“It was nice to have my work in an art exhibition with better known artists - it made my work feel special”
Workshop Participant
“Our form tutor stopped teaching us gay rights so we wouldn't ‘catch the gay’.”
Workshop Participant
“My experience of sex ed in school was awkward with teachers laughing more than pupils & we only watched videos, not many talks”
Workshop Participant
“I enjoyed being able to discuss topics like sexism because I find these topics interesting, personal and also topical”
Workshop Participant
“I enjoyed being able to sit and work having people around me and do the blind drawing exercise because it helped me realise how structured I am and how to free my drawing”
Workshop Participant
“If I could plan my own sex ed, I would include many different kinds of relationships from all backgrounds and make sure people aren't embarrassed”
Workshop Participant
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How did aGender start?

aGender was founded in March 2013 by Xaverine MA Bates, an artist and teacher, who wanted to creatively address the lack of sufficient personal, social, health & economic education (PSHE) with young people in Hastings and Rother. She came up with the idea of using creative media e.g. visual arts, drama, film and writing to enable young people to channel their ideas about relationships and gender stereotyping toys for sale and create visible results that could then be shared with their peers and used for further training in schools and other settings.

She has since linked up with a wide group of youth workers, sexual health specialists, artists and young advisors, who are working together to create the best possible package to work with young people on this crucial area of their education.