Tuesday , 25 June 2019

Tag Archives: Johanna-Alice Cooke

British press spin islamophobia after attack on trans women in Germany

Elisa and Jasmin image from N24

On the 18th of January, LGB, and transgender social media in particular, ignited with outrage as an assault on two transwomen in Dortmund, Germany, was reported by some online gay news websites and tabloid papers in a manner that assumed and highlighted that the perpetrators were Arab/Muslim refugees. The result of such reporting has been outrage and uproar on social ...

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Why the Transgender Equality Inquiry Report is groundbreaking

Transgender Inquiry

As KaleidoScot has already reported, the Women’s and Equality Select Committee published the report from it’s Transgender Equality Inquiry yesterday. Vic’s piece covers the implications for non-binary people but there are many other points that make this report groundbreaking. The single biggest recommendation in the entire report are paragraphs 4. and 7. “4. The Government must make a clear commitment ...

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Lib Dem leader: Tories “trail” on transgender rights


  Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has hit out at the Conservatives’ record on transgender rights, claiming that they are “trailing behind” and not responding to public opinion. Mr Farron, writing for the Huffington Post earlier this week, insisted that he hoped evidence of shifting attitudes towards transgender rights would “pave the way for change” from a government that, to ...

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Caitlyn Jenner apologises for offence caused


  Over the weekend, Caitlyn Jenner was widely reported as saying, ‘…If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress it makes people uncomfortable…’, in an interview with Time Magazine. Many of those reports, including KaleidoScot’s, treated those words as transphobic. Now, writing in WhoSay, Caitlyn has apologised for the ...

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Caitlyn Jenner comes out as a transphobe!


  There is a very ugly thing that exists within the transgender community that we don’t talk about much. There are many way to describe it, but perhaps the most descriptive is trans-on-trans transphobia: when one transperson judges or makes comment on another’s identity or appearance in order to denigrate, insult or exclude them. Or when one transperson judges another ...

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When reporting trans-children’s stories is not OK

Another happy PFLAG parent - Tim Evanson from Washington, D.C

There have been syndicated reports of, ‘Britain’s youngest transgender child’, circulating in the media recently. The Mail and the Metro in particular carried reports with pictures. However KaleidoScot isn’t going to supply links to those reports. There are many reasons why not. First of all, sensationalism is highly inappropriate and irresponsible when a trans-child is involved in a story. Being trans is ...

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Scotland over the rainbow or the “enlightened” myth?

Pink Saltire

Scotland’s culture is so overwhelmingly positive towards LGBTI rights, and “enlightened” to the point that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are increasingly attracted to living here. So suggests report in the The National, published on Friday, which claims that findings show that over 30 percent of those identifying as LGB have come to Scotland from elsewhere. The report draws on ...

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What should the campaign for Scottish trans-equality look like?


  It’s a serious question. In an ideal world there would be a populist mass-movement pressing for positive change as there was for same-marriage, but that isn’t going to happen for trans-equality because there simply aren’t that many of us. With the Scottish Government signalling that it is potentially going to tackle the issue of legislative trans-equality in the next ...

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Second transwoman dies in male prison

HM Prison Woodhill - Google Earth

It has emerged that a  second transgender woman incarcerated in a male prison has died. According to the BBC and Huffington Post, Joanne Latham, 38 was found unresponsive in her cell at the all male HMP Woodhall in MIlton Keynes on Friday morning. Attempts to resuscitate her failed and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Joanne had barricaded her ...

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Belief matters…or not? What is faith to an atheist?


  It’s commonly perceived that atheism is a lack of faith. That a person has no deeply held beliefs. Even that spirituality is wholly lacking from the atheist’s life. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lack of a, ‘big beard in the sky’, is no impediment to faith, belief or spirituality. For instance there is something that could ...

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