Title image for the article which reads "How war turned into war on trans: complete ban of trans people in russia" with an image of Russian politician Vyacheslav Volodin; chairman of the Russian State Duma

Trans people in Russia completely banned; how war became war on trans people

Russian government takes the opportunity to make any medical and legal transition banned nationwide, leaving trans people in Russia very worried for their futures. Evgeniya Moreva writes;
Census 2021 logo which reads "census 2021" in a purple font and also includes the welsh for census too which is "cyfrifiad". This is the first official UK government survey to include transgender and non-binary census data.

A look at the transgender and non-binary census 2021 data

The Office for National Statistics has released data from the 2021 census which for the first time ever includes statistics about the numbers of trans and non-binary living in England and Wales. Here Tom Pashby takes a look at the transgender and non-binary census data;
A photo of Sam Smith wearing a bejewelled sailor hat and matching shiny long gloves taken from their video for "I'm Not Here To Make Friends"

Sam Smith and the arseholes

Billy Connolly used to talk about arsehole detectors. Flamboyant trousers. Beards dyed in primary colours. These things upset the arseholes so much, just by existing, that arseholes reveal themselves by complaining loudly. Sam Smith is a perfect arsehole detector. Their body, their music, their gender, their pronouns, their videos: arseholes can’t help but comment loudly and persistently.
A Bissu from the Bugis people of South Sulawesi performing a wedding ritual; an example of a culture specific identity

On visibility; culture specific identities

On #TransDayOfVisibility we wanted to do our extra best to give the spotlight to the least visible members of the transgender and gender diverse communities around the world. Thank you to Michael for reaching out and writing this piece on culture specific identities they titled "What an Indigenous person would like the queer community to know":
A VTubing banner for Fero Pheromone by Felix Fern.

VTubing is, perhaps unsurprisingly, incredibly intersectional

At the 2023 Game Awards we didn’t just have Alan Wake the Musical, Jordan Peele coming out of an ominous door and surprise God of War DLC. We also had confirmation that VTubing is taking over the world of livestreaming, and for good reason, as Twitch’s most subscribed female streamer (with an additional 1.87M followers) Ironmouse took home the award for Content Creator of the Year.
The NHS logo; who are responsible for trans healthcare in the UK and its failings

Describing trans healthcare in the UK as in crisis in 2023 is “an understatement”

To say that the NHS is in crisis right now would be something of an understatement. Writes Alexis Chilvers as part of our push to raise the voices of trans people on trans healthcare in the UK in 2023.
Two people holding placards at a Kill The Bill protest in Reading. One placard reads; "PROTECT! Gypsy, roma and traveller communities, sex workers, disabled people, trans folk, black youth, working class women and the right to protest". The second sign reads "You strip us of our rights we strip that "PRITI" smile off your face. Power to the people".

Sex workers make trans activism; lets remember to honour them

Sex workers are often over looked in more mainstream conversations surrounding trans liberation. We shouldn't forget that trans activism was and is still built by sex workers, Felix Fern writes;
A side profile of someone chest binding with a grey chest binder.

Chest binding; organisations who provide safety information are a “beacon of light”

With all the talk of chest binders after mainstream media took aim at them and Mermaids UK we are seeing the same pattern. The voices of those actually affected by the issues are not being heard. Correcting that for Trans Writes is Keith Ramsted with his chest binding story about the need for harm reduction;
A screenshot from Billie Bust Up showing main character Billie, who is a billie-goat like humanoid and their tiny fox companion. Billie is reaching out towards a large amber orb.

Billie Bust Up’s queer music rhythm combat is stuck in my head!

"At its core, Billie Bust Up seems to be a fairly simple 3D mascot platformer. Levels involve jumping across platforms, collecting collectables, and navigating throughout environments. It is however when you reach one of the game’s boss fights that the game’s strengths really start to shine through." Laura Kate Dale writes;
Soho Square sign surrounded by Trans Pride London signs reaching things like "Trans Rights Now" from a trans rights protest in Westminster

This article was originally about a trans rights protest – but now it’s...

Under this government, every day existing a trans person is a trans rights protest, a protest that we will live our lives, be our true selves, and never give up despite their attacks on us writes Owen Hurcum