Over the years I have read so much nonsense bandied about the inclusion of Trans Women in elite sport being akin to drug cheats, even though the taking of testosterone blockers and hormones is anything but sports enhancing! I can safely declare that no elite athlete will be caught secretly taking these drugs attempting to enhance their sporting ability – these drugs achieve the complete opposite......more
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Women & Equalities Committee (W&EC) published a report concerning the reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
The 113-page report was scathing of both the government under the premiership of Boris Johnson, his Women & Equalities Ministers Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch and the EHRC, saying, "We condemn the negligible engagement with our inquiry by both the Government Equalities Office Ministers and the EHRC....more
"It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid". Paul Young sang that at the start of the ageless but somewhat patronising "Do They Know Its Christmas". Well, Paul. Yes, l do know it's Christmas, but this Christmas is a stranger time than most for myriad reasons, so I will tell you why l reckon there might be some reasons to be afraid, and that's ok....more
Last week saw the continuation of Kathleen Stock’s self-declared crusade to ‘fight to stop the removal of Women’s Rights’, which even culminated in an audacious and heartless attack on our very own Steph. Her platform this time was an hour long live interview with Iain Dale on LBC Radio. Her interview was littered with falsehoods and unbelievable contradictions........more
I look at myself in the mirror, but the image that I see, the person looking back, that person isn’t me.
There’s a person in my mirror, with stubble and short hair, there’s a person in my mirror that doesn’t wear the clothes I wear..........more
In May 2021, the EHRC quietly withdrew the Transgender Schools Guidance they had been working on updating since at least March 2020, where it is referenced in their published Board Meeting Minutes.
Yesterday, a copy of an email between the EHRC and trans hostile lobby groups Transgender Trend and Sex Matters surfaced on Twitter. Some were quick to praise the EHRC for restating what is the current legal position, despite the apparently trans hostile rhetoric coming from this public body since the start of 2021.
However, the email itself is more interesting for what it doesn’t say - and coupled with the other evidence presented here, which is publicly available - suggests a rather different picture....more
On the 9th of December, the Ministry of Justice reported the latest stats regarding Gender Recognition Certificates (GRC) applications. This was significant because, for the first time, we had a full three months worth of stats that reflected the reduction in cost to apply for a GRC ..........more
Does Kathleen Stock have a problem with definitions? I mean, indeed, as a uni professor, she certainly should not. Yet, in an interview in Prospect magazine published just a couple of days ago, I am beginning to wonder....more
Thanks to The Mail, Sunday is becoming "The National Day of Transphobia" in the U.K. The Mail ON Sunday demonises trans people… I've often referred to Sundays as being Britain's Day of Transphobia, precisely because this bigoted publication publishes anti-trans articles on that day....more
She would look in the mirror often - did that girl. Always hoping to see herself and only ever seeing a stranger each time. Each day she would look in the hope that 'herself' would be looking right back at her only for every day to be another notch in her hurting heart....more
Much is often made of the idea of 'feelings'. We use that word a lot as human beings. It's not high-minded or imbued with a depth of intellectual analysis, but it is primarily through feelings by which we describe our navigation of the world....more
If you think what was known as GIN (Gender Inclusion Network) had gone quiet, you would be very wrong. Formed in July of this year and yes, many did go on holiday for a few weeks over the summer - the many teams of volunteers behind our group has been working flat out building a website, looking at legal issues, not to mention the direction of our network in the coming months and years....more
If you are transgender, the issue of trans healthcare is invariably a concern. It's often a fight to be understood and get empathy from your GP - many of whom will not prescribe hormones, and indeed some even refuse to make a referral to a Gender Identity Clinic (GIC)....more
A poem written by Juliette that captures the essense of being trans in a transphobic culture...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
Am I wrong, but the gender war seems to get more toxic every day? Escalating from the conflation of the Gender Recognition Act and the Equality Act, we have now reached the point where the gender-critical taunt trans people about biology and, in turn, trans people throw back acquisitions that the gender-crits are all Nazis....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
We all make mistakes, sadly me more than most, but when I read Julie Bindel's piece yesterday in The Critic, I must admit I was more than disappointed....more
Is it correct to say that Kathleen Stock has called for the elimination of trans people?
In recent days there has been a student-led campaign against the conduct of Kathleen Stock (a professor at Sussex University) in relation to transgender rights and to call for her dismissal....more
For a week in August, Peter Tatchell fell afoul of trans Twitter. A man with a long history of campaigning for LGBT rights since the late 1960s. His transgression? He agreed to a debate with Professor Kathleen Stock, a leading Gender Critical/Terf, on the alleged conflict between trans rights and women’s rights....more
Where do I start? Well, I suppose at the beginning. For whatever reason, FiLiA decided to bring their conference to my home city. Postponed from the previous year there was plenty of warning, and the local anti-fascist group quickly made it known there were not happy, resulting in FiLiA putting out a statement in response....more
CONTENT WARNING: - Suicide, depression. Please do not read if you are feeling low or depressed.
