Thursday, 29 January 2009

Pot calls kettle black…

I received an email from Press For Change publicising Christine Burns’s rant against the Equalities and Human Rights Commission asking if it was trying to forget “trans” people?

I think the answer should be Yes for a lot of the “Trans” community as I can’t quite see how the Human Rights or Equalities are compromised for drag queens, hairy panty wearers, cross dressers or transvestites. These are all men who are free to indulge their fantasies if they so wish.

Of course no man should be subject to violence or abuse for any temporary change in gender presentation but I’ve yet to hear or see a list of issues that go outside existing legislation’s ability to protect the individual. I say that as someone who has been directly involved with LBGT. My experience there was that “Trans” is generally misunderstood or defined incorrectly to be true transsexual.

What I do know is whether we are talking “Trans”, transgender or true transsexual none of people assigned the label are mentally ill and it is the psychiatric community that is guilty of an abuse of human rights by treating them as such.

The mess of NHS treatment and the mess of the law itself continue because of this unscientific bogus classification that none of the high profile champions of trans ever challenge. It is total hypocrisy to avoid the confrontation that is needed to effect real and permanent change for both transgender and true transsexual people.

This is Ms Burn’s list of issues and some comments from me.

# set yourself the goals that trans people in Britain should no longer suffer a postcode lottery for funding of the most basic health care provision

Nice but same is true for every other NHS treatment

# commission the most basic of all research – to find out, with a degree of certainty, (a) how many transsexual, transgender and other gender variant people live in the UK; (b) how many require care relating to their gender issues (not just those who present seeking surgery); and (c) how many are not getting that care or suffer unreasonable waiting times or denial of service choice

This looks like a pitch for some work.

# quiz the Royal Colleges on why they have dragged their feet for seven years and have still not published basic standards of care for the UK (they're afraid their discriminatory protocols are unlawful)

Here is a blind acceptance of transgender and transsexual people being mentally ill. All the current NHS policies are unlawful so it would be more beneficial to insist they are all revised against the Mental Capacity Act, Sex Discrimination Act and Gender Recognition Act but starting from the position of declaring what is referred to as true transsexual is an irreversible neurological condition.

# demand to know why there is no published, peer reviewed research on the outcomes of trans care in the UK (and why less than 0.098% of articles recently searched in the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE and PsychINFO relate to UK research on LGB&T health as a whole.)

NIce to know but so what.

# Proactively audit EIA's on PCT commissioning policies at random and use judicial review to overturn cynical discriminatory practice predicated on the above lack of data – a locked in form of institutional discrimination if ever there was a case

I think we agree on this subject to the prior removal of the mental illness classification.

# Take up the case of the UK's backward practice on prescription of hormone blocking treatment of teenage trans people as the travesty of ethics and the Human Rights abuse that it represents

Now this I totally agree with providing it doesn’t enhance the role of the psychiatrist or psychologist or psychosexual therapists.

# Ensure that all police forces are monitoring transphobic hate crime.


# Put transphobic bullying in schools into the educational vocabulary


# Actively investigate the reasons why trans people are living on benefits and why those in work are known to be paid several grades below their capability.


# Criticise media organisations when their editors still persist in allowing transphobic language to air (especially from comics of dubious talent).

Hummmm censorship?

# Investigate and report on why the trans community's tiny support and advocacy organisations are close to collapse – their leaders physically and spiritually exhausted after nearly 20 years of voluntary work.

Well actually I think it’s time for a change of the guard as they say. A lot of the problems transgender and transsexual people face are a direct result of bad law and misrepresentation influenced by Press For Change and others who make a living from Trans politics.

You can read Ms Burn’s article at:

I predict no real change but possibly some nice expenses or a research commission to keep the Trans activists happy meanwhile the NHS and others will continue their abusive ways unless they are confronted by other gender guerrillas like myself who are prepared to use the law to achieve their aims.

Now here is the Equalities Human Rights Commission response to Ms Burns.

I¹m sorry to hear that there has sometimes been a delay in your being reimbursed for travel expenses incurred when contributing to Commission consultations. The Commission strives to provide genuine opportunities for stakeholders to engage with us on our developing strategies and policies. We recognise that many of our stakeholders are not well funded, so we try and balance that with our duty to consult. We are currently developing our policy on paying expenses for attending Commission events, which will be designed to ensure that people aren¹t excluded from contributing to the Commission¹s work on the grounds of cost. However, as a publicly funded organisation with limited resources, we unfortunately do not have the scope to offer payments for people¹s time.

