Javaid (he/him or they/them) has been with Spectra since December 2019, leading Spectra’s LGBTQI+ youth group. Javaid’s youth work practise is mental health orientated, doing emotional work with young people to develop better mental health, finding ways to exist and thrive in a queerphobic world, and nurturing a positive sense of self and community. Additionally, Javaid has set up a BAME working group within Spectra to explore issues of race and to continue a commitment to anti-racism. During COVID lock down, Javaid had also coordinating our KaS Project, a series of Spectra-Club Kali collaborated online workshops.
Javaid has previously volunteered for Stonewall as a Young Campaigner, challenging queerphobia in Newham schools and colleges. Presently, Javaid is volunteering with IRIE Mind as a Youth Wellbeing Trainer, serving BAME communities through peer-led mental health workshop delivery.
Javaid received his BA in Philosophy from UCL and is completing his MA in Philosophy at Sheffield on scholarship. His previous research has included, hate crimes, queer understandings of pornography, sexual racism within the queer community, monogamy and non-monogamies, the competing rights of minorities in sex education, and grief in Confucian philosophy. His final project works on fat activism and its intersection with race, gender, and sexuality.
Outside of work you can find Javaid practising meditation, writing poetry, and playing badminton.