Category Archives: Gender

Fox Does Trans Pride

Fox Fisher has posted his video report on this year’s Trans Pride. I have embedded it below. I’m somewhere at the back of that huge crowd outside the Marly at the beginning, but otherwise the film is entirely Cheryl-free, so … Continue reading

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Book Review – Masks And Shadows

As promised, I have posted another review of a book containing a trans character. This one is very different from The Fifth Season. Masks and Shadows is set in our world, in the 18th Century, and therefore has to navigate … Continue reading

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A Little Pop Representation

Tegan and Sara have a new video out. The song is called “Faint of Heart”, and the video features a whole lot of young LGBTQ artists cosplaying famous pop icons. Being an old lady, I don’t know who most of … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Fifth Season

I have been reading books, honest. Quite a few of them, in fact. There are lots of books featuring trans characters being published right now and I need to keep up. Finding time to write reviews is another issue, but … Continue reading

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More Trans Pride Reportage

The very talented Kate Adair, who has a regular slot on BBC Scotland’s The Social, has produced her take on this year’s Trans Pride. I have a brief interview with Kate in my audio collection from the weekend. Large parts … Continue reading

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Look Ma, I’m On TV

Or possibly not. But I am on video interviewing Sophie Cook, who is the new anchor for The Latest TV, the community TV station in Brighton. Whether any of Sophie’s coverage of Trans Pride, including her interview of me, will … Continue reading

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That Was Trans Pride

Photo by Sarah Savage That’s another Trans Pride successfully concluded. Well, concluded for me, anyway. Lots of people are still enjoying the evening gig, but my feet have given up on me as I spent all day wandering round the … Continue reading

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National Diversity Award Shortlists

Ujima’s time as a reigning National Diversity Award champion is coming to an end. In 8 weeks time new winners will be crowned for 2016. The shortlists have just been announced and once again I know some of the people … Continue reading

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Activism is Work

A lot of people these days think that “activist” means someone who sits at home monitoring social media all day and making angry tweets about the state of the world. Of course a lot of good activism can be done … Continue reading

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Well That Went Well

The nice LGBT police people seemed to enjoy my talk. It was great to catch up with Surat Shaan Knan and see the new pop-up version of the Twilight People exhibition. There were at least two trans people (serving police … Continue reading

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Talking to the Police

Sorry about another apparent clickbait headline, but that’s exactly what I will be doing. This morning I RT’d the tweet below. Yes, there is such a thing as a police LGBT conference. The 2016 event is taking place in London … Continue reading

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Remembering Wendy Carlos

As I have probably mentioned before, one of my TV addictions is music documentaries. Recently I have been watching a few about electronic music. Now when you think of the history of electronica you probably think of people like Kraftwerk … Continue reading

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An Accident of Stars

This is not a book review. That’s because the copy of Foz Meadows’ debut novel, An Accident of Stars, that I received was very much an Advance Reading Copy. So advance, in fact, that it still had bits of chat … Continue reading

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At Bristol Pride

Bristol Pride took place today. As usual, I was on hand to help the good people from ShoutOut Radio with their day-long coverage of the event. I wasn’t actually on air much as Ujima was not co-broadcasting the event this … Continue reading

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Trans Panel Reading List

Suzanne may have some additions to this at some point. These are the books that I can remember us mentioning: Lizard Radio — Pat Schmatz Who Killed Sherlock Holmes — Paul Cornell Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper … Continue reading

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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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