Oh dear poor old Ms Burns isn't going to get paid for her support of the mental illness classification of transgender and transsexual people though she'll still get her expenses as an unaccountable self interest lobbyist.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Please support this petition...

The General Teaching Council ruled in October 2008 that a former education, training and employment manager at Brighton & Hove City Council was guilty of discriminating against and victimising a teacher who is transgender and was ordered to pay £35000 in compensation.

The manager, Philip Morgan, had secretly sent a fax to an employment agency that revealed the teacher was transgender, which led to her being blacklisted.

Brighton & Hove Council spent over £100000 to fight the tribunal case. The public wants to know how much the council spent of public money.

Thank you

Friday, 23 January 2009

I’ve finished my time in the valley of the shadow of death…

Yesterday I went to North Manchester Hospital to see the Consultant Rheumatologist to begin the process of diagnosing and treating my shoulder problem.

I must admit I was very apprehensive about this as there are long-term health implications dependent on the prognosis. The cause is almost certainly the direct result of the reactivation of my Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) from the stress I suffered from the discrimination by my former employer though I was also expected to lift heavy reels of packaging above my shoulder height. There was a machine to do it but it only ever worked on one day whilst I was there and despite the fact that it was listed in the risk assessment as severe risk and everyone was supposed to use the machine, as I was the only one that complained I was ignored. I don’t have to explain why I was ignored.

So it’s a process of elimination. We have started with a Cortisone injection direct into my shoulder joint. I should see a result within a few days and I have to ring in with my observations after two weeks.

I had x-rays and blood tests and the results will be reviewed by my Consultant. I will get those in two weeks and I will then have a MRI scan if needed dependent on the results.

There is a distinct possibility that the trapping of tendons is caused by bony spurs that will have to be removed by keyhole surgery and if I need that it may have to wait until my major surgery and recovery is completed.

The big news was that I qualify for TNF inhibitor treatment!

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors are rationed by the NHS due to their expense but they have the ability to stop the progression of my AS. Phenylbutazone worked for me until it was withdrawn in 2002. That patients like myself that had no adverse reactions were not allowed to continue using the drug was a medical disgrace.

There are risks with TNF inhibitors the most serious that stops my immediate treatment being the adverse effects on immune system reaction particularly healing and blood clotting. My Consultant knows that I must complete and recover from my main surgery before we go down that route so we have booked a meeting six months from now to look to start the TNF treatment.

This is an amazing bonus I didn’t expect. I spent over 23 years suffering cyclic attacks from AS before diagnosis when it spread to my eyes as Iritis. Phenylbutazone together with a major exercise programme to strengthen my core muscle groups took me from being unable to bend and pick up a milk bottle to being able to ride a motorbike over the St Bernard Pass into Italy.

Whilst I can’t undo the skeletal damage I can reduce the effects and I’d happily swap ten years life expectancy with my AS in my current active worsening state for five years without the debilitating effects I live with every day. When I found out the risk of dying from the effects of Phenylbutazone were 1 in 100,000 I laughed as I’d have taken it even if the risk was 1 in 2 as it is all about quality of life. I admire in some ways disabled people who are able to just accept their fate but I’m not one of them.

I fought and beat AS from 1996 to 2002. I stayed in remission for approximately four years until it became active again due to stress at work. I’m really looking forward to doing battle again after my main surgery. My Consultant has no worries about me doing the physical exercise side so it’ll be money well spent by the NHS, as it will guarantee I work again even if it is just to demonstrate that you can fight and beat this disease.

I hope I’ve explained how much this news means to me. If I hadn’t moved to Manchester this would not be happening and I would not have such a positive view on my future life. I already owe this City so much and I will pay it back.

Manchester is about quality of life and all the people I encounter are doing the best they can despite the personal difficulties they face. It is inspiring compared to the indifference (at best) and negative attitudes of South Staffordshire.

Manchester is strength through diversity whereas Uttoxeter was misery through bigotry. I am now on the high road to salvation and I’ve finished my time in the valley of the shadow of death…

There’s lots of stuff on the net about cortisone, shoulder problems and Ankylosing Spondylitis here are three URLs if you are interested in the science behind it all:

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans…

I wish I’d written that but I must give credit to John Winston Lennon AKA Dr Winston O’Boogie.

