Category Archives: Gender

The Politics of Mental Health

There is a really great thing going on in Bristol over the coming week. It is called the Freedom of Mind Festival, and it is a week-long series of events examining mental health issues from different angles. There’s a launch … Continue reading

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Introducing the Pop Queer-ies

A few weeks ago I did an email interview for a new podcast based in Toronto. Being a stupidly busy feline I then mostly forgot about it. I figured it would go online eventually. Then, a couple of days ago, … Continue reading

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ShoutOut Does Trans Pride

The nice folks at ShoutOut Radio did some promotion for Trans Pride South West in their Thursday show. Part of that involved using some of the material that I collected at Brighton’s Trans Pride. Those interviewed include Sarah Savage, Fox … Continue reading

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Happy Bi Visibility Day

By happy coincidence, Bi Visibility Day happened to fall in the week of Trans Pride South West. Therefore we are having a joint flag raising in Bristol today. I believe it is the first time that the Bi flag has … Continue reading

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Trans Pride On Ujima

Today I devoted the whole of my show to the South West’s first ever Trans Pride. I was joined in the studio by Sophie Kelly of the TPSW committee, and Tara Fraser who works with our friends ShoutOut on BCFM. … Continue reading

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Bristol Festival of Literature Events

The full publicity for my two events at the Bristol Festival of Literature is now out. The “Stories of Strong Women” panel only exists as a Facebook event. You can find that here. Apparently we have 85 people going already, … Continue reading

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More Emmys

No, Laverne didn’t win one. She was presenting one. How cool is that? Also she had by far the best dress of the night, and the second best red carpet photo (of which more later). So, I did not get … Continue reading

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Trans Equality Update

If you want some confirmation that the TERFs did themselves more harm than good by trying to disrupt Tuesday’s meeting in Westminister, just check out this report from a young woman who is doing a year’s placement work in Parliament. … Continue reading

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Foz Meadows in The Salon

Last week I did an interview with Foz Meadows about her recently published novel, An Accident of Stars. As might be expected when you get two ranty feminists with a strong interest in gender together, we had a lot to … Continue reading

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Trans Equality: What’s Next?

That was the title of a public meeting held today at Portcullis House, an office block over the road from the Palace of Westminster used for all sorts of parliamentary business. I got a formal invitation, probably because I had … Continue reading

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Her Story at the Emmys

The Emmy Awards ceremony took place in Hollywood over the weekend. They did two nights, because there are so many awards these days. Some good stuff went down. Game of Thrones won big, of course. Jessica Jones won for its … Continue reading

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Atwood Does Comics

Yes, that’s right. Margaret Atwood, who allegedly doesn’t write science fiction, is writing a superhero comic for Dark Horse. Welcome to the world, Angel Catbird. Well, quite a few high profile people have taken that leap recently. China MiĆ©ville did … Continue reading

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Helsinki Worldcon Academic Track – Call for Papers

Finnish conventions always have a great academic presence, and their Worldcon promises to be no different. I have just been sent the Call for Papers for Worldcon 75. The theme of the track will be “100 Years of Estrangement”. The … Continue reading

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Making Movies – Part II

Not about me this time, this is about real movies. As those of you who follow trans issues on social media will know by now, there is yet another controversy about a trans woman being played by a cis man … Continue reading

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Making Movies

Hey girls, you know that thing where you have been asked to be interviewed for an educational film, so you get your hair done specially and you spend ages agonizing over what to wear and doing your make-up, and the … Continue reading

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Changes Afoot at Charing Cross Gender Clinic

News broke this afternoon that Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic is severing its relationship with its current host, West London Mental Health Trust. In a statement the Trust said: The Board has made a decision that the medium-term strategic focus … Continue reading

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On the LGBT Trail in the British Museum

Last Friday I had a day in London which I spent mainly doing research in the British Museum. Part of that involved following up items in R.B. Parkinson’s fine book, A Little Gay History. However, I found that several of … Continue reading

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At the London Metropolitan Archives

Photo by Laila El-Metoui Here’s me last night doing my stand up and be mouthy routine at the London Metropolitan Archives. I was talking about an app I’m writing for the Twilight People project. It will be a while yet … Continue reading

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Book Review – Full Fathom Five

Here’s another book with a trans character in it. This one was very different. As I note in the review, blink and you will miss the fact that the character is trans. On the one hand, that’s not good because … Continue reading

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Book Review – Too Like the Lightning

I am continuing to work my way through books that do interesting things with gender. The latest victim subject is Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer. This is a book that attracted a lot of critical attention when it … Continue reading

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