Category Archives: Gender

Girl On Film

A couple of years ago I was interviewed for something called the Trans*Geek Movie. It is essentially a documentary project about trans people who are involved in geekdom. The project is being run on a shoestring so it is taking … Continue reading

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Liverpool Coverage Elsewhere

This isn’t new material. All of the interviews I have from the Unstraight Conference in Liverpool are on the podcast. However, a few people have kindly asked to use parts of that material elsewhere. First up, Mary Milton took an … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Stonewall

Dear Ruth Hunt, On the Stonewall website you asked trans people to give their opinions on the question of closer cooperation between your organization and the trans community. Here I am offering my 2 cents as to why and how … Continue reading

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Unstraight Conference – The Interviews

I have done a podcast of the various interviews I did at the Unstraight Conference in Liverpool last weekend (see here and here). As you might expect, mostly I talked to people about the April Ashley exhibition, but hopefully it … Continue reading

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The Un-Straight Conference – Day 2

Day 2 in Liverpool was a bit of an anti-climax because the schedule was constructed around April Ashley’s keynote speech. As she was too ill to attend, there was a big gap in the day. The organizers filled it with … Continue reading

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The Un-Straight Conference – Day 1

Well, that was a roller-coaster of a day. The conference thus far as been excellent. I tweeted a lot (the official hashtag is #UnStraightConference if you want to see what other people are saying about it. Also several major sessions … Continue reading

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Off to Liverpool

I’m heading to Liverpool today for a very unusual conference. This one. For all of you who did not click through, that’s The Un-Straight Museum, a conference on telling QUILTBAG stories in museums. It is being run by people from … Continue reading

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Man Trouble

While I was out and about in Bristol yesterday, my Twitter feed was buzzing with comment from outraged women. There were two main issues. The first one is that Dave Truesdale has gone and put his foot in his mouth … Continue reading

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Yeah, THIS!

You go, girl! Mind you, that is America. In the UK prominent white feminists are busy crowing over how driving a trans woman to a nervous breakdown was a moral duty, and complaining that her writing about what happened is … Continue reading

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More Mad Gender Biology

Via Gio Clairval on Twitter I found this article from Cosmos magazine. It is primarily about the way in which the function of the Y chromosome has evolved in mammals. From my point of view, the most startling thing about … Continue reading

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Conchita and the Evolution of “Transgender”

I didn’t watch Eurovision last night, though it was very obvious from my Twitter feed that many of you lot did. I was, of course, very happy to see Conchita Wurst win, given the threats by various countries to black … Continue reading

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Talking to the RMT

The LGBT group of the RMT, a trade union specializing in transport industries, held a conference in Bristol over Friday and Saturday. Via Bristol’s LGBT Forum, I was asked to give a short presentation on trans issues. The conference was … Continue reading

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Thank You, Judith Butler

Much of Butler’s work on gender is very densely-written and difficult to follow. This, however, is a very clear statement of support for trans people, and a denunciation of the mis-use of her work as the basis for TERF-ism.

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Excellent Irish Trans Documentary

In 1992 the European Court of Human Rights declared that the ability to change gender markers on official documents was a right that all European citizens should enjoy. More than 20 years later, trans people in many countries still struggle … Continue reading

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Living Without Privilege

We hear a lot about privilege these days. It seems that everyone want to prove that other people have more privilege than they do. David Cameron thinks that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, while men’s rights … Continue reading

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Remembering The Missing

One of the things I always make a point of emphasizing when I host a Trans Day of Remembrance ceremony is that while the statistics we have represent actual killings, we have no idea how many trans people take their … Continue reading

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Origins of Feminist Transphobia

I thought that for Trans Day of Visibility I should talk a bit about why some older feminists hate trans people with such passion. Many of my younger feminist friends are very confused by this. Of course I am not … Continue reading

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Janet Mock at Google

I should probably do a bit more trans stuff than usual here as there is supposedly an International Trans Day of Visibility on March 31st. Thankfully, rather than have to write anything myself, I can always rely on Janet Mock … Continue reading

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Drowning in Aether

The cover art for CN Lester’s new album, Aether, shows CN underwater in various ways. The symbolism is apt. Aether is one of those albums where you want to turn all the lights off and just let the music wash … Continue reading

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Now Hear This

CN Lester’s new album, Aether, launches tomorrow in London. CN has issued one track for free as a taster. You are probably all familiar with Billy Idol’s song, “White Wedding”, but you have never heard it anything like this. Promote … Continue reading

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