Category Trans Issues

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 […]

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 […]