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    • April 10, 2017 9:46 PM BST
    • There is also a Transvestite childrens TV series called Shezow.  A boy puts on a magic ring and transforms into a female superheroine.  Its a bit of a giggle, but goes a long way to show how peoples perceptions of gender are changing.

       

      Alice

    • April 10, 2017 9:41 PM BST
    • The US figures are 48%.  This is quite high, but remember that religion is quite a major part of life over there.  Add to this the general American conservativism and there is a lot of social and religious presure placed on anybody who does not fit in with this strict picture of American youth.  In the UK, from what I have been able to find, I believe that the figure is closer to 28%.  This would seem to be quite high, but not really considering that many young people find it hard during teenage years.  Tryting to find out who you are and being allowed to be that person is traumatic for many.  This is especially true for transgender teens.

       

      My own teanage years were not bed of roses and I tried a mixture of alcohol and sleeping pills to solve my problems.  Furtunately I puked before I could do too much damage (I never was a great drinker).  Just as well or we would be doing this via ouiji board.  The main thing that I remember was that I felt alien and alone and just generally in pain.  My main motivation was that I wanted the pain to stop and could not face the prospect of another 50 or so years feeling like that.  

       

      That was a long time ago and I can say that I am happy that I was able to pull myself together.  However, painfull memories, even now, so I will shut up about it.  But if anybody wants to talk about their own issues, PM me.

       

      Alice

    • April 7, 2017 9:36 PM BST
    • Hi,

       

      I am currently studying for a qualification in education and, as a part of my main project I would like some input from the tg population with regard to a quiz that I have developed:

       

      https://www.allcounted.com/account/dashboard?uid=8wupm1thobf4j#

       

      I am interested to see if any particular data drops out of this from tg participants.  Please note -  This is not a COGIATI style test and is simply looking at education.

       

      Thanks

       

      Alice

    • March 16, 2017 3:10 PM GMT
    • Big uproar in the press and media about the budget and raising the self employed persons Nat Insurance levy from 9% to 11%.

      So what!,    The advantages of being self employed..   A self employed person has no direct employer to top up their NI contributions, which indirectly reflects on the wages/salary they are paid as opposed to someone on PAYE, (pay as you earn)

      Self employed people have all sorts of tax relief that people on PAYE don't get.   PAYE people cannot claim expenses, for travel to work, clothes for work, dry cleaning, percentages of their utilites for operating a business from home.   Mobile phones costs, road tax and insurance for vehicles used during the course of their business, maintenance costs.    My travel Card costs me £1,892 per anum, Tax deductable, big chunk for those who work for companies on PAYE.   I also have a private pension plan and accident cover, also tax deductable, those on PAYE now the government has a policy that emplyees have to pay in the employer pays in, so this also reflects on wages salaries on offer.

      I do accounts for quite a few self employed tradesmen, they claim for washing and replacing their work clothes, boots shoes, tools, even a business suit to go and see clients, all stuff people on PAYE have to pay for after tax.   Overall the self employed will pay the same as NI as those on PAYE, they will get the same state pension, Medical and if they don't earn enough they will still get income support.   SO STOP WHINGING, not forgetting the odd unacountable cash jobs. get an accountant, Oh! thats also a tax deductable item.

       

    • March 1, 2017 7:12 PM GMT
    • Hi all, 

      ok. so firstly let me be clear, i am not transgender, but i am somewhat familiar with the feelings that the transgender population have since i am somewhat alike, unlike feeling like a female traped in a male body, i strongly feel like a 2-4 year old child stuck inside a 40 year olds body. Now before anyone jumps to conclusions and shouts AB (Adult baby) i will say the following, based on the consensis that is an "adult baby" NO.

      let me explain.

      The main prospect to AB's is a sexual attraction to diapers, this means that the term AB is classed as a fetish. 

      what makes me different is.

      i have no sexual drive, None what so ever, i cannot abide sexual intercourse, nor do i conform to any form of personal satisfaction. as such i do not fall into the same catagory as AB's.

      i have been having therapy for the last year, and appear to suffer from some sort of DID, (Dissasociate identity disorder) although, the official diagnosis is long away.

