Pride in my country

The festival may have been a shambles, but to see your country’s First Minister leading the Pride parade is really something. This image was tweeted from the FM’s official account. Update: I realise I didn’t explain why it was really something. I grew up in the era of Section 28/Clause 2A, when the UK government… Continue reading Pride in my country

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Street hassle

On Thursday, I was verbally abused in the street for being trans. I wonder, what kind of person do you imagine doing that, and where? Are you thinking lower working class, poorly educated, teenage, rolling down Sauchiehall Street after a night of promotional jaegerbombs? Or maybe a shaven-headed neanderthal, drunk, in a pub I should… Continue reading Street hassle

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TIE a rainbow ribbon ’round school bigotry

I liked this photo: it shows members of the Scots parliament wearing rainbow-coloured ties to mark their support for the TIE campaign. The TIE Campaign only three years old but is doing great things in Scottish schools. It aims to reduce bullying and ignorance by encouraging LGBT-inclusive education in schools, and it works. The Sunday Herald:… Continue reading TIE a rainbow ribbon ’round school bigotry

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No, the government hasn’t said it’s okay to discriminate

Imagine I started a petition claiming that the government was going to ban bees and demanding that it didn’t. “We’re not going to ban bees,” the government would respond. “What the fuck is wrong with you?” How would you report that? Would you: (a) Conclude that ‘arseholes create petition about imaginary problem’ wasn’t newsworthy in… Continue reading No, the government hasn’t said it’s okay to discriminate

Echoes

For many decades, homosexuality was believed to be a mental illness. Gay and lesbian people were given electro-shock therapy, aversion therapy and various chemical or psychiatric “cures”, many of them horrific. We’re all groovy and tolerant these days, of course, but homosexuality wasn’t removed from the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) until… Continue reading Echoes

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Pride only goes so far

It’s Pride Month, when firms go out of their way to show how cool and groovy they are about LGBT* people. But beyond the posters and window displays, the picture is a lot less positive. According to a survey of 1,000 employers, nearly half of employers would “probably” discriminate against trans job applicants. That’s illegal.… Continue reading Pride only goes so far

Transing Nemo

PinkNews has discovered the latest incarnation of the sinister transgender agenda: we’re turning alligators into gal-igators. That’s the claim from the anti-trans We Need To Talk group, whose meetings are conducted in great secrecy for fear the wider world would discover how deranged they are. As PN reports: Elizabeth spoke to the audience about “synthetic… Continue reading Transing Nemo

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The First Time I Saw Me

This, a collaboration between Netflix and GLAAD, is wonderful and joyous. It’s various trans people – Laura Jane Grace, Jazz Jennings, Jamie Clayton, Tiq Milan and many others – talking about the first time they saw people like them represented on screen. If you’re straight, white and cisgender (it means “not trans”; I loved the… Continue reading The First Time I Saw Me

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“There is something even worse than being abused in the street”

Molly Mulready is a mum-of-three, and one of her kids is trans. She writes in The Guardian: My son, in his distress, helped me realise that there is something even worse than being abused in the street, and that’s being told by strangers you’re not who you know you are, that the truth of you… Continue reading “There is something even worse than being abused in the street”