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Trans Notes from a Small Island: Brexit Blues

Trans Notes from a Small Island:  Brexit Blues

In 1990, the crime of sodomy between two consenting adult males in private still existed in Jersey. In light of the number of HIV and AIDS related deaths that had been rising at an alarming rate throughout the 1980s, the States of Jersey led by the uninformed, prejudiced and fearful Health and Legislation Ministers resisted […]

Doctor Who Spin-Off To Have Gay Lead

Doctor Who Spin-Off To Have Gay Lead

Upcoming Doctor Who spin-off show ‘Class’ will be featuring a gay lead character.  The news has come from show producers, who were planning on keeping the characters sexuality a non-issue until the show aired, but have chosen to make the announcement following the Orlando shooting. Author Patrick Ness, who is helming the upcoming series, has […]

Theresa May Says UK Pride Events Should Go Forward

Theresa May Says UK Pride Events Should Go Forward

The British Home Secretary Theresa May has spoken out in the wake of the tragic Orlando shooting to say that Pride events across the UK should still go ahead. Speaking in the Commons yesterday the Home Secretary said, ‘The attacks in Orlando on Saturday night were utterly evil and the government condemns them completely.  At […]

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Talking Toilets

Trans Notes from a Small Island:  Talking Toilets

So, this week, the trans toilet argument hit the press in Jersey, the Channel Island where I live and work. Using our new discrimination laws, a trans woman brought a case against our local ferry company for discrimination. When she asked which toilet she should use, she was directed to the disabled cubicle. She was […]

British Trans People Face Jail For A Kiss

British Trans People Face Jail For A Kiss

According to a report made by the media outlet Gay Star News, British trans people could face charges of rape and sexual assault if they do not disclose their gender history before being intimate with a partner, including acts as innocent as kissing. The shocking information has come after academics and lawyers met to discuss […]

London Theatre Becomes Trans-Inclusive

London Theatre Becomes Trans-Inclusive

Whilst the United States seems to be locked in a struggle over how to deal with transgender rights and the issues surrounding access to public bathroom facilities a theatre in the UK has made a very public declaration as to their stance on the issue. The Young Vic Theatre in Waterloo, London, posted an image […]

UK Foreign Office Warns LGBT Tourists Travelling To The USA

UK Foreign Office Warns LGBT Tourists Travelling To The USA

  The UK Foreign Office, which gives advice to British travelers, has issued new warning guidelines to members of the LGBT+ community traveling to the United States. Whilst the Foreign Office has in the past issued warning to LGBT+ people about travelling to countries such as Russia, pointing out the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law, or […]

New Miss Transgender UK Crowned

New Miss Transgender UK Crowned

A new Miss Transgender UK 2015 has been crowned at a ceremony that was held in Cardiff last Friday, following the original winner being stripped of her title by the event organiser. Daisy Bell, 41, was the first runner up in the competition that was held in September last year.  The original winner, Jai Dara […]

Author Ian McEwan Criticised Over Transphobic Comments

Author Ian McEwan Criticised Over Transphobic Comments

Ian McEwan, the award winning author, was speaking at the Royal Institution when he made the comment that he believes people with penises can only be men. ‘The self, like a consumer desirable, may be plucked from the shelves of a personal identity supermarket, a ready to wear little black number,’ McEwan said during his […]

Trans Woman Banned From Using Pub Toilet

Trans Woman Banned From Using Pub Toilet

When a trans woman went to meet two of her friends at one of her local pubs, the Foresters Arms in Ramsgate, Kent, she expected to receive hospitality and good customer service but was instead met with transphobia and hate. Joanna Louise, 30, was in the Foresters Arms meeting two of her friends, including another […]