Stats often stated by the Gender Critical suggest that there has been a massive increase in young people (particularly girls) developing "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria." (ROGD) This has resulted in the gender crits suggesting trans people.........more
One of the great bonuses I have experienced from Twitter is the amazing people I have found (and often become friends with) from all over the world. Their stories vary from the horrific physical attacks in Uganda.......more
Beth Elliott, Julia Serano and Amber Rose Washington all share four characteristics. All are American, passionate about music, (either performing or writing), all are authors, and all are trans women....more
WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgender Health) has issued a statement in regard to the Bell v Tavistock case. It is not easy to find online so I have copied it for today's blog in the hope it will give some clarity to the debate....more
I never fancied being a press war correspondent. Bullets and shells whistling around my head is not something I would choose, to be honest. I am not that brave. But sometimes reporting on the gender war (also known as the terf war) it sometimes feels like I am in a war zone..........more
It's 05:14, and I am awake.
I have had another great night's sleep. Six hours is 'par for the course' for me - with no interruptions for needing a 'wee in the night' - thanks to my genital surgery, HRT and in consequence a shrunken prostate. I am warm in bed..........more
I was never a fan of Self-ID. The Labour Party accepts it within the party - often with the slogan ', Trans Women are Women', something else I am not entirely comfortable with....more
Society often looks back on history and changes their mind about what is right. Go back a century and a quarter and Bristolians were erecting a statue to Edward Colston who was a great benefactor to the city....more
You can't see God - but there are plenty of believers. In fact, there are plenty of religions, an estimated 4300 with billions of believers. About 70% of them are Buddhists............more
One of my most treasured family possessions is a black and white photograph of my grandfather taken in 1899. He was six years of age, sat quite upright on a stool wearing a white smock dress with lace cuffs and collar. His beautiful long, blonde straight hair is almost to his waist....more
How time flies. I did not realise I had not blogged for such a long time - but I have been busy writing my first article for The Left Room Online. I don't want to copy my full article here but...........more
Throw enough mud, and it sticks. And that has been precisely the strategy of the terfs in the "Gender Wars." One of the most common allegations is that trans people (and trans women, in particular) are rapists, predators and abusers..........more
Oddly, I find myself doing two blogs in one day, but I can not hide my excitement in seeing that Belgium's new Deputy Prime Minister is a trans woman...........more
"A woman's right to choose". The pro-abortion slogan that I and many others of my generation remember so well. It was a hot topic in the UK at the time. And still is, in many Catholic countries across the globe.......more
On Tuesday, Liz Truss released details of the public consultation relating to the GRA. By not proposing significant change, the government has laid the foundations for self-ID...more
Yesterday was a pretty rough day. I published an article on my website written by a "terf". On Twitter, I did lose followers and one in particular who I was very fond of who messaged me and said: "they were not friends with me any more"....more
Trans women are women says the slogan. But we are not. In gender terms, I dont doubt that trans women - even "bearded women" are women. But as my adversary Sarah Phillimore often says "sex is immutable" and I can't argue with that....more
Every now and again people come up and say why trans people should have "extra rights". And of course, we should not - and nor do we ask for them. The slogan often used by trans activists is "Trans Rights Are Human Rights", and that is what we seek - human rights....more
Sadly JKR was yet again back in the news yesterday, and everyone piled in to attack or defend her views. This is all getting so tiresome. So time to look at her arguments and put it into some order....more
I find it very sad that a young woman (aged just 23) hurled abuse at a trans woman in Southend and subsequently pleaded guilty at Southend Magistrates after being charged with threatening behaviour....more
One of the biggest problems I have had being on HRT has been the weight gain. Looking at the NHS and other websites they say weight gain is not associated with HRT and that any increase in weight is down to "slowing down" as we get older....more
We are hounded. Hounded by the UK press with anti-trans stories and indeed both the BBC and Sky to some extent stand accused as well.........more
Thanks to Twitter (my handle is @PlaceSteph) I saw a request for trans folk to give their views & experiences on NHS trans care in the UK. The project partners are The Open University, NHS (Leeds & York), NHS (Northamptonshire Healthcare), LGBT Foundation and Yorkshire MESMAC........more
Now be honest - have you ever said: "I don't like her?"
