VIEWS: Conversations around gender identity: are things changing for the better?

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“We all have a responsibility to understand our own privilege and biases” BY ANT JACKSON How we talk about gender has really changed this year. For example, the UK Census truly reflected gender identity for the first time beyond the previous male and female only tick boxes, which formerly excluded trans and non-binary people.   It proved [….]

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Football for all

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Kick It Out’s Chris Paouros explains why LGBTQI visibility on the pitch is so important BY CHRIS PAOUROS, IMAGE BY @ENGLAND “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams. And during a European Championship, the captain of the England team [….]

OPINION: My journey towards acceptance as a queer bra fitter

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“I chuckled along with casual homophobia in public and cried in private” BY FELICE SOUTHWELL, IMAGES BY ELLIE THOMPSON Getting a bra fitting is a very intimate experience. It’s just you and a stranger in a room with one of you getting half naked. As a fitter, I make it my mission to try and [….]

I founded the UK’s first bi survivors network – I couldn’t have done it without trans people

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“The trauma of survivors like myself has been weaponised against trans women to deny them access to women’s shelters and other vital services” BY LOIS SHEARING I remember realising that I had been raped and sexually assaulted.  I was sitting in my childhood bedroom watching Trixie and Katya’s YouTube show Uuughhh on my laptop. It [….]

Join the fight for LGBTQI+ asylum claimants

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Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, DIVA meets two women who’ve had to navigate a “rigged” asylum system  BY PHILIP BALDWIN LGBTQI+ asylum claimants face unprecedented challenges in the UK, with the current government stepping up rhetoric criticising asylum claimants and migrants.  In this piece for DIVA, I look at two case studies [….]

A minor but inconsequential victory: Director of TransActual and Chair of Trans Media Watch reflects on the Maya Forstater case

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“Despite the press hype, there is nothing especially new or interesting in this verdict” BY jane fae I don’t know which is worse. The seeming unending procession of legal cases, brought by a peculiar alliance of self-identified “gender critical feminists” and their Christian evangelical buddies, and designed to make life for trans people difficult. Or [….]