May 17, 2016

Inclusion: Identity and Belonging as an LGBTUA+ Person

I'll be talking about my research at this event next week, hosted by the University of Warwick Staff LGBT+ Network.


Identity and Belonging as an LGBTUA+ Person

A series of talks exploring LGBTUA+ identity and inclusion in the workplace, family, and society


Join us for a series of talks, discussion and post-talk refreshments

Professor David Smith - University of York
Dr Fiona MacCallum - Department of Psychology, University of Warwick
Ruth Pearce - Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

John Gore - Film Programmer, Warwick Arts Centre

Monday 23 May, 17:30PM–19:30PM,



May 12, 2016

Video: (Mis)understanding Trans Health

Filmed at re:publica TEN.

April 07, 2016

"(Mis)understanding transgender health" – talk at re:publica TEN

I'm delighted to have been invited to talk about my research at the re:publica conference on the Internet and Society, which takes place in Berlin from 2-4 May.

I'm currently in the final stages of writing up my thesis, so this is a very exciting time to be talking about my findings. At re:publica, I'll be focusing upon findings related to the 'discursive clashes' that occur when doctors and patients have very different ideas about what it means to be trans.


Over the last three decades, the Internet has fundamentally changed what it means to be transgender. Communities have formed over great geographical distances, and new possibilities for transgender identity and embodiment have been forged.

However, transgender people continue to face a great many difficulties in everyday life, most of which stem from experiences of discrimination, harassment and ignorance in the public realm. One area of key concern is that of healthcare provision, where transgender people across Europe still report being treated inappropriately or denied services.

Transgender health is frequently understood in terms of individual want: specifically, the expressed need to ‘transition’ from one gender to another. What can we find when we look beyond individual transition, to understand transgender health as a wider social phenomenon?

This session will draw upon cutting-edge Internet research to explain some of the social processes that shape transgender patients’ interactions with their doctors. Drawing upon examples from Europe in general, and the UK in particular, it will show how misunderstandings on the part of both doctors and patients can be explained through online discussion and narratives of transgender possibility.

The session will end with some proposed solutions, looking at how doctors and patients can better talk to one another, rather than past one another.

January 09, 2016

Gender recognition: where next?

I recently co-wrote a report for UK Trans Info with CN Lester.

The report summarises the findings of a survey undertaken during November and December 2015 in collaboration with the Non-Binary Inclusion Project. The survey, entitled ‘Replace the GRC – but how?’ was created in response to calls for reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, in the wake of a Transgender Equality Inquiry conducted by the UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee.

>>>Read the report at UK Trans Info.

October 13, 2015

Zero Church

I'm DJing at Zero Church this weekend! It's taking place from 7pm on Saturday 17th October, at The Tin. There will be live sets from Kerosene Queen, The Bloodthirsters and We Are A Communist.

There is a Facebook event page here.

Zero Church

October 01, 2015

Feminism 201

I will be speaking at the UCLU Women's Network event Feminism 201 in London on Monday 5th October, alongside Bridget Minamore, Pavan Amara, Fez Endelaust and Lucy O'Riordan.

The event takes place from 7pm at Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, Roberts Building, University College London.

Entry is free, but organisers have asked those planning to attend to reserve themselves a ticket in advance here.

There is also a Facebook event page.

Feminism 201 poster

September 14, 2015

CFP: Sexualities Special Issue ‘Trans Genealogies'

SexualitiesGuest editors: L Moon, R Pearce and DL Steinberg

Forthcoming 2016

Deadline for submission of papers: November 30 2015

We would like to invite submissions for a forthcoming Special Issue of Sexualities on the topic of ‘Trans-Genealogies: Gender, Sexuality and the Emergence of Trans'. Below please find email contact information for the Guest Editors, a synopsis of the Special Issue and advice for authors. The Guest Editors will be very happy to discuss your ideas for papers in advance of submission.


Please submit your papers by November 30 2015 for consideration for the Special Issue

Special Issue Synopsis

This special issue of Sexualities focuses on the emergence of Trans as a growing vernacular of identity, intersubjectivity and feeling on the intersecting terrains of gender and sexuality. The issue draws its impetus from the recent ESRC seminar series: ‘The Emergence of Trans: Retheorising Gender and Sexuality’ (2012-14).

