Category Archives: Gender

The Wheels of Government Turn

This afternoon I headed into Bristol for this event, billed at “Government’s Women’s Engagement Event for Lesbian, Bisexual & Trans* Women In the South West”. It was part of a government initiative to gauge the views of the nation’s women … Continue reading

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In Which I Destroy Feminist Science Fiction

I have been boring you on Twitter for days now about the Queers Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter, but I’m going to mention it again because I can reveal that I have a part in it. You may remember that last … Continue reading

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Dealing With A TERF Infestation

As some of you may know, Bristol University recently suffered an attack of TERFs. Some of those terribly persistent Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists decided to try to make trans students at the University feel unwelcome and unsafe there. This all … Continue reading

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History – It’s (Mostly) Fun

I used to really enjoy history as a kid, and I might well have taken it up as a career had my parents not so badly wanted me to be a scientist. Running role-playing campaigns allowed me to indulge my … Continue reading

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It’s Destroyin’ Time

Here I am channeling my internal Ben Grimm. Or possibly my internal Drax. Whatever, it is time to destroy science fiction again. This time we are doing it with glitter. Yes, as you may have noticed from Twitter, the Queers … Continue reading

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The UK Takes A Stand On Conversion Therapy

Today the UK Council for Psychotherapy is meeting with the Department of Health to launch an agreement on actions to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK. You can find the UKCP announcement here. While this is generally … Continue reading

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Too Crazy To Drive

Just in case anyone is wondering why I am not going to the Eurocon in St. Petersburg this year, here’s a clue as to one reason. According to that BBC report, trans people are now banned from driving in Russia … Continue reading

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Leelah – A Shared Grief

Well that was interesting. Normally this blog averages around 200 visits per day. For the first five days of 2015 it averaged over 1500 visits. It is obvious why this happened. The story of Leelah Alcorn has struck a nerve … Continue reading

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Leelah – The Establishment Closes Ranks

As many of you will know, Leelah Alcorn’s online presence has been erased. Not just her suicide note, everything: her blog, her art, her music. I’d rather expected this because Leelah was only 17 and was probably a minor under … Continue reading

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Some Quick Leelah Links

While media feminists in the UK were busy trying to bury the story of Leelah Alcorn, media feminists in the USA have been offering support to the trans community. On today’s episode of the Melissa Harris Perry Show there was … Continue reading

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Cis People Know Best, They Tell Us

Surely as night follows day, support for a cause leads to a backlash. The huge outpouring of sympathy and support for trans people that came from the sad death of Leelah Alcorn was inevitably going to lead to attacks on … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on Leelah

Yesterday was interesting from a trans activism point of view. Leelah Alcorn’s story hit a number of mainstream media outlets. Here’s The Independent, for example. It also prompted an outpouring of support on Twitter. The most obvious result was the … Continue reading

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Famous Last Words?

This morning I woke up to the news of yet another trans person who had taken her own life. Leelah Alcorn was just 17. I never met her, had never even heard of her until today. There are, after all, … Continue reading

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First National Festival of LGBT History

As we lumber towards 2015, various things are starting to ramp up. One of the events in my sights is the UK’s first National Festival of LGBT History, which will take place in Manchester during February (because that’s when we … Continue reading

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Book Review – Straight

OK, so I spent part of Christmas reading a book about sex. It was interesting. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality, by Hanne Blank, does exactly what it says on the cover. It looks at the history of the … Continue reading

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Magnificently Missing the Point on VIDA

The LA Review of Books has an interesting article by Katherine Angel on the subject of gender in literature. Much of it is about the whole VIDA count issue and the various excuses that publications such the the London Review … Continue reading

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How TERFs See Us

Mentioning that horrible Woman’s Hour program in my Radio 4 post reminded me that Sarah Brown came across some really weird stuff online recently. It is a sort of pop-psychology test designed to tell whether you are a trans woman … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, In Bristol – Enviroment & Race

My latest column for Bristol 24/7 is all about women in the environmental movement. In 2015 Bristol will be the European Green Capital, so you can expect to hear lots more green stuff from me through the year. This week’s … Continue reading

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Radio 4 Does Trans

You can’t move for falling over trans-related programming on Radio 4 at the moment. This is rather heartwarming after the appalling Women’s Hour program earlier this year that basically gave a notorious TERF an opportunity to spread lies about trans … Continue reading

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Voter Supression Update

This is a follow-up to my post from Monday about the new UK voter registration system that will force trans people to out themselves is they want to vote. Various people have taken an interest in this (thanks Talis), and … Continue reading

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