We need to change hearts and minds but we need to counter ignorance and misinformation
Jane Williams is a writer on gender politics and sex positive feminism. She is also a therapeutic counsellor working to improve the lives of those with a HIV+ diagnosis. She grew up the daughter of a strong political and literary mother who first inspired her to write. You can read her yet more of her writing at: http://retrobassgirl.blogspot.co.uk
Trans invisibility allows others to pretend there is bland homogeneity and that diversity in sex or gender is deviance
30/03/2018 17:57 BST
She championed transgender rights in an era when even the gay community turned its back on us
26/02/2018 11:30 GMT
To divide one group of women from another appears to strike at the very foundations of feminism. Is that what we want?
05/02/2018 16:53 GMT
‘Big deal’; is this a momentous and consequential event or am I just being ironic? I’ve heard both in response to Giuliana
13/01/2018 18:32 GMT
Eight months ago, my cat Star died unexpectedly. The unexpected grief I felt was devastating. His death came as everything else in my life began to come right. He had arrived 11 years earlier when it was all going wrong. A beautiful cat, he came to live with me and my daughter at really difficult time for us both.
27/10/2017 13:36 BST
Belatedly now I'm speaking out, fortunately from a better place in life. I'm married to a really understanding guy. I run my own business and I'm positive about my gender identity and sexual expression. When I was a girl I had no inspirational stories to read that helped me understand who I was.
17/10/2017 13:38 BST
I am trans, I'm also an ambitious and well educated woman with a higher degree. However, like many trans women post transition, I've found that barriers to working as a professional abound. My mother, a feminist, politician and writer taught me to aspire to be the best I could possibly be. Consequently I trained as an educator, working in universities, colleges and schools.
11/08/2017 14:07 BST
The UK Advertising Standards Agency announced recently that it would be taking a tougher line on gender stereotyping. I applaud that. It has been a long time coming. For the Trans community however gender stereotyping is something else. We grow up battling one set of stereotypes but are often accused of pandering to another.
21/07/2017 12:04 BST
If I have to look in my husband's wardrobe for his shirt (rarely - why do men chuck their clothes on the furniture or the floor?), I find another woman's clothes there. There's no huge cause for alarm, they belong to his other half, the third 'half' that isn't me. My partner is bi-gender - she is occasionally my wife, mainly my husband.
07/07/2017 15:00 BST
Living on a canal barge I'm aware that 'pound' has two meanings, not only currency but also a stretch of canal between two locks. I'm a Trans woman. My home isn't on dry land, it floats. Its location, New Islington Marina, is close to Manchester's city centre and home not only to myself and husband, but also thirty seven other families.
30/06/2017 10:26 BST
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