This morning I Tweeted out the link to a piece published in My London News in which Carolyn Mercer tells of her experiences regarding conversion therapy.........more
On the 16th and 17th of October, Portsmouth Guildhall will be hosting some gender-critical speakers. People have a right to express their views - I am doing precisely that in this blog. We quickly call out censorship, the most recent case being The Guardian, who edited out Judith Butler's text in a comprehensive article in which she attributed gender-critical views to be another form of right-wing neo-nazism...more
Dear Portsmouth, Some of us are transgender. We dont choose to be trans - transition is a matter of survival - it is one of the most challenging journeys within humanity....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
Every now and again something happens to make all our efforts worthwhile. We go to work, perhaps even have an overall decent day, but if something unpleasant had occurred - that can often be carried into the evening or even into the next day. Only rarely do we go home with a massive smile on our faces....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
The conflation of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (birth certificate) and the Equality Act 2010 (single-sex spaces) is a tactic to create transmisogyny. There is no excuse for journalists and politicians to fall for this discourse unless they, too, are transphobic....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.......
Last Monday, 20th September, an article appeared in the Guardian US (not, of course, followed by the censoring Guardian UK) that signified an important change in the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) policy regarding future transgender participants....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
I did not get far into Caroline Lowbridge's article (BBC 26th October 2021) to realise this journalist was either very naive or had been "'set up'. Seriously! Anyone who writes such drivel must surely be sacked along with the editors who signed it off....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
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
For some years, trans people have been suffering transphobia from the press and media. Within the BBC, the nations 'state broadcaster', this has become more regular and extreme. Yesterday (November 3rd), one MP took it on himself to write to the BBC's Director-General and call this out. We can ask other MP's to do likewise.................more
The positive reporting of trans rights issues within the national newspapers seems a forlorn hope these days. Led by the anti-trans Times, Spectator and Daily Telegraph, every story appears to be twisted to blame trans and non-binary people. Speaking to a prominent gender-critical person some time back, he proudly boasted, saying, "yeah- we got the newspapers."...more
Injustice. Human rights. Inequality....more
Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who'll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. So goes the first four lines of 'that' tweet from J.K.Rowling that caused so much fuss back in December 2019....more
Yesterday saw a significant fight back in the censorship of those who call out the drivers of terfism and gender-critical beliefs. This is in response to those "Christians" who purport the idea that trans people are an "ideology"....more
Yesterday, the news broke that The Guardian had edited out part of a Judith Butler article because editors did not like what she said. Judith, an American philosopher and gender theorist, is a lesbian and is associated with Yale University....more
I am writing this exactly one week from the 2021 FiLiA conference, which is being held in my home city of Portsmouth next Saturday and Sunday....more
I dont know if there is a world record for the shortest blog ever, but today I may be a contender.........more
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
On the eve of Laurel Hubbard becoming the first ever Transgender Women to compete at an Olympics Games I wrote that if she somehow managed to defy the odds to win a Women’s weightlifting Gold, or indeed any colour Medal, she would be crucified by the UK media and on social media.......more
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
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
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
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
One of the rules in business is never to criticise your competitor. But today, I will condemn the Gender Criticals, many of whom treated the Trans Day of Remembrance (#TDOR) with contempt and disdain....more
In the beginning, God created Trans? “God created Adam and Eve - NOT Adam and Steve"! You may have heard that said as a common reason that being anything other than cisgender and heterosexual is inherently wrong - because... well - “because GOD”....more
The question that has to be asked is why? Not why International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (#IDEVAW and #IDEVAW21) is necessary for sure that is obvious - nearly one in three women are abused over a lifetime, and more recently.......more
Kathleen Stock has given her first interviews on BBC Radio’s Women’s Hour and then on ITV’s daytime Lorraine. It is of no surprise that the first was with the BBC, with yet another BBC interview from a Gender Critical believer and yet again, without a single interview or inclusion of anyone Transgender ........more
On Tuesday 26th of October, the BBC ran a story entitled "We're being pressured into sex by some trans women", which instilled rage into the trans community some of whom are involved in the toxic 'Gender War'....more
‘I’ve been cancelled!’ is the all too familiar cry we hear today from a prominent academic or celebrity that has received a backlash following their publicly expressing their ‘Gender Critical’ beliefs ........more
It’s August 2021, almost one whole year since I first spoke to my GP about my transgender identity and how I want to proceed medically with that. I'd struggled in my own way with this for years, and finally, l knew l had to do something about it..........more
At the start of Trans Awareness Week, Mermaids promoted a week of awareness and visibility with the following statement:
“This year’s Trans Awareness Week (TAW) takes place 13-19 November, culminating in Trans Day of Remembrance on 20 November."...more
As a middle-ranking British Army officer for 25 years, including training at one of the most prestigious military colleges in the world, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and a student at the British Army Staff College that trains officers in the Art of War, Julie Miller uses the British Army’s Land Command Manual and concepts of Mission Command and Manoeuvre Warfare to analyse the transgender battlefield....more
‘I’ve been cancelled!’ is the all too familiar cry we hear today from a prominent academic or celebrity that has received a backlash following their publicly expressing their ‘Gender Critical’ beliefs – but let’s not dwell too long on the total irony that this cry is being broadcast on every media outlet – some cancelling! Sound familiar? ..........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
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