Category Archives: Health

Monthly Hugs Launch Party

There are plenty of things I could be doing in Bristol this evening, and an Amanda Palmer concert in London, but instead I will be packing to go to Eurocon. One of the things I am not attending is the … Continue reading

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Gendered Voices – Day 1

With apologies for the delay, here’s a look back on some of the things that I heard about during the Gendered Voices conference last week. This post is about the first day’s papers. I’ll do one for the second day … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Gareth, Fitness, Trans Theater & Stopping Violence

It was a very full show as always on Women’s Outlook yesterday. I started out talking to local author, Gareth L. Powell, about his latest book, a short story collection called Entropic Angel (after a story originally published by me … Continue reading

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Diversity Trust Announces Major Trans Health Needs Survey

The spring edition of the Diversity Trust newsletter is now available. You can read and download it here. As usual there is plenty of good stuff in it, but the big news is all the way back on page 16. … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

Well, guess who wasn’t home for very long? I headed off to London this morning, the main reason for which was that it is time for me to be declared sane again. The NHS, bless them, are convinced that trans … Continue reading

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Bristol Weather Hates Me

When I did the event with Stuart Milk at Bristol University in February it rained heavily. Bristol traffic is bad enough at the best of times, but when it rains the city hits gridlock very quickly. The combination of bad … Continue reading

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Bristol LitFest Reminder

Tonight I will be chairing a Bristol Festival of Literature event at Bristol University. It is titled “Ageing in the LGBT Community” and we’ll be looking at the issues through fiction and history with the help of authors and experts … 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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New Diversity Trust Newsletter

My colleagues at The Diversity Trust have produced their autumn newsletter. There’s not much about me in this one, you’ll be relieved to hear, but there is a lot of information about the work that we do in the field … Continue reading

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In Which I Do Politics

Photo by Ella Marshall Last night I did my thing at the Freedom of Mind Festival. You can see me on platform in the photo above. The location is Bristol’s City Hall. The panelists are, from left to right: Jenny … Continue reading

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The Politics of Mental Health

There is a really great thing going on in Bristol over the coming week. It is called the Freedom of Mind Festival, and it is a week-long series of events examining mental health issues from different angles. There’s a launch … Continue reading

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Bristol Festival of Literature Events

The full publicity for my two events at the Bristol Festival of Literature is now out. The “Stories of Strong Women” panel only exists as a Facebook event. You can find that here. Apparently we have 85 people going already, … Continue reading

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Changes Afoot at Charing Cross Gender Clinic

News broke this afternoon that Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic is severing its relationship with its current host, West London Mental Health Trust. In a statement the Trust said: The Board has made a decision that the medium-term strategic focus … Continue reading

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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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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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Training the NHS on Trans Issues

Today I did trans awareness training at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. Tomorrow I will be in Exeter doing the same thing for Healthwatch Devon. It is great to be able to do this stuff, but the classes are very small … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima: Lovecraft, Planetfall, AIDS and Cinders

Today’s show on Ujima began with me interviewing local writer, Jonathan L Howard, about his new book, Carter & Lovecraft (which I reviewed here). We talked a fair amount about Lovecraft the man, about the World Fantasy Awards and the … Continue reading

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On Mental Illness

Various things have conspired to make me think a lot about mental health issues this week, by far the most important of which is the sad news that David J Rodger, one of the authors who has read at BristolCon … Continue reading

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Life Happens

So as if I didn’t have enough to do, now I need to find myself a new GP (again) and sort out supplies of hormones if I can’t do it quickly. In many ways life was easier before the Equality … Continue reading

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Trans Studies Now – The Conference

The purpose of my trip to Brighton was to attend an academic conference at the University of Sussex. The title of the conference was Trans Studies Now, and the objective, fairly obviously, was to present the very latest in trans … Continue reading

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