Bea Groves : A Teacher’s Life

Bea Groves : A Teacher’s Life

This year I’m 60 years old, and I’ve been a tutor in adult, further and higher education nearly all my working life.

It’s a curious thing to look back on all of it and understand that I spent most of it in the male gender, and only the past eight years in my preferred female role. Nowadays it seems so natural to me to live and act as a woman (on my own terms) that it’s hard to conceive of what it felt like in my ‘bloke’ days. My memory is good, but like all memories it is coloured by the present and especially by the excitement of finally breaking new ground into a domain of life I could completely call my own. That, in itself, is enough for me to say I would not change anything that happened to me; even though (like all transgender people, I would imagine) there have been disasters, stupidities, misunderstandings and tragedies in greater measure than the few triumphs. (more…)

‘I met my girlfriend when she was a boy’

‘I met my girlfriend when she was a boy’

(The Telegraph) Transgender people are still badly stigmatised in the 21st century but, as the UK’s first trans-themed TV show begins, we ask if their romantic partners have it even worse.

According to the transgender actress and campaigner Laverne Cox, who was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, “Most men who are attracted to and date transgender women are probably stigmatised more than trans women are.” (more…)

The faces of transgender teen America

The faces of transgender teen America

(Mashable) Katherine, a gentle 19-year old from Brooklyn, is many things: Bangladeshi American, an avid gamer, Muslim, a future programmer. But one thing she is not: human. At least, that’s what she’s been told by the family who rejected her.

In the cramped apartment she shares with her parents and siblings, Katherine is a ghost. Virtually ignored, she spends her days invisible in the hallway, the only place she doesn’t get in the way of her mother who is seldom outside the kitchen, her father who spends his days in the living room, and her siblings, who hide themselves away in their small room. (more…)

Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About Being Cast in Transgender Role

Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About Being Cast in Transgender Role

(I-D) He may have won an Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, but Eddie Redmayne’s latest endeavor is set to spark even more discussion and controversy. Cast as the lead in The Danish Girl, Redmayne is playing one of the first known transgender people to have undergone sex reassignment surgery, 20th century artist Lili Elbe. He’s not the first cisgendered male in Hollywood to have played a transgender woman – think of Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club – but in an interview with Out Magazine he admits he’s fully aware of the responsibility that comes with taking on such a role. (more…)

Behind the Sparkle : Aug 2015

Behind the Sparkle : Aug 2015

LGBTv cameras were at the Sparkle 2015 National Transgender Celebration. They followed Ashleigh Talbot as she got ready for the event and discussed some of the issues facing trans people today. Along the way they talk to Bethany Black (Helen in Russell T Davis’ ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’), Ruth Hunt from Stonewall, and Kellie Maloney. They look back at Sparkle from the last two years and look forward with Ashleigh as she receives some exciting news. (more…)

Until I was 19 I felt like an alien – now I know I’m a woman

Until I was 19 I felt like an alien – now I know I’m a woman

(Essex Chronicle) Jordan Gray is adamant about this and she should know – she lives with it every day. Jordan was male at birth but has lived as a woman for the past 16 months.

A renowned Essex recording artist, known as Tall Dark Friend, on stage Jordan is flamboyant, confident and she belts out her pop rock tunes.

This year Jordan will be one of the big names performing at the Fling Festival and Essex Pride. (more…)

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