It's difficult to come up with a suitable comparison, but I tried to imagine news outlets misreporting that the UK's largest specialist diabetes or cancer clinic was on the verge of closing and that no alternatives were forthcoming. With untreated gender dysphoria carrying a significantly elevated risk of suicide, this is not a hyperbolic analogy.
The governing bodies of sport and society at large have not come to a consensus on a solution to this very complex issue. However, with the Olympics starting on Friday, it is bound to be at the forefront of many minds, both on the field and off.
Far, far more needs to be done. If we are to create a society in which transgender and non-binary people enjoy the same rights as their cisgender friends, a number of changes must urgently take place.
The issues around excessive waiting times for transgender patients to be seen on the NHS have been widely publicised. Waiting times of up to a year and more have led many desperate people to take affirmative action, seeking expert support through private clinics.
Thirty years after his death, the plight of the modern patient with gender dysphoria has altered very little. Sufferers are still treated with ignorance and prejudice, not only by the communities in which they live, but also by many of the doctors to whom they turn for help.
The term queer is generally acknowledged as more of a middle class phenomenon. As rebellious as it may be, it tends to belong to those who have had the good fortune of higher education, or those who have been lucky enough to be born into an 'arty' familial circle.
A recent report from the Women and Equalities Commission revealed that for members of the transgender community, the significant discrimination they face in day-to-day life does not always stop when they step into the consultation room.
Echoing history, this month the US Attorney General filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina alleging that HB2, which requires in...
There is no Perfect Time. This means that those with a tendency to procrastinate (and, as a supreme procrastinator myself, I can understand this) can find reasons to put it off indefinitely. If you're repeatedly telling yourself the time isn't right, a little self-examination may be in order.
I hope that Nicky Morgan will publish the Government's response soon, Transphobia is not inevitable, nor is it unbeatable, we need our legal rights. We need to continue working with trans activists and allies to continue the fight for real equality.
You should realise when you are riding roughshod over someone's pain and should f*****g shut up and listen a bit if you actually want people to engage with your point of view, and maybe agree to disagree. Instead of feeling they have to run away, or block their ears and go la-la-la. Or no-platform you, which is the institutional equivalent.
We live in an amazingly diverse society, surely our politics should reflect that? Luckily more and more people are agreeing - but there's still some small changes we need to make to get there.
There are dinosaurs stalking the corridors. They are faceless, unaccountable, they have far too much power and they are harming trans* people.
I cringe at my own female gaze. The times I size up a woman, assessing whether or not I think she can pull off her outfit, if I think someone that age be wearing that length of skirt. It's some sort of triggered instinct that surges into my brain before I can stamp it down. Changing the way we see each other takes effort.
The body positive movement, although passively inclusive of all body types, is yet to actively extend the arm of support to those struggling with body dysmorphia. By and large, the area of body positivity that focuses on self-love relating to body size, has garnered public attention and social media is rife with men and women advocating body love.
Because there is not enough representation and these are early days, we are impatient to see aspects of ourselves represented in the media. We often get angry or upset when we don't see ourselves reflected in a mainstream character, no matter how authentic they may be.