Changes to Gender Recognition process don’t go far enough, say campaigners

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The cost has been cut from £140 to £5 but changes stop short of “meaningful reform” BY DIVA STAFF The cost of applying for a gender recognition certificate (GRC) has been reduced from £140 to £5, taking affect today (Tuesday 4 May).  Introduced under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, a GRC allows a person’s legal [….]

Here’s how trans people are marking Transgender Day of Visibility

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A day of joy, rage, advocacy and activism BY NADIA DAVIES Started in 2009 by US trans activist, Rachel Crandall, Transgender Day of Visibility is a day of celebration – a day for trans* people, in their beautiful diversity, to be visible and proud and celebrated. Here’s how trans and non-binary folks are marking their day. [….]

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Meet the blind trans musician fighting discrimination in the industry

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Chrissie Cochrane is blazing a trail for others to follow BY SOPHIE PERRY, IMAGES VIA INSTAGRAM As a blind transgender woman, musician Chrissie Cochrane knows more than most about discrimination and the various forms it takes.  Born in New Zealand at the end of World War II, 76-year-old Chrissie was blind at birth as her [….]

Travelling as a trans woman: Coffee In Madrid

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Samantha Marks remembers an awkward encounter with a pop star in Starbucks BY SAMANTHA MARKS Some years ago I went to Madrid to train as an English teacher. The training course was to last two months. Shortly before it commenced I checked into a hotel in the city centre on a temporary basis, before finding [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Valentina

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Director Cássio Pereira dos Santos tells DIVA about this uplifting trans story set in Brazil BY NADIA DAVIES Described as a timely and transcendent drama, Valentina is an impressive debut feature from Cássio Pereira dos Santos about a trans teenager trying to navigate social stigma and bureaucratic barriers.  Describe your film in three words.  Uplifting [….]

NEWS: Elliot Page files for divorce from wife Emma Portner

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The Juno star has reportedly filed for divorce, ending the pair’s three-year-long marriage  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Actor Elliot Page and his wife Emma Portner have made the decision to separate after three years of marriage.  According to TMZ, Elliot Page filed documents in Manhattan seeking the dissolution of the pair’s marriage on Tuesday. [….]