UK Transgender

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.

BBC Accused Of 'Encouraging Children To Change Their Gender' Over CBBC's Just A Girl

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK

It is not the BBC’s place to show children programmes which “normalise, trivialise and glamourise” transgender issues, the co-editor of the Cons...

Mail On Sunday Faces Backlash Over CBBC Transgender Programme Story

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK

The Mail on Sunday has sparked a huge backlash with its front page story on a CBBC programme about a transgender child. The story, headlined “Fury a...

RCN Guidance On Treatment Of Trans Patients Welcomed

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Dr Helen Webberley

The lack of care experienced by members of the trans community is not exclusive to nurses and the points raised in the research shine a spotlight on the way in which the wider medical profession treats non gender conforming patients.

When The World Doesn't Know You Exist: Coming Out As Non-Binary

Vesper Hill | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vesper Hill

Hello, my name's Vesper. I'm a 31 year old non-binary person who's here today to tell you that gender is a much more beautifully complex thing than society would have you believe. That some people, such as myself, are neither male nor female but a different gender(s) entirely.

This Trans Teen Has Hit Back After Tesco Refused To Accept His ID

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A transgender man has spoken about his shock after a Tesco store refused to serve him tobacco because they didn’t believe his female ID belonged to ...

Open Letter To A Trans Girl And Her Loving Mum

Fox Fisher | Posted 22.10.2016 | UK
Fox Fisher

In a final court case yesterday, a seven-year-old child was removed from their mother's care because the child (born as a boy) had "lived life entirel...

Microaggressions - Not Micro But Definitely Aggresive

LJ Ferris | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

These seemingly small things slowly chip away at your self identity and self esteem. They undermine your identity, making you out to be not a "real" man/woman. They shake the foundations of who you are. Some off the cuff un-thought-of comments haven't just upset me but have made me questions my choices and the way I identify.

The Non-Binary Anorexic: Disordered Eating, Disordered Gender

Conor Penn | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

There are many complex circumstances, as there are for anybody who has experienced disordered eating. So, I decided to choose just one of what professionals might term 'the precipitating factors' that led to my illness, and my choice was gender identity.

Transgender Schoolgirl Threatened With Suspension For Wearing Female Clothes

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A transgender schoolgirl in Kent was forced to hire a solicitor after her school threatened to suspend her for wearing female clothes. Lily Madigan, ...

'Born In The Wrong Body' And Its Ableist Undertones

Owl | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The fact that trans people have to refer to themselves as 'wrong' or describe themselves as having a birth defect in order to gain acceptance makes me extremely uncomfortable. It puts the problem on trans bodies instead of focusing on power structures and the hierarchy established in our society that marginalises and medicalises certain types of bodies.

We Should Not Forget The Ones That Went Before

Stephanie Hirst | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Hirst

Now you might think that this is a bit over the top, but you have to realise that before the Internet, you couldn't just 'Google' stuff, giving you instant comfort that you were not alone. Back then there was literally no way of getting information about how someone like me was feeling.

Drowning Out Dysphoria With Self Care

LJ Ferris | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Body dysphoria is tough. It leaves you feeling flat and empty, or so full and overflowing with uncomfortable thorns in your side that you have no idea how to make sense of yourself. Imagine yourself, the gender you know you are, and looking down to see the body of another sex

Provision Of Trans Healthcare In Wales

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

The Gender Identity Clinics to which trans patients are referred, spend a relatively short time looking after people with gender health issues and their role is really one of assessment, diagnosis and developing a treatment plan.