About that often misunderstood asterisk

Recently this post by Natalie Reed on the use of 'trans*' was proving controversial among many of the nonbinary and genderqueer people I follow on Twitter. I've talked about 'trans*' before, most recently when answering the Beyond The Binary panel, question 4. I personally have mixed feelings about words involving punctuation marks, especially ones that confuse… Continue reading About that often misunderstood asterisk

United Kingdom Census 2011 – Summary and Analysis

Earlier this year I wrote about the controversy around the question 'What is your sex?' in the 2011 United Kingdom census. In that article I established that the question of 'sex' was intended to record how the respondent subjectively saw their identity and that the Office for National Statistics and the Census Customer Services were… Continue reading United Kingdom Census 2011 – Summary and Analysis

How transgender organisations can demonstrate inclusivity

Some people with less common transgender identities express feelings of being made to feel excluded, erased or 'not trans enough' for general transgender spaces, organisations and even identity labels. However the organisers of these spaces intend that all transgender people should be welcome and included and do not wish to see anyone turned away. There… Continue reading How transgender organisations can demonstrate inclusivity

Neutrois Nonsense: SEPTA’s Gender Discrimination

Blog Neutrois Nonsense covers why SEPTA's insistence on including prominent binary gender identifiers on monthly travel passes is discriminatory towards trans*, genderqueer, gender variant and non-binary identified people and likely to cause inconvenience or exclusion. For those of you who don’t know, SEPTA is the SouthEastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority – ie, the one and only… Continue reading Neutrois Nonsense: SEPTA’s Gender Discrimination

Pink News: Interview with genderqueer performer CN Lester

PinkNews.co.uk: Genderqueer performer CN Lester, who identifies as neither male nor female, talks to Paris Lees about sexual harassment, operatic androgyny and a mutual fear of going blind. What harassment do you face? I don’t take hormones, so the majority of people perceive me as a woman, but obviously a woman who is transgressing gender… Continue reading Pink News: Interview with genderqueer performer CN Lester

United Kingdom Census 2011

Here in the UK we're asked to complete a census every 10 years. It is a legal requirement that all households accurately record certain details of those present on the day of the census, these details include each person's 'sex'. Unfortunately this question is worded simply as: 2, What is your sex? [] Male  … Continue reading United Kingdom Census 2011