try tapas.

    Personally I thought ‘tapas’ was rather overpriced for the small amount of whatever kind you ordered. I wasn’t aware of it being more of a term for different foods, which I would class as more of a ‘snack’. It tasted nice but I do not think I would spend a lot on it if I were to eat it again.

  12. Stroke a cat. IMG_0654We saw many cats, almost every day! – The real challenge was whether we could pet one, and we met this dozy fella/lass in Park Guell!
  13. Take a selfie everyday – show in the background a part of Barcelona that you explored.
  14. Try a Spanish dish (other than tapas).

    I tried vegetable paella at a restaurant called Lolita – which I thought was funny, because I wear lolita fashion – where I went with Amelia, Becky, Rhi, Katie, Charlotte and Evie. I’d never had paella before, but it was really yummy!

  15. Visit 2 different art galleries – How do they compare?
    I visited the MACBA and the Picasso gallery: The MACBA is really modern, very white, and has a variety of contemporary pieces on display. It even includes work created by newer artists based on older artists’s work.
    Whereas the Picasso gallery is old, and only features his work and that of artists who had a connection to him or have been inspired by him.


  • “Street-pass” somebody from Spain on my Nintendo 3DS
  • Get a souvenir – Why did you choose it? I bought 2 (I only wanted one but I was okay with two!) lights which people were launching in to the air. I chose it because of how intriguing they were when I didn’t know what they were. They looked like falling stars, and I liked how gently they seemed to fall to the ground. There’s an aspect of skill to using it, and the sellers were all very friendly and tried to help me to learn! They remind me of all the places I saw them, mainly the magic fountain.

Liverpool Trip!

On the 24th April 2015, we had a year group trip with the 2nd years to Liverpool!


I really enjoyed our day out, however there was so many things to see that I didn’t get to see/do everything! It would have been nice if it had been possible to stay over for a night I think! I wasn’t able to explore the Labyrinth of the FACT venue (part of the Mental Health exhibition) which I was very disappointed about, as it seemed very interesting! But it was still nice that we got to explore Liverpool and see a lot of things! We spent too long in the TATE gallery, as we ended up losing each other!