Tag Archives: same-sex marriage

Select Committee Report on Trans Issues

After the General Election in May, many trans activists were looking at the prospect of defending rights and progress for 5 years in the teeth of what, at face value, appeared as though it was going to be an insensitive, unaware and potentially callous Conservative Government. Yet today, just 7 months later, a Conservative-led Commons […]

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, […]

Response to a “Christian think-tank”

A family friend, whose teenage child has recently said they are trans, contacted me over the weekend because their child had been sent a piece saying that trans was really a delusion. Needless to say, the piece originated from a right-wing Christian “think tank” who also oppose same-sex marriage (or, it seems, any same-sex relationships […]

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 […]

Reissued Marriage Certificates

An interesting meeting on the morning of April 1st, to discuss various issues around implementing phase 2 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act – specifically those which would affect marriages involving trans people seeking gender recognition. Hugh Bayley MP With the three trans people present there were a variety of government departments represented. I […]

Is Spousal Veto based on Swiss Cheese?

Last weekend Prof Stephen Whittle posted his legal reasoning why the requirement for spousal consent is important.   Stephen is a professor of law, and his credentials in terms of campaigning for the rights of trans people are impressive, to say the least. After an event in July, Stephen, Jacqui Gavin (of a:Gender) and I sat […]

Trans People – Not Quite Human?

It would have been almost 10 years ago now that I stood on a railway bridge and pondered my future.  The thing that kept me from jumping then was a belief that I had some innate worth as a human being – that it would be better for me to be alive than dead.  At […]

Come On, You Must Celebrate

So now it’s law – same-sex marriages will be legal. Up and down the land lesbian and gay couples are rejoicing – and rightly so.  But I can’t muster up the enthusiasm for joining in. In March 2011 I spoke with Lynne Featherstone who explained to me her plans for bringing forward equal marriage so […]

Spousal Consent – Again…

The latest amendment to the same sex marriage bill by government on spousal consent attempts to explain exactly what the consent is for – namely, consent “to the marriage continuing after the issue of a full gender recognition certificate”.  In doing so, they once again spectacularly miss the point. Irrespective of what the spouse is […]

Life After Same Sex Marriage

While not yet a done deal, it may be time for people in the trans and intersex communities to think about life after a Same Sex Marriage Act. Various discussions with senior people in all mainstream political parties have resulted in an amendment to partially remove the spousal veto that was causing so many issues.  […]