A victory for lies but don’t lose hope

Woke unexpectedly at 4.40am. I was having a lovely dream. Looked at the news on my phone. Realised I’d woken to a nightmare. A victory for lies, smears, the rich and smug. A crushing humiliation heaped on the sick, the disabled, NHS workers, firefighters, the homeless, the poor, the working poor, those on zero hour … Read moreA victory for lies but don’t lose hope

Love in a time of hate is revolutionary

Love and hate

This evening I realised, in conversation with a friend, that I’m grieving for the country I thought I lived in. I know, come what may, it’s never coming back. The social, economic, cultural and emotional landscapes are all deteriorating and shifting into meaner, uglier shapes. Hate is everywhere. Oh, there will always be good people even … Read moreLove in a time of hate is revolutionary

Guardian hack enrages trans people and their allies on International Trans Visibility Day

Trans rights are human rights

In Hadley Freeman’s column for The Guardian today, which is International Trans Visibility Day, she presents men (‘woke bros’, apparently, when we support trans rights) as showing their male privilege when they condemn TERFs – trans-exclusionary radical feminists – as bigots. The opinion piece is an incendiary provocation given not only its content but the … Read moreGuardian hack enrages trans people and their allies on International Trans Visibility Day

After Orlando: time for zero tolerance of hate

Blood bans, mockery, ostracisation, bullying, stabbings, murders, alienation, dehumanisation. A boy turned scarecrow, strung up on a barbed wire fence, his funeral picketed: GOD HATES FAGS. Jesus, Jesus, hallelujah! Declarations of war in bathrooms: “Trans! Trans! Lock up your kids!” Christians refusing to do their jobs when they’re asked to certificate same-sex marriages. God destroyed … Read moreAfter Orlando: time for zero tolerance of hate

Just where you pee, that’s all: toilets and trans people

Someone said to me, in relation to trans people, that they don’t see why someone with male genitals should be allowed to use female toilets. They also said they’d be uneasy taking a child into the women’s toilets if there were men present (meaning, people who have penises). Last but not least, they couldn’t understand why … Read moreJust where you pee, that’s all: toilets and trans people

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