UK Transgender

RCN Guidance On Treatment Of Trans Patients Welcomed

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

The lack of care experienced by members of the trans community is not exclusive to nurses and the points raised in the research shine a spotlight on the way in which the wider medical profession treats non gender conforming patients.

When The World Doesn't Know You Exist: Coming Out As Non-Binary

Vesper Hill | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vesper Hill

Hello, my name's Vesper. I'm a 31 year old non-binary person who's here today to tell you that gender is a much more beautifully complex thing than society would have you believe. That some people, such as myself, are neither male nor female but a different gender(s) entirely.

This Trans Teen Has Hit Back After Tesco Refused To Accept His ID

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A transgender man has spoken about his shock after a Tesco store refused to serve him tobacco because they didn’t believe his female ID belonged to ...

Open Letter To A Trans Girl And Her Loving Mum

Fox Fisher | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Fox Fisher

In a final court case yesterday, a seven-year-old child was removed from their mother's care because the child (born as a boy) had "lived life entirel...

Microaggressions - Not Micro But Definitely Aggresive

LJ Ferris | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

These seemingly small things slowly chip away at your self identity and self esteem. They undermine your identity, making you out to be not a "real" man/woman. They shake the foundations of who you are. Some off the cuff un-thought-of comments haven't just upset me but have made me questions my choices and the way I identify.

The Non-Binary Anorexic: Disordered Eating, Disordered Gender

Conor Penn | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

There are many complex circumstances, as there are for anybody who has experienced disordered eating. So, I decided to choose just one of what professionals might term 'the precipitating factors' that led to my illness, and my choice was gender identity.

Transgender Schoolgirl Threatened With Suspension For Wearing Female Clothes

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A transgender schoolgirl in Kent was forced to hire a solicitor after her school threatened to suspend her for wearing female clothes. Lily Madigan, ...

'Born In The Wrong Body' And Its Ableist Undertones

Owl | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The fact that trans people have to refer to themselves as 'wrong' or describe themselves as having a birth defect in order to gain acceptance makes me extremely uncomfortable. It puts the problem on trans bodies instead of focusing on power structures and the hierarchy established in our society that marginalises and medicalises certain types of bodies.

We Should Not Forget The Ones That Went Before

Stephanie Hirst | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Hirst

Now you might think that this is a bit over the top, but you have to realise that before the Internet, you couldn't just 'Google' stuff, giving you instant comfort that you were not alone. Back then there was literally no way of getting information about how someone like me was feeling.

Drowning Out Dysphoria With Self Care

LJ Ferris | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Body dysphoria is tough. It leaves you feeling flat and empty, or so full and overflowing with uncomfortable thorns in your side that you have no idea how to make sense of yourself. Imagine yourself, the gender you know you are, and looking down to see the body of another sex

Provision Of Trans Healthcare In Wales

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

The Gender Identity Clinics to which trans patients are referred, spend a relatively short time looking after people with gender health issues and their role is really one of assessment, diagnosis and developing a treatment plan.

Transgender Couple Make History With Baby's Birth

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Parents

A couple from South America have become the first transgender parents in the world to welcome their own biological child. Fernando Machado met Diane R...

Transparent, And Why Politics Is Anything But

Paul Marshall | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Yes, if there's a theme running throughout Transparent, it's that as humans - young or old, male or female - we're constantly trying to fit in and mostly we never quite manage to do so, which I guess is a truism the world over, no matter who you are; even an aspiring Prime Minister.

The One With The Transphobia

LJ Ferris | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Last week, over two days I experienced two separate acts of transphobia. It has taken me a while to process this and find the words to write about it. I could ignore it, I could move on and let it be, but I don't feel that I would be accurately describing life as a trans* person if I ignored the acts of hate or ignorance that become part of our daily lives.

Urban Outfitters Stopped This Transgender Person From Using A Dressing Room

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Style

An Urban Outfitters customer claims the fashion brand “misses the mark on gender non-binary acceptance”. Nicholas Gorham, an actor from New York, ...

Should LGBT-Exclusive Environments Exist?

Mitch Price | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mitch Price

For many young people, self-identifying themselves in an unfriendly atmosphere swirls them into a state of disarray. Places for them to go, meet similar people and to feel comfortable are still massively important. In schools and universities, LGBT clubs and societies exist as a good network. If you are gay and don't enjoy going to gay clubs, it can be really hard to meet other gay people...

Jack Monroe On Coming Out As A Non-Binary Transgender To Their 6-Year-Old Son

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents

For Jack Monroe coming out to your child as non-binary transgender is more simple than people think. “My son knows that mum is like a girl sometimes...

Time For A Different Approach

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

Clearly, the specialist provision available via the NHS is insufficient, and patients, many of whom are desperate for help, support and treatment, are stuck between a rock and a hard place - it seems to be a case of put up or shut up.

Careless Journalism Costs Trans Lives

Stuart Lorimer | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK
Stuart Lorimer

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.

'Transgender Ken Doll' Cake Receives Overwhelming Support, After Haters Criticise Bakery

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A bakery has received an outpouring of support after their transgender Ken doll cake received hate messages online. Freeport Bakery, which is based in...

Transgender Cruise Offers 'Safe And Relaxed' Holiday Environment For Trans Community

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An LGBT travel company has announced the UK’s first transgender ‘celebration’ cruise, where members of the trans community can holiday with frie...

Why Nike's Advert Isn't A Step Forward For Trans* Rights

LJ Ferris | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

People have touted this as a huge step forward for trans* visibility, for breaking barriers and challenging assumptions on gender. However, all it does is serve to put trans* people in the spotlight while reinforcing the age old narrative that trans people are not "real" men or women.

Train Company's Perfect Response To Passenger Complaining About A 'Guy Wearing A Dress'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK

A train operating company had the perfect response to a passenger who complained about a “guy” sitting opposite him “wearing stockings and a dre...

The Transgender Umbrella: Not a Mental Health Issue

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

Research such as this gives hope to all those people with gender variance, it legitimises their condition, helps both the patient and those around them to realise and accept that they are not mentally ill. Declassification by the WHO would represent a huge victory for the transgender community.

Sex Does Not Define How Well a Role Is Played or a Story Told - We Need More Gender Neutral Casting

Anna Martine | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anna Martine

My hope is that the future of theatre is emancipated from these limitations, that gender stops being used to define who we are or what we are capable of. In our lives we empathise and connect on a human level, beyond race class age and gender - shouldn't the arts reflect that too?