Steph's Place

Steph's 2022 Blog

National Diversity Awards Certificate & Award

Steph's Place - National Diversity Award Winners

by Co-Editor Claire

(23/9/22 19:00)

 

While it might seem like we’ve been a bit quiet here at Steph’s Place, things behind the scenes have been (and still are) thoroughly hectic.

 

Big things are afoot here, and although we’re not in a position to share what just yet, last week’s events at the National Diversity Awards has only amplified our desire to drive forwards to fight for the Trans & Non-Binary community.

 

For those of you that don't know, earlier this year we found out that we had been nominated for one of the UK’s most prestigious diversity awards, in the Community Organisation - LGBT category.

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1st September - What is a woman?

By Steph

What is a woman? Recently, this question has been thrown at politicians, particularly the Conservative leadership candidates.

The real question is why?

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9th August - Open Letter to Sharron Davies, Mara Yamauchi, Emily Hilton and Jon Pike.

By Steph

So, they think it's all over - well, it is now the Commonwealth Games have finished, and I guess you (and others like you) are proud because you saved #SaveWomensSport.

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29th July - Tavistock. A Sobering Thought

By Steph

Gender-critical people and trans people rarely agree - but both "sides" are relieved that Tavi is closing. The crux, though, is not Tavi; it's puberty blockers. Gender-critical people invariably don't want them used. Trans people want them used much earlier - to be precise, at Tanner Stage Two.

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20th July - The Women's Network Event

By Steph

I've purposely delayed in writing this blog - this happened some weeks back. Everything is 100% true, except for Maggie's name. I have never been invited to a women's networking event before, and to be quite honest, it was something that did not exactly excite me.........

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18th July - Being Trans or Non-binary means being in hiding for most.

By co-founder Nicola

As the Tory government tears itself apart in the fight that will become the squabble for the next leader and Prime Minister, the aspect that will be a focus of the ‘debate’ is Women. The pointed question of “what is a women?” posed by broadcasters as provocation towards a stance on trans rights. The question is never what is a man?

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July 8th - Not Safe To Be Me Protest - Steph & Claire's Speeches

By Steph and Claire

On the 29th of June 2022, a trans rights protest was held outside of 10 Downing Street. Both Claire & Steph gave speeches and said as follows:

 

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July 6th - Not Safe To Be Me Protest - Dr. Natacha Kennedy Speech

The powerful speech from the co-chair at FGEN

On the 29th of June 2022 a trans rights protest was held outside of 10 Downing Street. One of the speakers was Dr. Natacha Kennedy and we are grateful to her for this transcript. 

 A lot of people don’t understand why trans and non-binary people have campaigned so hard for abortion rights in places like the US and Ireland. This is partly because there are plenty of us who can become pregnant, but it is also because of the principle of bodily autonomy.

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July 1st - BBC Radio Four Antisocial

By Steph

At midday just seven days ago, I was behind a microphone in a room the size of a broom cupboard at the BBC studios in Southampton. Whilst I realised I was speaking live on Radio 4, I did not appreciate that it was to some 600,000 people - the vast majority not having a clue about what is often called "the trans debate".

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June 20th: New trans inclusion policies in sport, or should I say exclusion?

By Steph

Well, I am angry, and I know I should not be writing this blog - I will probably write something I shouldn't But sometimes, getting things off your chest can be helpful, so here goes.....

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June 8th: Emily Bridges Wins a Fun Race and Again Suffers Transphobia

By Steph

At 6:00 pm on the evening of June 3rd, in a relatively unknown velodrome in South East London, a grassroots cycle race was about to begin. This was not an elite race or even controlled by British Cycling - it was purely about "fun"...

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30th May - Approved - the procedure I went through to get my GRC

by Vicky Hodges

Well it took about 6-Months, but, my GRC application has actually been approved. I’m still in shock as I’d adjusted my expectations of a positive outcome all the way down to zero, so as not to be disappointed, but hey it all worked out positively.

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29th May - Fareham MP Suella Braverman punches down on trans kids.

Opinion By Steph

Tories - are not known for being kind, and indeed, this government are, in my lifetime, the worst yet. There was a time when caught a lying, an MP would resign immediately - now, being "a good liar" can be seen to be a prerequisite of being a Tory MP.

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27th May - Another Day, Another Lie - Transing the Gay Away

By Steph

So many lies; where do we start?

