It’s best to transition like a fine wine, you can’t rush it. It matures slowly, the – finest things take time. When you put love and passion into it it blossoms with beauty as a reflection of yourself.
Time 4 T Radio Reverb
Each month we will be diving into trans news, reviews and interviews from Brighton, the UK as well as what’s happening globally, good and bad. Oh and some kicking tunes old and new.
If you’d like to contribute to the show, or there’s piece of music you’d particularly like to hear, please contact Claire via the form below or follow her on twitter @ItsClaireParker
Putting the script together for this Sunday 15th’s Time 4 T with an amazing line up.
Roz Kaveney talking about her new book Sarah Graham Solutions talking Intersex issues
and @Kathy Caton talking Brighton Transformed all at 3pm on @Radio Reverb with me Claire Parker.
Hello all lovely people of transiness
When a TV channel airs comedians who band around the T word, they are appealing to those who bear low levels of human empathy.
By natural order the television networks will not produce this material or work with those who do simply because societal pressure will publically “call out” those that
do. This is where I value the work of Rebecca and transiness to portray the joy and reality of trans people and culture.
Then when transphobic material is broadcast it gives the whole world a chance to look at the lesson which is just as valuable to onlookers.
If you challenge not only transpohbia but all the phobias and ism’s we shall be giving ourselves and humanity the greater gift of living in an empathetic world.
It doesn’t happen overnight and yes those committed to these goals truly have to work astonishingly hard to see the great work done.
I truly believe in a world where one can openly identify as trans and where stealth becomes and “option” not a “necessity” and to do that beautiful souls please stand in
solidarity with my intent*.
(*) Everyone bears the inalienable right to do as feels right to them
In Lak’ech (I am another yourself)
“We always dreamed about this better life, this better life.
We always felt it coming all along, yeah all along.
We’ve got the keys to open paradise, yeah paradise.
Now let’s go walking hand in hand,
Come on baby we can hit the lights”.
So a friend of mine transitioned on the job, like me. She lives in a small town in the states. Everyone knows each other, everyone knows about her… and everyone in the next town… and the town after that. So, just for giggles, every now and then she pops into her local equivalent of Halfords, picks this up, and takes it to the counter.
Just for giggles.
I think one of the reasons I started transiness is because I never wanted people to suffer the way I did, the way I held inside who I was at great personal expense – for the sake of a society that was not prepared to accept me. When I first went to a support group, one of my first reactions was – oh god, there are others who feel the same way. I thought I was mad. I no longer felt alone in my struggle to keep myself hidden. When I came out I cried for a week. I cried for all those times I kept myself at bay, I cried for that girl, that teenager, that young adult forced to behave and act in a way she was not comfortable with. I cried at her despair with her body.
It’s a long struggle that many transsexual women I have talked with share. And it is by talking with other trans people that I realised how beautiful they are. I realised how they kept themselves at bay, and how difficult it was for them. I cried for my friends and their suffering. Many people who suffer go on to help others in a similar situation, and this is how I became an activist. I’m not angry. I’m upset. I’m upset because I see my friends being hurt by something that isn’t their fault. I’m upset because we, as trans people, try so hard to hold each other tightly – for fear of loss. Because in every trans person, there is a part of me. And as I learned to love myself and care for myself and I learned to break my bonds, I learned to care for others like me. I hope in some way by helping others think differently about themselves, be proud to be who they are, that I can make a difference – however small that might be. And I hope that people might be able to learn to see what I see in trans people. In all the diversity… there is joy.
Sometimes trans people don’t blend. But that isn’t a bad thing at all, Eddie Izzard, who self describes as an action transvestite shows us what it’s all about. Thank-you for making me smile, Eddie 😀
I first met Emma in a support group a good while ago. In our own ways I think we understood more of a depth of meaning, and of healing a life in which we were made to live a role which wasn’t congruent to who we are. We shared our feelings of constriction by our environments, about healing our inner children, and about translating feelings of pain into self love. It is only when we learn to love ourselves, that we truly learn to love others. She writes:
…everyone is unique and everyone has its own opinion on being a “transgender person”…
You can read her full article here, where she talks about transitioning to a new gender role.
This one is for the trans women, women with trans history, women like me. Someone dropped this zine into my lap and it’s already making me beam a big giggly smile. I haven’t even read it all and I’m sharing it all ready.
To whoever made it:
TRANS* HEALTH MATTERS TWITTER EVENT – #transhealthmatters
SUNDAY 7 DECEMBER @4PM
Please forward/ FB/Tweet etc about this event and invite people to take part
Trans Health Matters 2014 #transhealthmatters
Following the success of Trans Health Matters in March 2013, the second event aims to provide a trans* voice into the health debate; providing practical solutions for trans* engagement and for strategic inclusion in the health & social care sectors.
The 2014 event is supported by cliniQ, the innovative trans* health and well being NHS service in central London; it’s partner providers and the National LGB & T Partnership. It will look at specific health needs and issues of trans* inclusion in the planning and delivery of health, public health and social care services.
In the spirit of the event, Trans Health Matters wants to include trans* people at every stage of its development. We’d love to hear what trans* people want from the day.