I am writing this article on the eve of Laurel Hubbard becoming the first ever Transgender Women to compete in an Olympics Games - a truly historical event. And if she somehow defies all the odds and wins the Women’s weightlifting +87kg Gold she will be crucified by the UK media and on social media ........more
Controversial MP’s are nothing new. Enoch Powell, Michael Foot, Michael Heseltine, to name just three of many. But perhaps just now, one MP is making the headlines without being at the centre of politics - Rosie Duffield. To some extent, I feel sorry for MP’s and the terf debate.........more
Dear GMC, Do you have a hero? I mean someone you admire - that you personally look up to as the epitome of mankind?
I must admit I have two heroes. Alan Turing - who else? That gay guy who is now credited to have saved tens of thousands of lives because of his genius - but at the time was ridiculed, hounded from his job and subsequently committed suicide. And my other hero? Well, she stands before you today.......
As we celebrate the start of another Olympic Games, currently available on the BBC iPlayer you can enjoy watching ‘Gold Rush: Our Race to Olympic Glory’ – this three part ‘sporting revelation’ documentary plots the incredible quest for British Olympic Medal Glory culminating in the 2012 London Olympics.......more
Without question, one of the biggest problems in life is getting information and news out to society. The media outlets have their own agendas on what to print or say. Regarding trans affairs, we know that The Times, Spectator, Telegraph and to a lesser degree, the Daily Mail & Guardian will invariably print anti-trans stories....more
Dear "trans widows", You have made a lot of noise, yes on Twitter, in the Daily Telegraph and elsewhere in the media. You even got an invite to give evidence to the Womens and Equalities Select Committee about (shock horror) your hubby becoming trans. I noticed none of ................more
Three days ago, July 3rd, Chester Women's Aid made a statement supporting trans women - only to then be on the receiving end of yet another Gender Critical pile - on. Much of the GC comment revolved around the fact that trans women are not murdered at the same rate as those privileged to be natal females...............more
Precisely two years ago today, 2nd of July 2019, I had my 'Orchie' - my maleness mutilated by the surgeon's knife. It remains the best day of my life. My story on this website describes the day, saying:..........more
“Why should a Cisgender Women lose her place in the Olympic team to a Transgender Women?” - This is now the all too familiar ‘Critical Gender’ war-cry we hear anytime there is mention of the inclusion of Laurel Hubbard in the New Zealand Olympics team, and for me there are two reasons why this statement is now becoming more widely used in the campaign against Laurel ...........more
Phobia. It is a word that is often misinterpreted, yes used on its own, it means an 'irrational fear of or aversion' - but I am talking 'Transphobia'. Note that it is all one word, no hyphen, not two separate words, just one word. So what is the true definition of Transphobia?...more
Well, it certainly throws up some surprises sometimes. For sure, as a trans rights activist and indeed for the gender-critical ones, it is invariably a roundabout of the same regurgitated rhetoric and ....................more
Six years ago today, I was at the bedside of my wife, hoping beyond hope that she would pull through major surgery called a Whipple's Procedure. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a few weeks earlier and was told that this surgery, plus chemotherapy, was her only chance....more
This week has seen two historical LGBT firsts in Sport, but both are receiving completely opposing reactions. Today it was announced in America that Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has become the first active NFL player to come out as gay. The vast majority of the reaction has been incredibly supportive and quite rightly full of praise ........more
So in this quick blog piece, I am writing about the basics. I am not writing to point out how unfair sport has been to trans people in the past. I am not even making a massive point about there has not been a single trans athlete in the last EIGHT Olympics................more
Following the Maya Forstater appeal and the ruling delivered by Judge Justice Choudhury, plus the subsequent clarification from the Equalities and Human Rights Committee Chair Baroness Falkner at the recent Women and Equalities Committee meeting, it has been legally established that the law protects the freedom of belief, but it does not permit discrimination.........more
Following on from the ruling regarding the Maya Forstater appeal, the vitriolic Gender Critical flag-waving was abruptly halted in its tracks and swiftly replaced by a quite staggering complete loss of a grip on reality! Having expected to bathe in a wave of glory, she read through all the media reporting of her ‘victory’ and was clearly devastated to find they had all quoted the same Judge’s comment, prompting her to tweet as follows:...more
About one year ago, I became a trans rights activist, then aged 68, I guess it is very fair to say I was very late to the party, but things happen for a reason. Three people inspired me. My very closest friend Laura is an LGBT+ ally. No, I lie; she is more than an ally and friend. She is my "adopted daughter" and just about the most inspirational human being I have ever met......
