Being transgender gives me a unique perspective on my work. Born as ‘male’ but having always identified as female I nowadays embrace genderqueer as a way of living authentically as a trans-female. Over the past decade, scienctific opinion has increasingly recognised the biological component to gender identity and latterly we are seeing more information about transgender identities in main stream media as more people find a way to transition. For many years I researched transgender and you’ll find a link to my book here too. I’m still active as a human rights campaigner and activist to promote better understanding of trans issues.
Transgender is a modern term that encompasses a whole spectrum of gender identities that sit both within and outside the binary of male-or-female.
Transgender offers a a useful way of recognising that chromosomal or anatomical ‘identity’ may be at variance with the internal sense of true gender identity and that now surgery is no longer required to qualify for protection in law it offers a more accurate term than the historical and medically defined classification of a ‘transsexual’.
Some people will live in a full time presentation of their preferred gender, others will live part-time. And a whole new movement is emerging of people who are living between genders, embracing the potentials of gender-queer and gender-fluidity.
Click the link to read a booklet by Channel 4 and Flamingo that covers most of the basics concerning transgender and explains some of the terminology. Definitely worth a read.
Unknowing Transgender -recognising that the understanding of our inner experience is constrained by our language and the things we have been taught or learned from others, means that unless we know an idea like ‘transgender’ exists, how can we begin to know what possibilities exist for an authentic life? This video comes from a series recorded at the ESRC Conference ‘Trans Genealogies’ in November 2012:
Transgender Study highlights the experiences of trans people accessing health services and illustrates the diversity among transgender people – there are many ways of being trans. This video comes from a series recorded at the ESRC Conference ‘Trans Genealogies’ in November 2012:
Therapeutic Issues in Transgender Gender specialist Michelle Bridgman discusses the place of therapy in the journey of transition. This video comes from a series recorded at the ESRC Conference ‘Trans Genealogies’ in November 2012:
“Becoming Me” -a really moving and inspiring video featuring some American families coming to accept their transgender children: