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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“Sex” discrimination and trans* toilet issues, again

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This week, the government of the tiny island that I call home launched their consultation into the second phase of the roll-out of discrimination legislation. I, of course, took a look at it. Broadly, the proposals are the same as those enshrined within the UK’s Equality Act 2010 so I … Continue reading

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Shifting focus

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The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a US group who campaigned unsuccessfully against gay marriage, have decided to turn their attention to another fight. They are now attempting to repeal a new law in California, one that reinforces existing anti-discrimination laws by allowing transgender public school students to choose which … Continue reading

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Finding a voice

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I read an interesting article about transmen in India this week. It was about their invisibility within the LGBT community, and their inclusion in the Bangalore Queer Film Festival. Gee Ameena Suleiman, a film-maker and a researcher whose docu-fiction “Kalvattukal”, portraying the lives of transmen, was screened  in the fest … Continue reading

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The power of positive reporting

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In the news this week was a study that showed “fifty-five percent of trans people were found to live with social anxiety. Within the general American population, similar types of anxiety are experienced by only 6.8% of the population while these levels of anxiety were found to exist at a … Continue reading

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Should there be a T in LGBT?

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This question was prompted by my sister asking me this week to write a piece for my blog about the difference between your sex and your sexuality. In essence, she wanted me to make it clear, for those interested in knowing more about the subject, that the gender you consider … Continue reading

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When the careless actions of one affect all

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There has been much talk this week about a 45 year-old college student who identifies as a woman, but retains his male genitalia, using the women’s locker room at Evergreen College, Olympia, Washington. The college has permitted this student to use the women’s locker room on the basis of gender … Continue reading

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The importance of transsexual/ transgender fiction

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In short, the importance of trans-lit is to reflect the experience of transgender/transsexual people in a way that is accessible to those who are not. In so doing, the experience is normalised so that, when a transsexual/transgender person is encountered in the course of daily life, there already exists a … Continue reading

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