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Transgender Organisations Network

Last Saturday, Consortium’s Trans Organisations Network (TON) member organisations came together for a Learning Day in London. The Conference, which brought together 30 representatives from across the UK, was designed to support Consortium Members running Trans Groups. The day kicked off powerfully with businesswoman Antonia Belcher from The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund, sharing her inspiring story and invaluable insights around bringing new resources into the trans movement globally. The delegates enjoyed a range of practical and interactive workshops run by the Consortium engagement team – boasting imaginative titles such as ‘Show me the Money’ (how to get...

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Husband Confesses To Killing Trans Wife

    Edward Anderson Photo from Facebook Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien was known as a leader within the transgender community. Among her many accomplishments was starting two beauty pageants for trans women: Miss Trans New England and Miss Trans America. She also fought fiercely for trans rights. Sadly, she will also be remembered for being the first transwoman killed in 2018. After an argument with her husband, Mark Steele-Knudslien, she would be found dead in her home. And the man who promised to love and honor her would confess to slaying the woman he once loved. Community Builder “She almost...

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Who do you grieve for, Mother? A transgender son’s desperate plea to his mother

Who do you grieve for, Mother? A transgender son’s desperate plea to his mother   Cassie Brighter Photo by Xavier Mouton Photographie I heard you on the phone with Grandma, Mom. You said you “needed time to grieve her.” And now I’m sitting here in my room, listening to Spotify, and Stormzy comes on with “Disappointed” and it’s just fucking perfect. Disappointed. Why would you grieve me, Mom? I’m right here. I’m right fucking here. I’ve been trying to get you to see me for a lifetime. Crying, now. Grownups are always scared of how angry we teens get. “It’s the hormones,” you say. The hormones. The hormones. The hormones. At Lara’s wedding you dressed me as a flower girl. I told you I wanted the tuxedo. I would’ve rocked that tuxedo. I looked ridiculous. “She’s adorable!” “She’s such a cutie!” “You have such a pretty daughter!” Fuck. Fuck. Fuuuuuuuuuck. Family vacation. San Diego. La Jolla Cove. Do you remember? I did not want to wear that. I. Did. Not. Want. To. Wear. That. “But you LOVE blue!”   I had gone out of my way to buy those swim trunks. With MY OWN MONEY. No trouble at all. No trouble for anyone. Planned in advance. “For God’s sake Tara, just put on the swimming suit!” Father. Furious. Father furious. Fathurious. “Be a good girl, honey.” Fuck. Fuck. Fuuuuuuuuuck....

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DATING: Are Men Who Refuse To Date Transgender Women Transphobic?

DATING: Are Men Who Refuse To Date Transgender Women Transphobic? Miss saHHara Is it discriminatory to refuse to date a trans woman? Was the question asked in a BBC Trending article earlier in the year when India Willoughby accused her fellow housemate Ginuwine of being transphobic because he refused to kiss her on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. “You would date me, yeah,” India Willoughby, a trans newscaster, asked. “Not if you were trans,” Ginuwine, an American rapper, replied whilst giggling. The writer of this article and I spoke extensively on the phone about this subject and why...

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A transgender woman from Newry has been awarded £9,000 after taking a sex discrimination case against Debenhams.

Belfast Telegraph By Allan Preston January 16 2020 A transgender woman from Newry has been awarded £9,000 after taking a sex discrimination case against Debenhams. Ava Moore attended an interview for Christmas work in 2018 at the Debenhams store in Newry. She was rejected for the job despite a positive interview in which she had sold an item to a customer. Ms Moore also received an anonymous email alleging she was turned down for being transgender. The case was settled with the help of the Equality Commission although Debenhams accepted no liability. The retailer said it was an “equal...

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