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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Transgender Day of Remembrance

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The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on 20 November, is a day to remember those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. TDoR was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a … 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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“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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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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Human Rights Day (9 December) marks the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. The progress of LGBT rights since then has been momentous, but there is still progress to be made in Africa and the Middle East … Continue reading

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Nikki Sinclaire, MEP, comes out as transgender

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The news today that MEP Nikki Sinclaire has come out as transgender (MtF) is likely to re-ignite the whole stealth debate among the trans community. Nikki, who transitioned aged 23, has been out as a lesbian for years. As an MEP working for UKIP (a very right wing UK political … Continue reading

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To Russia with love: part 8

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Friday’s info

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The infographic today highlights the problems faced by young transgender people in schools and colleges. Teenage is tough enough without feeling that the ways in which your body is changing are not the ways in which it should be changing. Teenage is a time for rebelling but it is also … Continue reading

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