UK Transgender

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?

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 ...