Entries by Matt

Transgender Day of Visibility: Changing lives

March 31 each year is International Transgender Day of Visibility, which honours transgender individuals, spreads awareness about the discrimination they encounter globally, and acknowledges their positive impact on society.   Why is visibility so important? Visibility can provide much-needed role models. The importance of this is beautifully illustrated by this touching photo of a toddler […]

Hatred towards Race, Gay, Trans. History repeats itself!

After the 2020 UEFA Euro finals there was a wave of online racial attacks towards three footballers, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, after they missed penalties in the shoot-out. As a result of these online comments, perpetrators were tracked, and some arrests were made, and rightly so!   A quote from – https://news.npcc.police.uk/releases/hate-crime-investigation-following-euro-2020-final-leads-to-11-arrests […]

Do no harm

Stella O’Malley is a public speaker and psychotherapist who is vocal on transgender issues. She made the Channel 4 documentary Trans kids: It’s time to talk and opposes the use of hormone blockers, despite the tremendous good that blockers can do (as I explain below).   It’s worrying that such views are still being aired. […]

Airport Scanners – A Major Fear For Trans Travelers.

One fear for many trans people is flying, specifically getting through airport security. Without fail, every time I fly I have anxiety about whether today will be the day I am asked to go through a body scanner at security and will be picked out due to an anomaly because of my trans body.   […]

Trans parents, amazing news – but NOT the first!

It’s great and exciting news to hear that Jake and Hannah are going to be parents. It’s also great news that they are able to be open and share this part of their journey with the world. To help educate others and show that in fact being trans means you’re normal, can have a normal […]

FaceApp – gender recognition

Everyone’s doing it at the moment – seeing how they would look ‘old’ or ‘young’ with FaceApp, the image-altering app from Russian company Wireless Lab. Firstly, what an incredibly clever app it is! But how many of you have noticed that when it scans your picture and processes your face, that it decides for itself […]

LGBT education in schools

There has been a lot of debate recently about LGBT, same sex relationships and transgender education in schools. Some parents think the topic should be in the curriculum whereas others think they should be able to opt-out, often because they feel their children are too young for the topic or that it will harm their […]

Finding Courage To Make Change

At the age of 39, after decades of fear, I chose to make one of the most fundamental and disruptive changes a person can make. Gender transition has seen me become a different person, a better person, and one who even now, years later, is still growing and achieving as a result. I’ve been asked […]