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A woman hoping to become the first transgender MP in Westminster

A woman hoping to become the first transgender MP in Westminster says she wants to use her experiences to help others. Jessica Swift has been selected to stand for the Brexit Party in Grantham and Stamford ahead of the next general election. She said the process of transitioning had shown her how some people could behave badly towards others. The 52-year-old said she would fight for the rights of all groups. “Being transgender certainly gives me a unique understanding of people,” she said. “When you are a white, heterosexual male… you don’t get to see what discrimination really looks...

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The Missing ‘T’: Baselining Attitudes towards Transgender People in Northern Ireland

The Missing ‘T’: Baselining Attitudes towards Transgender People in Northern Ireland is a research report on work done for the Life and Times Survey in Northern Ireland. The research was conducted by social scientists based at Queen’s University Belfast and at Ulster University, and the report may be found here: https://www.ark.ac.uk/ARK/sites/default/files/2019-06/update128.pdf   This report is greatly to be welcomed and it highlights the complexities associated with transgender identity, noting for example that matters of transgender identify are frequently conflated with ‘LGB’ issues. I would suggest, however, that it marks a starting rather than an end point, providing valuable insights...

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My Wife Didn’t Know I Was a Woman Until Over a Decade Into Our Relationship

My Wife Didn’t Know I Was a Woman Until Over a Decade Into Our Relationship By Galen Mitchel I met my wife at the beginning of college. We were both part of the incoming class of 2009 at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. It was late summer. The heat was inescapable. Having grown up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, I had become accustomed to a certain sort of heat. The heat in Colorado was almost always the sort of dry heat where you turn a fan on, sit in the shade, and things mostly resolve themselves....

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It’s only words?

The Gender Recognition Act of 2004 defines a transgender individual as someone who: (a) has or has had gender dysphoria, (b) has lived in the acquired gender throughout the period of two years ending with the date on which the application is made, (c) intends to continue to live in the acquired gender until death. This may be open to refinement, but it makes it very clear that to be transgender is a permanent rather than an intermittent condition. By contrast, the generally accepted definition of the term ‘transgender’ is remarkably broad. In part, this is related to the...

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Welcoming our new Chief Executive

Focus: The Identity Trust are delighted to welcome our new Chief Executive the Rev Dr Linda Ballard, who also works as our chaplain. Linda has worked with us for a number of years as our family lead. She is the mother of a transgender son, Dr Finn Ballard, who is now grown up and living in Berlin. Linda recently completed her PhD in Theology, in addition to which she holds an honours BA (in English literature), a BPhil (in Mediaeval Studies), a Graduate Diploma in Divinity, an MTh and an MPhil (in oral narrative). Linda is an ordained minister...

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