This morning the UK gained it’s first out trans MP – Jamie Wallis. Quite frankly it’s a burden off my shoulders, as the trans person who got the most votes in the 2019 General Election, and the second most in 2017. I’m sure that the media will find another way to make some trans person […]

My mother and her parents were bundled out of India with three weeks’ notice in 1947. They left behind money, belongings and status, to arrive in a country they thought they knew but found that they didn’t, where they had to rely on family to house them. Both sides of my mother’s family had lived […]

I’m really very tired of having my identity questioned. There’s a very binary way of thought which has gained credence across the UK media and other institutions upon which we rely – and that is that you’re either a man or a woman. Full stop. That’s it. No other options. Ah, they say – you […]

The Government has buckled to pressure and reworded a Bill in a manner so it now specifically excludes trans men and non-binary parents. The Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill was put together rapidly to ensure that Suella Braverman, the Attorney General, didn’t have to resign her Government office in order to have a baby. […]

So what have we learnt this week? On Monday we had the Domestic Abuse Bill in the Lords. A new clause to try to add misogyny (hatred of women) was being attempted, and it tried to define “sex” by reference to section 11 of the Equality Act, which is supposedly a definition of “sex”. Now, […]

Following news reports this evening, I have just sent this letter to Kamal Ahmed, the BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs: Dear Kamal I first wrote to you in March this year, when I, along with Trans Media Watch, expressed disquiet at the bias evident in the BBC’s reporting of the Harry Miller case […]

Today the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss MP, was summoned to the House of Commons to answer an Urgent Question tabled by Crispin Blunt MP. This followed her written statement on Gender Recognition Act reform on Tuesday 22 September. Using a written statement means that the Government Minister tabling it doesn’t […]

I have just written to my MP regarding the apparent proposal on the front page of today’s Sunday Times – that “protections will be offered to safeguard female-only spaces, including refuges and public lavatories, to stop them being used by those with male anatomy.” I also copied in Marsha de Cordova, Anne McLaughlin and Christine […]

Dear Jo Firstly, may I say how sorry I was to hear about the sexual assault you suffered. It must be difficult to deal with the emotions that keep resurfacing, the inevitable and uncontrollable fear in certain situations. No one wants to suffer like that. It must be draining to continually see people, or certain […]

As in 2015 and 2017, I’ve done a little thought exercise about what would have potentially happened in the recent General Election had the single transferable vote method been used to elect MPs. The usual caveats apply, especially as the number of tactical voters this time is supposed to have been much higher than normal […]