“The world is very different when you walk in women’s shoes”

Metro asked me to write about International Women’s Day from the perspective of a trans person. There’s no method to this madness, no reason for it. Men aren’t from Mars, women aren’t from Venus, and nobody’s made of slugs, snails or puppy dogs’ tails, let alone sugar and spice and all things nice. The only… Continue reading “The world is very different when you walk in women’s shoes”

Think of the children

This video, by Sarah McBride, is very good. It asks a very simple question: if your loved one came out as trans, what kind of world would you want them to live in?

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Let’s talk about sex, baby

I posted the other day about supposed trans-species people, but I think my point got a bit lost. Transgender people are real. Werewolves, elves and dragons aren’t. There’s no such thing as a dragon spectrum, where some people are a little bit dragon and others quite a lot. There’s no chromosome that makes you an… Continue reading Let’s talk about sex, baby

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How journalism should work

Imagine if journalists writing articles about things spoke to people with expert knowledge of those things. That’s what Caitlin Logan does. To find out what concerns Scottish women’s groups may have about gender reform, trans people and self-ID, she spoke to women’s groups: Engender, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, the Young Women’s Movement (YWCA Scotland), Edinburgh… Continue reading How journalism should work

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A mental elf issue

Here’s one of my favourite jokes. A man walks into a bar and orders a drink. He looks at the other patrons and realises that the man next to him has a small orange for a head. “Excuse me,” he says. “I can’t help noticing that –” “I have a small orange for a head?”… Continue reading A mental elf issue

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How journalism works

I recently cancelled my long-standing subscription to The Times and Sunday Times because I was getting fed up with its selective reporting. As any writer knows, you can change a story by choosing what to include and what not to include – so if you leave out important details you can create a misleading impression.… Continue reading How journalism works

Sense and sensitivity

“So a tran walks into a bar…” I went to a comedy show last night, and the comedian didn’t make any jokes about trans people. I knew he wouldn’t – the comic, Jimeoin, doesn’t do that kind of joke – so I felt safe enough to go as me. By “as me” I mean as… Continue reading Sense and sensitivity

“What would a less gendered world look like?”

Buzzfeed has a reputation for daft listicles, and deservedly so. But the traffic those listicles generates also pays for long form content like this personal and thought provoking essay by Shannon Keating. It’s important to recognize when “sex” or “gender” doesn’t have anything to do with the matter at hand at all — that workplace… Continue reading “What would a less gendered world look like?”

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“Oh, honey. Who do you think they’ll come for when they’re done with us?”

I wrote a piece for Metro about the religious right’s wedge strategy to roll back equal rights legislation. The religious right knows it lost the equal marriage battle. But it thinks it can win the war against LGBT equality and women’s rights by using trans people as a proxy. Scratch an anti-trans bill, of which… Continue reading “Oh, honey. Who do you think they’ll come for when they’re done with us?”

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That’s not really funny

I was chatting with a comedian pal about comedy last night: we both went to see Chris Rock last week, and it turns out we’ve been to a lot of the same comedy shows over the years. One of the things we talked about was Rock’s rage, where he’d take things out of the audience’s… Continue reading That’s not really funny

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