From alleging GRA reform will influence trans people being included in elite sports teams, massacring 18 kids in Texas in the recent school shooting to causing US inflation - you name it; transgender folk get blamed for it.

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24th May - Statement from TransActual UK regarding parliament non-binary debate.

Responding to Monday’s parliamentary debate on non-binary rights (23/5/22), Keyne Walker, a spokesperson on non-binary issues for TransActual said: “It is clear that the debate today was almost entirely disconnected from what non-binary legal recognition would mean in practice.

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23rd May - Swimming Third Class.

By Sophie W (Precarious Woman)

“Trannies! Trannies! Trannies”! - the 3 young men shouted as they marched through every room of the swimming baths. From pool to the hall, to exit, they brushed past me so close they could have punched me if they wanted to.

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19th May - I Am Trans

By Reina Watt

I am a trans woman, my body was born with incorrect body parts which means I am unable to have a baby despite the strong primal yearning in me to be able to have a baby.

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18th of May - The Extremists

By Steph

It's a known fact that one of the hardest things to sell if you are a salesman is insurance. The reason is quite simple - you can't see it.

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Is attacking Trans rights truly a vote winner?

by Co-Editor Paul

Last week Boris Johnson effectively declared open war on Transgender Rights in the UK. Contrary to the commonly used claim that Trans Activists are demanding increased rights, our Prime Minister has stated that he believes rights that Trans People currently have should now be removed from them. His empty meaningless claim to fully understand and support Trans people is simply not true .....

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18th April - Reply to Julie Bindel Daily Express This is what really happened at that JK Rowling women's lunch

By Steph

Can you believe the irony? Julie Bindel wrote in the Daily Express on April 16th with the headline: This is what really happened at that JK Rowling women's lunchI have been in contact with Jo Rowling for two or three years. 

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14th April 22 - Claire's 1st Appointment at the East of England Gender Service

by Co-Editor Claire

14/4/22

14:30

As we all know, 31st March is Trans Day of Visibility, and while this year’s was memorable for all the wrong reasons thanks to our incompetent and bigoted UK Government, on a personal level I had quite a nice surprise.

I received a phone call out of the blue from the new East of England Gender Service, a Nurse & GP led pilot being coordinated by the Nottingham GIC, and they were asking if I wanted to transfer to them to speed up being seen on the NHS.

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My Open Letter to Sir Keir Starmer

by Co-Editor Paul

I took an opportunity this weekend to hand deliver a letter addressed to Sir Keir Starmer to clearly spell out the dangers that the Trans Community face today in the light of the deeply worrying statement of intent made by Boris Johnson to attack and remove Trans Rights; the following is a copy of this letter .....

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10th April - Reply To Ewan Somerville of The Telegraph - Stonewall accused of 'holding No 10 to ransom' after £650,000 wasted on cancelled LGBT summit

Opinion - by Steph

On the 9th of April, The Telegraph published a story written by Ewan Sommerville suggesting that Stonewall was responsible for the collapse of the government's "Safe To Be Me" conference. The report also suggests, the resulting bill should be sent to Stonewall.

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8th March - Reply to Kim Thomas The Telegraph - I was allowed to transition at 18 without question – but I regretted it

by Steph

What a shame Kim Thomas seems incapable of fair reporting. In the Telegraph (April 6th), Kim wrote the story of "Allie", who it would appear had significant identity issues.

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7th April - Reply to Susanna Rustin - Labour's contradictory policies on trans and women's rights must be addressed.

Opinion by Steph

How wrong was Susanna Rustin writing in the Guardian(April 6th 2022) saying, "By backing both reforms to the Gender Recognition Act and single-sex spaces, the party is unable to communicate clearly to voters."

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6th April - Mermaids Response to EHRC Guidance in relation to Single Sex Spaces

By Mermaids

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its guidance on single-sex spaces on 4 April 2022. This is non-statutory ‘guidance’, it is not the law itself.

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A New Front Opens in the Trans Wars

Opinion By Julie Miller

Julie Bindel and I have several things in common for certain, one being our first names and the other that we are both women, she coming from the “adult human female” route and me from the self-identifying gender-fluid route. 

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ILGA

On the 15th of February 2022 ILGA - The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGBTIA, and in Europe ILGA) released their 2022 Annual Review, looking at over fifty countries within Europe.

The report in relation to the UK is below.

Ashamed to be British?

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12th February - The GRA Debate.

