The Declaration on Women’s Sex Based Rights (more commonly known as the Women’s Declaration) is an attempt by the Gender Critical movement to roll back recent progress within the wording and context of the United Nations 1979 “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW),...more
I have been asked to provide a comment on the nearly completed case of the GMC v Dr H Webberley. The Tribunal hearing is being held at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS)....more
In this case, and current tribunal hearing, Dr Webberley (Dr W) is accused of practising medicine outside the rules and regulations of the General Medical Council (GMC) during the period March -November 2016, A failure to hold a proper safeguarding policy, and (2018) a failure to be registered as a practice in Wales. But there is more to it than that.
This update is from days 19 & 20 .......
In this case, and current tribunal hearing, Dr Webberley (Dr W) is accused of practising medicine outside the rules and regulations of the General Medical Council (GMC) during the period March -November 2016, A failure to hold a proper safeguarding policy, and (2018) a failure to be registered as a practice in Wales. But there is more to it than that....more
Firstly, this blog is an opinion on matters as they proceed, and I have no part in the case. I am merely viewing aspects from the outside, like many others. I am preparing this in a non-professional capacity, but I do have some experience at giving expert evidence at tribunal over many years....more
When I was asked to write something by Steph, I wondered what I could write about. I am particularly impassioned about my dream of ending the “transwar” which always sounds to me like a plot from Dr Who, but that could take a whole lifetime not a blog, so I thought I would start simple....more
Over the last few days, you may have seen a story about a man being ejected by police from Manchester Pride. The story went viral and lost its basis in reality along the way. As a trans woman online, I saw the seeds of this moment being sewn for quite some time....more
'Dad, there is something I need to tell you - I'm transgender.'
These are words that a parent never expects to hear. For your child, though, there will have been so much soul searching - and a conclusion that they will not have come to quickly or lightly. And it must take unbelievable courage................more
In the last 18 months or so, and particularly over the last few months, the anti-trans rhetoric has increased immensely. It seems that this increase is driven by several factors. Firstly, the active high profile legal cases surrounding Employment Rights, discrimination, and the interpretation of aspects of the Equalities Act 2010..........more
Some anti-trans 'Journalists' and members of transphobic hate groups appear to have been suggesting that the issue of banning Conversion Therapy is 'Complicated', yet somehow why it is 'complicated' is never adequately explained....more
Ask any armchair sports fan, and without any real knowledge or involvement in elite sport this is what we all assume. We all know that every sporting event we watch, whether it be the Olympics 100m or a Football Cup Final, there are rules in place that dictate the way each event is run and lays down qualification rules for its participants to be able to compete..........more
I was in prison in 2017. It was my first time, and solicitors and barristers had told me that it wasn't wise to be seen as LGBT before the courts. I say LGBT because, at this point, this was how it was.................more
I travelled back to home Bolton this weekend (09.07.21), and it's a big deal. I've been fully out as trans just less than one year. I have only seen my mother twice and my father once in that time. My uncle, cousin and her twin boy and girl are coming up from down south to see me too. I was nervous, to say the least....more
It’s Saturday, July 3rd 2021 at about 7am. The weather is a bit murky and misty. What’s most worrying is that there is little wind – a significant concern given that I’m crew on a racing yacht, weaving in and out of a myriad other yachts.................more
Imagine someone is writing a biography about you and your life, a book that will represent you for the whole world to see. However the writer sees you through a broken lens; twisting and warping your true self. That’s how it feels for trans people, that others are telling our stories and writing our narratives without ever knowing what it’s like to walk in our shoes.........more
Not since the start of the MeToo movement going viral in 2017 has a moment hit the public conscious quite so hard as Sarah Everard’s murder. With so many people reacting with shock and speaking out on violence against women....more
In October 2020, reporters for the BBC infiltrated the forums of trans youth support charity Mermaids. What they discovered was desperate parents asking questions and sharing information about how they could help their young people while they navigated long waiting lists and limited access to NHS services....more
It is only looking back, now aged 50 years, that I can see how unusual my childhood was. Thanks to a father with a wide ranging interests, by the age of 11 I had unearthed his entire comic book collection, found The Joy of Sex hidden in a wardrobe........more
As we are in the early days of the GMC case against Dr Helen Webberley with the claim that she has broken the rules and treated trans people in an unlicensed manner, we are beginning to find out how little support for trans people of all ages there really is.......more