Small Shoots

Last week I was impressed with how quickly President Biden had repealed the Transphobic executive orders which President Trump had signed and put in place. This week I came across First Minster of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, making clear her support for transgender people.

I am not sure why I have any optimism about a turning of the tide, particularly while Equalities Minister Liz Truss remains in her post with her determination to protect safe spaces for women (essentially single sex toilets). As an aside I have been watching “Spiral”, French Police series on BBC 4, and I do wonder how the French manage to survive mixed gender toilets without any apparent harm to cis women. This never seems to be brought up. Is this a peculiarly Anglo/American problem?

However I do have a feeling that there are small shoots beginning to grow through. The recent successful appeal and intervention by the Good Law Project in the Tavistock and Portman’s Clinic’s case allowing young transgender people to have access to appropriate health care.

I am continuing my research and reading to broaden my knowledge around Trans history so that I can become a more effective voice for transpeople.

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