Interview with Tafad Tan

An interview I did today with three Cardiff creatives (Jason Philips - musician and producer, Alrick "Ninjah" Wilson - musician and occasional drag queen, and Max Lewy - poet), on such topics as Beijing, burlesque, decluttering, writing, being transgender, and boasting a little about famous relatives. YOUTUBE LINK

Two small achievements …

The ten weeks of my mandatory sick leave are now exhausted - more's the pity, as I was getting quite used to being a lady of leisure - and I am now back at work, albeit on reduced hours: for the present, only my weekend shifts, which I can just about manage on. Still, it... Continue Reading →

Quick Update

Alea iacta est, or words to that effect ... Preliminaries and assessments are all done, and the surgery date is confirmed for April 11, and I will be admitted to Charing Cross Hospital the day before. Apprehensive as I am about my first ever trip to an operating theatre, prolonged stay on a hospital ward,... Continue Reading →

Transgender trend ‘School resource pack’ – A teacher’s perspective

Much as I normally keep this blog apolitical, I will make an exception for this, as it strikes close to home. Recently, a group known as "Trangender Trend" (immediately setting off alarm bells) produced a rather slick-looking PDF brochure titled, rather disingenuously, "Supporting gender non-conforming and trans-identified students in schools": disingenuously, as even a cursory... Continue Reading →

Acceleration.

Last week, not expecting to hear anything so early, I received a letter from Charing Cross Hospital with the details of my first outpatient appointment with them on the 20th of February. Annoyingly, that is the day of a dance class, so I stand a fair chance of missing it (and even if I don't,... Continue Reading →

The magic S word …

It is testimony to how long the process of transition on the NHS is that I have posted nothing on trans matters for months now, even though that is ostensibly the whole purpose of this blog: certainly the reason I was encouraged to begin it, though I was afraid it would make a very stop-start... Continue Reading →

T-minus 24 Hours

This is just a quick but significant news update to report that as of this time tomorrow, my husband Cal - who has been waiting since early 2015 to receive treatment for his gender dysphoria - will finally be getting his first dose of testosterone. This has been long delayed by a combination of NHS... Continue Reading →

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