My last blog post was written almost entirely on the number 24 bus. I began this one sitting on a bench in the freezing cold waiting for a building to open. That seems apt in a way, because I’m thinking about public spaces where we can sit and relax, away from our domestic or work… Continue reading Café culture
This blog post (or unpost) is being written on a bus. Although I have 12 embryonic posts in draft at the moment, I’m not inspired to write about any of those topics just now. So instead you’re going to get a stream-of-consciousness, unplanned update on what’s going through my head at the moment. Sorry! Although… Continue reading Unpost (live)
Yesterday was Mothering Sunday, being the fourth Sunday in Lent, and historically a religious holiday. It’s now the day that we in the UK celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’, our version of the secular American holiday honouring mothers. Up-front confession: I’m terrible at socially enforced commemorations and usually forget to do anything about them; my own mum… Continue reading How was Mother’s Day for you?
Ma leughas tu na puist eile air a’ bhlog seo – gach fear dhiubh sa Bheurla thuige seo – chì thu gu bheil ùidh sònraichte agam ann an cùisean trans. Sa chiad phost a sgrìobh mi, thuirt mi gum bithinn airson post sa Ghàidhlig a sgrìobhadh bho àm gu àm cuideachd – ann am pàirt air… Continue reading Dè na riochdairean a th’ ort?
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
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
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.
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
This afternoon – 11 February 2018 – I had the pleasure of taking part in the relaunch of the monthly LGBT gathering Our Tribe at Augustine United Church in Edinburgh. Held during LGBT History Month, the service took ‘coming out’ as its theme. I was one of four people asked to speak briefly about my… Continue reading Our Tribe: coming out
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)