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Monday, May 30, 2011

A most memorable and inspiring speech

Christine Burns is probably one of the most important trans activists in Europe. In a world where we sometimes struggle for acceptance, Christine has not only transitioned successfully, but has been one of the finest and most eloquent activists there has been. So effective in fact that she was awarded an MBE by the Queen for 'representing transgendered people'. [Ed note:- the word transgender has a slightly different meaning in the UK to that in the US, and in this context is interchangeable].
But we digress slightly.
In Christine's own blog Just Plain Sense she has been talking about going through papers and notes from nearly 20 years ago and her most recent post contains the following introduction which I cannot summarize better than Christine herself
....I dusted off a report that I had written back in 1993.......... the whole conference represented an epiphany for me, and how moved I was at the end. Part of the reason for feeling so emotional at the conference close was this final contribution from the endocrinologist, Professor Louis Gooren ............. It remains as relevant for campaigners today as it felt when hearing it for the very first time. You just have to wonder why, 18 years on, the same arguments are still necessary in some quarters

You can find that speech on her blog here. It is as true now as it was then and I think will withstand repeated readings. Thank you Christine for having the foresight to keep your notes and re-posting them.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Announcing the @TCentralBlogs Twitter feed

    You will all be pleased to hear that we now have another channel through which to deliver top quality posts from our community's bloggers, we've created a Twitter feed.
    This is an "Editor's pick" rather than simply a replication of the main T-Central blog list, so you will see us Tweeting quality posts that catch our eye for whatever reason.
    They may be on serious topics, deeply personal ones, the purely frivolous, or simply those that make us laugh. Some days you may see several Tweets, on others hardly anything.
    In addition we will use the Twitter feed to announce new blogs featured on T-Central, as well as new T-Central posts.
    So if you are a Twitter user please consider following us by clicking on the button below, and retweeting us to all your friends. Because the bloggers we feature deserve as wide an audience as possible.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Impossible dream?

Just a few days ago, we posted a link to a video by Janet Mock, writer and editor for who, even though she transitioned years ago as a teen, went public about her transsexual history. She expresses the optimistic view: that people will continue to accept her and that by being open she can help educate people about people born with transsexualism.

Blogger Teagan is finding that such optimism might be unwarranted. In her hard-hitting post asking the impossible? she wonders if those who knew her before can ever truly see the real her, no matter how hard they try. At what point does our own patience start to hurt us?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Janet Mock Reveals Trans History

Helen Boyd posted this video, by author Janet Mock, on her blog, En Gender

What a lucky girl to have friends, teachers and (presumably) parents who supported her transition at age 14.

If you missed it on Helen's page, here it is.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Boy in the Pink Dress

This blog post is not what you think, but it's something different from what we usually feature.  The blogger is not trans and the post has nothing to do with being trans.  It's just a "feel-good" blog post from an open-minded woman.

Thanks to Lori for suggesting we feature The Boy in the Pink Dress. If you like it, let the blogger know that the TG community took notice.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lucy's Entirely New Journey

Lucy had her genital surgery a few months ago.  Now, she shares a few thoughts on the journey ahead, in her post, An Entirely New Journey..  

And, while you're visiting Lucy's blog, check out her royal wedding pictures and her Flickr page.  This girl is a talented photographer.

Thanks to Jenny for suggesting we feature this post.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

How do you know your decision to transition was correct?

    It is probably safe to say that the decision when to transition is one of the most important ones to be made in the life of a person born with gender dysphoria. Some people get it right and live happily ever after while others get it wrong and have to live with the consequences. Yet more of us spend a lifetime trying to avoid it, with varying degrees of success.
    Kathryn has made her decision on transition and is well on her way. Her latest post, "How do you know your decision to transition was correct?", examines the motivations behind that decision and makes the point that transition alone is not a cure-all.
    Read it here, it's a powerful post.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Now let me see if I can get this straight.

Joey inspired RL.

RL gave Joey the You Are an Inspiration Award.

Then, the woman at the hairdresser's inspired Joey.

Joey didn't give her an award, but he did write a nice blog post about her.

But, Joey did feel that the award had to be passed on to someone or something.

Go to Joey's blog to read the rest.
(I'm such a tease!)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

In which I lose a friend

Jenny lost a friend on the operating table.  

It's not what you think, however.  There's more to this story.

Got your interest?  Go here to read Jenny's post.

And while I'm at it, I'll go ahead and introduce Jenny as the newest member of the T-Central team.  It's rare that we feature our own blogs, but this time Jenny gets a pass.

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