Category Health

The Tale of Two Doctors

There once were two doctors. One was called Ken and the other one was called Ray and they worked in the same place. They tried to understand why some people were the way they were. Ray decided that you were more likely to be gay if you had older brothers. He also decided that trans […]

Royal Society for the Arts speech

On Monday evening I was invited to speak at the Royal Society for the Arts. My co-panellists were Linda Riley (publisher of Diva Magazine) and Tunde Ogungbesan (Head of Diversity at the BBC). My speech follows: Let me start with a borrowed quote – “Mass media is perhaps the most powerful tool in the world […]

Passports for Health

On Monday the Department of Health’s most senior civil servant suggested that patients for scheduled surgeries in hospitals could be asked to provide their passport in order to prove they shouldn’t be charged. This is in response to a possible total of around £200 million (the figures seem to be intentionally vague) which has been […]

Select Committee Report on Trans Issues

After the General Election in May, many trans activists were looking at the prospect of defending rights and progress for 5 years in the teeth of what, at face value, appeared as though it was going to be an insensitive, unaware and potentially callous Conservative Government. Yet today, just 7 months later, a Conservative-led Commons […]

TransDocFail Findings

It’s taken quite a while for me to find the time to go through the allegations of medical abuse logged in the UK’s TransDocFail survey. The preliminary findings are, at last, here – TransDocFail Findings. In reading them, it’s important to realise that the “survey” was never intended to provide quantitative analysis. Instead, it was […]

Life After Same Sex Marriage

While not yet a done deal, it may be time for people in the trans and intersex communities to think about life after a Same Sex Marriage Act. Various discussions with senior people in all mainstream political parties have resulted in an amendment to partially remove the spousal veto that was causing so many issues.  […]

Guardians of Something or Other

At the start of this week I sent out emails to those who had lodged cases on the TransDocFail survey that the GMC were interested in investigating. It does appear that some people are intending to pursue this path, and equally that some of those same people are terrified by it. However yesterday evening I […]