Yesterday I went to my Job Centre Plus for an interview on Pathways to Work. I must admit I was very apprehensive about it and went armed with a raft of documents about my health. You hear such horror stories about unnecessary bullying at these places that you are on the defensive before you start.

I am on Employment Support Allowance that is designed to return you to the workplace at a pace you can cope with or not as the case may be. I have serious health issues some of which may eventually be resolved but not immediately and common sense needs to prevail. I am also now less than a year from retirement and soon to undergo major surgery that will leave me unable to work for six months or so.

I was pleasantly surprised by the sympathetic and pragmatic approach of the advisor I met. She can’t decide whether I’m put into the Support Group that exempts me from some of the more onerous elements but said she’d be surprised if I wasn’t put in it. I’ve filled in a massively complicated medical questionnaire and may or may not be asked to undertake a medical. I don’t fear that as my problems are easily identified to confirm existing diagnosis.

I see her again in early March after my examination at the Sussex Nuffield who should by then have given me an operation date. This meeting could well be cancelled once my case file is formally reviewed. Common sense dictates that no employer is going to take on a new employee awaiting major surgery and I need time to recover. I intend to convert “Diary of A Biscuit Making Transsexual” into a book during my recovery phase. I’ll try hard to get it printed but if I can’t I’ll give it away on the Internet as the story needs to be told even though it’s of course fiction (for legal reasons).

After this meeting I got back to find an email to say that the Sussex Nuffield anaesthetist wants to see me as well as the surgeon. I’m pleased as this vindicates my point that whilst I am a higher risk case for surgery this can be reduced by professional personalised care rather than the NHS conveyor belt approach.

I’m off to North Manchester Hospital tomorrow to start the process of assessment and possible treatment of my shoulders. If it’s the case that the reactivation of my Ankylosing Spondylitis (from the stress caused by my former employer) is the root cause then there are very few options other than to wait for it to go into remission accepting the damage. Surgery on calcified ligaments from Ankylosing Spondylitis can cause more problems than it solves. I hope I get a top consultant on this though I doubt anyone can accurately diagnose this problem with a complex unstable joint without a scan.

Next week I start my dental treatment and I’ve got appointments throughout February. It needs doing but I’m not looking forward to it. I’m also going to get a sight test as I think I need my prescription changed and I’ve not been to an optician for six years! (I don’t think I need to explain why.)

Once I’ve got all this medical stuff behind me then it will be time to return to work and I want to do something to repay the city of Manchester for taking me in when I was at the point of total collapse and removing the wall of prejudice that was engulfing me and destroying me. Manchester saved my life and as I recover from my ordeals I can start to contribute again.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

An interesting Lunch in Manchester...

I went out to lunch in Manchester yesterday to meet someone I’d chatted to on the web and who has managed something I couldn’t in terms of living socially as female whilst working and playing bass guitar in a band as a man.

We talked about the reconciliation of a female mind with a male body that has to be made and how this is divorced from sexuality. It was not all-serious stuff though as we talked music and mutual friends. It’s a small world in terms of the scene so inevitably you have mutual contacts and funny experiences to swap.

In the past I’ve met some people who live full time as female but have no intention of surgery and found the situation deeply disturbing whilst others in the same situation have caused me no concern at all. I think all this shows that there is a massive diversity of people and the labels we use of cross dresser, transvestite or transsexual are inadequate as are labels like pre-operative transsexual, post-operative transsexual.

The only issue that matters is do you feel you are talking to a man or a woman? Gay men who are not perceived as threatening by women inevitably confuse this issue even more. Predatory males are a danger full stop and the ones that matter in terms of risk of violence and most women are pre-conditioned to minimise this risk.

I felt comfortable and the conversation flowed easily over the food & wine in a restaurant on Deansgate (not the Village). It was a lovely experience to meet someone who is well known on the Manchester scene and see it all from a different perspective. My friend believes that making transgender mainstream will make it more acceptable and that’s probably true providing people on the male end don’t go to far and being men I fear they will.

Ooops getting political again on what was a lovely afternoon. Afterwards I did a mooch about the shops which were pretty full of young people looking but not buying much and then decided to head home but got caught in some very nasty weather.

