Hove Women’s RFC – a team now missing a player

RFU transgender rugby ban: All you need to know

Rugby is community, family and recreation, and I never for a moment believed that we would see the governing body of English Rugby, the RFU, instigate a poorly thought through, mishandled, unscientific and exclusionary transgender rugby ban, yet, this is exactly what happened on the 30th July 2022.
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.

What does Census 2021 say about trans people?

Trans people live in diverse communities, intersecting ethnicity, age, disability, religion and sexuality. This is not news, but the Office for National Statistics released fresh data comparing the gender identities of people in England and Wales with key demographics which were recorded in Census 2021.
Parliament of Finland where Self ID in Finland is currently being proposed and debated

Self ID in Finland and the awful bigger picture

Self ID in Finland is on the horizon so we asked a Finnish trans writer to tell us about it and the wider context it exists in. Vilja Heikkilä writes;
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;
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.
Cover art for The Undying Author Book One by Tomara Garrod and illustrated by Sam Petherbridge. The illustrations include a London double decker bus, a hand-drawn cart stacked with hay, a shop front with a large anchor outside of it and a tree, all in a grey sketch pencil style. The title sits on top of a large grave stone shape in the center of the cover.

The Undying Author Book 1: an interview with Tomara Garrod

Historian and author Tomara Garrod’s first book, The Undying Author, is a novella about a Harry Potter fan journeying to confront JK Rowling, in the aftermath of Rowling’s infamous June 2020 essay setting out her transphobic views. Vic Parsons writes;
A screenshot from Mars Vice showing a red sports car on an empty road facing towards a distant city clouded in a purple haze and underneath a yellow sky.

Mars Vice is the Gay, Trans, Furry, Anti-cop Space Adventure game I Can’t Wait...

Described by project lead Ruairí as an “Anti buddy cop” adventure, the narrative heavy game follows Anaya and Dax through the world of Mars Vice where bodies are available, to those who can afford them...