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Trans Notes from a Small Island: Customer Service is a Two-Way Street

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Customer Service is a Two-Way Street

On 1 September 2015, the second plank of Jersey’s discrimination legislation came into force. As a trans person on the island you are protected under the characteristic of gender reassignment. Now if you experience less favourable treatment in the workplace, as either an employee or a client of a provider of goods and services, you […]

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Smooth Transitioning Within Marriage

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Smooth Transitioning Within Marriage

The States of Jersey lodged a proposal this week regarding introducing same-sex marriage in Jersey. This is a document that outlines the issues for debate and where the proposer, our Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst, stands on the issue. You can read the whole proposal here. The proposal is wide ranging as Senator Gorst and […]

Trans Notes from a Small Island: Jersey Equality Takes a Stride Forward

The States of Jersey have passed regulations this week that expand the island’s anti-discrimination legislation to encompass sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation and pregnancy and maternity (together called the “(Sex and Related Characteristics) (Jersey) Regulations”). The new regulations, due to come into force on 1 September 2015, provide protection for the island’s LGBTQ citizens. Although […]

Trans Notes From a Small Island: The Benefits of Being a Follower not a Leader

Trans Notes From a Small Island: The Benefits of Being a Follower not a Leader

When I tell people from other countries where I come from, they always ask what it’s like to be a trans man in such a small place. There is an assumption that the more cosmopolitan a place is, the more cultural influences it absorbs, the more tolerant it is. I’m not sure this is true. […]