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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To tick the box or not to tick the box

Filling Out Forms

Brighton Council’s latest initiative to be more inclusive has provoked some really unimpressive knees to jerk all over the place. The comments at the end of these two tabloid articles are perfect examples – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2222991/Brighton-Council-plans-remove-Mr-Mrs-titles-documents-protect-citys-transgender-community-offence.html?ito=feeds-newsxml http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/354453/Now-the-PC-brigade-want-to-stop-calling-us-Mr-and-Mrs- Elsewhere on the web, it has been posted that Brighton will not be losing … Continue reading

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Gender Dysphoria: what does it mean to feel more like the opposite sex?

Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie

In teasing out what it feels like to be a man or woman, it might be helpful to define what it means to be a man or a woman. Maybe there are some universally agreed upon traits that define one or the other? Let’s start with the obvious: An anthropologist … Continue reading

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Trying to explain the term “transgender” to my mother

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My mother will be 70 years young next year and, in all those years on the planet, the number of trans people she has met/knows of, you can count on the fingers of one hand. So, this is not a subject that is familiar to her. It is not a … Continue reading

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