New TUC report reveals scale of LGBT harassment at work

The challenge is huge but when working people organise and support each other through effective unions, we can change society.

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THE LGBT world is not short of acronyms. Today is Idahobit: the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

The date is significant. It is now almost 30 years since the World Health Organisation decided to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases on May 17 1990.

Unfortunately, prejudice has not been removed from society, and LGBT people continue to suffer discrimination and harassment at work and elsewhere.

To coincide with Idahobit 2019, the TUC has just published a much-needed report into the sexual harassment of LGBT workers.

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When a sprout transitions …

I’m cautious about opening up trans politics on Facebook as I have collected an eclectic set of Friends, but I hoped that gut politics might even transcend the chasm between trans apologists and gender criticals.

Christmas this year was a blessed relief from political campaigning. Brexit and Transgender Politics have threatened to take over my life over the past two years, but last week I averted myself from politics. That’s not a trivial exercise when, 90 days from a possibly cataclysmic exit from the European Union, our political leaders still appear to be wishing for a miracle.

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Trials and Tribulations of Transitioning, part 13: The Telecoms Provider

“I’ve signed a contract elsewhere. I am going. I am leaving. The parrot is dead.” Actually I didn’t say that last bit, but I wanted to.

Firstly, an admission, this isn’t part 13; it’s the first piece I’ve written on the subject, though my telecoms provider did supply me with enough material for a dozen articles when I changed my name four years ago.  That process was relatively painless, though my enthusiasm waned rapidly. Eventually, however, only two organisations eluded me: the Land Registry and the delightful people who supplied me with telephone and broadband. Continue reading “Trials and Tribulations of Transitioning, part 13: The Telecoms Provider”

Gender balance, one woman at a time

When my wave function collapsed into the F state, I was able to conduct some controlled social observations in my work as a teacher.

What can be done to increase the number of women in physics? This question keeps committees busy and researchers funded, but the solution seems as elusive as squaring the circle. Four years ago, however, I did my bit: I transitioned from male to female. As this also meant that the number of men in physics was simultaneously reduced by one, it was, as they say in football, a “six-pointer”. Continue reading “Gender balance, one woman at a time”