Stephen Whittle has been at the heart of trans activism for half a century. He discusses the legal and political progress that has been made over the last few decades while the Guardian’s Scotland correspondent Libby Brooks examines why there was a backlash over the 2015 Gender Recognition Act, which proposed a further expansion of trans rights.
Understanding the fight over trans rights – Part 2
In September 2020 the equalities minister, Liz Truss, announced that some reforms to the Gender Recognition Act would go ahead, but one key aspect – allowing trans people to self-identify without a medical diagnosis – would not be adopted.The issue has divided ‘gender-critical’ feminists from those who are more trans inclusive. Is there a route to reconciliation?
This is a podcast for Sonder Radio featuring interviews with members of Out In The City.
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Angela and Luchia started the first Gay Liberation Front group in Manchester in 1971, at the same time as moving into the Manchester Women’s Liberation Centre, where they lived for 5 years. This centre was the hub for dozens of WLM groups, including many consciousness raising local groups. It was also the springboard for Manchester Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis, Amazon Women’s Press and the Northern Women’s Liberation Rock Band.
They were also active in starting Lesbian groups and in the fight against Clause 28. Their activism continues to this day, in the area of the rights of and housing for the older LGBTQ+ community, climate change, documenting the stories of other veteran feminists, and generally fighting the good fight, as grumpy old women!
Albert from Out In The City tells his story:
In The City directed by Lois Perry.
An Oral History is an ongoing project of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services Department. This short film captures the perspective of eleven LGBT seniors in Los Angeles who came of age during a time in which imprisonment, daily discrimination, physical violence and abuse were commonplace. Exemplifying elegant survival, the individuals you will meet in An Oral History, made the community we have today possible. From the “Daughters of Bilitis” and “Mattachine Society” to the marches led by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, the history of the LGBT movement has often been forgotten, overlooked or ignored. This is an attempt to give voice to and shine the light on the stories and lives of these individuals. Thanks to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
This film, which is part of the ‘Telling Your Stories’ series is about the project Opening Doors London, which aims to specifically meet the needs of older LGBT communities and provides guidance and care.
Tonic Housing is a new, user-led organisation whose vision is to reduce the social isolation and discrimination currently experienced and/or feared by older LGBT people in the United Kingdom. This film supports the case for building the UK’s first retirement community with a distinct LGBT identity and ethos.
Wolf performing YMCA …