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Clare Allington | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Allington

My parent experienced first-hand what it was like to be thrown out of a "ladies" toilet, it was on a cruise ship (she was nearly arrested as well). She experienced hatred from women and men, which went far beyond just words on a social media site. She contemplated suicide, she tried to be "cured".

'Our Child Deserves The Right To Be Happy': Mum On Son's Transgender Journey

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An inspiring video charting a nine-year-old's transgender journey has gone viral after hitting a chord with parents and the transgender community alik...

Christine Goodwin - Trans Pioneer but Also My Daddy

Clare Allington | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Allington

I cannot remember this bothering me, even when I found out at 14 it didn't faze me. When I had boyfriends spitting it back at me that somehow I was a bad person because my dad was "a tranny", it still did not make me feel less of her.

By Denying the Existence of Transphobia, Germaine Greer Reconfirms Its Existence

Frances Black | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

It can feel ironic when someone embodies the thing they are trying to convince us doesn't exist. Like when people hurl sexist insults at those who fight sexism, or racist slurs at people speaking out about racism... Or Germaine Greer declaring to the world that transphobia doesn't exist.

Transgender Girl Pleads With Us To 'Fix Society' In Tumblr Suicide Note

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK

Leelah Alcorn left a heartbreaking suicide note on her Tumblr blog before walking out onto a busy road. The 17-year-old scheduled the post to go li...

The Age of the Pre-Emptive Outing

Emma Flowers | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics
Emma Flowers

It is clear that Emily Brothers is not seeking to reap a dividend from her disclosure, by becoming a self-appointed spokesperson for the transgendered community; and, short of the entire trans community moving to Sutton and Cheam (and it is two places so we would fit comfortably) it is not likely to enhance her electoral chances. So, why do it?

Kellie 'Devastated' By Cancelled Gender Reassignment Surgery

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kellie Maloney has been left “devastated” by the news that she won’t be able to go ahead with her gender reassignment surgery, according to repo...

Kellie Confirms Gender Reassignment Surgery Date

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kellie Maloney has revealed that she is undergoing gender reassignment surgery at the beginning of next year. SEE MORE: Kellie Maloney Reveals Thr...

Introducing India's First Transgender News Anchor...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

On the eve of this year's Indian Independence day, the country made a huge leap towards transgender acknowledgment and acceptance when Padmini Prakash...

Ignored by the Media, Childless Women - and Jonathan Ross - Take to the Streets

Paula Coston | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

In my last two posts on this site, I lambasted the persistently patchy and unrepresentative UK press coverage of alternative womanhoods and 'their' issues and lifestyles: single women, women without children, older women, gay women, transgender women, and more.

My Transgender Transition: Support

Jayden Ray Billington | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayden Ray Billington

It is incredibly hard for me to fully come to terms with being transgender and to explain just how I feel but I am growing with each day to accept who I am and taking any steps necessary to get where I need to be physically and mentally. The road is long, and at times painful but support is more than definitely out there if you want or need it...

Viva La Bearded Diva!

Sam Fraser | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sam Fraser

And they said we'd reached 'peak beard'! While facial hair pundits were only recently predicting a swing back to clean-shaven faces, a gang of ambitious and creative chaps oiled their bristles assiduously, contemplating the opportunities to bring their politically charged chins to the world. On Saturday night they arrived.

My Transgender Transition: Coming Out to Family and Friends

Jayden Ray Billington | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayden Ray Billington

Coming out as trans to my friends and family was both the easiest and the hardest thing I have ever faced. I had touched upon the subject with two friends in a light hearted manner to see what their reaction would be a few months prior to 'coming out' but I was not ready to fully engage with them the depths of how I felt or how serious I truly was...

Belize Transgender Woman Stoned And Beaten By Mob

Dan Littauer | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

An 18 year-old transgender woman was attacked with stones and beaten by a mob on Tuesday evening in Belize City. The incident happened just after 6 pm. The young woman identifying as Vanessa Champagne Paris reported she was verbally attacked when a man spotted and shouted at her "why is a f*king faggot is walking this block."

Turkey's Transgender Community Finds New Voice

Jody Sabral | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Jody Sabral

While it seems Turkey's LGBT community have a long way to go to ensure legal recognition and protection, Michelle's new role in the media is a courageous new front in the fight for equality.

So What If Your Child May Be Gay? Get Over It

Daniel Warner | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

If I was to go and try and get my 'gayness' reversed it would probably open up a plethora of Pandora's boxes. There would be demons, there would be horror, there would be sin, lustfulness and an absolute shed load of glitter, feathers, fun and debauchery.

An Open Letter to Julie Burchill: You Do Not Speak for Me

Rachel Cunliffe | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Cunliffe

I will not question your right to call yourself a feminist. I have always believed that feminist is a label we should be able to choose for ourselves, and I have spent long hours arguing that anyone who believes in equal rights for women can consider themselves a feminist. Yes, that includes men, and transgender people. It even includes you.

Zimbabwe Trans Woman Detained and Stripped Naked for Using Female Restroom

Dan Littauer | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

Ricky Nathanson, has been detained by Zimbabwe's police, forced to strip naked and charged with "criminal nuisance" for using a female toilet at a city hotel. 48 year-old modeling agency director, Nathanson, from Bulawayo, was seized at the Palace Hotel on Thursday last week, by ZANU PF party youth leader Farai Mteliso who later handed her over to the police.

Kuwait Launches Crackdown on Trans Women for 'Imitating a Woman'

Dan Littauer | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

A transgender woman was arrested in a women's hair-saloon, after one of the clients became suspicious of her gender on Wednesday. Her arrest comes after a weeklong crackdown on transgender women in the gulf kingdom, which saw six other women arrested for "imitating the opposite sex".

Transgender Man First In Europe To Give Birth

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK

A transgender man who became the first in Europe to give birth to a baby, has been forced to petition for the right to be called the baby's father, co...

WATCH: Parents Argue Transgender Students Will 'Invade Privacy Of Others'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

Fears have been sparked that the decision to give transgender students a choice between toilets and sports teams may not last long, with parents launc...

Coming Out as Transgender at School or College

Catherine McNamara | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Catherine McNamara

If a person attending a single-sex girls school identifies as a transgender boy and wants their teachers and peers to treat them as the boy they feel themselves to be, what happens? What's their experience like, as they try to learn and achieve and create a future for themselves?

We Shouldn't Boycott Russia, We Should Help Its LGBT People

Kris van der Veen | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK
Kris van der Veen

So many projects in Russia, and in the rest of the world, are working to combat homo- and transphobia - in the Netherlands, Uganda, Nicaragua, the United States of America. But we don't boycott these places. We go. We ask where we can help and what we can do. We know emancipation comes with time. It will take years before there is equal marriage for all. It takes time, generations, to change peoples mind-set... Can we use the Olympics to help and support LGBTs in Russia? I say yes. Let's collaborate with all these clever, creative and struggling Russians who want to make a change.

Chelsea Manning, Transgender People and the Army

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Male-to-female transgender people may be seeking the most rugged, stereotypically male profession or job they can find. Driven by these psychological impulses, transgender people not only become career military officers, but experts report that they also frequently request the toughest most dangerous missions they can find, because of this deep need to exaggerate the hyper-masculine gender role...

Transphobia Is in the Dictionary

Claudia White | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia White

I could not be more proud of each and every person who signed my petition and made this possible. The first step in tackling a problem is identifying it, and that is what this petition is about: We have officially defined and identified transphobia. It's not about accepting that transphobia takes place, but about identifying that there is a problem and tackling it.