Tag Archives: Trans Media Watch

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 […]

Today’s Transphobia

Around 10:30 this morning, I received an email from one of the researchers on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme who I spoke with at length last month. He was working towards what turned out to be a half-hour slot on last Wednesday’s programme. In his email today, he wondered what in particular was transphobic in […]

Section 40 and Leveson 2

The Government has just closed it’s consultation on whether to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and whether to hold Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry. To the uninitiated, commencement is making sure that the law now applies. It’s not enough for it just to receive Royal Assent, the relevant Government […]

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 […]

Regrets, I’ve had a few

It’s not often that I write about an individual. In general I try to steer well away from such pieces. It stems from a fundamental belief that people should be free to make their own decisions in the awareness of their own circumstances. Matthew Attonley was interviewed pretty sensitively by Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden […]

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 […]

2013 – Where are we at?

It was pretty much a year ago that the Fleet Street week of shame commenced.  It started with David Batty’s expose that Dr Richard Curtis was being investigated by the GMC – something that quite a few folk had known about for 18 months, and a report that raised questions about “balance” and “trans being […]