Tag Archives: human rights

What, exactly, is no platforming?

Earlier this week I was asked whether I would go on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show to discuss freedom of speech and no platforming in universities. This comes on the back of giving evidence in December to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights on the same topic. Sadly, I had to turn the BBC […]

Discrimination, Faith and Human Rights

I can remember the feeling when, during the English same-sex marriage debates in 2012 and 2013, people like me were talked about as if we were inanimate objects, and whether we deserved the rights taken for granted by most of the population. Being spoken about as “not quite human” was gruelling and painful at times, […]

I fear this isn’t going to end well

From the publication of a letter from 130 academics in The Observer on Saturday decrying the “no platforming” by some universities (or, more specifically, student unions) of various people because of views they espouse, to a letter rather gratuitously headlined “Twitter mob who vowed to kill me over transgender letter have got it all wrong” […]

Stonewall and the Changing Landscape

Photo copyright Fox Fisher A fair amount has been written already about Saturday’s meeting between Stonewall and 50 or so trans people. My goal in writing this is not to simply restate what’s already been said about the positivity and the options, and also the issues around diversity, but to start looking at how things […]

Trans People – do we have Cooties?

Just under 3 hours ago the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gained its third reading in the House of Commons with a majority of 205. While this Bill removes a huge issue for married trans people in terms of them seeking gender recognition, and the Government has “conceded” on another big issue which was threatening […]