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Trans Notes from a Small Island: United Through Pride

September in the Channel Islands has seen three firsts: the first pan-island Pride, the first Equality & Diversity Awards and the first award by a tribunal of compensation for hurt and distress from discriminatory behaviour in the workplace. Pride was a truly pan-island event…

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Brexit Blues

In 1990, the crime of sodomy between two consenting adult males in private still existed in Jersey. In light of the number of HIV and AIDS related deaths that had been rising at an alarming rate throughout the 1980s, the States of Jersey led…

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Talking Toilets

So, this week, the trans toilet argument hit the press in Jersey, the Channel Island where I live and work. Using our new discrimination laws, a trans woman brought a case against our local ferry company for discrimination. When she asked which toilet she…

Trans Notes from a Small Island: The Danish Experience

Tonight is the Oscars. Criticised this year for its lack of racial diversity, it has however diversified in the category of gender and sexuality. It would have been impossible not to with “The Danish Girl” and “Carol” in the mix, lush period movies with…

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Customer Service is a Two-Way Street

On 1 September 2015, the second plank of Jersey’s discrimination legislation came into force. As a trans person on the island you are protected under the characteristic of gender reassignment. Now if you experience less favourable treatment in the workplace, as either an employee…

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Everyone Deserves Pride

The Channel Islands held their first ever Pride event last weekend. It was held in my home island, Jersey, and I was part of the organising committee, with responsibility for delivering the parade safely from its starting point to its end. This meant that…

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Smooth Transitioning Within Marriage

The States of Jersey lodged a proposal this week regarding introducing same-sex marriage in Jersey. This is a document that outlines the issues for debate and where the proposer, our Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst, stands on the issue. You can read the whole…

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Jersey Equality Takes a Stride Forward

The States of Jersey have passed regulations this week that expand the island’s anti-discrimination legislation to encompass sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation and pregnancy and maternity (together called the “(Sex and Related Characteristics) (Jersey) Regulations”). The new regulations, due to come into force on…

The Hystery App: Guest blog by VT Davy

Originally posted on UK Lesbian Fiction:
VT Davy’s books revolve around a question or an issue. A Very Civil Wedding dramatised the scenario of the next in-line to the throne wanting to marry her girlfriend. Vic’s latest book takes an appealing idea of being…

Trans Notes From a Small Island: The Benefits of Being a Follower not a Leader

When I tell people from other countries where I come from, they always ask what it’s like to be a trans man in such a small place. There is an assumption that the more cosmopolitan a place is, the more cultural influences it absorbs,…