It had been very windy but dry earlier but the sleet/rain that came on was very unpleasant. Where I live in Manchester I have masses of choice for buses though only two drop me at the end of my road and given the weather I went to the stop for those. One bus broke down and another didn’t turn up so I had a long wait and I got very cold.

I try to ignore and forget my disability but Ankylosing Spondylitis has a nasty way of reminding you of its presence in the cold & damp of England. The best place in the world to live with this condition is probably the southern side of Tenerife zero humidity and Sarara desert warmth. (I’ve been there over a dozen times) Anyway I got back to my lovely warm flat but it took lots of tea and rest to get back to my version of normal.

I’m looking forward to going to North Manchester Hospital next week to start the process of trying to get my shoulder functioning again as it’s causing me a lot of problems on top of the progressively worsening fused spine & ribs that I have had to cope with for a long time.

Someone asked me recently what I was looking forward to the most when I got my major surgery done and my answer was going back to the gym and getting on the machines where I can achieve more in a week than a 1,000 sessions of NHS physiotherapy providing I have strong enough pain killers and a shower afterwards.

That’s why I need my operation whilst I appreciate that some people can live without it I’m one that can’t. I need to be able to walk naked past another woman in a changing room and not care as I do the rest naturally. This is my big year of physical change and I’m more than ready so bring it on…

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

It’s my birthday…

I’ve just completed 59 years on this planet. I don’t lie about my age anymore. It’s been an interesting life and I’d love another if such a thing were possible well maybe it is LOL

Anyway I don’t feel this one is used up and I look forward to my year ahead far more than I did this time last year. I may have less materially but I have rid myself of the attentions of the bigots of my former workplace in Uttoxeter.

I was reminded yesterday of how much better my new life is here in Manchester when I went out in the sunshine to do some food shopping. As opposed to a torrent of abuse I got teased by one of the local drunks who was determined to get a kiss off me. He settled for a kiss off an older lady before hopping on the bus. That was the only incident if you can call it one.

Anyway today I got a really funny card from my ex – Chris and a hamper of goodies. I also got a card and a cheque from her Mum & Dad. They have all been incredibility supportive and I owe them an awful lot.

I now bake my own bread and one item in the hamper was focaccia mix so that’s getting made as I have Italian olive oil. I’m getting well into using the bread making machine and nothing beats waking up to the smell of a new loaf it’s so therapeutic. Sometimes the simple pleasures are the best ones.

I did toy with the idea of a night out but as it’s midweek I don’t want the cost of a taxi when I can get a low cost late night bus on a Friday & Saturday. If there’d been a really good band on in the Northern Quarter then maybe I’d have changed my mind but it’s also TV night in the Village and I can do without aspects of that. I’ve instead got in some mussels and a fantastic bottle of Italian red wine. I’m going to an Italian restaurant on Saturday so I’ll make that my official birthday bash LOL

Notice the Italian theme here LOL Well I love Italy and could easily make it my home. Any offers?

Now where are those chocolates? – Well it is my birthday…

Sunday, 11 January 2009

So onwards and upwards…

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the direction I want my life to go as I can see the end of the beginning. I know I’ve got time to formulate a plan as my pre operation consultation in Brighton is not until early March but time has a nasty habit of slipping away from you especially as I have weekly trips to Manchester Dental Hospital in February.

I have also to be realistic as I am having major surgery and it takes a huge chunk of the year away in terms of recovery. I need to do something though as I must build a social network here in Manchester.

One of the worst aspects and results of the discrimination I endured at work in Uttoxeter was the consequential social exclusion from the suspension from work. I can understand it as my supporters were faced with bullying by both management and colleagues and keeping their distance from me made it easier for them.

I updated my CV the other day but when I read it I realised I’m describing the person I constructed not the person I really am now. I have no problems embracing or acknowledging my former identity and I don’t hide it. I’ve got on display a framed cartoon of myself on a motorbike that doesn’t look at all girly and it causes me no identity crisis.

What I’m trying to say is; that was then and has no relevance to now. I can’t see me as a Director in high profile customer facing work anymore doing huge deals. I know I could do it but that sort of success and earning huge salaries didn’t really do it for me then and won’t now.

