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Author: Jenny List

Misgendering And The Real Woman

It is a sad fact of life for transgender people of all varieties, that sometimes we will be misgendered. Often instinctively even by people who are trying to get it right, but sometimes by unpleasant people doing so with malice. We can all tell which camp the offenders fall into, and we know how easy it can be for those doing it innocently because if we are honest with ourselves we may admit to have done it by mistake sometimes ourselves. We politely say the correct pronoun or honorific and move on, and in nearly all cases the person...

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Whose Voices Do You Want To Do The Speaking?

It’s been difficult to escape the storm of transphobic commentary from an unholy alliance of TERFs and right-wing dinosaurs over the last few months. The Government is to reform the Gender Recognition Act, and since this is anathema to the unholy alliance we have seen some very dark days indeed. A moment of light in the wilderness came from Owen Jones in the¬†Guardian, a paper that has been problematic to trans people in the past due to its provision of an¬†unquestioning platform for TERF hate speech, but which is slowly showing signs of mending its ways. In it, Jones...

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The Elephant In The Room When It Comes To HRT

Of the many medical options open to someone embarking on transition, it is probably hormone therapy which delivers the most benefit. You feel *much* better, some of the undesirable characteristics of what you are trying to leave behind go away, and you gain some of the characteristics appropriate for your gender identity. It’s no panacea, but life feels much better after HRT. There are several routes to HRT depending on which medical practitioners you are seeing and which protocols they follow, but the most usual seems to be that you can access a hormone prescription after a stay on...

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Doing A Pride Event As An Organisation

It’s the height of summer, and where this is being written that means I rarely see home on a Saturday. The ceaseless social whirl of the Trans Lifestyle, you ask? No, I’m working. A high proportion of my summer Saturdays are spent at Prides in my region, as I stand with some of my friends in front of a gazebo emblazoned with my trade union’s logo, and hand out information on workplace rights for LGBT+ people to the passing throng. We are heavily committed to Prides as individuals, as a committee, and as a wider organisation, we often help...

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The Baby Question

One of my greatest regrets in life is that I have never managed to start a family. I married someone whose enthusiasm for children turned out to be a lot less after marriage than it had been before we settled down, and as the years passed it eventually became clear that perpetual “When we’re ready” assurances really meant “Never”. It’s probably therefore now safe to admit something that as a trans woman that has always plagued me, I have an inconvenient brain that craves offspring. Had I been lucky enough to have been born with the right pipework instead...

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