Autumn Festivals: Glasgay! Homotopia, Shout and Wise Thoughts

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Glasgay! – Glasgow A vibrant festival of gay theatre, comedy, music, film, art, exhibitions, dance and clubbing – held in venue throughout the city of Glasgow in Scotland and organised by GALA Scotland Ltd. GlasGay! now stretches for 30 days, and is said to be the UK’s largest LGBT cultural festival. Find Out More Homotopia – Liverpool Homotopia is a …

Headspace Reveals What It Is Really Like to Be Trans

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A new short film by trans advocate and film director Jake Graf demonstrates movingly the everyday dilemmas trans people have to face that cisgender people may not have recognised. See the film here. Jake is a writer, actor and director based in London, whose first four award winning filis a patron of ms, ‘XWHY’, ‘Brace’, ‘Chance’ and ‘Dawn’ have all been nominated for The Iris …

Transgender Day of Visibility 2017

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True Colours – Trailblazing Transgender Visibility in the British Armed Forces Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) takes place annually, on 31st March, to celebrate the achievements of trans people across the globe, by making them visible, and heard. I first became visible in 1998, when I finally became strong enough to live my true life and transition gender. It wasn’t …

Jenni Murray ‘Trans Women Shouldn’t Call Themselves Real Women’

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Last Sunday Jenni Murray, presenter of Women’s Hour on BBC Radio Four had an article published in the Sunday Times magazine which stated her view that Trans Women cannot be ‘real women’.  She based her statement on the belief that if trans women grow up in a male role, with male privilege and without other social aspects that most women …

The Jan Bridget Collection at Lancashire Archives is OUTing the Past in the North West

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The co-founder of Lesbian Information Service (1987-1998) and Gay and Lesbian Youth in Calderdale (1999-2011) is giving an introduction to the ‘Jan  Bridget Collection’ held at Lancashire Archives in Preston.   “All too often,” Jan said, “the history of LGBT people, in particular lesbians, is hidden.  It is fantastic that Lancashire Archives agreed to accept my huge collection of books, papers, …

Prejudice and Pride: Exploring LGBTQ History at National Trust Places

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Prejudice and Pride The National Trust Magazine have produced an article supporting their Prejudice and Pride exhibitions across some of their sites. “Many of our places were home to, and shaped by, people who challenged conventional ideas of gender and sexuality. 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, we’re exploring our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) heritage with …

Julie Bindel and The Working Class Movement Museum

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Response to Julie Bindel Appearing on Our LGBT History Month Calendar Since we released our first statement regarding Julie Bindel and the LGBT History Month calendar, we have had time to assess the situation and convene with the full management committee and our trustees to obtain a consensus. We, the trustees and management committee, represent a range of backgrounds with …

Caroline Paige – True Colours

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True Colours is the upcoming autobiography of Caroline Paige, who, in 1999, became the first officer to transition gender within the British Armed Forces. During her subsequent sixteen years of service, as a female navigator flying Battlefield Helicopters, she completed a total of ten frontline-duty tours, flying in some of the most dangerous skies in the world, including Bosnia, Iraq, …

DfE and Capita Clash over Gender on School Census

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The Department for Education and Capita, who run the schools’ managements information systems (SIMS) seem to have clashed over how to record the gender of transitioning or non-binary pupils on their census returns, which have to be completed by October the 6th. For the Government Department advises that the gender recorded for pupils should be decided by the pupils themselves …