      Anyway, i though i would come on here and ask a question.

      i have been wondering, what transgenders would say to taking care of someone like myself, in a way adopting (not quite) and becomming parents. I know that the option is aviallbe to adopt children, but the criterea is extremely difficult, and wondered since you are aware of the feelings that are associated with this, that you would understand more.

      just a question..

       

      cheers

    • February 2, 2017 2:17 PM GMT
    • Hi everyone,

       

      My name is Ben and I am currently completing my PhD at Kingston University. Gender expression, trans issues, equality issues are all issues close to my heart and have always been at the forefront of my research.

      I am currently doing some research into low level, everyday experiences of abuse and hate crime targeting the trans community.

      I am in the middle of piloting a survey and would appreciate any responses by anyone who has the time and this may be of interest too. There is a question at the end asking for feedback on the survey.

      It should take around 20 minutes to complete and you can withdraw at any time. The link is below and thank you in advance for anyone who has the time to complete the survey.

      http://kingston.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d4k5WarJj0W8ZZH

    • January 27, 2017 9:59 AM GMT
    • Being new and noticing this thread is fairly old I'll assume most of the replies from members are over and done with.
      I am from Bristol and here things are very well sorted !
      There is always something to do any day, anytime, 365/24/7 ! So if your ever in the area give me a shout and I'll be happy to help !
      Bristol is a very vibrant and active city. There are help and meeting events for the very newest and shyest person to the very most "Out there !" people !

    • January 17, 2017 9:58 PM GMT
    • We are looking for LGBT+ volunteers over the age of 16 for a research study on bullying and well-being. The study will involve one online survey (which includes questions which ask about your sexuality and gender identity).You are under no obligation to reply to this advertisement or the online survey. However if you choose to, participation in this research is voluntary and you may withdraw at anytime. The study is approved by King’s College London Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery Research Ethics Subcommittee reference HR-16/17-3969.

      We are conducting a research study looking at the link between experiences of bullying and psychological well-being in LGBT+ people. Your participation will increase our knowledge about mental health issues affecting the LGBT community. You will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires about your gender identity, sexual identity, age, gender expression, bullying experiences, outness and well-being levels. Overall, this study should last no longer than 20 minutes.

      kings.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/victimisation-in-lgbt-populations

      For more details please contact Grace Robinson (grace.robinson@kcl.ac.uk) or Thivija Sabanathan (thivija.sabanathan@kcl.ac.uk).

    • January 11, 2017 1:11 PM GMT
    • Hi all, 

       

      I hope you don't mind me posting, I'm currently in my final year of a psychology with child developoment degree. I am trying to write my dissertation piece on gender identity disorder and would love to get in touch with people who may consider taking part, it would involve; completing a questionnaire and taking part in an interview lasting roughly one hour. Any involvement would be completely confidential. I hope to hear from some of you regarding taking part, I can give you further information if you think you might be interested.

      Megan

    • December 4, 2016 5:11 PM GMT
    • The last few days, the papers have been full of the 'worst sex scandal ever, worse than Saville''   Firstly it was reported that Saville abused underage children, people that were confined to their beds in a hospital when he was a volounteer helper.   Disgusting, debased, horrific, the latest is about a football scout, (seems everybody knew at the time) who abused young apprentice players, presuming that all these talented young players were of a consenting age, while not condoning the behaviour, the position of advantage, I wonder how many of these so called young apprentices were overcome by the urge to be famous players earning mega bucks, at the time thought giving a few BJ.s whatever would help their careers along, we hear the same with aspiring actresses, singers, performers. (casting couch springs to mind) I am not saying people that have come forward neccessarily fit the profile, BUT if everybody knew, perhaps it was some sort of recognised behaviour, you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.  

      I do not condone the behaviour of those in a 'trusted position' being able to demand sexual favours, or any sort of favours. from those who are dependant on advancement in any position.   BUT I am sure it happens in all walks of life, from entertainment, politics, sport even in comerce and industry.    Those accepting the favours are just as bad as those demanding them, then suddenly it's news.   I wonder how many 15 year old girls, dress up like 23 year olds, go to night clubs with forged ID's to pull famous football stars, pop stars, then complain later.   Been there and done that, unfortunately, whatever, never pulled anyone famous to my knowledge..   I certainly would not have the audacity, to make a claim later on in my life.    If you plant a seed, you are basically responsible for what grows.

