Category Trans Issues

Martina and Me

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in the oak-panelled drawing room of a west London hotel, speaking to tennis star Martina Navratilova. A few BBC cameramen and sound specialists were there also. Now, it’s not normal that I go round speaking to sporting heroes. The BBC were filming a documentary based on Martina, […]

Speech at Leigh Day

The end of LGBT History Month was unusually busy for me, as I’d been asked to give a few speeches at events in Devon, and then the key speech at an event put on by London-based human rights lawyers Leigh Day. Several people asked me to publish the speech, so I have done here as […]

Hatred and the Overton Window

Kenan Malik wrote the following in the Observer on 25 November: If it is “hate speech” to question a particular definition of what it is to be a woman, or “bigoted” to express concern about non-natal women being allowed into female-only spaces, the very notion of public debate is transformed. There would seem to be […]

The Media: It’s Time to Talk

I became an evangelical, charismatic Christian at the age of 13. Discussing anything about faith and religion with me must have been an absolute nightmare. I’d encountered God, so I knew what was right. If the discussion was whether God existed, I knew He did, and any sense of logical argument that God might not […]

Free Speech or Life and Death?

In her Pressing Matters books, Christine Burns writes eloquently about all the work that a small group of trans campaigners did to achieve a legislative landmark. The Gender Recognition Act took at least 10 years of work as well as a series of court cases. It also took its toll. Most of the Press for […]

Another Shameful Pride?

It’s been quite a week, what with being given 5 minutes notice to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday morning, giving a number of briefings, attending the Mayor of London’s Pride party and a reception at 10 Downing Street. The last major event of the week for me was marching at London […]

Suddenly Shifting Campaigns

In the last week, Government has issued some clarification about what the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) does and does not do in response to a petition. In particular they clarified that the protections for single-sex services were in the Equality Act, and that Government was not currently minded to amend this. One of the recommendations […]