By Steph

Three score years and ten; the nominal term of human life. Then it becomes "borrowed time", I guess. Whatever the truth, we all get older and hopefully a bit wiser, assuming our health stands up.

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13th January: The Lord Paddick and his Twitter Pile On.

Brian Paddick is a trans ally

The Lord Paddick, also known as Brian Paddick, is a former senior Police officer in the Met, and a trans ally. Allies are critical to our cause for trans acceptance in society and for us to achieve our aim - live our lives in peace and harmony.

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14th January- Mental Health, the NHS and Trans Healthcare.

By Madelaine Taylor

If anyone in the UK reading this had depression they would go to their GP and tell them that they were suffering from depression or anxiety, the GP would in return, ask a few questions, ensure they weren’t a danger to themselves and prescribe some medication. Possibly, alongside a referral to Talking Matters or a similar service.

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15th January - Fair Play For Women A GRA Reform Stakeholder

Opinion By Steph

On the 21st of December 2021, the Women and Equalities Select Committee (WESC) published its report regarding the Gender Recognition Act reform. Similar to their report in 2015, the report recommended Self-ID, meaning that both trans men and trans women could update their birth certificates.

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19th January - The Story Behind The Book Review Female Masculinities And The Gender War, by Finn Mackay

By Steph

Female Masculinities and the Gender War by Finn Mackay was published in late 2021 and has recently been getting some excellent book reviews - mine included.

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21st January: Fighting for Pregnant Women in Prison

Motion: Women & Trans Men in Pregnancy within the Criminal Justice System.

Recently I was shocked to discover that some people see me as "aggressive" - I am not. Determined, passionate and 'bad loser' - yep, I can relate to that, I don't fight to lose. Some people also query my Twitter bio, which reads: Post-op, Rad Fem, Trans Woman. She/her Labour LTE LWN calling out VAWG. Co-editor of Steph's Place.

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26th January - Bodies

by Freda Wallace

It is common in trans circles to hear the phrase 'I feel like l was born in the wrong body'. While l wouldn't challenge that feeling if that is the way someone wishes to express it, it always makes me return to a thought I've always harboured about the phrase.

We are all born into the wrong body.

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29th January - Trans Women Hate, Violence and Murders

Violence against trans women.

Every three days a woman is killed by a man was the headline in the Daily Mirror on the 30th September 2021, and indeed that is the very statistic that I use in our #EveryThreeDays campaign highlighting this fact.

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4th Jan - Being trans is hard

By Reina Watt

Being trans is hard
It has it's joys
It has it's pain
It has it's euphoria

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6th February - Feminist Hate Mail

By Steph

On the 2nd of February, after months of hard work (not to forget stress and frustration), the story broke via Vice News that the EHRC was working actively with organisations that, in the opinion of trans people, promote hate. Transphobes. People that we say are both prejudiced and openly discriminatory.

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8th of Jan - Email Campaign to BBC Director General

Email complaint to Tim Davie

Many of us would like to be at the protest at the BBC today, but for various reasons, we can't. But you can still make your voice be heard by emailing your complaint to the BBC's Director-General Timothy Davie. His email address is below together with a template letter which of course you can amend if you wish. If you wish to make changes PLEASE DO NOT BE OFFENSIVE - it will NOT help our cause.

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9th January - Trans Women Inpatients In Women's Wards

There should be no transphobia either within our government nor indeed within the EHRC.

I agree with the need to provide single-sex spaces - we all need safe spaces sometimes. But they must be allocated fairly by the service provider, so I quote the exact words from the Equality Act here - "proportionate to a legitimate aim."

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Opinion: Gender Critical Women from Hell

The One-Percenters by Julie Miller

This month’s issue of Cosmopolitan magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary, and the cover picture used is that of transgender model Munroe Bergdorf. In the same week, the Golden Globes award for best actress in a TV drama series went to trans woman MJ Rodriguez, for her performance in the Netflix series Pose.

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The Darkening Clouds Of Fear

By Nicola Rose

The government released its hate crime statistics in November 2021. These showed a total of ‘recorded’ hate crimes of 124,091 across all Police forces in England and Wales.

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Update: Lia Thomas swims against Izzi Henig, a Trans Man, so was this fair competition?

by Co-Editor Paul

Just a quick update to my recent Lia Thomas article  which took yet another twist this weekend – and the headlines this time are all about Women’s Sport being won by a Man, Izzi Henig, who is in fact a Trans Man and beat Lia in two races at the latest US Ivy League Swimming meet.

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