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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Why adultery needs to go

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This week, I have been thinking about adultery. Not committing it, you understand, just thinking about the nature of it. I sent out a media release regarding Jersey’s consultation on equal marriage and Liberate‘s support for the work that the Chief Minister’s department has done on it. As well as … 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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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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“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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The law that makes no sense

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On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, I feel like taking a step back from the controversy over Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law to question what exactly the Russian government thinks its new law achieves – apart from giving its police force and far-right thugs free-rein to … Continue reading

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Out and about the LGBT web

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This week, equality and diversity charity Metro published a survey of 7,000 16 to 25 year olds about their experiences of sexuality discrimination. The survey found that 52 per cent of respondents had self-harmed, while 44 per cent had considered suicide as a result of discrimination in education, employment or the … Continue reading

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Out and about the LGBT web

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This little clip from Jodie Savitz’s documentary Girl on Girl caught my eye this week. The part that grabbed my attention was the question: can you name three lesbians in the public eye? I know I’m all over this topic but I really thought we were further down the line … Continue reading

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Education is key to changing minds

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A big thank you to the girls at UKLesFic for hosting a post by me on their blog.

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Wednesday’s info

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This infographic is USA-centric but the proportions probably hold true for most countries. The last stat on the infographic is probably the most shameful and, as anyone who follows the news on trans issues knows, not only are trans people not taken seriously when they complain about discrimination, they are … Continue reading

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