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Welcome to my blog, which I started way back in December 2002 - long before social media was a thing! With the advent of Facebook, Twitter etc. I don't write that often here now, but you never know when I might feel the urge to do so.

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Gender Recognition Act Survey from the Department of Constitutional Affairs

Friday, September 17, 2004

I've just received the following message from the Gender Trust and Press For Change regarding the implementation of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The Government is asking for feedback from transpeople as to if and when they are likely to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate so they can ensure that applications are processed as quickly as possible when the Act is implemented next year.

If you have transitioned, please take the time to read the following message and fill in the survey. The more information the Department for Constitutional Affairs has on projected demand the smoother things are likely to go.

Posted by Anna at 09:45 | Get Link

Batman at the Palace

Monday, September 13, 2004

On some days the news can be not only topical but also surreal.

It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who's aware of my situation when I say that I'm totally in favour of the Fathers 4 Justice campaign, if not their rather unconventional methods. Although I would never advocate breaking the Law, you have to admire their audacity - and the effectiveness of the campaign they're mounting in raising public awareness of the sheer inadequacy of the current system in maintaining contact between non-resident parents and their children.

It's also no surprise that politicians are expressing sheer outrage about protests like this - they show how bad so-called security often really is in a very public way. However, I also wouldn't be at all surprised if privately some are expressing their gratitude that this laxness was exposed by such a harmless group.

Maybe they should be thanking Fathers 4 Justice for pointing that out. But that wouldn't be the done thing now, would it?


Posted by Anna at 19:03 | Get Link

"Series for Discovery Health- can you help me?"

Friday, September 10, 2004

Every so often I receive emails from TV producers asking me to assist them with TV programmes about gender issues (the last one was a programme about the Reassignment Surgery I had last November, and before that it was This Morning, who wanted me to appear on a programme about Facial Feminisation Surgery). Although it's very flattering I always refuse, as I'm wary about having my profile raised quite that much!

Well...another one has arrived, and for a change it's not asking me to appear on television - rather it's a request for me to publish a general appeal for people to do so:

Posted by Anna at 22:15 | Get Link

Good news - I'm still writing

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

I'm pleased to say that - after a lot of deliberation - I've decided to continue my journal (as you can probably tell by the posts that have just appeared covering the intervening period).

I will however be making some changes as a result of recent events...most noticeably in the subjects I write about. Unfortunately I just can't be as open about my life as I've been in the past.

Enough of the reflection though. Enjoy!

Posted by Anna at 21:55 | Get Link

Anyone for a T-Party?

Monday, September 06, 2004

This weekend has been a busy and fun one for us.

On Saturday afternoon we both travelled up to London for a picnic organised by Press For Change to celebrate the Gender Recognition Bill becoming Law (it's now the Gender Recognition Act 2004).

The picnic (which was announced in a fairly low key manner on some of the trans support lists in the UK) was to be held near the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. Quite honestly we didn't know what to expect...for all we knew there could be just 10 or more than 200 people planning to go. Of course, sometimes it's fun to be just a little in the dark...

In the event the day surpassed all expectations. It was beautifully sunny (although not as hot as I now seem to like it after my experience of the Thai climate!) and we really couldn't have asked for a more perfect day for a picnic.

After arriving at shortly after 1pm we walked across the park to the Serpentine Gallery and tried to find everybody. Before too long we bumped into several others doing the same, and after receiving directions by phone from a friend (how did we ever manage without mobiles?) culminating in her standing up and waving madly at us we finally found everybody.

I didn't count how many people were there, but the numbers steadily climbed throughout the afternoon, and the atmosphere was fantastic. What did strike me was the sheer number of trans men really was good to see both sides of the T* community almost equally represented. One of the many memorable moments for me was when a bunch of the guys decided to wander off for a game of football and shouted over an invite of "Anybody want a game of football?". My response of standing up and shouting back "Not any more!" certainly raised a few laughs.

As ever when you're spending time with friends time flies, and as the sun got progressively higher and brighter we retreated further and further under the trees until by late afternoon we were all well and truly in the shade.

We finally said our goodbyes and left the park at 7:45pm - just before it was due to close for the night. We'd been there for nearly 7 hours!

PFC have just issued this press release of the afternoon's events, which I think says it all perfectly:

After spending the night with a friend (hi Claire!) we spent a lazy Sunday visiting Beth's parents and a couple of friends, before eventually heading home late in the evening.

This kitten is now tired out and well and truly brown.

Posted by Anna at 21:28 | Get Link