Category Archives: Gender

Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2017

Today is the day on which we remember all of those trans people whose lives were cut short by hate-motivated murders during the past year. Bristol’s official ceremony won’t be until Friday, which is just as well because I have … Continue reading

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Unexpected TV

After the radio show yesterday I was having lunch in a cafe with a friend (plotting feminist revolution, as one does) when I got a message from the lovely people at ShoutOut Radio. Apparently the BBC were looking for someone … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Babbers, Gender, History & World Fantasy

Yesterday’s show began with a chat with my Ujima colleague, Gail Bowen-Huggett. Gail is a great presenter who works on a show called Babbers. It goes out in the same time slot as mine, but on a Monday, and it … Continue reading

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New Gendered Voices Magazine

Earlier this year I attended a really great conference at Bristol University called Gendered Voices. The group that puts it on also publishes a magazine, and for the latest issue they kindly asked me to contribute an article. So I … Continue reading

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Seven

Is the number of trans people elected to political office in the USA yesterday. Helen Boyd has the full list. That’s a nice little black eye for the whiny child in the White House. As usual the media has been … Continue reading

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Not Korean Enough?

Book Twitter today, in between the excitement over the US elections, has been busy fuming over this tweet: Wow, editors rejected @leonardchang's novel because his Korean-American characters "didn't act Asian enough" https://t.co/6PyPiKR3AK pic.twitter.com/RJBRUhIymK — brandon sheffield (@necrosofty) November 7, 2017 … Continue reading

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Italy Part 5 – In Search of Galli

As I reported last night, I spent most of Saturday looking around Roman ruins and museums. Part of this was just me geeking out over the history. I couldn’t quite get to stand on the Rostra, the platform in the … Continue reading

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Italy Part 3 – The G-Book Project

I’ll write more generally about the conference later, but right now I want to talk about a specific project that the MeTRa Center here is spearheading because I think that it is very important. The G-Book Project is a joint … Continue reading

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Roman Historians, Part 2

My arrival in Italy has coincided with the nice folks at Write Where It Hurts publishing Part 2 of my essay on Romans and Historians. This one features an absolutely fascinating character from Roman history, Nero’s trans-feminine wife, Sabina. Obviously … Continue reading

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Romans, Historians and Me

Out there in Internet Land there is a website called Write Where It Hurts. It bills itself as, “A Community for Scholars doing Deeply Personal Research, Teaching, and Service.” Inevitably that means a lot of trans stuff. One of the … Continue reading

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Writing to Empower

This week is Diversity Week at Bath Spa University. There are lots of good events happening, and today I went along to a creative writing workshop on “Writing to Empower”. The tutor was Tanvir Bush who, in addition to being … Continue reading

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The Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database

Truly, there is such a thing. This is a long way from my area of expertise, but I know that it is very real for other folks and diversity is all about accepting that some people are not like you. … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman – The Extras

The Blu Ray disc of Wonder Woman promises more than 2 hours of bonus content. That’s small by Lord of the Rings standards, but quite impressive otherwise. So what do you get in all that? To start with there is … Continue reading

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I, Replicant

Well, BladeRunner 2049 was interesting. It is visually stunning though, as has been noted elsewhere, very white and rather full of naked boobs. What struck me most about it, however, probably won’t strike most of you as important, because you … Continue reading

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OutStories AGM

Everything went smoothly yesterday. Our cunning plan of having the AGM coincide with a really interesting talk ensures that we always get a quorum for the one important meeting of the year. My thanks to Dr. Jen Grove for a … Continue reading

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Classical Erotica in Bristol

This is to remind you all that the OutStories Bristol AGM takes place tomorrow in The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol. Our guest speaker will be my good friend, Dr. Jen Grove, who will tell us … Continue reading

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Well Done B&NES

Yesterday I represented The Diversity Trust at a small celebration at Bath Guildhall to celebrate the fact that Bath & North East Somerset Council is once again #1 on the Stonewall Education Index. Huge thanks to Chair of the Council, … Continue reading

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Scythians at the British Museum

As I had to be in London all day Saturday I took the opportunity to travel a bit earlier than I needed on Friday and check out the new Scythians exhibition at the British Museum. This was a research trip, … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Art, Literature, Feminist SF and Vampires

Today’s show was full on culture, starting off with the fabulous Amy Powell from Bristol Art for All, an amazing organization that looks to provide cheap or free art courses that anyone can be involved in (even a total klutz … Continue reading

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Trans in Academia Conference

On Saturday I was in London to give a paper at a very special academic conference. It was specifically for trans-identified people to talk about their research, and their experiences of life in academia. Before I go any further, however, … Continue reading

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