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UK Government Releases Report on Transgender Equality

800px-Transgender_Pride_flag.svgAfter a long wait, the UK government has released its Report on Transgender Equality.

The report covers topics such as treatment of trans individuals by public services such as the NHS and the prisons service, the lack of sufficient statistical data on trans and non-binary identities, and the controversial ‘spousal veto’.

Crucially, the report recommends that  changes be made to the Gender Recognition Act (2004) to allow for self-determination of gender, and that provision should be made for 16- and  17-year-olds to apply for gender recognition, alongside a number of recommendations to counter discriminatory procedures, demands and behaviors exhibited by the National Health Service and its staff.

You can read the report here [.pdf].

To read the Non-Binary Inclusion Project‘s response to the report, click here [.pdf].

Book Review: Men Can Wear Dresses Too, Caite Maye

mcwdtCertified bookworm and friend of Biscuit Sophia reads a first-hand account of living as a cross-dresser.

This intriguing book by Catie Maye explores the issues surrounding the lives of an often marginalised part of the transgender community, male cross-dressers and gender-fluid people.

Maye has approached the topic through the lens of her own experiences as a male-to-female cross-dresser and her widening exploration of what she calls her ‘feminine side’, at first tentatively and, as the years passed, with increasing confidence.

Born in 1960 and growing up in a working class area of London, Maye began cross-dressing at the age of nine (not untypical), and has continued to do so to the present day. She’s heterosexual and is married with children, which again is most common. The majority of male cross-dressers identify as straight (the percentage who identify as gay or bi is roughly in proportion to the figures for… Continue reading

Five Things to Watch if You Don’t Want to Watch Stonewall

By now, you’ve probably seen the trailer for Stonewall, the film accused of whitewashing, ciswashing and bierasing events that took place on Christopher Street, New York, in June 1969. If you’ve decided to #BoycottStonewall, consider watching one of these films instead.

1. Pay it No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P Johnson

Marsha P Johnson was an African American, bisexual transwoman, famed for being photographed by Andy Warhol and for her role in instigating the Stonewall Riots. This documentary tells her story though original footage of interviews with Johnson as well as interviews with her family and friends. You need to see it immediately.

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2. Stonewall (1995)

Stonewall, the final work of director Nigel Finch who died shortly after filming finished, is a fictonalised account of the riots written by Rikki Beadle Blair and based on the memoir Stonewall by Martin Duberman.… Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it from Us 4/7/15


2014-05-Life-of-pix-legs-Sarah-babineauHere’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

 

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You Didn't Hear it from us 11.04.15

Bessiesmith3Here’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

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Well intentioned, but unworkable: the NUS and cross-dressing

Genderqueer_pride_flagMuch has been said in the last few days about the NUS banning crossdressing from UK campuses. This is of course a massive overstatement. The offending resolution, passed at the NUS Women’s conference 2015, merely states that the conference should “issue a statement condemning cross-dressing as a mode of fancy dress”.

Reactions to the resolution have been largely negative (I had to go to a place no one should ever have to go – page six of Google’s search results – to find a blog post in favour of it) and a good  portion of that has been of the oh-won’t-someone-think-of-the-poor-straight-cis-men variety, which is just, y’know, *eyeroll*.

Here is the offending article in full. You can read a .pdf of the document here.

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The intent of the resolution is to decrease transphobia, but as the saying goes, intent is not magic, and the wording here is far from perfect. You do not have to search for long to find a slew of evidence supporting the assertion (noted under the heading ‘conference believes’) that trans and non-binary people are routinely denigrated in popular culture. This is categorically something we should work to end. Should cisgender men dress as women or, worse, ape hurtful and harmful trans* stereotypes with the sole intention of mockery? Obviously not. It’s tasteless, unoriginal verging on boring and it contributes to a culture of misogyny, trans- and whorephobia. It’s emphatically a good idea to ask people to consider their motivations when they cross-dress for entertainment. Likewise, it’s a good idea to promote sensitivity towards gender difference and acknowledge how our actions might contribute to a culture of transphobia and misogyny. But should we legislate against it? Well… no. Or at least, not like this.
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Community says gender is a spectrum, science finally agrees.

Prof._Dr._Dick_SwaabThe Medical University of Vienna this month released the results of a study that confirmed what we’ve known all along: gender is a spectrum.

The study was conducted by the Dutch Institute for Neurosciences in Amsterdam as part of a cooperation project between the Medical University of Vienna and brain researcher Prof. Dr. Dick F. Swaab, under the guidance of Rupert Lanzenberger. The study has been published in the renowned Journal of Neuroscience.

Gender is a complex concept, and certain sections of the LGBT community have been disparaging of trans identities, claiming that gender is, and can only ever be, socially constructed. This study provides evidence that gender is determined in the psyche and can be neurally represented

According to a press release:

It [is] now possible to demonstrate neural correlates (analogies) of the identity perception in the network of the brain.

It [is] furthermore possible to detect a strong relationship between the microstructure connections among these networks and the testosterone level measured in the blood. Lanzenberger: “These results suggest that the gender identity is reflected in the structure of brain networks which form under the modulating influence of sex hormones in the course of the development of the nervous system.

The study examined cisgender male and female subjects, and transgender people, revealing significant differences in the microstructure of the brain connections between male and female control subjects. Transgender persons took up a middle position between both genders.
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