Category Archives: Gender

Parliament Does Trans Rights

I spent part of last Thursday in the Public Gallery of the House of Commons watching the first ever parliamentary debate on trans rights. For many of you this is doubtless not very exciting, but considering that trans people had … Continue reading

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At the House of The Speaker

Every year Schools Out runs a launch event for the following year’s LGBT History Month festivities. The actual month is in February, but the launch event usually happens in November. This year, because 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of … Continue reading

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Michael Dillon, the Autobiography

The autobiography of the pioneering trans man, Michael Dillon, mailed to his publisher shortly before his death in 1962, has finally been published this month. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy, and my review of the book … Continue reading

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Book Review – Wake of Vultures

It is sad but true that when cis people tell me they have read a really great book about a trans character they are often wrong. Cis people’s understanding of what it means to be trans is often way off … Continue reading

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TDOR in Bristol

Photo by Tom Renhard via Facebook Bristol’s TDOR event took place on Friday evening. However, I’d like to start much earlier than that. I was in town by lunchtime because I had been invited to attend a “Corporate Strategy” event … Continue reading

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TDOR in Bath

On Thursday I was honored to attend the first Council-sponsored Trans Day of Remembrance event in Bath. In previous years ceremonies have been held at the Metropolitan Community Church, but this is the first secular event, and the first to … Continue reading

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TDoR 2016

The usual date for the Trans Day of Remembrance is November 20th. As that falls on a Sunday this year, lots of people are having their events earlier or later. I’ll be attending one in Bath this evening, and the … Continue reading

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Book Review – Dreadnought

I suspect that I am probably a little too close to this book to be fully objective about it. A superhero novel about a trans girl, written by a trans woman? Of course I lapped it up. But it is … Continue reading

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Me At Eurocon

As I mentioned last week, much of this year’s Eurocon is being live streamed. You are being spared the Business Meeting, but you can get to watch my panel on Queer Utopias and laugh at how fat I look. Here … Continue reading

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Mermaids on Newsnight

The media fuss over trans kids has reached both Parliament, with the Jurassic wing of the Tory party calling for a ban on talking to children about trans issues, and the BBC. Susie Green of Mermaids was on Newsnight last … Continue reading

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Please #StandWithMermaids

In the wake of last weekend’s disastrous court case there has been a sustained attack on trans children and their mothers in the British press. Naturally the New Statesman led the way, and the Daily Malice managed to be the … Continue reading

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Me at Party Conference

I spent quite a bit of time in yesterday’s panel talking about the Women’s Equality Party and how to move feminism forward. Huge thanks to the young woman in the audience who had a go at the TERFs so that … Continue reading

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Strong Women of Bristol

Photo by Becky Walsh. Panel is (left to right) Jean Burnett, Lucienne Boyce, Deenagh Miller and me. Yesterday I did a Festival of Literature panel (“Storied of Strong Women”) in a cemetery. Well, in the Anglian Chapel at a cemetery. … Continue reading

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I Want This T-Shirt

If only to piss off all of the man-babies who have been whining that it is offensive. If you have no idea what I am talking about, count yourself lucky that you have avoided today’s social media insanity.

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Trans Child Case Update

The more I hear about this case, the more unhappy I get. Susie Green of Mermaids has posted a comment to a tabloid newspaper today. I don’t want to link to them, but she has copied it to Facebook. You … Continue reading

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A Deeply Troubling Judgement

Last night and this morning my Twitter mentions have been full of outrage about a High Court judgement to remove a child from the care of their mother because of concerns that said child was being abused by being allowed … Continue reading

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Book Review – Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time

As I noted earlier today, one of the panels I am on at BristolCon is about how small presses can publish books with much more diversity in them than those of mainstream publishers. We aren’t trapped by the need to … Continue reading

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Book Review – When The Moon Was Ours

It is a rare thing to read a book by a young author new to you and think, “wow, here’s a superstar in the making”. It is also a rare thing to read a book and think, “wow, this is … Continue reading

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Wales to Get a Gender Clinic

Some excellent news for trans people in Wales this week. Stonewall Cymru reports that the Welsh Assembly has put aside £1 million for two new services: a gender clinic and a service for people with eating disorders. Currently all Welsh … Continue reading

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NSPCC Update

I’ve been very busy over the past few days and consequently have only commented on this on social media. However, as many of you will know, the NSPCC has cancelled the event. Victory! The cancellation came for two reasons. Firstly … Continue reading

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