Category Archives: Current Affairs

Me v Trump

This afternoon Bristol 24/7 asked me if I would write something about the current fuss over trans people serving in the military. So I did. Somehow I doubt that I’ll have any impact on US politics, but it is useful … Continue reading

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Bristol Together For Grenfell

By August 4th I am going to be in Finland, but the good people of Bristol have chosen that day to show their support for, and raise money for, the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. It should be a … Continue reading

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Trans Kids in School – The Good and the Bad

On Tuesday (just in time of the course that Berkeley and I were giving at Plymouth University) Stonewall published the latest in the 5-yearly surveys of British schools. For the first time trans issues were included in the report, and … Continue reading

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Pride on the Radio

Today on BBC Radio Bristol John Darvall has been discussing whether or not we still need Pride. Many of my friends were on, including Daryn Carter of Bristol Pride. I was on too. I may have had a bit of … Continue reading

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WEP Trans Policy

Yesterday there was a bit of a kerfuffle about a particularly nasty trans-hating blog post. I’m not going to dignify it with additional traffic, but here are some choice examples: They rapidly take on the prettiness of femininity – the … Continue reading

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Election Tomorrow

I’m doing training in Bristol tomorrow morning and traveling to London in the afternoon for a couple of events on Thursday and Friday. That means I’ll be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to get to the polling station … Continue reading

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Festival of Ideas Does Feminism

On Thursday evening I attended two feminist-themed events at the Watershed in Bristol. Both of them were organized by the Bristol Festival of Ideas. First up was science journalist, Angela Saini, promoting her new book. Inferior, expansively subtitled, How Science … Continue reading

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Stonewall Visits Bath

Yesterday I attended a workshop in Bath given by Stonewall. This was the first event in a new initiative aimed at helping build activism capacity outside of major cities. Given that it was a first event, some of the course … Continue reading

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Got Manifesto? WE Have

It is general election time in the UK. That’s means that parties have to produce manifestos. The Labour one was leaked in draft form yesterday, because Labour MPs can’t resist any opportunity to fight each other in public. The Conservatives … Continue reading

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China in Bristol

On Friday evening China Miéville was in Bristol to promote his newly published history of the Russian revolution, October. Naturally I, and many of the Bristol SF crowd, where there to see him, even though he barely mentioned SF. Despite … Continue reading

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Politics, Again

So, we have another general election, eh? Nothing like keeping the political journalists in business. For those of you outside of the UK who are totally confused about the whole thing, the short version is something like this: a party … Continue reading

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Stonewall Has a Vision for Change

This morning Stonewall released their long-anticipated trans rights campaign strategy. It is called A Vision for Change, and you can find the press release and document here. The first thing to be noted is that this marks a sea change … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Radio Comedy, Allyship & Conferences

Yesterday’s show on Ujima seemed to go OK, despite much of it being thrown together at the last minute as a couple of people I’d wanted were not available. We did have some technical issues at the start, but Ben … Continue reading

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Introducing Rainbow Pilgrims

Last night I was in Exeter helping my good friend Surat-Shaan Knan do an event about his amazing trans people of faith project, Twilight People. In the process of that I discovered that he has a new project just starting. … Continue reading

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Hola World

This is a very quick update from Barcelona. The weather is much better than in England. The food and the wine are great. The University of Barcelona is as beautiful as ever. I am spending much of my time apologizing … Continue reading

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The State of British Politics

Here’s where we are. Our mother, Theresa, wants us to welcome rich Uncle Donald with open arms, despite the fact that he’s a vulgar lout with a reputation for roving hands and rumors that he’s a serial rapist. Mother says … Continue reading

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A Note on Exclusion

One of the things I have noticed over the weekend in the responses to the Women’s March is a bunch of women people complaining that they felt excluded by all of the signs talking about vaginas, uteruses and so on. … Continue reading

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Big March, Small Step

Yesterday was fun, right? We had the Orange Puppet crying into his golden champagne flute. But it was only a start. A march like that won’t get rid of Trump, it won’t even slow down the political change that he … Continue reading

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What Would Diana Do?

Ah, no actual punching, then. Got it.

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Istanbul Convention Follow-Up

The full Hansard report on the Istanbul Convention debate is now up and I have been able to check a few things. I noted on Friday that Thangam Debbonaire (Lab) and Kerry McCarthy (Lab) attended the debate (and Thangam made … Continue reading

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