Tag Archives: BBC

Divorcing US parents make their children Republican

Imagine the headline “Divorcing US parents make their children Republican”. You don’t have to, actually – because it’s the headline to this piece. Care to challenge it? Because I’ve got proof. Kellyanne Conway, currently President Trump’s counsellor and the manager for his election campaign, is (a) Republican, (b) the child of divorced US parents. Let’s […]

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 […]

Free Speech and Changing Narratives

Last week I took advantage of the opportunity offered to me by Maria Miller at the end of the Commons Womens and Equalities Select Committee evidence session on 8 September, and wrote her a letter. Having gone through a fair amount of the written submitted evidence, including those from groups and individuals who don’t believe […]

Debates and Lazy Stereotypes

It was only a matter of time. In the three days from Easter Sunday on the BBC, Louis Theroux documented the lives of some Californian trans children, Victoria Derbyshire traced two British trans children, and Radio 4’s PM programme raised issues about how schools deal (or don’t deal) with trans issues. So it was only […]

The Framework Created by Media

In the middle stages of an incredibly long, drawn-out general election campaign, it can be interesting to reflect on the media’s role. In the early part of Trans Media Watch’s Leveson evidence, we quoted Gray Cavendar – the media helps us “to define what we think about, what we see as problems and the solutions […]

Cry Freedom

Yes, I know I’ve been quiet.  I’ve been busy!  And I figured folk would be getting a bit bored about problems with same-sex marriage.  Life has a habit of pulling you in different directions, and the last three months have been very busy with the company I run.  Despite all that, I was stunned to […]