Saturday, 29 July 2017

UK Govt: National LGBT survey


This survey is for people who are:
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, or have a minority sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 16 years old or over
  • living in the UK
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Complete the questionnaire here: National LGBT survey

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity - Science in the News

First, some (controversial) definitions. It would be remiss to claim to be able to define or categorize all variations in human sexuality and gender (hence the continually lengthening acronyms used, sometimes tongue in cheek, by the community); one of the larger acronyms, LGBTQQIAAP, still humbly accepts that it is not all-inclusive. These lists, while not exhaustive, are exhausting. The labels are useful in some respects, much like any other label denoting origin or role – they help us navigate social situations and can often be signs of respect. It is a natural human inclination to categorize, but broad assumptions can also lead to stereotyping. To limit the scope of this article, we will focus on transgender identity...

Read more: Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity - Science in the News

Meet The Doctor Social Conservatives Depend On To Justify Anti-Transgender Hate

Conservatives champion McHugh as an expert on transgender identities, but his antiquated rhetoric and biased rejection of what transgender people experience set him drastically apart from the consensus of psychiatrists and the standards of care that best support transgender people’s health...

Read more:
Meet The Doctor Social Conservatives Depend On To Justify Anti-Transgender Hate at ThinkProgress

Sex redefined : Nature News & Comment

As a clinical geneticist, Paul James is accustomed to discussing some of the most delicate issues with his patients. But in early 2010, he found himself having a particularly awkward conversation about sex.

A 46-year-old pregnant woman had visited his clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia to hear the results of an amniocentesis test to screen her baby's chromosomes for abnormalities. The baby was fine — but follow-up tests had revealed something astonishing about the mother...

Read the rest of this article: Sex redefined : Nature News & Comment (published in 2015)