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September 03, 2014
“The meeting actually went pretty well, didn’t it?”
I heard a number of variations upon this statement echo around the pub we gathered in on Saturday evening, as some 40-odd trans activists digested the day’s work. There was an undertone of incredulity: most of us had managed our expectations carefully in advance of the day. This was due in part to the fractious nature of trans communities, but also stemmed from our difficult history with Stonewall.
Back in 2008, many of us had been present at a loud, colourful demonstration outside the Victoria and Albert Museum as it hosted the annual Stonewall awards. We were there to express our displeasure at an organisation that didn’t simply exclude trans people, but seemed to keep making mistakes that caused harm to us.
A lot can happen in six years. Change has come from two directions: from continued external pressure from trans people, but also from a genuine willingness to reconsider matters from Stonewall following a shift in management in February.
>>>Read more at Pink News.
April 16, 2014
Registration for the final seminar in the ESRC-sponsored seminar series Retheorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of 'Trans' is now open. This will be the fourth and final event in our series, and will revisit themes from previous seminars whilst further exploring the discusive and social possibilities of "trans" identity and experience.
April 15, 2014
I'll be talking about some of the initial findings from my PhD research at the British Sociological Association national conference, Changing Society, next week.
I'm speaking in the 11am-12:30pm session as part of the Social Divisions/Social Identities stream. A copy of my abstract can be found below.
#transdocfail: What makes a Twitterstorm important?
In January 2013 hundreds of trans people took to Twitter to share stories of alleged medical malpractice. The catalyst
for this outpouring of anger and accusation was the creation of #transdocfail, a hashtag intended to promote
discussion of issues faced by trans people accessing medical services in the UK. Within weeks #transdocfail was
being discussed within the mainstream media and the General Medical Council had launched an investigation. How
did an expression of outrage from members of a small minority group so rapidly result in wider recognition and
This paper draws upon a range of qualitative data – from Twitter, Facebook, bulletin boards and newspaper opinion
columns – to explore how #transdocfail was constructed as an ‘important’ and ‘meaningful’ event by trans activists,
allies and community advocates. I argue that several factors contributed to the impact of #transdocfail beyond the
social media platform from which it originated: these included the prior existence of widespread discontent, increasing
publication opportunities for trans journalists, and a strong belief in the importance of the event amongst participants.
I also explore how online discussion of #transdocfail intersected with a contemporaneous controversy over articles
about feminism written by Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill. The resulting dispute between journalists, news editors
and trans activists ultimately served to provide a wider platform for the dissemination of complaints originating with
January 14, 2014
In the summer I did an interview as part of a local trans oral history project. This interview - and some of the stuff we've created with Not Right - will form a small part of an exhibition in Birmingham from this weekend until early March.
From Gender Matters:
This exhibition explores and celebrates the living memory and history of the transgender community in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Through compelling sound, photos, video, artwork, poetry and artefacts, ‘Mapping my Journey’ brings to life the places, events and personal journeys – for some decisive and swift but for others spanning decades – which makeup the heritage of the West Midlands’ transgender community over the past sixty years.
These stories represent part of our community’s heritage and aim to capture, record and preserve unique individual experiences of being transgender.
September 17, 2013
Several individuals have been working hard over the past couple of weeks to put together an international statement supporting trans inclusion in the struggle for women’s rights. The publication of this statement comes as the inclusion of trans people within feminist and womanist groups is once again under question, and as trans concerns gain an increasingly public profile.
I was honoured to be asked to sign this statement. I feel it provides a timely response to the aforementioned issues, as well as a recent radical feminist statement on trans exclusion, and the forthcoming publication of Sheila Jeffreys’ new book.
May 16, 2013
May 08, 2013
Kirsty Lohman and I will be presenting a paper at the Subjectivity and Subculture symposium at the University of Warwick on Monday 10th June.
Our paper, entitled "Subculture (or not?): identity and inclusion in trans performance events" is based upon research into the experiences and perspectives of trans musicians and promoters in the Midlands and South of England. We will be speaking during plenary session 3 in the mid-afternoon.
Registration closes on Friday 24th May. To register, email Dr Michelle Kempson: M.Kempson@warwick.ac.uk
May 02, 2013
April 24, 2013
April 13, 2013
I'm involved in running this event at the University of Warwick - a provisional programme can be found on our website.