    • November 28, 2016 2:27 PM GMT
    • Hello everyone,

       

      I'm writing to you all to ask if you would please take a look and share my GoFundMe campaign.

      I'm trying to raise money for my younger sibling, Sarina, to transition.

       

      I would be ever so grateful if you would perhaps just have a look.

       

      Please, help me help her. I love her more than words can say and I want her to be happy.

       

      This is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/sarinas-new-beginning

       

      Thank you.

       

      Anna x

       

    • November 17, 2016 12:14 PM GMT
    • Hellooooo :)

      I'm part of a group which is trying increase support for gender diversity by developing an app to make access to gender neutral toilets easier

      We have conducted loads of research to inform our ideas but are in desperate need of some good feedback

      It would be really helpful if anyone could have a look and give us some feedback on it

      http://taichiucl.weebly.com/

    • November 17, 2016 12:14 PM GMT
    • Hellooooo :)

      I'm part of a group which is trying increase support for gender diversity by developing an app to make access to gender neutral toilets easier

      We have conducted loads of research to inform our ideas but are in desperate need of some good feedback

      It would be really helpful if anyone could have a look and give us some feedback on it

      http://taichiucl.weebly.com/

    • September 27, 2016 8:24 PM BST
    • Snap! What's your daily target? I've got to the point where I can consistently exceed 10k steps, but I'm not seeing any weight loss yet. Not sure that I want to up the target with winter approaching ☔️

    • September 26, 2016 4:08 PM BST
    • Thanks Wendy.  I can't live without my Fitbit now.  It's taken over my life completely!

    • September 26, 2016 10:13 AM BST
    • New map for walking while using Tube

      Transport for London (TfL) has just released an official Tube map showing the number of steps between stations in zones one and two, so you can plan how to sneak in some extra steps each day.

    • September 27, 2016 12:04 AM BST
    • In line with the GRA in the UK, a pre op without a Gender Recognition Certificate cannot use common changing rooms or open shower facilitie

       

      Seems there is a thread missing in the law forum. Let me expand on my statement above, Transexuals not in reciept of a GRC and or pre-op shall not use common/open changing, shower facilities or dormitories, to avoid ofending other users or invite derogatory rhetoric upon themselves or invite threatening or abusive behaviour to themselves, think about it many swiming changing rooms and shower facilities would have mothers and young children present.

       

      Many people just read the 'press for change' web site and the 'gires' web site, where they advocate a change in the law, and take it as a fact.   It is a right that transgender people who are undergoing supervised transition can ask for a seperate facility to be made available

       

    • August 29, 2016 4:19 PM BST
    • Hi all. I've just signed up in the hope that someone out there might be able to help me get back in contact with my sister. I lost touch with her several years ago (despite asking her to stay in touch!) and the email address I have for her is no longer valid but I really do want to know she's OK. Born Peter Fifield but now known as Jade, the last time I heard from her she was DJing in London (and elsewhere) and also helping/advising others with make-up. Any pointers to her would be really appreciated, or point her in the direction of this post if you know her but are worried about passing on her details? Many thanks, John.

    • June 22, 2016 9:02 PM BST
    • Jane county did it in the eighties 

    • June 22, 2016 8:57 PM BST
    • Thank you Lucy

      xx

    • June 22, 2016 8:48 PM BST
    • Just smile and be yourself, Bea.

      xx

    • June 22, 2016 8:42 PM BST
    • I have my first appointment next week any tips 

    • April 20, 2016 7:44 AM BST
    • Some replies to my post of TWO years ago.  Thanks for those inputs. Obviously things have moved on considerably. The answer was of course obvious but I was confused at the time by them.  Basically they handled me incorrectly. 

       

      So I am no longer seeing anyone at the GIC and doing it all privately including using a trans aware GP.  I still do not agree with the GIC methods. But I realised I do not actually need them to tell me who I am.  I have never wavered from that course.

       

      I never stopped what I was doing but I, like others of the 1960s/70s, have a passivity and deference to people in authority like medics, lawyers etc.  I always thought doctors knew what they were doing and their opinions had to be right. In the face of strong opinions from people, I tend to clam up. I find it hard to think on the fly. Now I know differently about myself and I know how fallible they are!  From chats on Facebook I know others are also unhappy with their treatment by GICs.  

