Cis, Trans, Whatever: The Return of the Angry Activist


Gender 'tag cloud'
Gender 'tag cloud' (Photo credit: ILRI)

This blog as been fairly quiet over the last year or so, only popping up during the various campaigns I get interested in. I somehow lost interest in blogging about the ordinary news stuff that others write so well about, kind of lost my way. But today? Today was the first day I wanted to blog about something here. Today I felt like I had to write. Today.

I’m Cisgender, as are most of you reading this. For those of you unfamiliar with this term (as was I before this week) it means the following:

Identifying with or experiencing a gender the same as one’s biological sex or that is affirmed by society, e.g. being both male-gendered & male-sexed.

From Wikitionary.

So why am I angry? Well firstly, I have been following the Suzanne Moore and Julia Burchill debacle since The Observer published that awful piece (read this excellent post by Stavvers for the latest on that and the protest). Rather then just be a keyboard warrior, giving out on blogs and twitter, I decided to share an event being organised by UCC LGBT (one I will be attending!) a letter writing campaign on Gender Recognition, on which legislation is long over due.

Posting that led to a discussion/argument on Gender. Someone claimed that gender doesn’t exist outside the mind. Yet I am sure that same person would when on form where gender is asked, fill it. But thats fine for those of us who Cis, who are happy in gender, in whom our gender matches.

But what about those people whose self-identity is not reflected in the societal norm for a person with their biological sex? This is of course someone who is transgender, who with in time and support will make a change.  I understand others want to be completely outside the gender duality and may not wish to change what their birth cert and passport says. But there are people who want- and need- that change.

Who are we to stop them?

Why should we not continue the fight. The fight bravely started in this country by Lydia Foy and Louise Hannon. Two fantastic women who have brought this to the political agenda. Who are forcing a government to change. But of course, they still drag their feet.

They have dragged them for too long.

The Law needs to be changed!


Not next year, not during the next term. Now.

Legislation needs to be brought forward.

The Trans community are rightly fed up of waiting. They deserve our support. They support many of us in the LGB community, so we need to back them.

I can only imagine how hard it is to be a minority, within a minority, but they do it. They have stood by us on pride marches and protests.

So lets protest for them.

Its the least we can do.

And for all those out there who dont get this, read!

Its what I did.

I am no expert on Trans. But I am willing to listen are read about it. I have many wonderful people teach me about this. They know who they are. Some are involved in TENI while others are not.

I am glad I had that conversation today. Its put a fire back in me. I am angry. And I think you should be too.

Lets start with this and see how it goes.

Further Reading:

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"Humanity must be saved"

Pope Benedictus XVIImage via WikipediaFrom the gays??? What? Really? We are responsible for the downturn in humanity? Has the Pope been having chats with Fred Phelps?

I am amazed and disgusted. I find myself in complete agreement with the headline from Froodie’s blog “Pope Benedict incites hatred, misunderstanding and probable bullying and violence.”.

While I know a lot of Catholics don’t agree with the Church on everything but this does not help in anyway. A lot of elderly people do listen to the Pope for advice and guidance and him saying things like this do not help.

It is a step back for the Church in general. I have a lot of respect for individual priests who hold differing views then the Pope, but this will not help those Catholics who are gay and still hold the Church in high regard.

Other blogs have reacted in various ways to this declaration. Iain Dale thinks the Pope should “Just Join the BNP & Have Done With It“. Una of Unarocks points out that the Pope is teaching the wrong stuff and should be concentrating on “Love” a very good point! Also she points out

On one hand, i suppose, you can laugh this stuff off- who gives a fuck? Who cares what an old repressed dude in a wine dress says? Surely if you get pissed off by this it legitimises his statement as something worth listening to? Then on the other hand, this is a man with huge power and influence and a massive willing and listening audience who believes ten per cent of the population is evil.

And I agree with her fully on that point!

I love Joe Scanlon‘s post title on this issue “Plant a Tree – Shoot a fag” which basically could sum up the Pope’s speech to some people!

