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(Pronouns - she/her) - Steph Richards Steph, a 71-year-old 'post-op' trans woman with a Gender Recognition Certificate and works as a human rights activist. She is the Women's and LGBT Officer at Portsmouth Labour Party, CEO of Translucent.Org.UK, winner of the LGBT Organisation of the Year at the National Diversity Awards in 2022 and was appointed CEO of Endometriosis South Coast in November 2023. She has been platformed live on BBC Radio 4 three times, including Women's Hour. She has also appeared on LBC radio and Channel 4 News and debated at an American university event alongside Harvard biologist and author Carole Hooven, PhD. Steph is an intersectional feminist and is passionate about the inclusion and acceptance of trans people in society. She advocates for women in prison, specifically pregnant women and calls out the mounting concern that abortion rights are at risk in the UK. She is also calls out the inequality of women in society, in government, the workplace and in particular issues surrounding women’s healthcare. She was the recipient of an Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Award in 2023 and you can hear her acceptance speech by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e0ggPttZ6I

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Sophie Wilson is an English computer scientist who was instrumental in designing the BBC Micro and ARM architecture. She is also a transgender woman. ARM processors are considered the brains of today’s smartphones and are used in 95% of all smart devices. TRANSNESS! ARM architecture is a family of central processing units (CPUs) based on a reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture. It specifies a set of rules that dictate how the hardware works when a particular instruction is executed. It can be divided into A, R and M profiles for different applications. Some of the benefits of ARM architecture…

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Disagree

On the 17th of December, I made a rather unpopular tweet. Unpopular with other trans rights activists (tra’s), including my Co-Directors at Translucent. But sometimes, I can’t ‘toe the line’, especially when I feel something is wrong. I also job share the role of Women’s Officer with my best friend, Mary, at my local Labour Party. Mary supports trans rights to the hilt, but we should never forget we represent women. The tweet responded to a Guardian article suggesting that sex offenders could potentially abuse self-determination. My tweet read: This is my personal view & I know some trans folk…

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Trans Hate Crime REV

Open any right-wing newspaper such as The Times, Telegraph or Daily Express and the chances are there will be “outrage” articles on “trans issues”. Indeed, in January  of this year, The Daily Mail published 115 trans related stories,  and in common with the other newspapers the large majority were trans hostile. Invariably these articles will be part of a campaign led by right-wing Tory think tanks. But why? The answer is straightforward – the Conservative party needs distraction from their failures and are creating outrage, fear and division. Sadly a side affect of all these negative articles is transgender hate…

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BriannaVigil

On the evening of Thursday, 16th of February, a vigil was held at Portsmouth Cathedral in memory of our murdered trans sister Brianna Ghey. I was contacted two days earlier and given the opportunity to speak, which I accepted. I arrived about twenty minutes early with a small bunch of tulips and a few tears in my eyes. In reality, I am not great with sad occasions, and I wondered if I would break down. I was met by a lovely lady priest, introduced to the organiser, and sat at the front along with some other speakers. A photographer from…

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Brianna

Being trans hit a new low this week with the horrific murder of Brianna Ghey. Her family described her as a “larger than life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her” – and the public has responded to this tragedy – a gofundme page has rocketed to over £63,400 (and as I write, is still climbing) to help with a ‘pink funeral’ costs, with tear-jerking comments made by those who have donated. One read: As a fellow trans person, it hurts to see the type of things people will do to us just for wanting…

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Scrabble letters making the word feminist

Two days ago, on February 6th Jo Phoenix posted a Twitter thread in response to our discussion on #AntiSocial Radio 4 (Friday, February 3rd). This blog is in reply to Jo’s thread which is shown in italics below and indented. My reply is in standard format.   You asked about points of agreement. Here is our point of disagreement. Women’s oppression, male privilege is structural. Women’s inequalities are not cultural. One can no more opt in or out of privilege where that privilege is conferred by social structure.  This is the difference between you and me. I and others have been trained…

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Scrabble letters making the word feminist

So I got my Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) on the 12th of January – so what next… rape, pillage, and burn? Obviously not – I am a rad fem and fully support women’s rights.  Sometimes being openly trans can be exceedingly unpleasant though, and just now is one of those times. There is so much “trans” being discussed in the media, in reality I just want to cry. The easy option would be to “live in stealth”; frankly, no one would know I was trans, and life would be reasonably effortless. But what about the trans kids who need role…

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As a survivor of serious sexual abuse, I find talking about sex offenders distressing, so when the case of Isla Bryson (previously known as Adam Graham) became a matter of public discourse, I naturally take the victim’s side.  Graham conveniently started transitioning just before his trial. He (no, I will not use female pronouns) was charged with rape and was held for a spell in the female estate. In my view, that was wrong – no sex offender should ever be held in the female estate, even on remand.  I have no doubt some trans rights activists (tra’s) will criticise…

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Scrabble letters making the word feminist

If you want to be seen as a decent human being, I would strongly recommend you dont use the phrase “gender ideology.” Wikipedia says this – and if you are gender-critical (GC), to be clear, there is significant evidence to back this all up: The anti-gender movement is an international movement which opposes what it refers to as “gender ideology”, “gender theory” or “genderism”. The concepts cover a variety of issues and have no coherent definition. Members of the anti-gender movement include right-wingers and the far right, right-wing populists, conservatives, and Christian fundamentalists.  Members of the anti-gender movement oppose some LGBT rights,…

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Stop Button (on bus)

Last Saturday in Glasgow, a phenomenal trans rights rally took place protesting that the UK government had actioned S35 of the Scotland Act. Up to a thousand trans folk and allies chanted, waved trans flags and held up signs, the vast majority appropriate for the occasion. Sadly, however, a few were not. One read “Decapitate Terfs”, while another suggested that Terfs should “be eaten”. Needless to say, the trans-hostile media made capital out of such a silly own goal, ignoring the hundreds of perfectly good signs. Terfs, (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) can be any of any sex. Still, one of…

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