Jones claims that she is a former sex worker, though naturally enough was short on any further details, and sounded curiously removed from the peoples’ lives she was discussing. She cheerfully told the students that camming reproduces a system of oppression, like heterosexism, sexism and ableism, which oppresses people. On the other hand, cammers reported ‘high rates of job satisfaction and experiences of pleasure’. Good rates of pay were also possible, she promised, but wanted to emphasise that doing the job wasn’t ‘just about money’, describing the global expansion of this sex industry as ‘exciting times’ and that sex workers had always been at the forefront of improving human sexual pleasure.
Jessica Herthel is a straight ally activist, who has made media appearances with Jazz Jennings, and wrote the book I am Jazz. About this event
Williamson moaned about the implications of COVID affecting the length of ‘transition’. There had been a shortage of hormones during lockdown and there were only three surgeons in the UK who do phalloplasty surgery (I met one of them, he was obese and fell asleep in the meeting). Juno Dawson had apparently compared being trans to having a power draining app on your phone, a metaphor I think we can all agree with.
With typical hyperbole we were told that the panel was made up of ‘five non-binary and trans superstars’. The law firm Latham & Watkins LLP sponsored the event and was facilitated by their internal LGBT network group, with two of the panel being on its LGBT leadership committee.
The Miriam Rivera Story is a podcast which looks at the reality TV series broadcast in 2004 called There’s Something about Miriam. The ‘something’ was that Miriam was a man, who hadn’t yet had his penis removed (we even hear that Miriam has undergone a medical inspection).
… with Charlie Craggs and Travis Alabanza About this event This is a live online event hosted by The Research Forum at The Courtauld and
I watched Charlie Craggs’ BBC documentary Transitioning Teens and just five minutes into it we learn that we can go online into trans forums to learn about how to source hormone treatments illegally and that other users are able to provide advice on all aspects.
Like other documentaries in this genre, the film is really about the mother and has the added dimension of providing a justification for mixed sexed sports. The mother is on a roller derby team (which appears to be mainly men) and she tells us she was drawn to the sport because it was inclusive of queer and transgender people. Roller derby is a full contact sport which appears to be 90 percent tackling, it has no governing body, and the rules of the game aren’t clear cut. I hesitate to denounce it as not a real sport, given my all-round ignorance on such things, but let’s just point out there’s no ball, and leave it at that.
The point of the debate was to find out how to coalition build; but only with people you basically agree with as it turns out. O’Hagan told us that there was a narrative being built around the idea that migrants and trans people were the enemy of the working class and said that in Parliament that very day there was a plan a foot to privatise the whole of the NHS (there wasn’t).
A night with Z-list celebs and career LGBTQ+ activists! What could be more Christmassy? Hello siblings! Dr Ranj Singh does intro. Boo-hoo poor beleaguered Stonewall.
The event was attended by around 90 people, the majority of whom were from the museum sector or PhD students in related study areas. The host, Richard Sandell, told us of his hurt that not everyone agreed that activism had a place in museums, and that the word ‘activism’ was beginning to be used pejoratively. Not just by the ‘right wing’ media either, but also amongst museum leadership itself! Sandell wants to reclaim the ethical roots of ‘museum activism’.
Another film festival, another film celebrating gender identity and body modification. Spoilers.
A content warning that suicide and depression will be discussed is the first screen, but not that a young woman will be humiliated and pushed beyond her comfort zone by her abusive boyfriend and camera crew repeatedly over years. So that’s my content warning.
Film festivals worldwide are suffering rapid onset gender dysphoria, because every single one carries at least one or two trans-themed films. This time it was
… who has a new book out. About this event Drag performer Bimini Bon Boulash will be joining us for a special livestreamed event, to
I know what you’re thinking, these three things have got nothing to do with each other. Let’s let an adult man explain why it is
I’m not even sure how I made it through the trailer to be honest. A group of Spanish trans women go on a road trip
About the event The idea that children can be ‘recruited’ into queerness or non-normative gender is an old one. Starting in the nineteenth century but
About this event Gender identity, fluidity and transition are complex issues – this day aims to discuss how to make services more inclusive and supportive.
This is a young adult fiction book published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK. Contains spoilers Summary of plot Spencer, a trans-identified female, goes to
If you want the short version … Mridul Wadhwa, the trans-identified man who wormed his way into a protected post meant for women-only as protected in the Equality Act, is not backing down on his recent comments made on the Guilty Feminist podcast. Not one bit.
About the event Needless to say, difficult questions around the complex medical problems arising from cross sex hormone use were never fully discussed. GPs up
Nancy Kelley kicked off a week-long Pride festival held online for NHS staff, funded by NHS England. About the event Why Pride? A history of
About this event Join us to hear Dr. Howard Chiang discuss his new monograph, Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific. This talk proposes a new paradigm
Introduction So, Shon Faye, Stonewall employee, has a new book out. One likely overly fair critical review of the book has already landed from The
Introduction To think people actually paid to be in the audience to watch Torrey Peters on a screen is kind of mind boggling, but it’s
About this event Join us for one of Switchboard’s digital Pride events, bringing together an incredible panel of artists and activists to celebrate and uplift
Petra, you will recall recently shot to fame when he was made cover girl of WI life, has been busy up and down the Women’s
About the event The debut conversation for our new panel series will explore the intersection of trans masculinity and kink, one night only! The intersection
Contains spoilers and explicit sexual content. So let’s start with damning-with-faint-praise first; this is the best piece of trans-themed art that I have so far
Pink News held a three day conference on the issues faced by the trans and non-binary community. They called this a Trans Summit, which is
About the event Join us to read and discuss Jules Gill-Peterson’s monograph, Histories of the Transgender Child. The session will feature an introduction by Jules
The image Industrial iron ball in black and white to represent ‘pregnant bodies’. Apt. The title Surely a contender for Worst Tautology Award? The blurb
Jamie Windust has written ‘In Their Shoes’ their own personal story about ‘navigating non-binary life’. It’s a wonderful book and the prose bears more than
Sophie Lewis is at the far end of the most loony aspect of ‘feminism’, or any ‘ism’ really, if we’re going to be honest about it.
Cooper wisely decided not to talk about the biological basis of sex, this was ostensibly because it was the ‘focus of a bitter conflict’ and she isn’t a biologist. She acknowledged that women had concerns around single sex spaces, sports, and data collection.