UK Transgender

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.

Caitlyn Jenner Reflects On Life Before Coming Out As Transgender

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

A year on from the big reveal of her already-iconic Vanity Fair cover shoot, Caitlyn Jenner has opened up about her life as one of the most high-profi...

Caitlyn Jenner Lifts The Lid On Married Life With Kris

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

Caitlyn Jenner has described the end of her marriage to ex-wife, Kris, revealing certain rules were in place related to what she describes as her “g...

The Right to Unbiased Healthcare

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

A recent report from the Women and Equalities Commission revealed that for members of the transgender community, the significant discrimination they face in day-to-day life does not always stop when they step into the consultation room.

Bathrooms - Our Space, Their Space

Juno Roche | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Juno Roche

As a trans woman I had many years of having to use the 'wrong' toilet facility and it was terrifying. I always felt exposed, vulnerable, like something dangerous could happen. I didn't want to see men peeing or hear men's' conversations, my friends went into the women's and I prayed for an empty men's bathroom.

Report from North Carolina on the HB2 Bathroom Bill

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

Echoing history, this month the US Attorney General filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina alleging that HB2, which requires indi...

You Could Be Asked About Your Sexuality And Gender Identity In The Next Census

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

People could be asked about their sexuality and gender identity in the next national census, it has been revealed. After a public consultation on the ...

Transgender Opinion: Coming Out to Family

Stuart Lorimer | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Lorimer

There is no Perfect Time. This means that those with a tendency to procrastinate (and, as a supreme procrastinator myself, I can understand this) can find reasons to put it off indefinitely. If you're repeatedly telling yourself the time isn't right, a little self-examination may be in order.

Waiting for the 'Click': The Battle to Be Heard as Who We Are

Matthew Mills | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Mills

The battle to have the voice we think we should have is something many trans and non-binary clients I work with are grappling with on a daily basis. Some find a comfortable place quickly and absorb voice exercises and skills easily; others are clear they are happy with their voices as they are; some take a bit of time to leave old habits behind and find new ones which feel true and sound authentic.

Transgender and Faith

Jonathan Romain | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It has been astonishing how quickly the transgender issue has leapt from obscurity to centre-stage in public conversation. And now Barack Obama has given Presidential profile to it by advising schools to let transgender children choose which category of toilet they wish to use...

US Progresses on Trans Rights While the UK Falls Behind

Aimee Challenor | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aimee Challenor

I hope that Nicky Morgan will publish the Government's response soon, Transphobia is not inevitable, nor is it unbeatable, we need our legal rights. We need to continue working with trans activists and allies to continue the fight for real equality.

Safe Spaces Are Not About Political Correctness - They're About Dealing With People Who Tell You What to Think

Gus Cairns | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK
Gus Cairns

You should realise when you are riding roughshod over someone's pain and should f*****g shut up and listen a bit if you actually want people to engage with your point of view, and maybe agree to disagree. Instead of feeling they have to run away, or block their ears and go la-la-la. Or no-platform you, which is the institutional equivalent.

Transgender Models 'Snubbed' In Spring 2016 Ad Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Style

The Spring 2016 diversity report is in and the statistics are pretty depressing. According to the report compiled by The Fashion Spot, transgender mod...

"Let's Ditch the Labels": The Up-To-Date Resonances of the 150-Year-Old Cross-Dressed Inspiration Behind My New Theatre Piece

Neil Bartlett | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Neil Bartlett

Nowadays, of course, we'd all want to know if Stella was "really" trans rather than drag; we, in our way, are just as keen to categorise anyone who strays outside of their allotted gender role as the Victorians were. Stella's mother told the gentlemen of the jury about how the school-age Ernest liked to dress up as the family chambermaid...