And so today we received the ruling to the appeal by Maya Forstater, which to be honest, surprised no one following the intervention of the EHRC.
So below we have set out for you ALL the key points taken from the todays ruling ..........more
It is funny how we all remember some conversations - "Oh, he was terrible", said a very high profile, gender-critical person to me once. She was referring to Stephen Wood, also known as David Thompson and more infamously as one Karen White....more
Sex is immutable is a regular cry from the gender crits. You cant change sex! Well, legally, we can - the Gender Recognition Act tells us precisely that. This somewhat annoys the gender crits (actually, I suspect they are seething), but facts are facts, and come to that, my driving licence certainly.................more
On Tuesday, Liz Truss gave evidence to the Woman and Equalities Committee in what can only be described as a 'fidgety' performance. No doubt nervous of the evidence given the previous week, which heavily criticised her, she looked from the very start as she wanted to go to the loo!...more
Yesterday Liz Truss gave evidence to the Women’s and Equalities Committee .........more
Very recently, I asked the trans community this question via a Twitter poll: Before you admitted to yourself you were trans - did you try and "man -up." 81 people replied, and the options and results were as follows..........more
If you live in the South West of England and are waiting for an appointment at The Laurels or wish to complain to your MP in general about trans/GNC healthcare, we have put together a draft letter for you which can then be simply emailed to them via the "Write To Them" website.......more
by Co-Editor Claire
There’s a pretty famous old sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus known as “Trouble at Mill” or “The Spanish Inquisition”.
In it, a mill worker in Yorkshire enters a lavish room and tries to explain (in an almost unintelligible Yorkshire accent) what the “trouble at mill” is to a clueless and largely uninterested owner’s wife, only to be interrupted and completely derailed by The Spanish Inquisition.
Yesterday saw an article from Rachel Cooke centred on David Bell, formerly of Tavistock and Portman NHS. David Bell was the "whistleblower" who informed all & sundry that "Tavi", as we tend to call it, was not fit for purpose....more
In the past few days, it has been leaked that the government intends to reduce the cost to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate from £140 down to under £10. The question is why?...more
Sex, not gender - it rolls off the tongue quite easily, dont it? Somehow it dont work so well the other way round - gender, not sex....more
Under Attack. Any LGBT+ person or true feminist activist interested in protecting the rights of trans and gay people together with the rights of abortion must surely be starting to become aware that those rights are under attack in the UK.
So if you thought I had disappeared from the face of the earth - you would be wrong - I have been working - honest!
I was working on probably my most comprehensive and challenging article yet - trans people in sport. From a zero-knowledge base, I have researched and read. Found people and talked to them and started on occasions at 4:00 AM..........more
Yay! Another easy blog today. I love Twitter and all my followers because they are starting to write my blog for me! I have noticed over time how much weaker I have become. I really struggle to take the rubbish out, cant plank.........more
It was Sunday, and I had just made a public comment on Twitter to a follower about an infamous gender-critical (terf) woman obsessed with attacking transgender people. She likes to refer to the phrase transgender ideology..........more
Twitter is renowned as a chamber of hate, and for sure, some people can only take the self-imposed stress for short periods. Many good folks, with the best of intentions, are driven from it altogether - more recently Munroe Bergdorf....more
I am proud to be a member of the Labour Party but am very aware of issues of transphobia in the party. The new group Labour Trans Equality has issued a consultation document defining transphobia in the Labour Party. So my blog today is really easy. To ensure as many members see it as possible I am happy to platform it today....more
I wanted to know at what age people started to experience gender dysphoria so activated a Twitter poll. Here are the results:...more
Being a trans rights activist isn't exactly straightforward. Being a trans rights activist and a writer is more challenging still. Morally I have to write what I see as accurate and defend, which often puts me at odds with other peoples views................more
I was recently asked by a cis person (someone who is not transgender), what I classified as the three most important trans inequalities? So I thought it might be a good subject for my blog today....more
Just three weeks ago came the announcement that some trans folk within the Labour Party had formed a new group to combat transphobia within the party and drive forward the trans cause in general. Named 'Labour Trans Equality' (LTE), the sponsors - all established names within Labour politics...more
Yesterday 21st of April 2021, we witnessed evidence being given to the Women and Equalities Select Committee in regard to GRA reform by three organisations considered by many as hate groups of trans people...more
My Trans and Sports article continues to draw lots of page hits, and more recently, I was asked to do a piece for a trans organisation. So after a Zoom with some members, the article was duly written but what struck me was how fair they wanted to be. They had a policy .......more
