Nothing to fear

For several years, I did a monthly technology surgery on BBC Radio Scotland. It was fun to do, but I was always scared that one day everyone would find out I was trans and the gig would be up. This morning, I did a technology surgery on BBC Radio Scotland. I wore a nice dress.

Dangerous waters

I don’t swim any more. I used to, because I preferred it to going to the gym. And of course when you’re a parent it’s a cheap way to keep the kids amused. But since becoming me, the thought of going to a swimming pool scares the shit out of me. Owl Stefania puts it… Continue reading Dangerous waters

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The truth about trans wars

There was a good piece about anti-trans hysteria in the (Glasgow) Herald this week. I know the author, Oceana Maund, a trans activist who couldn’t be more different to the lazy, malicious stereotype of trans activists as angry young people wearing masks and shouting. Maund is a brave and thoughtful person who seeks to build… Continue reading The truth about trans wars

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Automatic Trans Mission

I mentioned Jake Graf’s wedding a few weeks ago; now I’m sharing one of his films. I was reminded of it this morning when I called to change my car insurance policy. After going through all the security questions I got stuck in a bit of a loop. “Okay, and your name is?” – Carrie.… Continue reading Automatic Trans Mission

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Absent friends

I went as me to see Manic Street Preachers at the SSE Hydro tonight, assuming (correctly) that if any band’s crowd would be cool with trans people it’d be theirs. But it was still a really big deal, a major step for me. I spent most of today absolutely shitting myself at the prospect. I… Continue reading Absent friends

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“We need help – we can’t do this on our own”

The F Word has an interesting interview with Paris Lees that’s well worth your time. The amount of column inches that have been devoted to abusing trans people. The amount of energy and money! It’s like there are these endless resources to do this and yet there is no evidence that trans people are causing… Continue reading “We need help – we can’t do this on our own”

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The way that we walk, the way that we talk, it’s there in our thoughts

Today’s headline is really just an excuse to mention Girls Aloud. Here’s a fun Twitter thread about biology and bio-hacking. It’s sent me to Amazon to find out more about epigenetics, which seems awfully interesting and exciting. So if we use a house as a metaphor: your genes are the blueprints, your epigentics are the… Continue reading The way that we walk, the way that we talk, it’s there in our thoughts

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The queerest of the queer

I’ve had a massive crush on Shirley Manson for more than 20 years. To be honest, I’m suspicious of anybody who doesn’t have a massive crush on Shirley Manson. Fierce, funny, impossibly talented, Scottish, ginger and drop-dead gorgeous, the Garbage singer is one of rock’s great personalities, and the way she rocked her combination of… Continue reading The queerest of the queer

“Do you have to do it in front of my kids?”

This is powerful and wonderful. It’s from BBC’s The Social, the bit where Auntie Beeb gives a platform to voices you don’t necessarily hear very often on the main channels’ output. Its comedy output is consistently hilarious, but it’s in the serious stuff where it really shines. This one’s about something simple: being in love.… Continue reading “Do you have to do it in front of my kids?”

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