Confessions of a serial impostor

Early attempts Although I didn’t know the term ‘impostor syndrome’ back then, I think one of my earliest memories of feeling that I didn’t quite deserve to be where I was was when I played my flute in a residential music summer school. I’d auditioned the year before and hadn’t got in because I fluffed… Continue reading Confessions of a serial impostor

From a place of fear: responding to Leya

In Bella Caledonia’s promised six-part series on ‘the debate around trans issues, identity, feminism and solidarity aimed at building understanding and in a spirit of open dialogue’, three articles have appeared so far. The first, by Jennie Kermode, debunks some of the prevailing myths surrounding the Scottish government’s GRA reform proposals. The most recent is cis lesbian feminist Caitlin… Continue reading From a place of fear: responding to Leya

GRA reform in Scotland – the rest in one go

This post addresses Parts 4, 5 and 7 of the Scottish government’s consultation document on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. I’m throwing everything into this final post, because there are only two weeks left until the consultation closes and I want to get the important points across.

Throwing off the shackles of masculinity

A sudden sense of liberation. I was just walking along the street on my way back from buying bread in a local deli when I became aware of it. I don’t know whether the sensation was hormone-related (I’ve been on HRT a little over four months) or just a consequence of time having passed, but… Continue reading Throwing off the shackles of masculinity

Whistling for dogs (transphobic ones)

Vociferous transphobia has become endemic to parts of the UK media in recent months. (I’d love to know why, but I won’t speculate about that here.) Some of the articles that appear in the right-wing press, especially the tabloids, are so obviously full of hate that there’s no escaping the intent of the authors (or… Continue reading Whistling for dogs (transphobic ones)

GRA reform in Scotland – 3: the need for change

This post addresses Part 3 of the Scottish government’s consultation document on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. Recognising that the GRA has become dated and is no longer in accordance with international thinking on transgender rights, the government has proposed a review of the legislation.

GRA reform in Scotland – overview

The UK’s Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) was introduced in response to a 2002 European Court of Human Rights ruling against the UK (Christine Goodwin v. the United Kingdom). It legislated against some practices that were seen as potentially discriminatory against trans people. On 9 November 2017, the Scottish government launched a consultation (open until 1… Continue reading GRA reform in Scotland – overview