Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Friday’s hero

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Brandon Teena is my last hero of the week. Murdered in 1993, aged 21, by two ex-convict associates of his girlfriend, Lana Tisdel, his tragic and violent story is the product of ignorance, hate and fear. Brandon’s only crime was passing as a man in a community that did not … Continue reading

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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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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Thursday’s hero(es)

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The first half of today’s hero is Laurence Michael Dillon, a British physician and the first transman to undergo phalloplasty. Michael lived an extraordinary life. He was second in line, after his brother, to the Baronetcy of Lismullen in Ireland; he graduated from Oxford University (as a woman in the … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Thursday’s info

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The infographic below makes for depressing reading. Although distressing for transpeople themselves, it is possibly more distressing for those who love and support them. It confirms all the things that worry the families and partners of transmen and transwomen when they first come out as trans. It feeds into the … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Wednesday’s hero

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Buck Angel is an adult film producer and performer, an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer. His Wikipedia entry is here. Buck Angel would not be everybody’s idea of a hero. He makes his living producing adult films, often starring himself. This means he gets naked and, in doing so, answers … Continue reading

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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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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Tuesday’s hero

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Billy Lee Tipton was an American jazz musician and bandleader. Born Dorothy Lucille Tipton, he is also notable for the postmortem discovery that, though he lived his adult life as a man, he was assigned female at birth. You can read more about Billy’s extraordinary life here and here. I … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Tuesday’s info

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To me, the infographic below is common sense but you’d be amazed at how many people think some of the language in red is acceptable. I recently had an incident involving language with a journalist writing about my recent novel. The idea of the “LGBT community” was completely foreign to … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Monday’s hero

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Ian Harvie is an American stand-up comedian who often references being a trans man in his performances. His Wikipedia entry is here. If you like good and different stand-up from a unique perspective then I highly recommend checking out some of Ian’s YouTube videos. There’s a great one here. Ian’s … Continue reading

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Transgender Awareness Week #TransWk: Monday’s info

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As the infographic below says, “With more visibility comes more understanding.” This is what Transgender Awareness Week is all about. In order to add to that visibility, I’m going to blog about a different trans hero of mine every day this week. As I have said before, the news headlines … Continue reading

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