Authors are encouraged to address at least one of the following three questions:

  • How does the emergence of Trans challenge, develop or extend understandings of gender and sexuality, reconfigure everyday lives or herald new normativites?
  • How do Trans lives and discourses articulate with issues of rights, citizenship and (complex and intersectional modes of) discrimination, health and welfare, education and popular commonsense?
  • What challenges do Trans identities present for clinical and therapeutic practice, for gender and sexuality theory and for everyday articulations of identity and intersubjective and communal connection?

Thematic Focus / Advice for Authors

The Special Issue will pursue and be organised around four key thematic axes:

1. Trans Genealogies: shifting paradigms and practice in clinical and therapeutic contexts
Emergent themes include: narratives of ‘authenticity’ that guide clinical protocols, psychotherapeutic approaches and patient self-identifications; ‘pathways of care’ surrounding interventions and management of Trans bodies; professional discourses (educational, diagnostic) and clinical and practice protocols vis a vis patient or client experience; and ‘alternative’ therapeutic discourses and the Trans self-help context.

2. Trans in everday culture: social networks, social movements, everyday lives and everyday repertoires
The focus here concerns the emergence of Trans social networks, social movements and citizenship struggles, including the impact of digital technology and web based resources on gender and sexuality activism and new identifications. Key themes include: communal, popular and ‘everyday’ repertoires of body, identity, feeling and experience; the impact of digital technology and social networking, and Transformations in everyday vernaculars of gender and sexuality, everyday lives and ‘on the ground’ experiences.

3. Trans in Popular representation
A third thematic focus concerns the spectacular, social semiotic, aesthetic and visual repertoires of Trans. Trans has emerged as a cross-media phenomenon involving traditional and new media from film and television to web-based media to photography to performance art, giving rise to emergent popular and commonsense dimensions of Trans.

4. Trans Epistemologies: retheorising gender and sexuality
The fourth thematic focus concerns the epistemic, intersubjective and affective implications of Trans culture, discourse and practice. Key questions in this context include a) to what degree and in what terms does the emergence of Trans challenge conceptual norms across different cultural sites from professional to popular to everyday practice;and b) what challenges do the epistemic underpinnings of Trans herald for sexuality and gender studies? Does Trans, for example, represent a ‘postcloset’ epistemology? Does it represent an emergent meta-narrative and, in its wake, a Transformed ‘post Kinsey’ understanding of gender, sexuality, bodies and experience?

July 06, 2015

Reappropriating Value(s) in Higher Education – Storify

I recently spoke about redistribution within/through academia at the inspiring BSA-sponsored event "Reappropriating Value(s) in Higher Education".

The organisers have created a Storify account of social media accounts from the day, which can be read below.

June 15, 2015

DJ setlist: Queer Fest Leeds @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds (13/06/15)

Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Madonna - Like A Prayer
Savages - Husbands
Le Tigre - TKO
Reel Big Fish - Take On Me
Rocky Horror Picture Show OST - The Time Warp
Jesus & His Judgemental Father - Party Hat
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Florence + The Machine - You Got The Love
Republica - Ready To Go
Liines - Never There
Blondie - Call Me
R.E.M - It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

April 05, 2015

Academic week – Sexual Cultures Conference and Trans* Health Workshop

I've already posted about the Sexual Cultures Conference - this is now just a few days away! I'm greatly looking forward to sitting on one of the conference's keynote panels on the first day with Jay Stewart (Gendered Intelligence), Jade Fernandez (Stonewall) and Kat Gupta.

The overarching theme of the conference (and, by extension, the panel) is "academic meets activism". I'm planning to talk about my move into academia from activism and my involvement in events such as the Emergence of Trans seminar series and Spotlight on: Genderqueer that attempted to speak to both academia and activism. I'll be aiming to highlight some of the limitations and drawbacks of such events as well as their strengths, and think about how future organisers might be able to build upon these lessons.

The whole programme for Sexual Cultures is fascinating, and I'll certainly be dropping by as many sessions as possible. However, I'll also be popping out for a few hours on Thursday to attend a Trans* Health Workshop at King's College London. At this event, I'm planning to speak about some of the early findings from my PhD research, including reflections on the emergence and evolution of 'trans' narratives and their intersection with medical discourse.

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