Posts tagged transphobia

Paddy Power: the real bill arrives

So the Paddy Power ad campaign is all just a bit of fun? Just for laughs?

Sadly, the evidence already beginning to come in is just the opposite – and pretty much in line with fears expressed at the supposedly more “alarmist” end of the spectrum. Read the rest of this entry »


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All bets off for Ladies’ Day in Cheltenham

We appear to be living in interesting times – which is not always a blessing. Because, as events around the Paddy Power fiasco unfold, I am beginning to sense that this story, after the heady days of the Leveson inquiry all of two weeks ago, has the potential for being a real trans disaster.

For that reason, I am going to ask all those currently getting hot under the collar to calm down, at least until tomorrow, when a few things will become a lot clearer. Read the rest of this entry »

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The day it changes…

T-day. Transition day. The day it all changes. After today nothing will be the same. Even if, on the surface, all is still the same.

Because today is the day when the UK’s press and media will finally, forcefully, be asked to face up to their awful responsibility for the hate and bigotry they foment on a daily basis. Read the rest of this entry »


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When is a man… not a man?

Sometimes – whisper it low – even tawdry rags like the Sun can do minorities a favour. Nah. Not by coming out in favour of, well, coming out. But by giving issues a good airing – or perhaps, more accurately, public kicking – and in the end moving debate and attitudes on.

So it was recently with their front page shock! horror! exposé to the effect that a woman who claimed over 1,000 sexual partners was actually… a man! Read the rest of this entry »


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News Feed: 11 year-old girl committed to mental institution for being transgender

News that an 11 year old trans girl in Berlin, Germany, is about to be committed to a mental institution by local authorities – following intervention by her absent father – has prompted grave concern by the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO). A petition has also been started on Read the rest of this entry »


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Good old fashioned rudeness

Before we descend, as it is possible that we might, into the minutiae of the distinction between ladyboys and transssexuals (and Jonathan Ross) I’d like to call a pause, step back and ask what it is that IS offensive in the wude boy’s wudery (a highly salacious routine about thai ladyboy “air stewards”).

And as with so many such issues, i am left wondering just how much this is to do with “teh tranz”…how much to do with simple, stupid boorishness.
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The damage done

For all those claiming that careless words don’t make much of a difference to anyone, i give you just one small piece of fall-out from the Sun’s New Year welcome to the trans community.

Remember? Its the one about how the MOD are spending a staggering £7,400 over two years out of a budget of £42bn to support individuals seeking to transition.

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