       

      But things are changing...

       

      This idea of self-declaration of gender currently doing the rounds via MP Maria Miller which to me, means the GIC is more marginalised and at least we have the nascent beginnings of acceptance of trans people.  We're more visible for sure.  I expect self-declaration will lead to the next thing, medical treatment on demand as a routine.

    • April 19, 2016 9:47 PM BST
    • Sorry Crissie I was doing 10 jobs at the same time in my response above. You do have a worthwhie life now and I am sure you are happy and content. Yes we could do without the hurt but for some of us I believe it makes us better human beings in the end. It makes us more understanding and caring and as you well know there are not enough who do understand or care but you do , that makes you special in my eyes. You have not turned out bitter as some do and I am proud to call you my friend and you should be proud of what you have achieved.

       

      Back to work now. Take care , Julia xxx

    • April 19, 2016 8:47 PM BST
    • True Crissie but when the gender clinic are trying to get into someones head they ask what could be called silly questions but they have obvious answers.

      They know what the answer should be to any question they ask , they are not a trick questions but there is only one choice out of the two and by asking questions such as above they can figure out the gender your mind thinks as.

       

      I was never asked that question but was asked random questions thrown into conversation once they have you in what they consider to be a comfort zone.

      Sadly there was never a question asking would you had rather had been born normal per se and that is because the answer is to obvious.

       

      Julia xx

    • April 19, 2016 8:17 PM BST
    • Surely if one had a magic wand, the sensible ones would whish to be normal per se, I would have missed all the hurt and angst, but being 'normal' would I have  a contented and happy worthwhile life, now.   If one could see into the future, one could win the lottery every week.   It's a chicken and egg question there is no answer.

    • April 19, 2016 8:01 PM BST
    • There is only one answer to the 2 questions above. Think about it.

    • April 19, 2016 10:30 AM BST
    • Hi Julia,Nichola,

                            Its interesting Julia comments about 1% being Transgendered.I made a blog post "silly numbers ,UK Transgendered" which relates the numbers to the health service provision for UK.Summarising Officially the BBC and NHS put a figure of 1 in 10,000 as being transgendered based on about 6.5thousand currently living inthe UK,population roughly 65million,who have officially registered themselves as Transgendered by making a definite registering to a government Department that counts.so name change ,Passport change,driving licence change to indicate a definite personal action to change their Birth gender.

        So currently the UK NHS provision for 1 in 10,000.which is a long way from 1 in 100.Personally I get the impression that 1 in 1000, will be affected by significant gender dysphoria in their lives.

      As julia points out and I am also aware many GICs have a problem with non attendence, and its quite likely that there are some non attendances by people with a genuine problem.

      Overall the Government and NHS are playing bad side ,nice side between them to deal with the discrepancy in numbers and resourcing. Best bet for me was to get a good relationship with NHS ,and if you can identify people in the  NHS who do private work, so you can progrees this and not feel you have been left out.There are some really excellent people in the UK in the NHS and medical profession who understand transgendered people and can help.

         

    • April 18, 2016 8:19 PM BST
    • Nichola the NHS website can be very helpfull if you look in the right places. One thing you should never do is believe everything you read on the internet from random websites. The reason you can believe me is because what I have told you to do is how I was prescribed hormones 6 months before my first appointment at the gender clinic , also people on here will tell you I would not lie to you or anyone else.

       

      If you are a smoker you will have to stop smoking for 3 months before you can be prescribed any hormones , and they will test you to make sure you have stopped.

       

      Take care , Julia

    • April 18, 2016 8:07 PM BST
    • thanks Julia - i will try that - I don't want to have to go down the road of buying stuff from Ebay whioh might be a cure for Horse flu or weed killer. I hear of others having had all sorts over the past months  (hormones and physh tests etc) yet I am still waiting for an initial appointment. The NHS site is useless - so little info on there.  Honestly it warns that we will have to sit to pee after having my willy cut off. As if I don't know that - it dioes not tell me that I needn't have great holes carved me if I don't want to. I found that out from a friend who was about to have exactly what I want while she was making a pot of tea.

       

      Nichola

    • April 18, 2016 7:30 PM BST
    • Okay Nichola here is what you need to do. Information now deleted

       

      Take care , Julia

    • April 18, 2016 7:00 PM BST
    • 1 yes - my GP is marvelous.

