Category Trans Issues

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 […]

Trans People and the British Media – 2018 snapshot

On Monday I gave a speech at the Westminster Social Forum, and my topic was on how trans people currently experience the British media. Here is the speech: Trans people currently find ourselves at the centre of two debates rumbling around the British media. The first is whether trans women are women and should be […]

The Gender Police and Women’s Loos

Ladies, we’ve all been there, queuing for the loo with that growing sense of dread – did I remember to put my birth certificate in my handbag? As we all know, access to women’s facilities is subject to approval from the gender police, and the terror when you approach the attendant with the explanation that […]

The Importance of Trust in the Media

On Friday evening, after I had delivered a TEDx talk in Corsham, I found that I was listening to myself on Radio 4’s Today in Parliament. The programme had decided to summarise recent events in the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into freedom of speech and no platforming in universities – something you may […]

I had thought that by the time I reached my 50s the bullying would stop

I still remember all the feelings of being bullied at school – the constant attacks while the teacher wasn’t looking; the general low-level nature of the abuse, so that any reaction was viewed as extreme, but with some peaks where fights break out. All the time you feel powerless. No-one seems to do anything to […]