Author Archives: Cheryl

We’re All Sodomites

Earlier today on Twitter I passed on a news article being shared by the Irish drag queen, Panti Bliss. It was a story about how the Catholic Church has made a ruling that transsexuals cannot be godparents because they “do … Continue reading

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Decision Time for #VATMOSS

A big meeting of EU finance ministers is taking place next week in Dublin. Some politicians do appear to have got the message that the current system is a complete disaster. However, many are still holding out and insisting that … Continue reading

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Life Happens

So as if I didn’t have enough to do, now I need to find myself a new GP (again) and sort out supplies of hormones if I can’t do it quickly. In many ways life was easier before the Equality … Continue reading

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Women’s Outlook Does Palestine

Yesterday’s show on Ujima was devoted entirely to the plight of the Palestinian people. Paulette is away on the far side of the Atlantic again, and she had left me with a prepared show full of guests for me to … Continue reading

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I Am Cait – Episodes 4 and 5

The more I watch of the Caitlyn Jenner reality show, the more I become convinced that focusing on people going through transition is a really bad thing. There were some good parts to the last two episodes — the introduction … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Seaside

Weston-super-Mare is a small town on the Somerset coast previously most famous for being home to Jeffrey Archer. These days, of course, it is well known for Banksy’s new Dismaland exhibition. I didn’t go there for that. Tickets are like … Continue reading

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Tolkien and Finland, an Update

Earlier today I noticed a BBC article about the “new” Tolkien book, The Story of Kullervo, and its connection to Finland. I tweeted about it. That has got quite a few retweets, but on Facebook it drew the attention of … Continue reading

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Attention Cambridge – Coming Your Way

Apparently I have ideas. Or at least they think so in Cambridge, because I have been invited to give a talk at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It will be called “Challenging the gender binary through science fiction and fantasy”, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Kevin!

Dear Kevin, 20 years ago today the Goddess gave you a cat for your 30th birthday. Unusually for a cat, she has stuck around, though she has wandered a long way from home. Thank goodness the Internet is the natural … Continue reading

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20 Years Ago Today

I did warn you that there were a lot of anniversaries coming up. Here’s today’s. Saturday August 26th, 1995. By this time I was living and working in Melbourne, but I had gone back to the UK to do some … Continue reading

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Buy This Book, Please

Yeah, I know I have a short piece in it, but it is a very short piece and the book is full of all sorts of fabulous things, including a whole bunch of Tiptree’s correspondence with Le Guin & Russ. … Continue reading

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40 Years Ago Today

This is a week of massive anniversaries. Here is today’s. On August 25th 1975 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band released an album called Born to Run. I can’t remember when I first heard any of it, but I … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name?

So, the Helsinki Worldcon is now a reality. The vote tally was officially confirmed at the WSFS Business Meeting yesterday, and the newly seated convention has launched its website. Very quickly long-time Worldcon attendees noticed something different about it. The … Continue reading

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Doing Trans History #HistTrans

It was perhaps not the best timing in the world to be spending last weekend in a hotel in Manchester. I was up in the middle of the night on both Friday and Sunday mornings for events at Worldcon. But … Continue reading

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Trans Duly Historicised

Well that was fun. Some really great papers, and mine seemed to go down well too. I’ll write more about it tomorrow, but I have to be up at 3:30am for the Hugo Award Ceremony so I’m going to bed … Continue reading

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Hello World, Welcome to Helsinki!

Well look at that, I think we done got ourselves a Worldcon. The results are technically pending until confirmed at the Saturday WSFS Business Meeting, but here are the numbers from the count: Helsinki 1363 Washington 878 Montreal 228 Nippon … Continue reading

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My Sasquan Panel

I managed to wake up in the middle of the night to do the “Exploring Orientation and Gender in Fiction” panel at Sasquan. It was a lot of fun. Many thanks again to Cat Valente for inviting me and providing … Continue reading

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Girl on a Motorbike

As regular readers will know, my favorite comics character growing up was Jean Grey. But she wasn’t the only redhead superhero around. Reading Gail Simone’s obituary for Yvonne Craig last night, it occurred to me that Babs is probably the … Continue reading

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Book Review – Luna: New Moon

The new Ian McDonald novel isn’t actually out for about a month, but he has been on Coode Street to talk about, and I wanted my review live today so that I can talk about it on the panel tonight. … Continue reading

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My Sasquan Schedule

No, of course I am not in Spokane. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be involved in Worldcon. They can’t get rid of me that easily. As most of you will know, on Saturday night I will be helping Kevin … Continue reading

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