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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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Thursday’s hero(es)

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The first half of today’s hero is Laurence Michael Dillon, a British physician and the first transman to undergo phalloplasty. Michael lived an extraordinary life. He was second in line, after his brother, to the Baronetcy of Lismullen in Ireland; he graduated from Oxford University (as a woman in the … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Wednesday’s hero

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Buck Angel is an adult film producer and performer, an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer. His Wikipedia entry is here. Buck Angel would not be everybody’s idea of a hero. He makes his living producing adult films, often starring himself. This means he gets naked and, in doing so, answers … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Tuesday’s hero

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Billy Lee Tipton was an American jazz musician and bandleader. Born Dorothy Lucille Tipton, he is also notable for the postmortem discovery that, though he lived his adult life as a man, he was assigned female at birth. You can read more about Billy’s extraordinary life here and here. I … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Monday’s hero

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Ian Harvie is an American stand-up comedian who often references being a trans man in his performances. His Wikipedia entry is here. If you like good and different stand-up from a unique perspective then I highly recommend checking out some of Ian’s YouTube videos. There’s a great one here. Ian’s … Continue reading

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Introducing Transman (a.k.a. Michael Dillon)…

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Transman was born Laura Dillon. From an early age, she always knew that she wasn’t like other girls. She wasn’t interested in the same games, or the same conversation, or the same clothes as them. As a student, studying archaeology, Laura began to wonder what life would have been like … 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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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 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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