Author: patrick

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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Euopean Commission Research for Transgender individuals

  Study: Transgender people in the EU The study focuses on legal gender recognition procedures and the position of transgender people in the EU. Are you transgender? Take part in a European Commission study. The European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers) is conducting a study to better understand the socioeconomic and sociodemographic position of transgender people in the EU. It also aims to understand how national legal gender recognition policies and procedures can influence this. ICF Consulting Services have been contracted to undertake the study on behalf of the European Commission. They have collaborated with members of the trans...

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There Is Only One Appropriate Response To Transgender People Believe them.

By Shannon Ashley Photo by Sharon McCutcheon   “God doesn’t make mistakes,” is a popular argument among evangelicals to promote various opinions. In the case of transgender people, I have repeatedly heard them say that “There are only two genders–male and female. And God doesn’t make mistakes.” Except, of course, when he does. I am 36-years-old, and I have long known about the existence of intersex people, aka hermaphrodites. I first learned about them by reading books and looking up backstories to various international films. As much as the evangelical leaders of my youth demonized homosexuals and “crossdressers,” they...

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What does being Transgender mean?

The term transgender / trans* has had different meanings over time. It is an umbrella term for anyone who crosses traditional gender boundaries permanently or periodically. While it may be the case that the term transgender is and has been differently understood over time, to offer this as the ‘meaning’ of the term transgender is to provide an almost meaningless explanation. The Gender Recognition Act of 2004 is much clearer, stating that a transgender individual: (a) has or has had gender dysphoria, (b) has lived in the acquired gender throughout the period of two years ending with the date...

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