       

      2 yes all the time for nearly 2 years now

       

      3 no not at all

       

       

      Nichola

    • April 18, 2016 6:36 PM BST
    • A couple of questions Nichola.

       

      (1) Do you have a good relationship with your GP?.

      (2) Have you been living your life fulltime in your unassigned gender at birth without reverting back.

      (3) If you have reverted back even for just a day could it have been possible that anyone from the NHS could have seen you?.

       

      Those questions have nothing to do with your appointment but there is a good reason I am asking that could help you.

       

      Take care , Julia.

    • April 18, 2016 5:45 PM BST
    • I found out some bad news from the Trans Gender clinic today - it looks like September before I even get my first appointment. It is a shame that someone like me who went into this with a positive attitude is now resigned to the fact that I will never get on hormone treatment and even less likely to ever get surgery. Once I know how much money I will have available this Autumn I will seriously look at paying for the operation myself. I am reluctant to buy hormones from the internet - they may end up being weed killer. The worst thing I did was to follow advice from someone to opt for Exeter as my choice of clinic. I have found out more from a chat with someone while making a brew a tea than than I got from their website. I honestly thought we had risen from the dark ages but it seems they are still with us.

      Nichola

    • April 18, 2016 5:14 PM BST
    • Thank you Donna. I seriously do not think people who work within the NHS would put their jobs and career at risk by discriminating towards anyone including transgender people. As Crissie has pointed out some are not familiar with gender itentity disorders but that is most likely due to the lack of actually meeting people have GID's.

       

      I would say at least 5% of the population have some kind of gender itentity issue. I would also say that at least 1% of the population are actually transexual. Some just live with it and hide it and if something is hidden then how will anyone learn?. We see peoples stories on here and the internet that they cannot hide it anymore. When that happens it starts to affect their familys , if they married and had children the problem then gets 100 times worse.

       

      My doctors and staff at my surgery call me special , that is ridiculous as there is nothing special about me. They know and I know I am not 1 in 10.000 , the idea of the poster was to let people know it is okay to talk to your doctor. I hope young people who see it can now feel confident enough to tell their doctor. Admittedly the doctors have learnt from me over the years so they now know how the system works and they also know they can ask me anything.

       

      Yes waiting lists on the NHS are long but they are long for other problems not related to being transgender.

      The main problem the NHS gender clinics have in the UK is time wasters. 50% of appointments are no shows , most cannot even be arsed to cancel the appointment so someone else can take it. One of the first things I was asked was , will you be able to accept an appointment at short notice if we have a cancellation? My answer was yes and I did take someone elses slot. If people are genuine they would do the same but some do not.

       

      A member of this website admitted they flushed their appointment down the loo and never cancelled it. If that is their attitude then to me it is shouting out loud they are not serious.

       

      That person who called the BBC was put on air just before the program ended , that is now the second time I know of that the same person has done the same thing , phone in at the last minute.

       

      Take care , Julia x

    • April 18, 2016 8:58 AM BST
    • I find it really Sad that the media especially on  "call ins"will often prioritise the most extreme and distorted view.The BBC is a "Public Service Broadcaster" by Charter ,but does a dis-service especially on the NHS,.My Mum spent her working life as a Nurse in the NHS, my sister is still working as a Nurse ,and my long term partner works in the NHS also.I get to hear their experiences and they end up dealing with a lot more than "the physical health" patient problems that are easy to label and count.

        When there is a "transgender " feature on the Radio, I can remember that on more than one occassion someone gets in to comment along the lines of -"There are so many more deserving cases of NHS care than Transgender people, -I do hope they are not depriving others and costing us money".

      Personally I decided to pay for all my Treatment, and there is every indication that many trans people in the Uk are doing the same simply because the waiting times for referral and backlogs are so long that many are going privately .The BBC should acknowledge that there is the unheard of and unseen voice of many transgendered people who STILL  feel they cannot get any help and are stigmatized.

      The biggest improvements by The NHS are when you can just go to your GP and know that there is someone not judging you and putting a poltical social judgement on you.I cannot fault the NHS as all the people I have encountered have been helpful and considerate even though they are working in very resource constraint circumstances.

