I know of around ten trans people in Scotland who have ever published a book. I know of around five trans people who have a job in Scottish literature, across journalism, academia and literary NGOs. Most of those people are not on permanent contracts. I’m one of only two trans…

A painting in red and blue of many and various trans bodies, interspersed with words like “Peer Support”, “decentralised healthcare” and “end homelessness”. “TRANS JOY” is repeated and prominent. The painting was made by Jay Arthur Simpson in response to this article. www.jayarthursimpson.com, @JayArthurDraws

In UK trans social spaces, the emotions I encounter most often are fear, uncertainty and exhaustion. I meet many trans folk stuck stewing over political defeats and obsessive media coverage. I see a physical response: a frantic hand-wave at “everything that’s going on” and a scream. That’s fucked up!

On…

Black and white picture of attendees at Camp Trans, Michigan 1994. In the foreground, left to right, are Riki Wilchins, Leslie Feinberg and Minnie Bruce Pratt.

Last month an academic paper on trans law I co-authored, “Sex and Gender Equality Law and Policy”, was published in Scottish Affairs. As authors, we sought to clarify the position of trans people in equalities law in a fractious and often misguided public discussion. The process of publishing this paper…

They say it is gender. We say it is unwaged work.

They call it perversion. We call it absenteeism.

Every murder is a work accident.

Transsexuality and cissexuality are both working conditions… but transition is workers’ control of production, not the end of work.

More gender? More money. Nothing will…

Image by Ted Ayton on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons. A person with mid-length crown hair and sunglasses, wearing a white bandanna and a black t-shirt reading “All Genders Matter”, is waving a trans pride flag.

If I can’t be counted then I don’t count for anything. I am a nonbinary person in Scotland — someone who’s neither male nor female — and I have no legal status. I don’t know how many of me there are. When I want to access healthcare, there’s no funding…

Image featuring spaceships, crossed pink and blue sabers, and a gender ambiguous person. It’s from an image for an event by Heatspark Press called “The Transsexual Empire Strikes Back”: https://www.heartsparkpress.com/event/the-transsexual-empire-strikes-back/

I’ve been a thinking a lot about Janice Raymond’s statement that “the problem of transsexualism would best be served by morally mandating it out of existence”, and how it influences contemporary anti-trans campaigners. I’m struck by how much, even when their words are cloaked in compassion and concern, they really…

Some grey concrete steps leading up with “SMASH PATRIARCHY” scrawled in white. Green fence and tree just visible in the top left. Licensed under Creative Commons. https://www.flickr.com/photos/hot_ion_foundry/3870712033/

The Scottish Government is asking for your opinion on how gender is dealt with legally in Scotland. The consultation is open until March 1st. Any individual or organisation can respond: you don’t have to be trans, or an expert. You just have to care. The two major things reform to…

Harry Josephine Giles

Writer and performer. From Orkney, lives in Leith. www.harryjosephine.com

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