Category Archives: Gender

Why Trans People Can’t Get Healthcare

In an effort to respond to Parliamentary criticism of their poor treatment of trans patients, health care bosses been trying to find ways to reduce the pressure on gender clinics. The General Medical Council and NHS England have issued new … Continue reading

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Notches Follow-Up

Further to yesterday’s post on lesbian erasure, my friend Catherine Baker has also weighed in on the subject. She’s an actual history lecturer, and among other things she compares the questions of sexual and gender identities with the problem of … Continue reading

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Notches on Lesbian Erasure

There is a great blog post up on Notches, the history of sexuality website, today. It is by Rachel Hope Cleves who is at the University of Victoria, BC and was one of the organizers of the conference that Kevin … Continue reading

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Fringe, Dead Sherlock & Writing as a Woman

Last night’s BristolCon Fringe was really good. The podcasts will be available in due course, but you can hear Paul Cornell read from Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? at his previous Fringe appearance in March last year. Martyn Waites chose to … Continue reading

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How To Do Government

Not a lot I can add to that, save to thank Brianna Wu for the image.

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Bath, Fairies and Feminism

Today I was up early and off to Bath to catch some of the participants in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds Ball before they were too busy. It is an absolutely amazing event that Emma and her friends are staging. How … Continue reading

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I Am Cait #2.8

I have finally seen the finale of season 2 of I Am Cait. Clearly it was intended to bookend the season. Back in episode 1 the season started off with the other girls getting angry with Caitlyn over her support … Continue reading

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The WEP and Me

Yesterday I headed into Bath. Part of that was to do some shopping. I had a copy of the new Johanna Sinisalo book, The Core of the Sun, to pick up from Mr. B’s. I’m very much looking forward to … Continue reading

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The LRB Does Trans

The London Review of Books normally only features in this blog when I am reporting on the VIDA count — it has a lamentable record. However, that doesn’t mean that they don’t publish women at all. The forthcoming issue will … Continue reading

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The Science of Sex Chromosomes

One of the most common attacks on trans people that I see can be summed up as, “But, CHROMOSOMES!!!”. We know, after all, that our chromosomes are in every cell of our bodies. We are, allegedly, indelibly either male or … Continue reading

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I Am Cait #2.7

The season finale of season 2 of I Am Cait aired in the USA yesterday. Here in the UK we have just got episode 7, so that’s what I’ll be talking about today. The first topic of the show was … Continue reading

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That Was Trans*Code

I spent most of yesterday at Trans*Code, a meet-up for trans people and allies in the IT industry. It is primarily a hack day, so various interesting projects got started. Here’s a run-down of what we did. Clothing Exchange – … Continue reading

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Students Are Awesome

These days if you read about British students in the mainstream press it is almost always in the context that they are a bunch of Fascist prudes hell-bent on preventing anyone saying anything about anything. That, of course, is because … Continue reading

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I Am Cait #2.6

The latest episode of I Am Cait to screen in the UK was all about (ex-)wives. Kris Jenner put in an appearance, and awkward conversations were had. Mostly what I want to say about this is that such issues are … Continue reading

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Juliet on the Mutability of History

Juliet McKenna has a great post up today about how the “facts” of history change depending on who is interpreting them. She talks in particular about how the existence of same-sex relationships in ancient Greece have been interpreted differently down … Continue reading

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Diversity Trust Spring Newsletter

I have spent the past couple of days doing trans awareness training in Bristol and Plymouth. It’s a very rewarding experience for me, and I’m particularly struck with how many of the people in the classes say they volunteered for … Continue reading

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I Am Cait #2.5

Last night the UK got episode 5 of the second season of I Am Cait. This one focused on the Trans Day of Remembrance and took place in St. Louis because the city was creating a memorial garden to commemorate … Continue reading

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I Am Cait #2.4

Episode 4 of the new season of the Caitlyn Jenner show aired in the UK over the weekend. As a few people have expressed an interest in my thoughts on these shows I’ll continue to have them. This episode saw … Continue reading

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SNP Commits to Non-Binary Recognition

This is not an April Fool. The Scottish National Party has promised new gender recognition laws in Scotland, which will include recognition for a third gender, if they are returned to power in the forthcoming elections in May. This is, … Continue reading

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Healthwatch Devon Tackles Trans Equality

Last month I was down in Exeter doing some training for Healthwatch Devon. It was a great session, and the people there seems to know a lot about the subject. That’s because they had been spending a lot of time … Continue reading

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