Gender Expression Fund

What is the Gender Expression Fund?

The JPC provides a Gender Expression Fund, currently standing at £150 per academic year, to reimburse students who purchase gender-affirming items to make them more comfortable with their gender presentation. This includes, but is not limited to: binders, packers, concealing underwear, wigs and breast-forms. Students can apply directly for up to £40 reimbursement, with more money available through a further application process.

Why does this fund exist?

This fund exists to make gender-affirming items accessible to students who may not otherwise have the means to purchase them, especially since many such items are manufactured overseas and have high delivery costs. Pembroke is an inclusive and supportive environment, and this fund is in place to ensure that everyone who studies at Pembroke is free to explore their gender identity and expression.

How does it work?

The LGBT+ Officer will submit the receipt of purchase to the treasurer, with the name obscured, for a refund. The LGBT+ Officer will be sent the money and will then refund you. They will then provide the Treasurer with proof of the repayment. This money is guaranteed, assuming there are available funds, and the money is spent on gender-affirming products. These include, but are not limited to wigs, packers, binders, concealing underwear and breast-forms. If you wish to apply for more funding, you must contact the LGBT+ Officer directly with your application, who will then raise it anonymously with the JPC to confirm/deny your application.

How can I apply?

Before applying and/or purchasing items, please read the guides to safe binding and tucking that are linked on this page below.

Then use this google form.

SU LGBT+ Campaign

The Cambridge SU LGBT+ campaign website can be found here. You can also follow the campaign on social media although these links might change as CUSU switches to SU.

This the CUSU LGBT+ campaign facebook page @lgbtcusu.

This the CUSU LGBT+ campaign facebook group CUSU LGBT+.

This the CUSU LGBT+ campaign instagram cusulgbtplusofficial.

This the CUSU LGBT+ campaign twitter @cusulgbtplus.

LGBT+ in Cambridge

The University guidance on reporting harassment and sexual misconduct can be found here.

FUSE: A network and group for LGBT+ people of colour. Visit their Facebook page: @fusecambridge. Join the Facebook group here.

The iCaSH Sexual Health Clinic, Cambridgeshire website can be found here.

lgbtQcam University LGBTQ Academia: lgbtQ+@cam is an initiative launched in 2018 to promote interdisciplinary research, outreach and network building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge. Check out their Facebook or their website here.

Trans Students of Cambridge: Resources and events for trans and non-binary students, and JCR/committee members who represent them. Visit their Facebook page: @TransAndNonBinaryCambridgeUniversity Home. For trans students specifically there is a private group of the same name.

Trans Resources

Healthline have a large number of resources on trans health and wellness.

This is a guide to safe binding practice (concealing breasts).

There are also guides to safe tucking (concealing penis) from the healthline and from UVMHealth.

Mermaids Trans Youth Charity: Support for young trans people up to 20 years old. Some resources for those aged 20 and over can be found here.

Gendered Intelligence: trans-led charity working in the UK.

Transwiki: A database of support for trans/nb people across the UK.

Other LGBT+ Resources

LGBT+ Safe Sex Guides from the LGBT foundation. The charity is based in Manchester so some of the other resources might be less applicable.

Here is a onelove article on sex education.

The Queer Sex Ed Podcast

The Gender Identity Research and Education Society

BAME LGBT+ Inclusivity: a document from GIRES.

ILGA WORLD: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

UKLGIG: Support for LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system

IGLYO: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation

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