Anyone following my blog will know that I dont do it every day and only rarely blog on two subjects in one blog. But records are made to be broken, and today, amazingly I am writing briefly on three issues that reared up yesterday - "Interesting Sunday"....more
Debbie Hayton is no stranger to controversy, and of late, her articles have appeared to be become more regular, especially in the right-wing press. The Spectator for one, together with The Times, National Review, and many other magazines or newspapers...........more
It took me until the age of 37 to discover I was transgender and begin living as the man I realized I had always been. It wasn’t that l didn’t know that there was something different about me, I just didn’t have the words to explain what that something different was....more
I am repelled by domestic violence. When two people say they will love each other in sickness and health or live together, it obviously does not give one partner a licence to beat the shit out of the other....more
Any trans person who has lived through the last four years or so must like me have wondered what is going on. Suddenly everything 'kicked off.' We can look back and pinpoint when it all started - when Self-id was mooted as the answer to GRA reform. New anti-trans organisations emerged like Woman's Place UK (WPUK), Fair Play for Women and more recently, Labour Women's Declaration (LWD)..........more
Time changes opinions. In 1895 about 180 years after his death, a statue to Edward Colson was erected in Bristol. He was a massive benefactor to the city of his birth, founding almshouses, donating money to schools, churches and hospitals....more
I have just been going through some of the responses to the Women & Equalities Committee Call for evidence concerning the Gender Recognition Act reform. As we can all anticipate, they fall into two distinct camps. You can see them by clicking ...........more
As many followers are aware one of my passionate "hates" is the term 'trans ideology' also known as 'gender ideology.' It is a phrase that was invented by the Catholic church and taken on board by transphobes (such as Ryan T Anderson) , the right-wing press and some alleged...more
One of my passions in life is music and singing. I sang as a child in a choir but accidentally fell back in love with it after working with a voice coach feminising my voice....more
Heck - it is International Transgender Day of Visibility - it is 04:36 in the morning, and I am blogging. I decided I had to do something a bit special for today, but time is always tight, and in just two days, my most extensive article ever gets published. It involves the thorny subject of Trans people and Crime,...more
From time to time, we all look in the mirror. We look at ourselves and say, "what have I done wrong - what should I change." Usually, it is after some significant event, some crisis in our lives. But, now and again, it can be just small things that pull us up with a jolt....more
If we still push for a GRA reform that is more humane & compassionate for trans, in exactly what way would this impact on women’s rights?...more
Southampton is perhaps one of the most famous cities in the UK. These days, it is one of the country's largest ports, and until the covid pandemic hit, was one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world. Carlton Cresent is perhaps one of its "poshest" historical streets, and these days the buildings are frequented by mainly expensive solicitors and up-market property companies....more
Last night I was in conversation on Twitter with two of my closest Twitter followers - both lovely women who I have talked to on the phone, neither transgender. We were discussing if sex should be recorded on a birth certificate....more
Well. My "Trans and Crime" story was published on Friday at 9:30 am, and what a response! I say "my," but that is not really true. The article was very much a team effort that started some four months ago with a "tip-off" from a gender-crit (called "X" from here on) that what Stephen Wood, aka Karen White..........more
I am still trying to get my head around what makes the Gender-Critical (GC) tick. They really do not make much sense. They claim there is a “trans ideology”, but we are real people we are not an ideology............more
Together with Paul, a parent of a young trans woman, I recently got an invite from an LGBT+ group based in Kirklees in West Yorkshire to meet with the trans kids in their group together with their parents....more
So it was Wednesday morning I think (blur), and I was in a debate on Twitter with a lady from shall I say "the other side". It was over puberty blockers (PB's), and whilst she was polite...........more
As a trans woman, I am delighted to celebrate International Women's Day with everyone today. The theme of the 2021 campaign is Choose to Challenge, and as a trans woman, I challenge and get challenged more than most....more
When I read the term 'trans ideology' I become somewhat confused. I certainly understand 'trans' for I am a rather old trans woman and I know about ideologies too for I have seen at first hand the remnants of communism and nazi ones....more
There was a time when I was a Tory - defender of Margaret Thatcher and a Tory party member. I quit over one issue. The Tories brought in Sunday trading, and I felt that it was very wrong. It was not because of the religious connotations .....
Kirsti Miller: “The tide has turned people”
Given what we are currently witnessing in America with bill after bill attempting to remove transgender rights from sport, this is maybe a bold statement to make, but if anyone knows, Kirsti knows!..........more
So now Stonewall are under attack. And the main reason is because of their refusal to throw the trans community under the Gender Critical steam train. The reason for the latest controversy follows a BBC interview with Stonewall head Nancy Kelley .........more