      BTW someone wrote in to the Telegraph to say the Junior doctors  problem is down to too many female doctors being trained up, and then leaving  ...and it got published !!!

       

    • April 17, 2016 4:31 PM BST
    • Thank you Crissie. I agree some do not know about or understand about transexualism as the first GP I told admitted it , she was very willing to understand though. That day I told her was the last time any of the staff at my surgery saw me as that him thing I was pretending to be. I felt comfortable and confident enough to change fulltime that day , I have never looked back. I can recall her saying to me "I wondered why you always asked to see a female doctor" I have done all of my adult life.

       

      We worked together and she gave up her time to research and refer me to the right place.

      I cannot fault any treatment I have had on the NHS.

       

      The I want it now or only hear what they want to hear gang need a reality check , it is not like a broken finger that can be fixed and forgotten about in a few weeks this is life changing. They have to be sure and for good reason. When I speak about trans issues anywhere I speak for myself and my experiences. The person I mentioned above cannot say the NHS is the reason for high suicide rates , I could not believe what I was hearing. I just hope the BBC take notice of my email and do not allow that person live on air in the future , unless it is to apologise for their ignorance.

       

      Thank you again , Julia xx

    • April 17, 2016 3:32 PM BST
    • I can honestly say I have never encountered malcious behaviour from any NHS staff, always careing and compasionate, I have met a few that were unfamilar with transexualism and gender identity disorders, especially from therapists, apart from one who seemed to have his own disorder problems, in the main they admitted they were not qualified in this field, but were gracious enough to give me their time and made enquiries to refer me to someone who was, the staff at Addenbrooks were beyond reproach.

       

      Perhaps there are too many who want it NOW, or only hear what they want to hear. not understanding the dangers of fast track and avoiding the work they need to do, to be succesful, confident and contented at the end.

    • April 17, 2016 12:58 AM BST
    • I was listening to a radio program during the week and the topic of being transgender came up again.

      For the second time someone calling themselves Julia phoned in , it was not me. Anyone who knows me would know it is not me because I do not have a croaky old voice as this person does.

      The problem is this person has serious problems with what seems the whole world. The person said live on air that it is GP's and the NHS that causes high suicide rates in transgender people.

       

      Since my transition over a decade ago I must have seen well over 100 GP's and sh*t knows how many nurses , not one of them has shown me any disrespect. I know I am not in a minority but that person is telling what could be a bad experience they had to hundreds of thousands of people. If they had a problem telling the world we all do is totally wrong.

      I have already sent an email to the BBC telling them not to allow that person on air again. That person does not represent me and I would think not the majority of other transgender individuals either.

       

      The doctors I have seen within the NHS saved my life they did not put an end to it. Without them I would have committed suicide before I even began my transition. The day I told the first doctor about me being transexual was like having a ton of bricks lifted off me. The female doctor was kind thoughtfull and and put the wheels into motion as soon as she could to get me referred to the correct place , she even stayed behind after surgery had finished 2 or 3 times a week to help me.

       

      I created a poster that has an image of me on it explaining to people you are in the right place to talk to your doctor about gender dysphoria. That poster is displayed in both waiting rooms in my doctors surgery which has over 10.000 patients. So here am I doing my best to tell people your doctor will understand and help and that other person saying they will push you to suicide.

      I know I am right because there is nothing different about me than any other person. So if one person has a bad experience or if anyone reading this does just see a different doctor , do not lie on live radio making out the NHS has no time for us. The NHS is having to make cuts in all areas they are not just picking on us.

      Every single experience I have had with them has been good. I am the only transexual patient at my local doctors and a new nurse at my surgery who took my blood last week told me I am the first transexual she has seen for about 12 years.

       

      I would be interested to know if anyone has had any problems with the NHS , I mean real problems not things like having to wait your turn , then when it is your turn you cannot be arsed to turn up. Keep it honest please.

