Lee Hurley

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Journalist. NUJ member. Artist. Trans. He/him. Usually found saying 'but that's not true!'
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Gender neutral toilets at The Mail and sanitary products in the men’s at The...

The Mail love nothing more than to scream about the horrors that will unfold should an establishment offer gender neutral toilets.
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Exclusive: Guardian writers and editor set up group to make Guardian more transphobic

A group of senior writers and editors at The Guardian met as part of the company’s ‘Diversity and Inclusion Week’ to discuss pushing gender-critical narratives 'fearlessly,' with the paper's anti-trans slant clearly not enough for them.

‘Trans panic’ accepted by UK judge despite also confirming hate crime

A UK judge has seemingly accepted a ‘trans panic’ defence from a man who seriously assaulted a trans woman in a hotel room, admitting...
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Transgender women can now apply for Miss Costa Rica 2023

Transgender women can now participate in Miss Costa Rica 2023, reflecting the societal demand for diversity, equity, and social inclusion in beauty pageants.
Bud Light in the environment, Lexington Massachusetts [credit Jon Phelan/WikiMedia]

Bud Light gives in to anti-trans terrorism

Bud Light faced bomb threats after sending a personalised can of beer to trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney, eventually caving to right-wing pressure.
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Riley Gaines is the ‘selfish’ one, not Lia Thomas

Riley Gaines thinks Lia Thomas is ‘selfish’ for wanting to compete in women’s swimming but I think Gaines is the selfish one, trying to make a name for herself out of the water because she’s not good enough in it.
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Trans news roundup 18 April 2023

Weekly roundup on transgender issues, including music stars' clash, sports controversies, government guidelines, and activism across the globe.
The North Says Trans Joy banner hanging behind KJK's Belfast rally, photo credit Brendan J Harkin @brendanjharkin

Belfast tells Posie Parker ‘Trans Joy!’

Posie Parker's anti-trans rally in Belfast faces larger counter-protest; group refused service in pubs due to offensive behaviour.
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Trans news roundup 11 April 2023

Here's a quick spin through some trans news that's making the headlines around the world.
Testosterone for women ‘a life-changer’ James Beal - Social Affairs Editor Researchers are developing the world’s first testosterone patch for women with menopausal symptoms, and the UK could be the first country to test it. Medherant, a company founded by David Haddleton, a professor of chemistry at the University of Warwick, aims to start clinical trials this autumn. If these go well, Haddleton said the potential to improve women’s lives was huge, including helping them with their sex drive — as they cannot be prescribed testosterone for this on the NHS at present. Some instead turn to irregular doses of a gel that is approved only for use onmen, experts say. Testosterone is an essential hormone for women and its production drops heavily after the menopause. Oestrogen and progesterone hormone replacement therapy (HRT) patches — which stick to the skin to deliver medications — are available. However, there is no testosterone patch for women suffering with adverse symptoms from the menopause. Professor Haddleton said: “The work we’re doing at Medherant and at Warwick isn’t just theoretical, but instead aimed at a problem women are facing which can drastically affect their everyday lives and jobs. “This could deliver a product that is much needed and is just not available. With the technology already proven to work we can use our new patch to remove needless misery from women’s daily lives. We hope this will transform life for women suffering from postmenopause issues nationally and indeed globally.” Guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in 2015 recommended testosterone supplementation be considered for menopausal women with low sexual desire if HRT alone was not effective. The new patch is intended to address this gap in menopause products and provide treatment for women that can be made widely available.

The Times’ hypocrisy: Testosterone for cis women a “Life-Changer” but poison for trans people?

Times' hypocrisy: praises testosterone patch for menopausal women, yet demonises its use for trans people. Question media's double standards.