Transgender Issues

My Transgender Transition: Coming Out to Family and Friends

Jayden Ray Billington | Posted 14.04.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 20.03.2014 | 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 26.02.2014 | 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.

Let's Open Up Positive Debate on Transgender Issues - Not Peddle the Myths That Led to the Suicide of My Constituent Lucy Meadows

Graham Jones | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Graham Jones

There are between 65,000 and 300,000 transgender people in the UK, and everyone, including politicians, need to challenge the unthinking attitudes that often pervade about transgender people, and that begins by at least talking about them. In a small way, this could move the debate forward, put it on the political landscape and reframe the debate into something more positive.

Primary School Teacher Found Dead After Beginning New Term As Woman

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2013 | UK

A primary school teacher who began a new term as a woman after transitioning from male to female has been found dead. Pupils at St Mary Magdalen's ...

'Fight Against Hate And Discrimination'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK

Benetton's new global advert campaign features a disabled and Brazillian transgender model as part of a bid to "fight against hate and discrimination ...

Moore, Burchill and Those Opposed (aka Taking Offense)

Elizabeth Mizon | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Mizon

For anyone not yet acquainted with MooreBurchillTransGate (it's catchy!), a summary of the offense taken reads as follows: Throughout life, culminati...

The F Word - Feminism

Scottee | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scottee

Transphobic remarks from Julie Burchill in her Observer piece include talk about having nuts taken off because "its all most of them are fit to do", 'their relationship with their phantom limb" and various references to cutting things off and "expecting" privilege - I can't picture the situation in which the editor thought these were all reasonable, measured and insightful things to say...

It's Not the Size of Your Suffering; It's What You Do With It

B.J. Epstein | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
B.J. Epstein

The main concern here is that in a recent article in the Observer, Burchill suggests that transgender women don't have the right to talk about being women or to complain or to compare themselves to other women...

'Harry Styles Gives Me The Guts To Be Transgender'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle

A 20-year-old transgender student is modelling herself on One Direction star Harry Styles as she prepares for sex change surgery. With her floppy ...

Gender-Free UK Passports Being Considered

PA | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Sex-free British passports could be brought in to allow transgender people to opt out of identifying themselves as either male or...

First Transsexual Wedding In Cuba

Posted 13.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A man and a woman whose sex-change operation was paid for by the state tied the knot in a first-of-its-kind wedding for Cuba, a s...

CRB Checks and Trans Folk

Zoe O'Connell | Posted 14.09.2011 | UK
Zoe O'Connell

There were 298 applications for CRB checks that used the little-known "transgender applications process" last financial year. (April 2010 - March 2011) That sounds like quite a lot, but is it as many as we'd expect?