       

      Thank you and take care xx

    • January 22, 2016 3:38 PM GMT
    • A guide to recognising and reporting homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

       

      Mythbusting facts ‘I can’t call the police and tell them someone called me names!’ If you’re walking down the street, or in some other public place such as a railway station, and someone shouts homophobic or transphobic abuse at you, so that you feel upset or threatened, this is a hate incident or a hate crime. The police will take it serious.    Under the law they have a requirement to act,

      see-:  We must always be on our guard to ensure that the courts are made aware of any element of discrimination that may be present in a particular case. The CPS has a duty to ensure that where aggravating features are present in a case, the correct charge is preferred and the facts relating to motivation are brought to the attention of the sentencing court. Prosecutors must pay particular regard to the provisions of sections 28-32 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (increase in sentences for racial or religious aggravation) and section 146 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA) (increase in sentences for aggravation related to disability or sexual orientation and gender).


      ‘Everyone has a  fundamental human right to a basic level ofdignity and privacy. It is unlawful to make  negative comments about anyone’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or transgender  status.’

       

      GIRES - (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) a charity also has an online reporting facility , you can choose to ask them to forward your details on to the local Police Force in your area in addition to providing them with information for their system.

       

    • January 19, 2016 7:30 PM GMT
    • The provision of community safety/neighbourhood services is relevant to
      trans people as many experience anti-social behaviour or hate crime.
      Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act requires local authorities in
      England and Wales to consider crime and disorder reduction and
      community safety when carrying out all service delivery and duties.
      Local authorities in Scotland promote safer communities through local
      community safety partnerships.
      The Equalities Review research found that 46% of trans people had
      experienced harassment in their neighbourhoods and that 73% had
      experienced some form of harassment in public. Hate crime research
      has found that nearly a third of hate crimes occur outside the victim’s
      home and 20% of incidents involve neighbours.23
      Transphobic hate crime is now one of the five ‘strands’ of hate crime
      recorded by the police – but often trans people are reluctant to report it.
      This may be because of previous bad experiences with the police or
      because they fear reprisals by neighbours and that the criminal justice
      process will ‘out’ them as trans (see Chapter 6). Anti-social behaviour
      officers need to be alert to the possibility of victimisation of a person
      because of their trans status.    The GRA even with it ammendments is not complete in its entirity, one has to refer to other laws, and the ammendments made to them that facilitate changes relevant to parts of the GRA, ie the marriage act the Human rights charter, criminal law, etc.

      For Judith for interest  http://gendersociety.com/forums/topic/9957/temp-grc-divorce

       

    • January 19, 2016 5:48 PM GMT
    • Hi Cris,

      Thanks for your thoughtful reply :)

      With regard to hate crime, the report notes: "Trans hate crimes do not currently have parity in the law with other hate crimes. There is no provision for separate transphobic “aggravated offences”, equivalent to those that now exist under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in respect of racist and faith-hate crimes. There are also no offences relating to “stirring up hatred” against trans people, as there are for race, religion or sexual orientation under the Public Order Act 1986". I think it's this differentiation in focus which is signifcant; there can be little doubt that the prosecution and conviction rates for transphobic offences are
      tiny by comparison to the amount of hostility taking place, and any changes which demonstrate that the trans community is entitled to the same protection as other groups with protected characteristics must, I feel be seen as positive.

      With regard to the Gender Recognition Act, the report acknowledges that it is 'dated', and that the Equality Act 2010 is the flagship legislation for groups with protected characteristics,including the 'gender reassignment' characteristic. The belief when the 2010 Act was passed into law was that non-binary members of the trans community would derive protection from the clauses relating to 'perception' - the Act prohibits discrimination because someone is perceived to be a person who has, is or plans to undertake a permanent reassignment of their gender. Unfortunately, as the report notes, "Our evidence also called into question the extent to which the Act protects people with broader kinds of trans identities, who may not be seeking, or may not have sought, gender reassignment, medical or otherwise. We obtained a legal opinion on this point from expert barrister Claire McCann, who told us that people falling within such a broader definition of trans identity could have “no certainty” of being protected from discrimination". The proposal to amend the protected characteristic to 'gender identity' seems to me to widen the scope of the Act to provide that protection. In the UK Trans Info survey report published earlier this month: http://uktrans.info/wherenext.pdf despite the small sample size, it's significant that 64% of respondents identified a need for greater recognition of non-binary genders.

      With regard to passports, it's once again trans people who identify as non-binary or agender who are likely to benefit from an 'X' option. More importantly though, I would see this as a first step in recognising that information on gender very rarely needs to be collected for official documents - the passport doesn't record whether you're right- or left-handed, and a case can be made that the 'gender' box is equally irrelevant.

