It may be in the dictionary, but careful what you say

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This week the OED added, amongst other words, cisgender to the dictionary (read more here). It is described as “designating a person whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth”. This was hailed as a step forward by trans groups … Continue reading

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It’s time to move the narrative on

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“One last operation and Kellie will finally be the woman she always wanted to be,” said the narrator, dripping with honeyed sympathy. Yep, that’s right. It’s surgery that makes trans people complete, isn’t it? “Kellie Maloney: No Going Back” was full of the clichés of every trans story you’ve ever … Continue reading

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Louis’ transgender kids

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Last night, I watched Louis Theroux’s Transgender Kids with a sense of “here we go again, another exploitative documentary about trans people”. My trepidation was not assuaged by the announcer warning that there would be scenes some viewers might find disturbing. I’m not sure which scenes he was referring to … Continue reading

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Are gay bars a barometer for LGBTQ integration?

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The Westgate public house in Gloucester closed this week. So? Pubs close all the time. But The Westgate was Gloucester’s only gay bar and its closure has left Gloucestershire without a gay bar. Read more here… Inevitably, there was some wailing and gnashing of teeth associated with the closure and … Continue reading

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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I am reading about one of my heroes, the British trans man Michael Dillon, at the moment. Michael was the first trans person to medically transition. Plenty of trans people had cross-dressed before Michael but he was the first documented person to undergo hormone therapy and surgery to transition. Many … Continue reading

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Trans allies needed. Apply within.

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Pope Francis, who has in the past seemed to be more tolerant than his predecessors when it comes to LGBTQ issues, has suggested that gender theory ‘does not recognise the order of creation’, that ‘the design of the Creator is written in nature’ and that ‘ideologies that consider man like … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Dress

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I confess that I have not read David Walliams’ book, The Boy in the Dress, but I did watch the BBC’s adaptation of it this Christmas. I realise that Christmas telly should never be taken too seriously but, during the hour long teleplay, I found myself at times wondering what … Continue reading

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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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Transgender Day of Remembrance

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on 20 November, is a day to remember those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. TDoR was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a … Continue reading

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Not all pride is inclusive

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the launch of a new regional branch of a pride network belonging to a large bank. I went in my capacity as a member of the committee of our local LGBT group. Since the event was an internal affair and I … Continue reading

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