UK Transgender

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?

Hormone Blockers and Trans Children

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

Those who oppose the prescription of hormone blockers argue that there is not enough medical evidence to say that early intervention is right. I would argue, based on feedback from the trans men and women that I speak to on a daily basis, that there is not enough evidence to say that it is wrong. I would also add that doing nothing is not the neutral option.

Food For Thought: The Future is an 8-Course Tasting Menu

Sophie Tanner | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Tanner

Cultural norms are shifting and, in this new era of longevity, people are breaking the traditional moulds that have previously defined status. Cultural commentator and co-founder of the Women's Equality Party, Catherine Mayer, says life-extension and life-enhancing technologies like the ability to freeze eggs are leading to an age of 'amortality',

Specialist Clinics and the Trans Community

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

I am a gender specialist and NHS GP. I set up earlier this year to provide free advice to trans adults and parents of children suffering with gender identity disorder, seeking medical support. The service, which also offers private care to those who want it, was set up after I came to the realisation that the situation for many patients suffering with gender identity disorder in the UK, was dire.

Why It Doesn't Matter What's in Your Pants

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

I don't care what's in your pants. Or what it looks like. We all come in glorious shapes and sizes, and I'm delighted that the government has decided to get on board and reach out to those who can't see themselves in the narrow tick-boxes we assign to life.

The Government's Response to the Trans Inquiry Is Shameful - Our Community Deserves Better

Aimee Challenor | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Aimee Challenor

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 Story of How I Got My Vagina

Ugla Stefanía (Owl) | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ugla Stefanía (Owl)

As expected after big surgeries, there are a lot of bandages. My bandages were more in the form of some weird-ass celibacy plaster cast that I could literally knock on. Eventually they had to come off though, which was as horrifying as you might imagine. When they took them off I also realized that they had been SEWN to me in two places.

Private vs NHS Treatment - The Conflict for Trans Patients

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

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.

Triathlete Chris Mosier Makes History As First Trans Person In ESPN's 'Body Issue'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

ESPN's 'Body Issue' has long been a celebration of strong, athletic bodies, but this year it's even more special. The 2016 edition will be the first t...

Pakistani Clerics Declare Transgender Marriages Legal In Islam

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK

Fifty clerics in Pakistan have declared marriage between transgender individuals as permissible in Islam. The group also said transgender people are e...

Demystifying Trans Care - WPATH 2016

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

Last weekend saw some of the leading figures in the world of transgender healthcare come together in Amsterdam for the 2016 WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) symposium.

A Worrying Amount Of LGBT+ People Still Feel The Need To Hide Their Sexuality

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Almost three quarters (74%) of LGBT+ people in the UK still feel the need to lie about their sexuality or gender identity, new research suggests. The ...

A Note to Comedians Worried That 'PC Culture' Means They 'Can't Say Anything Anymore'

Daniel Welsh | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Welsh

If your comedy is so weak that you need to rely on slurs, derisions and out-dated tropes to get a laugh out of the lowest common denominator, then I don't know what to tell you, other than you clearly need to buck your ideas up.

Harry Benjamin MD - The Forefather of Transgender Care

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

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 Absurdity of Blood Donation Restrictions for Gay Men After the Orlando Shooting

Sophie McNaughton | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie McNaughton

As we come to terms with the tragic loss of life and continue to express our solidarity and support with the victims of the Orlando shooting in the face of mindless homophobia and terrorism, these discriminatory rules are being brought into question and scrutinised under the public spotlight now more than ever before, as we ask ourselves: what is the real reason why a monogamous gay man cannot give blood while a heterosexual man with an indeterminate number of sexual partners would be welcome to donate?

Amelia Gapin Becomes First Trans Woman To Appear On Cover Of Women's Running Magazine

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Runner Amelia Gapin has appeared on the cover of Women's Running magazine - in what is a world first for the transgender community. Gapin, 33, is a co...

'Finding Dory' To Feature Disney's First Trans Character

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

‘Finding Dory’ actress Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that the new film will feature Disney’s first trans character. Ellen, who voices the lead ch...

Gender - Are We Born or Made?

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

Contrary to popular belief, transgender people weren't born in the wrong body, they weren't misgendered, they don't want to change sex, they haven't got some altered ego - they, like everyone else, were born with a gender that was set at conception. However, this gender was different to the one with which they were labelled at birth.

This Trans Teen Used Facebook To Announce His New Identity To The World

Press Association | George Bowden | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A teenage boy announced he was transgender via a poignant Facebook post – which subsequently went viral. Born a girl named Elysia, known as Ellie, E...

The Orlando Shootings Were Homophobic Terrorism, Whether You Like to Admit That or Not

Stephen Donnan | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Stephen Donnan

Omar Mateen walked into a gay nightclub and opened fire on the patrons inside there. His actions, whether you want to admit it or not, are homophobic and anti-LGBT in their scope... We won't allow this to be reduced to a terrorist attack against 'the wider community' because it wasn't.

I'm Gay, Not Queer

Anna Tippett | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Politics
Anna Tippett

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.