Tag: United Kingdom

Soho Square sign surrounded by Trans Pride London signs reaching things like "Trans Rights Now"

Trans Pride London 2022

To me, the trans community is like a big bag of pick n’ mix – some are sweet, some are sour, some are soft, some are crunchy. We are strawberry laces and chocolate nougat and caramel buttons. Fruity gummy bears and rainbow Skittles. On days like Trans Pride London, surrounded by my family of trans candy; I felt as happy as a kid in a sweet shop.
Press photo of Sajid Javid MP, a candidate in the tory leadership race

Frightening law change; Sajid Javid to invade medical confidentiality for 1000s of children

Articles posted to The Daily Mail and The Times are making claims that Health Secretary Sajid Javid is looking to change the law regarding record keeping for trans patients with the NHS. This is allegedly an attempt to aid in the ongoing Cass Review
Photo of University of Central Lancashire's Library (UCLan) by Fetler

UCLan Professor pens brazenly transphobic guidance for journalists & media

I would go on and dissect more of this UCLan style guide but its really all just the same. A complete disregard for transgender lives and an attempt to make transphobia easier to practice in the media for bigots. The point isn't fairness, equality, accuracy or balance. Its simply to create a double standard wherein the actual identity of a transgender person becomes part of the story - something that is literally never on the table when cisgender people commit crimes.
Photograph of an Argos store taken by Mtaylor848

‘Include Mx’ campaigner asks Argos “Why fly the flag, when you dont have inclusive...

And they're entirely right. It is a classic example of pinkwashing and I think we should call it out. Making this extremely minor change to how their database records user details would likely take less than a few hours work. There is no excuse for having not done this, especially given the multiple attempts by campaigners like Tom, the general push for more non-binary inclusivisity in society elsewhere and the fact that by flying the pride flag during June they want you to think they are supportive.
A transgender pride flag flying above the Foreign and Common Wealth Office in London. Photo by Foreign and Common Wealth Office.

A new tactic for transphobia; weaponising the Gender Recognition Act 2004

The point of this misunderstanding is entirely to set up the legal backing for the idea that it would be lawful to exclude transgender women from women's spaces. If you have to actually be legally registered as female to be protected from discrimination on the basis of sex and therefore misogyny then automatically the vast majority of trans women are locked out. Not to mention every transgender child given that the GRA is only for 18+.
A photo of a phone being held up and showing the Twitter log on screen

Posie Parker says #LetWomenSpeak, here’s what 100 women said

This isn't that article, this article is the one where we take Kellie-Jay's advice and we let women speak - but not just the women she personally approves of. I asked on Twitter - selection bias beware - for women to tell me what's important to them. You can find the full thread here and below you can find the first 100 responses.
Press phot of Nick Fletcher MP

Nick Fletcher MP sends transphobic rant to schools

The evidence is clear, UK transphobia is ramping up its efforts in targeting trans youth in particular. I spoke with numerous children's charities month ago who told me they were "not prepared" to give comment on these issues because its a sensitive area which they need to get it right on.
A landscape image of the House of Parliament in London on a Sunny day, taken from Westminster Bridge

“Get on with it”; Arthur Webber on Parliament’s Conversion Therapy Ban debate

The debate was attended by so many, from different parties and nations. Yet all came to the same conclusion: conversion “therapy” is abuse. The overrepresentation of LGB+ MPs (the only openly trans MP, Jamie Wallis, was not present) shows that as much as the media attempt to divide us, we are a united community. 
A sign from Trans Pride London 2021 which reads "Ask Us How to Start Hormones (without the gender clinic)". Source: https://twitter.com/itsjacksonbbz/status/1408803944789389318

Have we got it wrong on dysphoria? Abigail Thorn discusses trans healthcare

I would prefer to centre desire and will when talking about transition. To me, transition is more than meeting a medical need, just like crossing the Rubicon was more than Caesar getting his feet wet. It’s taking your life in your hands and shaping it yourself. I think that’s beautiful. I didn’t transition to “alleviate my dysphoria,” I transitioned because I fucking wanted to. Who is the state, or a doctor, to tell me I can’t? 
Which has the word "Ofcom" sitting on a thick bold underline which changes from burgandy to a dark purple, then a light blue, light green, yellow, orange, pink, a tiny slither of a lighter pink, a red and then purple again. A lot of people are probably about to find out I am terrible at naming colours, but I did this alt-text for you, my screen reading friends :)

My complaint to Ofcom re: ‘that’ BBC article

I am writing to complain about the article originally headlined; "We are being pressured into sex by some trans women". In this letter I intend to set out what my issues with the piece were and how the 'solutions' offered by the BBC's ECU have not at all addressed that problem. The outcome I am searching for is a full retraction and apology for the piece. In my opinion this article does not mean journalistic standards and serves only to elevate gossip of known anti-trans agitators to a position it simply does not belong.