      I confess that the section on the 'spousal veto' was too complex for me to absorb at one sitting (it's been many years since I looked over the law of contract) but I hope to unravel it over the weekend, and will come back on that point then :)

      Hugs,

      Judith


    • January 18, 2016 9:14 PM GMT
    • Hiya Judith thankyou for your post.

      There are allready rules of law requiring police authorities  to deal with transphobic hate crime and record it as such, hate crime is so hard to prove, unless assault is involved, graffiti is another example, generally verbal insults are dealt with under the                        harrassment act, where a person is hauled before the magistrates court and given a behaviour order, on a second such offence, they woult be arrested on a contempt of court first charge and then subsequent offences listed seperately as hate crimes..    There are other more pressing issues, that of a spouses veto to obtaining a GRC, and then having to plead as a guilty person to unreasonable behaviour or being deemed a guilty party  during a divorce.   Hate crime is outlined in the UK law forum.

      Trangenderism is a protected condition, both in the European human rights Charter and the Gender Recognition Act as ammended 2010.   See the law forum reference a change in the passports act, there realy is no need for a third gender on UK passports, even if one does not have a gender recognition certificate.

    • January 18, 2016 5:44 PM GMT
    • Hi,

      The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee published its report on Transgender Equality at the end of last week.

      You can find the report here:

      http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmwomeq/390/390.pdf

      It's a lengthy read, at 98 pages, but overall I found it very encouraging, with its recognition that the current NHS processes and policies are failing transgender patients, its recommendation that the Equalities Act 2010 be amended to add gender variance to the protected characteristic of gender reassignment, and the call for the UK to follow Australia's example and offer a third 'X' gender option on passports.

      The report also recognises the need to de-pathologise gender variance and replace a great deal of medical and psychological assessment with self-identification, and calls for hate crimes against trans people to be dealt with in line with hate crimes against other protected groups.

      There's a curious reticence to address some issues relating to intersex people, and of course it's still to be seen how the Government responds to the report, but I found it a positive and promising summation of how things are, and how they need to change.

      Hugs,

      Judith

    • December 5, 2015 11:46 PM GMT
    • Hi Zoey baby, how you enjoying the Fantastic British weather, people, sights (

    • July 17, 2015 12:59 AM BST
    • Thanks, I know it's just frustration talking. I'm focusing on things I can do right now, like working on reshaping my voice and improving my make up skills. I've also got some counciling sessions coming up with a Psyco-sexual psychiatrist to focus on. And I'm Arranging some family counciling with relate. I've a big support network and am confident in the world (ironically I'm far more confident as a woman even though I'm not 'passable' than I ever was as a man) I've plenty of progress I can make whilst waiting for medical support. Thanks for keeping the advice realistic. I do appreciate the support of this forum. x

    • July 16, 2015 12:51 PM BST
    • What we must all remember hormone prescriptions,  are not designer drugs to turn men into women,  Your GP is quite right saying he would not know what medication to prescribe, it takes specialist knowledge, years of experience accumulated by specialist in gender clinics.  

       

      I know how frustrating the waiting can be, gender identity problems,  its not something we wish upon ourselves, just go with the flow, settle into happiness and final contentment.

    • July 16, 2015 9:41 AM BST
    • Yes Cristine is spot on here. I've heard one or two people say that their GP has prescribed them hormones, or that they have a right to "demand" it, but in this country you should NOT expect this to happen!

      Whatever your rights are supposed to be, different PCT's procedures can vary slightly. But you've been referred to a gender clinic so you're half-way there, though not time-wise!

      As Cristine said, the gender clinic will organise everything for you, so just be patient and keep all your appointments. I'm fairly confident they won't prescribe you hormones before you've even seen them, in fact it may take 2 appointments before you get them, but play by the rules and it will happen. Present as well-balanced, happy and confident in the female role, they will probably expect to see someone making an attempt to blend in, and they will give you hormones as a matter of course.

      They have procedures too, and they will need to see you before prescribing. 

      I went to Charing Cross for two and a half years. It takes time, but it worked for me.

      xx

    • July 15, 2015 10:46 PM BST
    • Keep a diary, It's assumed your RLE should commence when you have changed all your documentation, so if it it takes a while to actually get going, it saves you time overall. but your doing OK.