As the papers point out (Irish Indo and UK Times) “The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are”. So they think the fact that you are gay is not sin (yay, therefore not a choice) but we can choose to ignore it! Really? You can ignore the fact that you have fallen in LOVE? I don’t think so. Having actually experienced true love for another man, it is an overpowering experience (as it is for anyone I would assume straight or gay) that hits you. It cannot be ignored. Yet this “ancient institution” expects us do so. No thank you! There is reason I CHOOSE to no longer to be considered a Catholic. I CHOOSE no longer to be associated with comments such as this or the on earlier this year from a high ranking Vatican Official that called homosexuality “a deviation, an irregularity, a wound”.

An issue that most of these posts and my comments so far are on the issue of transgender which the Pope also tosses into the mix. He opposes Gender Theory and said

“That which is often expressed and understood by the term ‘gender’ in the end amounts to the self-emancipation of the human person from creation and from the Creator,” the Pope said.

“Human beings want to do everything by themselves, and to control exclusively everything that regards them. But in this way, the human person lives against the truth, against the Creator Spirit.”

Wow! Even Iran is more ahead then the Catholic Church on Transgendered issues when it espousing beliefs such as this.

The Church needs to get a grip and move with the times. The Church is losing membership and it wonders why? The Church has to be seen to approach issues with a modern mindset, something it has failed to do since the election of Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

I wonder what he will complain about next Christmas? Single mothers?

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Will the Government act on Article 8 of the ECHR?

Lydia Foy has won her case in the high court which ruled that the state is in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Article 8 states the following

1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

Now will the Government Act? Under the programme for Government there is no planned Gender Recognition Act. We must also remember, that the Irish Government is not the quickest at remedying the law when it comes to the ECHR. How long did it take to implement the Norris Judgement?

I would love to see the Government bring in an act on this and I will be bringing it up at UCC YFG this week and will try and submit it for Conference.

Notes on a Train

Random thoughts on the 11:00 Dublin to Cork Train

Fine Gael won the election so stop asking me if I’m happy with the election!

A downturn is coming in the economy and people know it. Watch the number of Penny’s bags the next time your in Town.

The Following Drag queens rock (in no particular order!)
*Regina George
*Fabula Di Marchais
*Destiny Jones
*Kitty Cartier
*Lady Face – Veda and Devina
*Panti (all hail)
*Joanna Ryde
*Aine Climax

Cork needs a LUAS

The B’house is cool 😉

I like the new CIE trains

Kinlay house is a great place to stay – its near all the Gay Bars!!!!

Lemonjelly is gorgeous and the staff are hot!!!!

This weather is killing me….

I found Today FM’s HQ by accident….

Transgendered rights more improtant then Civil Partnerships.

Launch of Dublin Pride was fab. Must try and get to the Parade on the 23rd of this month!

Cork Pride was fab – I came second in the mince marathon!!!

The Parade was well better this year like!

I say ‘like’ a lot – especially when it’s pointed out to me

I dropped out of college :-O

Cant get this song out of my head!

I must go to Dublin more often…. but not by train €40 student return jaysus!!!

Must start blogging regularly again. Excuses:
*General Election

Dan Boyle travles by train…. hes two carriages back

Why is Paris Hilton on the front page of the Irish Examiner…. Who gives a shit – stupid bitch.

ISL should be thought to all children. I will teach mine.

I need to think of a drag name!

Your Drag Queen Name Is:

Felicia Fellatio

Anyone know where i can get men’s size 10 (UK) heels in Ireland?? Preferable Cork!

My hangover is subsiding!

I love free beer….

This is a cool song

Thats all he wrote!

Trans Website

Hey all,

I’ve recently been getting a lot of hits from this website due to my recent post on ‘State to let transsexuals alter gender in passports’

It looks like a great resource for T members of the LGBT community and even have suicide prevention trained moderators. What an excellent idea! From the home page

We are a personal Transgender support site and the only one with youth suicide prevention moderators online. Visit our certified moderators in the live chat rooms.

The site is aimed at the following This Support site deals with Transsexual, Transgender, Transgenderists, Crossdresser, Androgyne, Intersexed and Transvestites. We also support (MTF) Male to Females, (FTM) Female to Males, Transwomen, Transmen, families, wives, partners and friends.

A fantastic support site. I wish there more of them!