Category Archives: Gender

Getting Visible

Tomorrow (March 31st) is the International Trans Day of Visibility. The idea of the day is for trans people who have the luxury of being out to stick their heads above the parapet for a while, remind the world that … Continue reading

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That Was Trans*Code

Many of you will be familiar with the idea of hack days — where a bunch of programmers get together and throw together some interesting and innovative applications, or at least demos of what will be applications after a lot … Continue reading

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The Liverpool Talk

Well, as I said this morning, that was fun. I had some idea of what to expect because the talk had been on Eventbrite, but the last figure I’d been given was 60, and for a free event a significant … Continue reading

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Thank You, Liverpool

Last night was great, particularly the response from the audience. Loads of people came up to me afterwards and said they’d be going out to buy books. I’ll do a longer post later, with the slide pack, but I can’t … Continue reading

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A Weird, Weird World

In my Twitter feed this morning was a link to a piece in Buzzfeed in which David Cameron is on film saying we need to do more on trans rights (and sort of agreeing with my comments about education being … Continue reading

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Inspiring Women

Amelia Maltepe, Andreja Pejic, April Ashley, Bethany Black, CaitlĂ­n R Kiernan, Carmen Carrera, Caroline Cosset, Charlese Saballe, Charlie Jane Anders, Christine Jorgensen, Christine Burns, Claire Parker, Dana International, Fallon Fox, Geena Rocero, Isis King, Jackie Green, Jaime Clayton, Janet Mock, … Continue reading

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That Word “Transgender”

Yesterday I spotted a couple of young trans women scratching their heads on social media over a rant one of them had found complaining that the horrible “transgenders” were oppressing real trans people. This made no sense to them. I … Continue reading

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Putting the T in the Reverbathon

Radio Reverb, the Brighton-based community radio station, is 8 years old this weekend, and to celebrate they are having a Reverbathon to raise funds for the station. Time 4 T, the UK’s only trans-themed radio show, is going to be … Continue reading

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Much Better Trans Actress News

So yeah, as per yesterday, mostly Hollywood is pretty crap when it comes to trans characters. But what if one of the directors happens to be a trans woman herself. Yesterday Netflix set a date of Friday June 5th for … Continue reading

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Of Actors and Plots

Some of you may have seen a fair amount of discussion online about the decision to cast Eddie Redmayne in the part of the pioneering trans woman, Lili Elbe, for a forthcoming movie, The Danish Girl. Paris Lees does her … Continue reading

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Trans History Update 2: An Ancient Greek Trans Man

My other update comes courtesy of a Twitter used called Snek who posted an extract from a work by Lucian of Samaosata. Lucian was a Greek writer who lived in what is modern day Turkey under the Roman Empire (2nd … Continue reading

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Trans History Update 1: Assyrian Eunuchs

I did a lot of research for my Trans History talk this year, but I’m already learning new things that I wish I had included. I’ll blog about some of the more spectacular ones here. For this update I have … Continue reading

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History Month: It’s A Wrap

Phew, that’s over! The end of February was very busy (hence the lack of bloggage). Following up on the panel at Bristol University, I was at Bath University on Thursday to give a repeat of my Trans History talk. It … Continue reading

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Brief UBU Follow-Up

There’s a point I made at the debate at UBU last night that I’d like to spread a bit wider. When I was talking about lack of inclusion of PoC in LGBT activism, I tried this little test on the … Continue reading

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On the Future of the LGBT+ Movement

Last night I was honored to be asked to be part of a panel at Bristol University Students’ Union (UBU) that was discussing the question: “What Next for the LGBT+ Movement Following the Passing of the Same Sex Marriage Act?”. … Continue reading

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Safe Spaces

As a general rule I think that comparing the oppression that one minority group gets to that another minority group gets is a bad idea. I get very irritated by people who, when on the receiving end of prejudice, go … Continue reading

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Pattern Reproduction

This morning I saw this fine tweet on the excellent Media Diversified feed. Notice how often people of colour aren't allowed to define what's racist? Or what offends? Jus sayin (SS) — Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) February 24, 2015 It … Continue reading

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Attention Liverpool

On Monday March 23rd I will be giving a public lecture entitled, “Exploring Gender Fluidity Through Science Fiction and Fantasy” at Liverpool University. The event is sponsored by Flagship, the university’s LGBT lecture series, by the University Library (which has … Continue reading

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Some Basic Points

Elsewhere I am still seeing people concern-trolling about how unfairly the poor TERFS are being treated by the horrid trans people. Why, people keep asking, are trans folk not prepared to debate important issues? Well, here are a few things … Continue reading

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Yet More Science

Thanks to a recent repeat I was able to catch up on a 2013 BBC Horizon program. This was a fix-up show using archive footage from a number of early programs, and connected by a framing narrative provided by Alice … Continue reading

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