Dr Jay Stewart MBE
Jay has been involved in the trans community since 2002 and delivered his first arts-based project called “Sci-dentity: what’s the science of sex and gender?” for young trans people in 2004. Since then, he has been passionate about improving the lives of trans and gender questioning people, especially young people, and is keen to increase opportunities for trans people’s voices to be heard in all of their diversity, intelligence and richness.
In 2008 he co-founded Gendered Intelligence alongside Dr Catherine McNamara and now oversees the main activities across the organisation.
Gendered Intelligence is a Community Interest Company, established in 2008, that provides activities, support, training and resources for the trans community and all those who work with or support trans people. We particularly specialise in supporting young trans people between the ages of 8 and 30.
As a co-founder, Jay has been involved in delivering all aspects of GI’s work at one time or another, including projects such as ‘What makes your gender? Hacking into the Science Museum’ – a £10,000 Heritage Lottery funded project in partnership with the Science Museum, and ‘GI’s Anatomy: a life drawing project for trans and intersex people’ – a £30,000 project funded by the Welcome Trust.
As well as leading GI on a day to day basis, he remains part of the mentoring programme providing one to one support for young trans and gender questioning people as well as being part of the Professional Services team delivering training and consultancy to a wide variety of organisations.
As Gendered Intelligence has grown, he has moved into a Chief Executive role, and now sits on a wide range of forums and networks such as Trans Network London; the Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity; and the Independent Advisory Group for Hate Crime for the Ministry of Justice. He acted as an independent adviser to the Ministry of Justice review into the care and management of transgender offenders, and gave oral evidence to the Trans Inquiry for the Women’s and Equalities Select Committee. He now sits on the National Transgender Advisory Board for trans prisoners with the Ministry of Justice. He also leads on a number of our major partnerships such as that with the Football Association working towards trans inclusion in football.
He is very enthusiastic about education and learning; his favourite subject is gender – there’s always more to discover. In 2013 he gained his doctorate in the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths College, University of London with my thesis “Trans on Telly: Popular Documentary and the Production of Transgender Knowledge”.
In his spare time, he is on the Board of Trustees for SexYOUality, an LGBT youth charity in Cambridge.
He was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to the trans community.