Entries by Matt

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 […]

The Excitement of Medical Transition

Many people, I’ve found, think that the medical interventions are the hard part of being transgender.   In fact they are often the most exciting part.   The hardest things to deal with, usually, are hiding your identity before deciding to transition, or dealing with discriminatory behaviors from those around you. And these pains are […]

It’s the inside that counts

  I am saddened to hear yet again of trans-women facing this type of abuse.   The old me is often described as ‘HORRIFIC’! In the talks I give I often show a picture of me at 16 wearing a skirt as part of my Police Cadet Uniform. I’m lucky to be blessed with a […]

Clothes and Gender: Life Sentence or Liberation?

Imagine taking a child, dressing them in clothes that are strongly the opposite gender and taking them out or forcing them to school like this? How distressing would this be? Not to mention the detrimental psychological effect, especially if done long term. Yet this is exactly what happened to me (and many other trans people) […]

Health risks of cross-sex hormones? Or can transition reduce risks?

As there are such strong differences in the appearance of the sexes and because cross-sex hormones bring about such radical physical changes, I can understand how some might think that doing something which appears so extreme to the body must be very unnatural and will cause it stress or even harm. But it’s not a […]

Hormone blockers: No trans-man should have to live with scars on their chest, and no trans-woman should have to live with a man’s voice!

You might assume if you’re listening to a qualified, experienced and well-respected psychiatrist, such as Dr Lucy Griffin, that what she has to say about an area of healthcare would be well informed and correct. Especially when the points she makes sound like common sense. [See Daily Mail article here] But without working regularly with […]