Category Archives: Gender

LGBT History Festival – Got Programme?

With Bristol’s leg of the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History happening next week, it is time for some more publicity barrage. Above is the electronic version of our flyer (designed by the incredibly talented Ceri Jenkins). Of course shrinking … Continue reading

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Trans People and Names

I’ve updated my post on the Twilight People project to register a name change for the director to Surat-Shaan Knan. I’ve always known him as Surat before, but he’s changing the name he goes by, as many trans people do. … Continue reading

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Before Stonewall – Compton Cafeteria

Ask most people when the gay rights movement began and they will say the Stonewall Riot in 1969. This is bollocks, of course. Things were happening in Germany in the 19th Century. But Stonewall wasn’t even the first such event … Continue reading

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Schools & Families Day – Museum of London

The final part of my weekend in London was the Schools & Families Day put on by Schools Out at the Museum of London. Whereas on Saturday I had been mainly supporting trans friends, and speaking myself, on Sunday I … Continue reading

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LGBT History Festival, Up and Running

The London Hub of the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History is well and truly underway. On Friday night we were at Islington Town Hall for the Civic Launch. It was splendidly municipal bling. Roz Kaveney was a star for … Continue reading

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Launching Twilight People

I am in London, for their leg of the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History. The first event was last night at Islington Museum. It was the opening of Twilight People, a photographic exhibition of trans people of faith. The … Continue reading

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LGBT History Month Is Here

It is February. The insanity is starting. I am going to be so busy over the next four weeks. I’ll have more about my schedule in a later post, but write now I want to draw your attention to a … Continue reading

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The Mind LGBT Conference

I spent yesterday in Bristol at a conference run by Mind, the mental health charity. It was specifically aimed at reducing suicide among LGBT people. There were a lot of local activists there. The morning session was basically talking heads, … Continue reading

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The Cis Gaze at Work

Today The Guardian has an article titled, “Top 10 books about gender identity”. It is written by a cis person, for cis people. Here’s why. Let’s start with that photo, which gets bathrooms wrong in just about every way possible. … Continue reading

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Our Stories, Our Lives

Because even I need a break sometimes, I just binged on a TV show. All six episodes. Don’t worry, though, they were only about 10 minutes each. It didn’t eat my entire evening, though I may need a bit of … Continue reading

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With Enemies Like These…

There used to be a time when trans people had a decent class of enemies. If we did get mentioned in the media those quoted would be highly respectable. Psychiatrists would explain how we were mentally ill and in need … Continue reading

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Best Trans Fiction of 2015

The lovely people at Lethe Press are already well known for producing the Wilde Stories and Heiresses of Russ series of anthologies which collect, respectively, the best gay and the best lesbian speculative short fiction of the year. Now at … Continue reading

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Diversity Trust Winter Newsletter

It is kind of incumbent on me to recommend organizations that I work for, especially when I am a Director of said organization, and therefore I commend to all of you the Winter Newsletter of The Diversity Trust. There is … Continue reading

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Well Done, Passport Office

I have to go to Canada in March for a conference and to visit some clients. As my passport will have less than 6 months validity left I need to renew it. Any interaction with officialdom is a scary thing … Continue reading

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Trans Inquiry – A Little Backlash

It was entirely expected that the media would use the publication of the government’s Transgender Equality Inquiry Report to say terrible things about trans people. Here are a couple of examples of the sort of thing they get up to. … Continue reading

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Trans Inquiry – A Step in the Right Direction

The report of Parliament’s Transgender Equality Inquiry was published overnight. As is inevitable with such things, it is a mixed bag. Some of its findings are very welcome; others could do with improvement. However, this is still a momentous occasion. … Continue reading

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Hollywood Men in Dresses

I promised you a post about cis men playing trans women in movies. This is it. Mostly when this issue comes up on social media it is portrayed in very simplistic terms. Certainly cis people (and some trans folk) defend … Continue reading

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Trans People In Prison Update

The government’s Transgender Equality Inquiry is due to report on Thursday. I’ll doubtless be having something to say then. In the meantime a separate project is underway to examine how trans people are dealt with in the prison service. It … Continue reading

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More on The Danish Girl

I’ve been a very bad blogger of late because I have been busy dealing with a bunch of things that are extremely annoying, some of which you will doubtless get to hear about in due course. In the meantime I … Continue reading

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History, Not Hollywood, Please

I haven’t been to see The Danish Girl yet. I probably won’t until it comes out on DVD because I don’t want to be ejected from the cinema for throwing things at the screen. Whatever it’s qualities as a film … Continue reading

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