Category Archives: Gender

The Trans People Cis People Don’t See

One of the things that Berkeley and I do at the start of our trans awareness sessions is a little quiz about trans issues. Partly it is just a mixer, but also we want to get the class thinking about … Continue reading

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And On A Happier Note

The annual conference of the National LGBT Police Network will be taking place at the Guildhall in London on July 15th. I got the schedule through last night, so I guess it is now official that I am one of … Continue reading

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Vigil Media Update

The BBC did make the vigil their top story again in the late evening news. There was an interview with the Elected Mayor, Marvin Rees, and while he’s not LGBT+ himself he’s not white so at least we got a … Continue reading

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Bristol Stands With Orlando

Photo by Colin Moody We got an excellent crowd at the vigil in Bristol this evening. I’m pretty sure it was over 1000. In fact we got so many people that the event rather outgrew the organization. The sound system … Continue reading

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Orlando Vigils

The lovely folks from BEGN staged a vigil for Orlando in Bath last night. I couldn’t be there because of the Fringe event, but I will be at the Bristol vigil on College Green tonight. Full details are available from … Continue reading

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Registration for PopSex 2016 Open

The blurb says: The second annual Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives symposium is returning to the Bristol Watershed in September 2016. Following an exciting inaugural symposium in 2015, this year’s event will continue our tradition of offering … Continue reading

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Versailles Done Right

In addition to the Lucy Worsley & Helen Castor documentary, the BBC is running a series of (very) short (5 minute) history shows to accompany each episode of Versailles. Inside Versailles is presented by Professor Kate Williams and Greg Jenner … Continue reading

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The #TransLit Twitter Chat Storified

A few days ago Gabby Bellot and Oliver Bendorf hosted a Twitter chat for trans writers. Contributors included Keffy, Suzanne van Rooyen, CN Lester, Vee from The Gay YA and Fox Benwell, along with a whole load of folks I … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima: Carers, Harassment, Flash, Trans & Faith

Yesterday’s show on Ujima began with a celebration of Carer’s Week. Caring for relatives or friends who are unable to look after themselves is an activity that falls disproportionately on women. With the current fashion for austerity politics, social service … Continue reading

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New Book, Contains Me

So apparently I am now a Social Justice Warrior. Or at least a reduxed one. The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that this is the cover of volume #10 of the WisCon Chronicles, an annual anthology of writings arising … Continue reading

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How to do Toilets?

Yesterday I took myself off to Wales for a trip to the Hay Festival. While I was there I had need to do what our TERFy* pals describe as an act of rape — I used the ladies’ toilets. They … Continue reading

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Why Trans People Can’t Get Healthcare

In an effort to respond to Parliamentary criticism of their poor treatment of trans patients, health care bosses been trying to find ways to reduce the pressure on gender clinics. The General Medical Council and NHS England have issued new … Continue reading

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Notches Follow-Up

Further to yesterday’s post on lesbian erasure, my friend Catherine Baker has also weighed in on the subject. She’s an actual history lecturer, and among other things she compares the questions of sexual and gender identities with the problem of … Continue reading

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Notches on Lesbian Erasure

There is a great blog post up on Notches, the history of sexuality website, today. It is by Rachel Hope Cleves who is at the University of Victoria, BC and was one of the organizers of the conference that Kevin … Continue reading

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Fringe, Dead Sherlock & Writing as a Woman

Last night’s BristolCon Fringe was really good. The podcasts will be available in due course, but you can hear Paul Cornell read from Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? at his previous Fringe appearance in March last year. Martyn Waites chose to … Continue reading

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How To Do Government

Not a lot I can add to that, save to thank Brianna Wu for the image.

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Bath, Fairies and Feminism

Today I was up early and off to Bath to catch some of the participants in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds Ball before they were too busy. It is an absolutely amazing event that Emma and her friends are staging. How … Continue reading

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I Am Cait #2.8

I have finally seen the finale of season 2 of I Am Cait. Clearly it was intended to bookend the season. Back in episode 1 the season started off with the other girls getting angry with Caitlyn over her support … Continue reading

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The WEP and Me

Yesterday I headed into Bath. Part of that was to do some shopping. I had a copy of the new Johanna Sinisalo book, The Core of the Sun, to pick up from Mr. B’s. I’m very much looking forward to … Continue reading

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The LRB Does Trans

The London Review of Books normally only features in this blog when I am reporting on the VIDA count — it has a lamentable record. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t publish women at all. The forthcoming issue will … Continue reading

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