Category Archives: Gender

Queering Archipelacon

I’ll leave Suzanne to talk about her YA panel as she can do so far more authoritatively than I can. The LGBT panel was packed out again. There were a few vacant seats, but there were also people sitting on … Continue reading

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Gender and Spirituality Workshop

I spent Friday in Exeter at an event billed as a Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Wellbeing Workshop. It was run primarily by academics who study intersex people, but there was plenty of trans involvement as well. The event … Continue reading

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Sense8 – Final Thoughts

I have now watched all 12 episodes of Sense8, and overall it is getting a strong thumbs up from me. Of course I am very much part of the target audience. So let’s try to break things down a bit. … Continue reading

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Trans Studies Now – The Conference

The purpose of my trip to Brighton was to attend an academic conference at the University of Sussex. The title of the conference was Trans Studies Now, and the objective, fairly obviously, was to present the very latest in trans … Continue reading

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Tomorrow, In Brighton

Tomorrow I am off to Brighton, primarily to talk about science fiction at an academic conference. However, I have discovered that there is a spoken word event on at the Jubilee Library tomorrow evening. As you can see, there’s a … Continue reading

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History Month 2016 Reminder

Oh look, we have a flier! And of course I’m posting it here to remind you that we are looking for people to do presentations throughout LGBT History Month next year. I will have some say in what gets put … Continue reading

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The #MyVanityFairCover Thing

For those of you not on Twitter (or not plugged into the trans subset of tweets), this hashtag is a response to the Caitlyn Jenner cover. The idea is that all trans people deserve a shot on the cover of … Continue reading

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Sense8 : First Thoughts

Thus far I have watched the first three episodes of Sense8. I thought I should offer a few views on it because I’m seeing people who have given up on episode 1. I think the criticisms of the lack of … Continue reading

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Caitlyn Jenner and the Cis Gaze

Watching the trans community’s reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s high profile transition has been interesting. Other well-known trans women such as Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and Paris Lees have all broadly welcomed Jenner. They understand that having someone else to fly … Continue reading

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Today’s Women’s Outlook Show Links

Well I don’t know about you folks, but I thought that went pretty well. Kevlin Henney can always be relied upon to do great things with flash fiction, and I was delighted to hear that this year Bristol will be … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Chaz!

This year’s Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night. They are for queer writing in all of its forms. One of the categories is for science fiction, fantasy & horror. As Locus reports, the winner for 2015 is my dear … Continue reading

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Brand New Princess

Nice wheels, love! Well, thank goodness that’s over. I’m not a big fan of celebrity culture. I’m not entirely sure what a Kardashian is. But, as a trans woman, I have found the Jenner saga all over my social media … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima: Flash, Crime, Trans & Food

I have a very busy show lined up for Women’s Outlook tomorrow. First up from Noon I will be joined by Kevlin Henney who will, of course, be talking about flash fiction. It is that time of year again. In … Continue reading

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Brighton Next Week

Advance warning to Brighton people. I will be amongst you next week. There is a conference called Trans Studies Now taking place at the University of Sussex on Friday, June 12th. There will be keynote speeches from important people like … Continue reading

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Introducing Nomi Marks

Represent! And dear Goddess I miss San Francisco…

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LGBT History Festival Comes to Bristol

This year the UK ran it’s first ever National Festival of LGBT History in Manchester. It was very successful, and there are plans afoot to hold one again in 2016. However, holding it in just one city limits the number … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Crowdfunding

A couple of days ago I saw a tweet from Neil Gaiman promoting a crowdfunding campaign for a play about trans people. I went and had a look at the campaign page and sent back a concerned tweet to Neil. … Continue reading

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Hello Brighton, Coming Your Way

I’m delighted to report that I’ve been selected to present a paper at Trans Studies Now, an academic conference taking place at the University of Sussex on June 12th. Roz Kaveney and Lewis Hancox are keynote speakers, so I’m in … Continue reading

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Flying the Trans Flag

This morning I was up early and off into Bristol again. I’m not good in the mornings, but this was important. I’d been invited to a meeting of social support agencies in Bristol — people who work with the homeless, … Continue reading

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Thank You, Exeter Pride

Well that was a lovely day out. This year’s Exeter Pride took place in Rougemont Gardens, which is a lovely little venue right in the center of the city, and once the inside of a Norman castle. The weather was … Continue reading

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