Well if you are a woman I suspect the chances are you have and if you are a man or are happily gay and have a female partner I suspect you have heard your partner say it..........more
I recently joined the Twitter community using the handle @PlaceSteph. I have been warned to expect loads of hate messages which I don't mind because if the transphobes, TERF's and gender-critical are hating me, it means I am deflecting the hate from others.........more
Coronavirus lockdown has highlighted hundreds of positive stories, but the negative side in the increase in domestic abuse seems to goes silently unnoticed....more
Fact-Checking The Christian Institute Fact Check. It all sounds a bit double dutch but not for the first time an alleged Christian website has voiced an opinion on trans affairs. I do not understand why people can not "live and let live".........more
I was shocked to learn that 'conversion therapy' was still practised in the UK....more
I recall as a child being taken to Portsmouth by my grandparents and playing the slot machines situated on the seafront. I loved it. I have returned to Portsmouth many times since then falling in love with the outlet shopping at Gunwharf Quays (after all I am a woman), the..........more
I read Julie Bindel's article in The Spectator today and cried. Julie's article was not in itself, anti-trans for a writer known as a radical feminist. In fact, in some ways, I could relate to the points she was making....more
News from the House of Commons this afternoon. Liz Truss answering a question from Labours Nadia Whittome about the continual delay in regards to the reformed Gender Recognition Act said this:........more
When I launched my website, I had the principal I would try and stay politically neutral - after all, I am courting Conservative opinion in regards to trans rights. Pretty much everyone else is on board the trans bus....more
Its been a strange old week. There were whispers that the Tory government where going to finally release their new proposals concerning the Gender Recognition Act on Wednesday but that didn't happen. Boris told us things would be back to normal by Christmas (and pigs may fly Boris), and then there was that YouGov poll entitled "British Attitudes To Transgender Rights"....more
I am currently reading a great book at the moment written by Mia Violet called 'Yes You Are Trans Enough'. Within the next week or so I will have my book review ready, but I wanted to touch on a point in my blog which Mia feels very strongly about - puberty blockers and trans kids....more
I notice yet again The Times is making trans folk subject of a headline today. This time they are reporting that the BBC has suggested, quite correctly in my view, that their staff may prefer a different pronoun if they identify differently to the norm....more
I am passionate about fairness, equality and the need to rid ourselves of discrimination in our society.
Whilst I appreciate we live in a capitalist society and by the very nature of the society we live in there will always be some people "better off" than some others - decency costs nothing....more
It has been a bad week in the office for the TERF’s, binary thinkers and J K Rowling in particular.
Two of JKR’s leading fan sites have disowned her transphobic comments and in a joint said: “marginalised people [were] out of step with the message of acceptance and empowerment we find in her books......more
I am writing this on the first anniversary of my surgery which in "My Story" I describe as the best day of my life....more
Yesterday Kier Stramer, the Labour Party leader, appealed that the gender wars should end. He suggested that TERFs and trans "should stop throwing bricks at each other". And on course he is right....more
I notice today that The Christian Institute has gloatingly stated that The Sunday Times has reported that in a reader’s poll, 94% of their readers were in favour of not allowing trans people to self ID....more
“We want to make a stand”. So said Ben Mee the 29-year-old footballer and club captain of Burnley Football Club.
And what an inspiring guy he is....more
Another MP Stephen Morgan (Portsmouth South) has called out to Liz Truss regarding the forthcoming changes to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA).
Picked by the speaker to ask a question in the house today sadly...more
It is the middle of June; Pride month!
And in the last few days instead of celebrating our diversity, we have (as usual) been kicked in the face. We've had the JKR essay which inevitably broke the hearts of many hundreds if not thousands of her trans fans and allies......more
When I launched my website, I came up with a few self-imposed rules. One of them was to try and stay politically neutral as possible, but today's news makes that aim very difficult.
All the major political parties in the UK have LGBT+ wings, and all condemned......more
I got up unusually early today. Last night I got a message from my website developer to tell me that my site would go live within 48 hours, and he recommended that I polished up my SEO.
As usual, the first thing I do in the mornings is to check out the BBC website for the latest news. My eyes immediately went to one story, and two words hit me; ‘Rowling’ and ‘Trans’.
I had heard many times about J K Rowlings controversial and somewhat confusing statements on trans affairs. Still, not being the least interested in......more
Many MP's from all sides of the political spectrum have called out to Liz Truss in regards to her statement on the 22nd of April.
But surely no one has done it better than Zarah Sultana the Labour MP who represents Coventry South....more
The Liz Truss speech on the 22nd of April has, of course, sent a tidal wave of despair around the trans and allies’ communities, but the definition of 'women's places' has still to be defined....more
Recently, I blogged about The Conservative Woman an online platform whose strapline is "The philosophy not the party". I find the 'About Us' pretty strange because they don't actually define what their aims are its just a list of writers and editorial team etc....more
Today I picked up on an article in The Conservative Woman written by Caroline ffiske.
To its credit, it is well written and to the uninitiated, makes a somewhat convincing case against Stonewall activities, a charity that I, of course, support....more
Being an MP is without question a pretty stressful job!
On average an MP looks after the interest of around 72,200 people in England, slightly less in the remaining three countries of the union...more
There has been lots of “bad press” against trans women prisoners in recent months. The Daily Mail, (and others) have been very vocal on this issue. It started with Rory Stewart, once a Tory minister but who was subsequently expelled from the Conservative party, saying that trans woman prisoners had attacked prison officers. Here is the story of how the facts got twisted....more