Saturday, 21 April 2018

We’re in the midst of an epidemic of violence against trans people | Paris Lees | Opinion | The Guardian

Of those trans people lucky enough to have a job, one in eight have been physically attacked by a colleague or customer within the past year. Drink after work? Maybe next time, eh. A third of trans people have been discriminated against when visiting a cafe, bar or restaurant. Quiet night in? A quarter of trans people in a relationship in the last year have experienced domestic abuse.

These are just some of the findings published in new research by YouGov and LGBT charity Stonewall, revealing the profound discrimination trans people face in Britain... We’re in the midst of an epidemic of violence against trans people | Paris Lees | Opinion | The Guardian

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Sex redefined : Nature News & Comment

The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.

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...

Sex redefined : Nature News & Comment

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Infographic That Shows Why Trans People In Britain Need More Of Our 'Basic Human Decency'

Trans lives are systemically unsafe in the UK | The Student

Content warning: transphobia, violence and abuse
In October 2017, a transgender woman was granted asylum in New Zealand after a tribunal concluded that it was no longer safe for her to remain in the UK. The woman in question worked for the IT department of a large international company and received serious hate threats, which worsened after she voiced her concerns to human resources.

The tribunal heard how radically the individual’s life had been affected by the incidents inside and outside of work. Her mental health worsened, and she experienced severe depression and anxiety, leaving her unable to function socially for fear of hostile interactions. Asylum was granted on the basis that forcing her return to the UK would inflict unnecessary suffering and put her in a position of serious vulnerability.

Read more: Trans lives are systemically unsafe in the UK | The Student

The Motivated Cognitive Basis of Transphobia: The Roles of Right-Wing Ideologies and Gender Role Beliefs


Transgender individuals challenge the traditional assumption that an individual’s gender identity is permanently determined by their assigned sex at birth. Perceiving ambiguity surrounding indeterminate gender identities associated with transgender individuals may be especially disturbing for those who generally dislike ambiguity and have preference for order and predictability, that is, for people scoring higher on Need for Closure (NFC). We tested the associations between NFC and transphobia in two studies using community samples from the United Kingdom (n = 231) and Belgium (n = 175), and we examined whether right-wing ideological attitudes and traditional gender role beliefs mediated these relationships. Confirming our expectations, we found that NFC was significantly associated with transphobia through both stronger adherence to social conventions and obedience to authorities (i.e., right-wing authoritarianism) and stronger endorsements of traditional gender roles in the UK and Belgium, as well as through stronger preferences for hierarchy and social inequality (i.e., social dominance orientation) in the UK. Our results suggest that transgender individuals are more likely to be targets of prejudice by those higher in NFC at least partly due to the strong preference for preserving societal traditions and the resistance to a perceived disruption of traditional gender norms. Hence, attempts to reduce transphobia might be especially challenging among those high in NFC. Nevertheless, prejudice-reducing interventions could incorporate techniques that satisfy epistemic needs for predictability, certainty, and simple structure which may have higher chances of success among high NFC individuals.

Full article (paywall)

Friday, 22 September 2017

Woman beaten as trans-exclusionary radical feminists and trans activists fight in Speakers’ corner - PinkNews

A 60-year-old woman attending a gathering of trans-exclusionary radical feminists was punched after a fight broke out when trans activists protested the meeting...

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  • MacLachlan's husband has also alleged robbery, although nobody else seems to mention it. 
  • None of the trans organisations protesting against the TERF event incited violence in any way. 
  • Don't hit TERFs, except in self-defence. They are poison and will exploit the least opportunity to play victim and spread even more hate. Evidence: