Thursday, 28 August 2008

Most Cheerful Places

1. Powys
2. Manchester
3. West Lothian
4. Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and Monklands
5. Macclesfield

Source: British Household Panel Survey

Using data from the British Household Panel Survey, where people were asked about their sense of wellbeing, the researchers were able to draw up a map of happiness down to district level across England, Scotland and Wales.

But the team from the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester stress that happiness is more a product of personal circumstances than physical location.

Do I disagree? Well yes, Powys is just full of smiling sheep LOL

SOCIAL FACTORS - RATHER THAN GENETICS - ARE TO BLAME FOR HUGE VARIATIONS IN ILL HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY AROUND THE WORLD, A REPORT CONCLUDES.

The report concludes "social injustice is killing people on a grand scale".

The average life expectancy in London's wealthy Hampstead was 11 years longer than in nearby St Pancras.

"A more effective way of increasing life expectancy and improving health would be for every government policy and programme to be assessed for its impact on health and health equity; to make health and health equity a marker for government performance."

"People need the opportunity, the possibility, to take control of their lives - but the conditions need to be right to allow them to do that." Sir Michael Marmot WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health

Our wonderful Government says it is doing that but then they lie and the citizens of Manchester smile because they know they do. The lesson of Peterloo is not lost.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterloo_Massacre

Monday, 25 August 2008

Real trans bigotry...

"I didn’t “learn” how to act like a woman or think like one, all I had to do was stop actively trying to not do these things. I suffered almost none of the transphobia in the greater world they (transgender) constantly are complaining about. Transition for me was literally the easiest thing in the world other than the fallout most of us get from those who knew us pre-transition. It was a coming home, not an act.”

I wish I’d written that but credit to Rev. Cathryn Platine the lady that did.

My problems relate to the bunch of bigots that cannot accept that you can be born with a female brain and a male body and that at some stage it becomes transition or die.

This is a far too simple a truth for both society and the medical establishment to accept.

The NHS for example has built a model of transition to female that is for gay men. It excludes transsexual people because transsexual people know it’s not a hierarchical game of gaining points by telling the gender psychiatrist what he wants to hear in the correct sequence.

Real life is not a controlled psychiatric test no matter what some charlatan medics believe.

One of the biggest problems transsexual women face is now effectively separating us from the medical and legal politics of the Trans movement dominated by the male or female transvestic fetishist.

For too long we’ve played the game driven by our overriding desire to get surgery. Attempts at negotiation flounder because of the vested financial interests and control the medical establishment has backed by a discriminatory Government excused by meaningless apologists.

More radical and legal action is needed and I intend to be one of those helping it happen and I don’t fight on my own…

See:

http://radicalbitch.wordpress.com/2008/02/14/real-transbigotry/

One of the best and easiest to grasp articles from “Riding the Second Wave (post -modern second wave feminist thoughts from a post-trans perspective)”

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Congratulations good king Stephen…

Well now I spotted this headline to a press release “EQUALITY EXPERTS, BUSINESS AND UNIONS TO HELP MAKE BRITAIN FAIRER” now there is a bit of a contradiction there.
Since when has business (capitalism) had anything to do with human rights and fairness?

As soon as we got close to an educated skilled well-paid manufacturing based economy along comes globalisation to export the jobs to low wage economies where business can exploit the workers more effectively than one with a minimum wage. Business equals as close as possible to slave labour it has nothing to do with fairness.

This press release is from HM Government Equalities Office set up to nullify the effects of the Human Rights Act so that our Government can continue to do the minimum it has to as regards worker and welfare rights.

They say: “The Government Equalities Office (GEO) today announced a new senior stakeholder group to support development of a new equality framework which will help make Britain a fairer and more equal place.

The group will provide advice to the GEO and its Ministers on how to further strengthen equality protection and to streamline the law. This will include both those measures to be included in the Equality Bill and accompanying non-legislative measures.”

Just a quick translation of that is HM Government intend to have as much as they can as non-legally enforceable guidelines and we now have a talking shop to satisfy the expenses claims of the people we know will sell out the people they may represent or even better don’t actually represent the people they claim to.

So it came as no surprise to find on this sell out the people list none other than Prof. Stephen Whittle OBE of Press for Change.

Here is the biography that HM Government would want you to believe.

I’ve translated it for you. My translation in italics:

Founder and Vice-President of Press for Change.

Lets not say that here that PFC is an unelected self interest group.

The OBE recognised his outstanding and long term contribution to the development of social and legal recognition for transsexual people over the course of more than 30 years.

HM Government was delighted that he helped enshrine the bogus mental illness classification into English Law thereby protecting the financial interests of the gender psychiatrists.

HM Government was delighted that this appalling abuse of Human Rights allows an inherently transphobic society to continue its abuses.

During that time Stephen had not only become recognised throughout the world as a leading academic legal expert in this field (one of the foremost authorities to whom lawyers turn for advice), but he had also helped to lead a revolution in the organisation and self-awareness of transsexual people throughout the world, inspiring others to come together to form an international community through lecturing, writing, media appearances and mentoring a new generation of campaigners.

That is a myth. We can however credit him with inventing the Trans word thereby creating a grouping of Drag Queen entertainers, Gay men and Transvestites with people who have a neurological birth defect.

Stephen Whittle is now Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University where he taught for many years in the areas of Contemporary Social Law, Gender, Sexual Orientation and the Law, and Human Rights.

He’s well paid and as such has no experience of the realities of the majority of transsexual women who are forced into prostitution, as no employer will take them.

He is a founder and vice-president of Press For Change, which campaigns for respect and equality for all trans people.

No Press For Change has abandoned fighting for the human rights of transsexual people not to be classified as being mentally ill in their determination to represent a larger section of the population.

He is also co-ordinator of the UK’s support network for ’female to male’ trans people.

He transitioned from female to male himself in the mid-1970s, having come from a background of Women’s Liberation and Gay Liberation politics at that time, and he has very much retained his feminist and queer political views that were developed then.

I stop my translation here for legal reasons LOL

Now this last paragraph is probably the most revealing of this person’s core motivation.

It may get interesting for the great professor when the psychiatrists consolidate their position in DSM V, where I have little doubt they will classify transsexual women as gay men without penises and transsexual men as bearded women without breasts, but on the other hand if you were proud of your feminist and queer political views would you actually care?

The issue that every female transsexual knows is that lesbians simply do not accept the female brain & male body neurological explanation of transsexual women. A lot of the problems transsexual women face are directly a result of the over representation of lesbians in LBGT union politics. Not that we want to be there anyway and would prefer they dropped the T and just used LBG.

So lets summarise.

HM Government and particularly the Department of Health can continue to exploit male to female transsexuals, as they are mentally ill. What sane man would want to reject his penis?

HM Government will be a lot nicer to female to male transsexuals as all heterosexual males understand lesbian female penis envy.

HM Government will continue to provide legislation to enable capitalists to create and exploit a low wage service economy.

HM Government will continue to create meaningless talking shops and avoid primary human rights affecting their friends in business.

Or put another way:

Sod you workers and drop outs we’re OK and we don’t care.

I just wish I was 18 again as then I’d lead the revolution in the streets as I fear the only way to stop this evil is direct action against the source.

God save us all…

http://www.equalities.gov.uk/news/prpage13.htm

Friday, 15 August 2008

Give children their rights…

One of the things I believe passionately in is allowing children the right to delay their puberty if they believe they have the wrong body.

We have the drugs and there is no evidence of harm to the child in their administration and the results from delaying puberty and then applying cross gender hormones are spectacular.

The problem as usual is the psychiatrist not the endocrinologist and this is why the bogus mental illness classification of transsexualism must go.

The psychiatrists are consolidating their bigotry by appointing the lead persecutor to head the review of DSM V that’s the man that believes all transsexuals are gay men without penises and being transsexual is a bad outcome for a gay child.

Those of us who are transsexual know this is rubbish. I knew I should not grow up into a man in early childhood. It was the 50s the heyday of electric shock therapy guess what I didn’t articulate it – just stopped eating for a while.

The situation here in the United Kingdom is a disgrace with as usual the small group of bogus gender specialists pretty much refusing treatment except in the most extreme cases. This is resulting in people having to take their children overseas not that’s dissimilar to the adult situation where the majority of transsexuals go private or overseas to remove themselves from the transvestic fetishist obsession within Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic.

So as usual we need law changes to get transsexual children their rights. The Mental Capacity Act needs to be extended to include children over eight years of age and the mental illness classification abolished and replaced by neurological condition.

The NHS could do a lot better by recruiting transsexual people to act as scrutinisers of endocrinologists. The psychiatric gender specialists need to be exiled. There’s an unused former leper colony just off Crete that seems the best place for them to me.

I was prompted to write this article by one in Guardian entitled 'My body is wrong'.

Now in terms of the detail of the article I take great exception to Dr Domenico di Ceglie who is promoting his book trying to make a credible scientific theory out of one exceptional case. It illustrates all that is wrong in terms of the "observers of transsexualism" and is not a valid scientific argument.

The unpalatable facts for the medical establishment is that transsexualism is a self diagnosed condition and only the individual knows the truth and can decide what to do about it. The important thing is to (without bias) inform the individual child and let them decide. A psychiatrist must never, never, never tell someone their “diagnosis” as that does more damage than anything else.

Transsexualism is a birth defect and it is the absolute human right of the child and no one else to decide what to do.

This is the article – enjoy!


http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/aug/14/children.youngpeople

Germany: Forced divorce of trans people declared unconstitutional...

Spotted this it's another move forward and something for the bigots to scream unfair at LOL

From Justus Eisfeld:

On 23 July 2008, the German Constitutional Court declared the provision in the German Transsexual Law (Transsexuellengesetz TSG) which requires forced divorce of transsexuals unconstitutional.

The TSG requires that transsexuals who legally want to change their gender marker on their birth certificates have to be unmarried (though a registered partnership was no hindrance). This part of the law has just been declared unconstitutional and may not be used until the German government proposes a new solution. The German government has a deadline of 1 August 2009 to come up with a new law.

Earlier the Constitutional Court declared that a retrieval of a legal change of names in the case of a marriage after the name change was also unconstitutional.

This is a major victory for the trans community in Germany and abroad – as well as for the broader LGBT community. After Austria in 2006, Germany is the second country without same-sex marriage that abolishes the forced divorce rule for transsexuals.

Press release in German:

http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg08-077.html

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Confuse and pathologise after all it is mental illness…

Had a bit of a rambling convo with “J” today essentially he was trying to get me to kiss & make up with the union LBGT forum – fat chance of that LOL

The way the conversation went reminded me that politicians and mental health practitioners have an awful lot in common really – both want to maintain the status quo to protect their financial interests and Human Rights don’t enter into it.

I think every LBGT member of Unite should recite this until they understand it.

There is no valid medical evidence that being transgender or transsexual is a mental illness.

There was no evidence for homosexuality either and that mental illness classification was abolished in the 1970s.

T is such a broad category in LBGT that it is meaningless.

For example a gay drag queen has nothing in common with a transsexual woman other than they can both be abused and discriminated against for “daring to be different”.

Transsexual people have no choice but to transition or die.

Transgender people do not share the same issues as transsexual people as transgender people are not making a permanent change.

The law has changed and the medical establishment must acknowledge the Gender Recognition Act and the Mental Capacity Act in its treatment of both transgender and transsexual people’s medical needs.

Neither transgender or transsexual people should be subject to the Mental Health Act and risk being sectioned by a transphobic society.

No medical professional that allows or supports a person being subjected to an electric convulsive charge belongs in this century’s medical establishment.

It really is this simple - it is an infringement of a transgender or transsexual person’s human rights to consider them mentally ill.

Here are some examples from the web of the way transsexual people are being excluded within the transgender umbrella.

Press Releases

The British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s Northern Ireland Branch

Psychologists reject claim that gay people require psychiatric counselling

The Professional body for Clinical Psychology in Northern Ireland* rejects the call made by Iris Robinson, Chair of the Stormont Health Committee, that gay people should seek psychiatric counselling in an attempt to help them be "turned around".

Clinical psychologists and other health professionals recognise and value the full range of heterosexual, lesbian, gay and transgender sexual orientations. Clinical psychologists do not view these forms of sexual preferences as ‘disorders’ and do not see an individual’s sexual orientations as something that can or should be changed. We know of no recognised or accredited forms of ‘psychiatric counselling’ that can help people ‘turn round’.

Of course, it is recognised that, especially in a homophobic society many people, whether gay or straight, have emotional problems associated with their sexuality. If a person is experiencing psychological problems because of their sexual orientation clinical psychologists work to promote a positive view of their sexual identity and to help resolve any difficulties.

Dr Nicola Rooney, Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology’s Northern Ireland Branch said:

"Personally, I see my role as a clinical psychologist as being one where I help people achieve the maximum possible sense of personal well-being, whatever their sexuality.

If there is a role for ‘psychiatric counselling’ in this area, perhaps it might be better used in helping people develop a more tolerant and well-informed view of their fellow citizens
".


Now notice the words transgender sexual orientations that’s a new one but then I suppose it was inevitable LGB are sexual orientations but the T is not when T= transsexual though it might or might not be for T= transgender.

Here’s another quote:

From the Letters section of The Psychologist:

The trans community is split in their appreciation of the diagnosis of gender identity disorder (GID) in the DSM IV-TR or its equivalent; transsexualism in the ICD 10.

The split occurs because pre-operative people require diagnosis in order to gain access to medical interventions, whereas post-operative people quite rightly do not wish to be regarded as mentally ill as they are not incapacitated by being trans people.


Note that this writer thinks that pre-operative you are mentally ill but once you have the operation Hallelujah you are cured!

It is all just part of the global industry of transgender where transsexual people are a commodity to be exploited.

This is a case for gender guerrilla girl LOL…