Terf wars

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I learned a new word this week: TERF. It stands for trans exclusionary radical feminist or feminism. Those people who are called TERFs, I understand, in the main, see it as a slur rather than a legitimate term for a belief that they hold. It is not entirely clear what … Continue reading

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Why that kiss was important

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As you watch the friendly games this week, spare a thought for those people of the British Commonwealth who are LGB or T. Of the 53 countries that make up the group: In 37, it is illegal to be gay and, in 21, it is illegal to be a lesbian; … 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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Greater than the sum of our parts

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I’ve been a bit busy over the last few weeks launching a little blue and pink frog (or crapaud as we call them here) off its lily pad and into the air! The trans crapaud is Aimé(e) and zhe is the logo for Trans* Jersey. Trans* Jersey is a voluntary … Continue reading

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The divorcing of church from state to make an equal marriage

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This week Guernsey moved a step closer to equal marriage with a clever proposal for a Union Civile law that would remove religion from laws related to marriage. You can read more about the story here or visit Liberate’s website for more information about the work they have been doing. … 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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Drag does not equal trans*

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The US TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race has been in the news recently over its use of transphobic language in attempts to be humorous. At least, I hope that this was their only intention. Having never seen the show and having no interest in reality TV, I cannot comment on … Continue reading

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The right decision in Lumberton, Texas

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On Wednesday, the news broke that Laura Jane Klug, substitute teacher in Lumberton Intermediate School District, Texas, had been suspended by the district, pending a decision by their board, because parents were concerned that the fact she was transgender would “distract” the children, saying that it could affect the children’s … Continue reading

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LGBT Consortium’s Trans* Manifesto

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The LGBT Consortium presented its Trans* Manifesto to the UK government this week. This is an important document that aims to change the position of trans* people in the UK from one of “exotic” to “mainstream”. I wholeheartedly support their aims and wish them every success with their campaign. I … Continue reading

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What cisgender actors bring to trans* characters

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Really interesting article by Eleven for the Transadvocate about how casting cisgender actors in trans* roles only adds to the invisibility of the trans* community. I couldn’t agree more with Eleven’s argument. The privileges enjoyed by cisgender actors over trans* actors and the paucity of trans* roles available mean that … Continue reading

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