UK Transgender

Pride And Joy: How I Changed My Mind About Becoming An LGBT Parent

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

Rachel and a long-standing gay male friend had joked for years about becoming parents together. Eventually, we plucked up our courage and asked him and his partner whether they'd consider embarking on parenthood with us - not as a joke, but for real.

Transgender Model Stars On French Vogue Cover For The First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Style

Vogue Paris has featured a transgender model on its cover for the first time in history. Starring Valentina Sampaio, the cover features a portrait sho...

EXPOSED: The Truth About Top Surgery

LJ Ferris | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Top surgery, and in fact almost all medical interventions for trans* people are spoken about with such rose tinted glasses, it's hard to find a story about the difficulties or sad times. Particularly the social aspect of transitioning and the impact of surgery on these things. So rather than a simple before and after I want to share with you journey of this.

I'm Not Ashamed Of Being Transsexual But I Wish My Orthodox Jewish Community Would Accept It

Beth Orens | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Beth Orens

I transitioned over 20 years ago. When I left, my ex took out a restraining order against me which forbade me to make any contact at all with my children until they turned 18. They were 3 and 1 when I left. It was probably the most painful experience I have ever endured.

Stop Defending God's Gender - They Don't Need One

Ellie Backhouse | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Ellie Backhouse

The latest efforts of some sections of the media to brand Oxford University a haven of over-zealous liberalism has forced Wycliffe Hall - a theologica...

Kicking The Kyriarchy Episode 08: Mental Health

Elena Guthrie | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Guthrie

We all have mental health and keeping well is a challenge. Many of the people closest to us have battles with theirs that we could never even imagine, but being an ally when we are able to, can help stop those feelings of darkness in others. We are so often much stronger than we think we are.

5 Things You Need To Know About The First Trans Person To Walk An Indian Catwalk

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Style

Trans models may slowly be more and more commonplace on catwalks and magazines in the UK and USA, but for many places around the world this is not the...

What Makes Me A Woman

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

One caller asked a question which, as a cisgender woman, I felt unqualified to answer. As such, I reached out to some members of the trans community who, I felt should be offered the opportunity to address the point.

Blaming Trans Identities On Autism Hurts Everyone

Jay Avery | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jay Avery

Those two approaches are not the only options, though. The best option is to allow someone to explore their feelings, support them in gaining self-understanding, and accept their identity whatever it turns out to be. It is not complicated, and it's only scary if you are still holding onto the belief that being either autistic or transgender - or, perish the thought, both - is a terrible thing to be. Which it's not. I am, along with countless others like me, living proof of that.

The Reality Of Non Existence

LJ Ferris | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

The reality of life as a non binary person is that of non-existence. That statement might seem dramatic, yet it is true. Certainly in some, if not all, areas of existence. The simple act of going to the toilet is one of deciding who you are; male... or female?

Why Children Today Are Lucky To Be Able To Voice Their Gender Dysphoria

Declan Henry | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Declan Henry

There has been quite a debate in the media recently about young children with gender identity issues. Many consider this an ethical matter, (children ...

Girlguiding To Welcome Transgender Children And Leaders Under Official New Guidelines

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

New guidelines from Girlguiding state that transgender children and leaders are welcome in the organisation in a move to support anyone who identifies...

'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.