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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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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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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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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“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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Looking forward to 2014

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At the moment, there are a lot of blogs being posted looking back at the tsunami of changes that have taken place for the LGBT community this year. While some massive steps have been taken towards real equality, there are still plenty more to take. So, I thought I’d look … Continue reading

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Ticking boxes

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Ever since I wrote my article, To Tick the Box or Not to Tick the Box, I have been puzzling over how you might classify the spectrum of human gender and sexuality in such a way that someone completing a form could enter a simple code that would reveal their … 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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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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