The right decision in Lumberton, Texas

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On Wednesday, the news broke that Laura Jane Klug, substitute teacher in Lumberton Intermediate School District, Texas, had been suspended by the district, pending a decision by their board, because parents were concerned that the fact she was transgender would “distract” the children, saying that it could affect the children’s … Continue reading

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LGBT Consortium’s Trans* Manifesto

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The LGBT Consortium presented its Trans* Manifesto to the UK government this week. This is an important document that aims to change the position of trans* people in the UK from one of “exotic” to “mainstream”. I wholeheartedly support their aims and wish them every success with their campaign. I … Continue reading

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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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Coming out – what’s it all about?

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In the week that another Ellen comes out as gay, I have been thinking about the process of coming out. I have “come out” twice in my life – once as gay and once as trans. The first time I came out, I told a really good friend on the … Continue reading

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Oh, Canada!

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As Wikipedia says, ‘Most Canadians believe [their] country to be a strong proponent and positive model of human rights for the rest of the world. For example, in 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act.’ … Continue reading

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Out and about the LGBT web

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Saeed Jones wrote a great article on Buzzfeed this week about the responsibility that the media has to report stories about transgender individuals with some respect for their subject. It’s worth a read and because I couldn’t have put it better myself I’m not going to paraphrase it here. Having … 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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Cece McDonald: victim not villain

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Having just completed watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix, and thoroughly enjoyed it, my attention was caught this week by a real life story that has also just finished playing out in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cece McDonald is not a name that is known in the UK, but her … 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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