What’s our gender?

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Recently, I have been writing training courses on the new part of the Jersey anti-discrimination law that is due in September 2015. This part of the law covers gender reassignment. I have found myself struggling with what shorthand I should use for a trans person’s “true” gender in order to … Continue reading

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A week of contradictions

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On Tuesday 8 July 2014, the States of Jersey approved an amendment by Senator Ian le Marquand to the proposition to allow same-sex marriage that had been brought by Deputy Sam Mezec. The amendment effectively stalled the progress towards equal marriage in Jersey by making it subject to a consultation … Continue reading

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Coming out as an activist

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  I happened upon the above piece by Beck Bailey about the need to tread a line, when you come out as trans*, between answering questions to help educate cisgender people and maintaining an appropriate tone to the questions. I had exactly that concern this week before I was interviewed … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day from your trans son

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It is Mothering Sunday in the UK this weekend so I want to take the opportunity to say how grateful I am that I still have a relationship with my mother. Many trans* people are not so fortunate to transition and to keep their family relationships intact. The fear of … Continue reading

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Coming out – what’s it all about?

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In the week that another Ellen comes out as gay, I have been thinking about the process of coming out. I have “come out” twice in my life – once as gay and once as trans. The first time I came out, I told a really good friend on the … Continue reading

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Nikki Sinclaire, MEP, comes out as transgender

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The news today that MEP Nikki Sinclaire has come out as transgender (MtF) is likely to re-ignite the whole stealth debate among the trans community. Nikki, who transitioned aged 23, has been out as a lesbian for years. As an MEP working for UKIP (a very right wing UK political … Continue reading

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How do we “play up! play up! and play the game”? Part 2

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Taking the idea of sporting achievement being less about physical ability and more about mental ability (see How do we “play up! play up! and play the game”? Part 1), it seems logical to ask whether sport should be as segregated as it is? If sports were to mix more, … Continue reading

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How do we “play up! play up! and play the game”? Part 1

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This question seems to be getting a lot of air time at the moment, and it is one that is ruffling a few feathers. Fallon Fox, a MtF martial arts fighter in the United States, is campaigning not to have to reveal her medical history to her opponents before a … Continue reading

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To tick the box or not to tick the box

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Brighton Council’s latest initiative to be more inclusive has provoked some really unimpressive knees to jerk all over the place. The comments at the end of these two tabloid articles are perfect examples – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222991/Brighton-Council-plans-remove-Mr-Mrs-titles-documents-protect-citys-transgender-community-offence.html?ito=feeds-newsxml http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/354453/Now-the-PC-brigade-want-to-stop-calling-us-Mr-and-Mrs- Elsewhere on the web, it has been posted that Brighton will not be losing … Continue reading

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Gender Dysphoria: what does it mean to feel more like the opposite sex?

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In teasing out what it feels like to be a man or woman, it might be helpful to define what it means to be a man or a woman. Maybe there are some universally agreed upon traits that define one or the other? Let’s start with the obvious: An anthropologist … Continue reading

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