Category Archives: Gender

Stop Worrying and Ditch the Binaries

Hopefully I don’t need to give you folks (another) lecture on why the gender binary is silly. Sadly, however, human beings appear to be addicted to binary thinking, and it causes them to get into all sorts of panics. One … Continue reading

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Trans Pride – What’s Next?

I see from Twitter that this evening Sarah Savage will be on a panel about the future of Pride. Obviously that will be Brighton-specific, but many of the issues apply the world over. As far as I see it, a … Continue reading

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Athletics Discovers Intersex

Gender and sport have been uneasy bedfellows for a long time. Many of you will remember the story of Caster Semenya, and you may have seen me write about Santhi Soundarajan. The International Association of Athletics Federations have stumbled from … Continue reading

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Trans Pride – Day 3

I didn’t actually see much of the Sunday events. I needed to grab an interview with my friend Kathy Caton who has been shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards (in the LGBT role model category) this year. Kathy was busy … Continue reading

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Trans Pride – Day 2

Well, that was amazing. When I got to the Marlborough in the morning it was clear that there were way more people than last year. I found Roz Kaveney, and we stood on the kerb together watching the parade leave. … Continue reading

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Trans Pride – Day 1

So, here I am at the seaside. Today the weather has been endless torrential rain. Welcome to the British summer. Thankfully the forecast for tomorrow is mostly dry, and I have been told that it has been very dry in … Continue reading

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Sarah Savage Interview

Last night in Brighton Sarah Savage and Fox Fisher had a launch party for the book that they have written. Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl tells the story of Tiny, a child whose family has moved … Continue reading

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Am I Transhuman?

Over the weekend I spotted an interesting article on a philosophy blog. In “Queering the Human: Is the Transhuman already here?” BP Morton argues that trans people, especially if medically modified in some way, can be defined as transhuman. Morton’s … Continue reading

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National Diversity Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the UK’s 2015 National Diversity Awards have been announced, and I’m delighted to note that I know a few of the finalists. In the Positive Role Models for LGBT category I spotted Kathy Caton who hosts the … Continue reading

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Tiptree Award Fellowship

The good folks who run the Tiptree Award have created a Fellowship Program designed to support speculative works during their creation. The Fellowships provide recognition for the new voices who are making visible the many forces that are changing our … Continue reading

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Brighton Transformed on the Cheap

It being Pride season, Brighton Trans*formed, the beautiful book telling the stories of a wide variety of trans people from Brighton, is on sale at only £6. That’s compared to a cover price of £15. Doubtless there’s postage on top … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – LGBT Rights

Today’s show was a Diversity Special put together for me by my friend Berkeley Wilde of Diversity Trust. With Berkeley in the studio were Sarah-Louise Minter of LGBT Bristol, Lesley Mansell of North Bristol NHS Trust, Mitch McMorrow of Bristol … Continue reading

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A Little Trans History

Recently BBC4 showed a history documentary called “Spitfire Women”. It is all about the women pilots who flew for the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during WWII. They were not allowed to fly combat missions, but equally men could not be … Continue reading

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Brief Pride Follow-Up

It occurs to me that I forgot to mention which songs I played during my hour covering Bristol Pride. They were: I Am What I Am – Amanda Lear Diva – Dana International True Trans Soul Rebel – Against Me! … Continue reading

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Another Year, Another Pride

July is a very busy time of year. It is the usual time for Finncon; the last weekend of the month is reserved for Trans Pride in Brighton; but the second weekend is a bit crazy. It sounds like there … Continue reading

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Hello Mozambique

Every so often my academic friends tweet about interesting books and papers. I got one this morning (thanks Olivette!). The book in question is Sexuality and Gender Politics in Mozambique: Rethinking Gender in Africa by Signe Arnfred, who I think … Continue reading

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Women’s Outlook Pride Special

Today I did a Pride Special on Women’s Outlook. We began with Roz Kaveney who did a great reading at Hydra Books last night. On the show I asked Roz a few questions about Tiny Pieces of Skull, got her … Continue reading

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Queering Archipelacon

I’ll leave Suzanne to talk about her YA panel as she can do so far more authoritatively than I can. The LGBT panel was packed out again. There were a few vacant seats, but there were also people sitting on … Continue reading

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Gender and Spirituality Workshop

I spent Friday in Exeter at an event billed as a Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Wellbeing Workshop. It was run primarily by academics who study intersex people, but there was plenty of trans involvement as well. The event … Continue reading

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Sense8 – Final Thoughts

I have now watched all 12 episodes of Sense8, and overall it is getting a strong thumbs up from me. Of course I am very much part of the target audience. So let’s try to break things down a bit. … Continue reading

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