UK Transgender

'Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?' An Ally's Response

Paul Desson-Baxter | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Desson-Baxter

I write this piece not to overspeak or cisplain the horrific attack on the Trans+ community which just occurred, but in the hopes that by sharing my experience it may amplify the many trans voices screaming against the dark, so that those who attempt to deny their voice will know that they are supported by the rest of the LGBT+ community.

I Came Out Young - Trans Youth Need Support, Not Flagrant Attacks

Aimee Challenor | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Aimee Challenor

Trans people, including trans young people, don't want to face abuse, we don't want to have our identities questioned on national media, so why on earth do people still believe we "choose" to be trans? Why would anyone choose to go through all this? What we need is support. We need allies, we need our human rights to be respected.

Creating Trans Content? Don't Forget Trans People!

Fox Fisher | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Fox Fisher

What these films usually have in common is a lack of understanding towards trans issues, where harmful and misleading stereotypes about trans people are enforced. Not surprisingly, trans people are tired of being the subject of ridicule, disgust or are shown for the shock effect value and usually don't involve an actual trans person playing the role.

Why Jenny Swift's Death Is A Tale Of Our Times...

LJ Ferris | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics
LJ Ferris

In a country where a trans* woman is jailed with men, we are not living in a country where trans* identities are considered equal or valuable. It may seem incidental, an accident, something you see in passing in the newspaper, but the story of Jenny Swift's death is a tale of how invisible trans* people are and how much work there is still to be done.

I Want To Start A Conversation With No Conclusion - So Everyone Feels Included

CJ Atkinson | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK
CJ Atkinson

2016, aside from being the year when your favourite celebrity died, has been a seminal year for those who identify as "other" when it comes to the question of gender. Thanks to high profile stars and activists, from Laverne Cox and Janet Mock to Ruby Rose and Miley Cyrus, we now have the chance for young people to be aware that gender - the great societal binary - isn't so binary at all. In fact, like most things in life, gender operates as a spectrum and everybody's identity is valid without denying anybody else's.

New Year, New You?

LJ Ferris | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Instead the new year will bring a different kind of new me. I will fashion a new me from actions and words, a new form sewn out of relationships and strengthened with self confidence. I will endeavor to look in the mirror and like what I see, or find something each day to like. I will try my best to love more, to love stronger, to be kinder.

Three People Sit In A Dark Studio, Drinking Port, And Talking About What They Call Their Genitals...

Leah Green | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Leah Green

This is Token, the podcast I present with my colleague Freddy McConnel. We just recorded our Christmas special, with guest Mona Chalabi from the Guardian video series Vagina Dispatches. I am a mixed race, Jewish, northern woman, and Fred is a trans, queer white guy from down south. So between us we have a fair bit of experience of being tokens! Normally the episodes focus on gender, identity, race and culture, but this episode was strictly vag.

Can We Put An Age Limit On Being Transgender?

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

Instead of only considering what happens if we treat the child and then that child changes their mind years down the line, must we not also consider what happens if we refuse to treat that child?What happens to the MTF child who is told she must go through a male puberty before she will be taken seriously?

Mum Shares Pride As Daughter Becomes National Geographic's First Transgender Cover Star

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Parents

A mum has spoken of her pride as her nine-year-old daughter became the first ever transgender person to star on the cover of ‘National Geographic’...

How Society Is Failing Transgender Children - A Response

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

I would welcome participation in a safely hosted debate, let the community join in. Let us hear first hand from those who are going through this experience. Let us ask the questions, lift the veil, hear from the experts, listen to what it actually feels like to be gender non-conforming...

How I Became Britain's First Trans Reporter, Got A Hug From Priscilla Presley And Caused An International Leg-Shaving Incident

India Willoughby | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
India Willoughby

Not so long ago I was living on social security, worrying if I had enough money left to buy enough food to see me through the week. A few months later I'm rubbing shouders with rock 'n' roll royalty, making headlines around the globe for simply doing my job and now have over 60,000 followers on Twitter. Bizarre - and all because I got a birth defect sorted out.

Sadiq Khan Could Bring In 'Gender Neutral' TfL Announcements After Staff Mock Trans Woman

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed Transport for London (TfL) looks set to scrap the “ladies and gentlemen” Tube and bus announcements after a t...

"Boylesque": Gender Construction And Neo-Burlesque Striptease

Barbara Brownie | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Barbara Brownie

In the postmodern world, in which we are no longer defined by binary definitions, femininity has become a complex proposition. Gender boundaries have been blurred, traditional ideas about masculinity and femininity have been shown to be artificially constructed.

European Diversity Awards Honour Charity For Supporting Transgender Children

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK

The only national charity offering support to transgender children in the UK has been honoured at the European Diversity Awards. Mermaids, which helps...

Get Ready! Parliament Debates Transgender Equality

Rebecca Fox | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Fox

OK, so you're not an MP but you do have an MP. Do you believe transgender equality is important? Then now is the time to make a difference.

Awareness Doesn't Bring Change (A Call To Arms)

LJ Ferris | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

The 295 (at least) trans* people who were murdered this year alone were sons, daughters, siblings, friends, parents, students, teachers, lovers. They brought light to the dark places they stepped and their presence raised awareness. But they were deemed to be "other", to be "wrong", to be inferior and for that they were killed.

Kids On The Edge: Inside Britain’s Only NHS-Funded Gender Clinic For Children

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK

The first question that’s asked, before we’re even born, tends to be “is it a boy or girl?”, but for an increasing number of children, the ans...

My Film On Child Mental Health Was Deemed Too Dark. Tonight It Airs On Channel 4

Liesel Evans | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Liesel Evans

Children who live with mental health and identity issues are often overlooked by the system and with the stringent cuts of recent years and increased numbers of referrals, they've never needed to be heard more than they do today.

Tinder Launches Trans-Inclusive Update To 'Allow Users To Be Themselves'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Tinder has launched a new transgender-inclusive feature which allows users to add information about their gender identity. Instead of being restricted...

People Say 'I'm A Man Now' - But I've Always Just Been Me

Lewis Hancox | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Hancox

bmm banner.jpg Lewis Hancox is a comedy writer, actor and YouTuber. Born female, Lewis transitioned as a teenager. As part of The Huffington Post UK's Building Modern Men series, Lewis vlogs on his journey, what 'being a man' means to him and why, in his words, "I've not gone from being a woman to man. I've just always been me."

Let's Call An End To The 84% Myth

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

I wanted to take this opportunity to demonstrate why this is a flawed and inaccurate statistic, which should no longer be used as a proof point in the argument against treating children with gender variance.

The Sad Truth

Fox Fisher | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Fox Fisher

This is something people need to realise: people no longer feel safe. They fear for their lives. They fear that their rights will be taken away and they fear more discrimination, harassment and violence.

There Are More Things In Heaven And Earth...

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

One voice which appears to have been lost in this narrative is that of the child. Statistics show that nearly half of all gender variant children attempt suicide (there are no official figures for the greater number who self harm).

Trans Youth Week With My Genderation

Fox Fisher | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Fox Fisher

In the last few years, trans people and activists have achieved tremendous amounts of awareness and made incredible process in a short amount of time. As we progress, our community expands in all it's diversity and complexity with a range of identities and intersectionality

How To Love A Trans* Person

LJ Ferris | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

The problem is this... too often trans* people are reduced to their genitals and that sexuality is fixed not fluid. But those statements aren't true. Gender is not equal to genitals, and sexuality is fluid. So really, loving a trans* person is as simple as falling in love.