The unnoticed need for masculine spaces

[Image description: Arnold Schwarzenegger as a young body-builder posing and flexing against an abstract cyan and forest green background] Gendered spaces are everywhere. In our patriarchal society masculinity is “default”, and lots of spaces are already masculine-only. These spaces are cesspools of machoism and competition. Because masculinity is … Continue readingThe unnoticed need for masculine spaces

Reflections on Trans Academia panel

Content note: institutional transphobia; Islamophobia; sexual assault mention   Details Tuesday 17 November 2015,  1900–2100 Main Building, City University, London From the facebook event page: “This panel explores some of the complexities of transgender and academia as they intersect” Host: Sahra Ray Taylor (she/her) Panel: Natacha Kennedy … Continue readingReflections on Trans Academia panel

Coming Out Day

Since you already know that I’m trans and queer (and also gay), let’s talk about basic civil rights struggles the LGBTQIA community still faces: Housing and employment discrimination Direct violence at the hands of lovers, family, and strangers “Trans panic” defense Higher incarceration rates and … Continue readingComing Out Day

“Real Life Experience” with trans healthcare in the UK

The wait time for an initial appointment with the Gender Identity Clinic in Charing Cross is about 12 months. In that appointment the doctor is supposed to verify your gender identity and pathologize your personal history, and five months later you’re given another appointment during … Continue reading“Real Life Experience” with trans healthcare in the UK