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The Moment I Knew My Child Was Trans

A simple shift in pronoun had transformed our depressed child into one with the happiness of a child who has finally been seen by their parents 26/02/2018 16:24 GMT | Updated 26/02/2018 16:24 GMT It’s 6am on a Saturday morning as I write this. I’ve been awake for hours, worried about the latest impact of a targeted campaign of hate directed at my child and those like her. Thinking about whether I can do anything to stem the tide. I don’t have long. Soon the kids will be tearing down the stairs, asking for TV, porridge, a game. When the interruption comes, I’ll be...

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What you need to know: Scotland’s women’s sector speaks out on gender recognition for trans people

CommonSpace spoke to a range of women’s and gender-based violence organisations about their views on proposed legal changes IN LIGHT OF the Scottish Government consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (2004), much debate has arisen over the potential impacts for gender equality efforts and for organisations working solely with women. The proposals would remove the need for a psychiatric assessment prior to legally changing the gender on a person’s birth certificate, lower the age at which this can be done from 18 to 16 – or younger with parental consent – and create a third, non-binary gender category. At...

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Paris Lees: My interview with Nick Robinson highlights everything wrong with debate about trans people

Paris Lees   1stMarch 2018, 10:00 AM     I recently took part in Nick Robinson’s podcast Political Thinking. Nick was the BBC’s politics chief for many years and also Political Editor at ITV. People take him seriously, and it was on that basis that I agreed to take part. The producers said they wanted to “discuss both political ideas and some of the personal experiences and reflections that have shaped [my] politics.” Cut to me sitting in a studio, jaw on the floor, while Nick tells me about “blokes who’ve had sex changes going into girl’s changing rooms in...

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‘I rode 250 winners as a man… now I’ll win as a woman’: Top jockey reveals her transgender journey

Victoria Smith spent over 50 years hiding her secret as Vince Smith – terrified of revealing who she really was in the macho world of racing Victoria Smith spent her whole career suppressing a big secret – terrified that she would become an outcast in the male-dominated world of racing. As Vince Smith, she hid her wish to be female, passing herself off as one of the lads and was even known as a bit of a hellraiser. Looking back over 50 years on her previous life as a man, she said: “I had a reputation for chasing women...

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Transgender first for Australian football as Hannah Mouncey is accepted

The Australian Football League (AFL) has agreed for the first time to allow a transgender footballer to play women’s football at state level. Hannah Mouncey, 28, who previously played at local level in Canberra, hopes to take to the field in the state of Victoria this season. The AFL said it wanted everyone to be able to play Australian rules football. Before she began her gender transition in 2015, Mouncey played for the Australian men’s handball team. The AFL’s decision means she can now partake in any of its affiliated state leagues during the 2018 season. The women’s sport...

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