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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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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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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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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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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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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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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