Ex-Detainees Speak at 1,000+ Yarl’s Wood Protest

[Image description: “No Human Is Illegal” cardboard sign held up against Yarl’s Wood detention center gates, among many hands and tops of heads, with pink smoke billowing in the background] Content note: discussion of institutional racism and non-graphic mentions sexual & gendered violence “Shut down … Continue readingEx-Detainees Speak at 1,000+ Yarl’s Wood Protest

Review: Shakesqueer’d A Midsummer Night’s Dream

[Image description: Black and white shot of an actor in masc clothing with a donkey’s head, and a femme actor in ethereal wispy white clothes sitting together in a forest] Last week the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, London put on a wonderful queer take on … Continue readingReview: Shakesqueer’d A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

Interview with a former child detainee at Yarl’s Wood

Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is a detention centre in Bedford, UK which mainly houses women and families awaiting immigration. Many detainees are taken to Yarl’s Wood after dawn raids on their homes, and the centre has a history of hunger strikes by detainees protesting … Continue readingInterview with a former child detainee at Yarl’s Wood

“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

Photos from the Calais Solidarity Festival fundraiser #1

The Calais Solidarity Festival was organized by The London Latinx, Food Not Bombs, the London Action Resource Centre (LARC), Convoy For Calais, Refugee Youth, and others. From the first fundraiser’s facebook event page: Calais Solidarity Festival, taking place in mid-late October (Date TBC) is aiming … Continue readingPhotos from the Calais Solidarity Festival fundraiser #1

In Pursuit of Trans Healthcare: the NHS Psych Eval

The exchange between myself and an NHS psychologist during a “psychological evaluation” (psych eval); one of several bureaucratic hurdles on the way to gaining access to trans healthcare via the NHS. The conversation is abridged but quotes are verbatim. … Continue readingIn Pursuit of Trans Healthcare: the NHS Psych Eval