I’ll never go back to factory work either as I’ve had my fill of that and middle management has changed beyond recognition from the days when I passed through it to more senior roles. I think that’s a consequence of the dumbing down of the whole commercial world and its consolidation into global inflexibility that is the characteristic of most commercial organisations though that was inevitable if you put accountants in charge and build a capitalist system that relies on growth to survive.

I’ve long toyed with turning “Diary of a Biscuit Making Transsexual” into a full book allowing me to expand the characters in it. Of course I’ll have to write it as a work of fiction or I’ll spend time in the courts and I’m not able like Peter Cook when sued by Maxwell to wave a chequebook and say I’ll print it again next week! I do like the discipline of writing though and that’s probably the most likely direction I’ll take.

I’ve been blessed with skills in both science and the arts and that’s probably the answer as I used the scientist side of my brain to build the male persona I cultivated whilst the softer artistic side was suppressed so my female brain wasn’t fully revealed.

I don’t have that constraint anymore.

Click here for “Diary of a Biscuit Making Transsexual

Saturday, 10 January 2009

I do love Auntie…

That’s the British Broadcasting Corporation in case you don’t know. So named as they are very good at lecturing you in do as I say fitting in with the new labour philosophy of, do as I say not do as I do.

Anyway HM Government propaganda aside there is some interesting journalism on offer so I tend to dart about their site. Oh the power of selection it’s so good. That’s why I prefer the internet to television. Until television offers total programme on demand it isn’t there in my eyes though I can understand the reluctance to allow people to cut out advertising. Still it may happen, as there’s plenty of that (product placement) plus HM Government ideas in the soaps.

Anyway I digress, as the article that caught my eye was “Autism test could hit Maths skills”.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen warns caution is needed to ensure associated talents, like numerical abilities, are not lost if the test or a "cure" become available.

The good Professor states:

Males are much more likely to apply to university to study maths, and in 2007, three quarters of applicants to read maths at Cambridge were male, as were 90% of applicants for the computer sciences degree and why, in over 100 years of the existence of the Fields Medal, maths' Nobel Prize, have none of the winners have ever been a woman?

Similarly, people with autism are much more likely to be male. Among those with classic autism, which includes a developmental delay in language and a risk of learning difficulties, males outnumber females by four to one and among those with Asperger Syndrome, males outnumber females by nine to one.

Is just me, but I get the feeling some pretty wild assumptions and illogical steps are being made here. Not too male chauvinist a view is it?

The article went on to say that research published this year showed a link between higher levels of the male hormone testosterone in the amniotic fluid surrounding a foetus and autistic traits when the child was eight and animal studies have shown foetal testosterone levels influence brain development, masculinising it.

Yes well any true transsexual could tell you about the effects of testosterone on the brain whilst it’s developing in the womb!

The main concern seemed to be that if a test for autism were developed and foetuses aborted then would we also reduce the number of future great mathematicians?
Then came a classic:

"If reducing the testosterone in a foetus helped that baby's future social development, we would all be delighted."

Oh yes?

Now that smacks too much of State selection of good heterosexual social subservient people to me especially if you look at another BBC article a day later entitled “Should we not dress girls in pink?”

Interestingly the article claims in the 1900s, blue was for girls and pink for boys.

The Women's Journal at that time explained it thus: "That pink being a more decided and stronger colour, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”

Evidently some commentators now believe pink dominates the upbringing of little girls, and this may be damaging. Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood, says the "total obsession" with pink stunts girls' personalities. "I am very worried about it. You can't find girls over the age of three who aren't obsessed with the colour. It's under their skin from a very early age and severely limits choices, and decisions.

But therapist and researcher Michael Gurian, who is based in the United States, says too much pink doesn't have a profound effect biologically - because it can't.

He says humans are programmed in a certain way and no amount of contact with external influences can change that.

"Everyone is hard-wired with four things - gender, a talent set, personality and differing ability to deal with trauma.”

“Scientists all argue the same thing - you cannot have a biological organism without having an environment for it to exist in, but that environment does not change the very basic make-up of that organism.”

Now that is logical LOL

That was rather pleasing as it acknowledges what true transsexuals have always known that our condition is nature not nurture.

I’m tempted now to research the effect of pink or even the preference for pink amongst transgender and transsexuals though I think I know the answer, the dominant colour is black.

Though the reason is that it’s more flattering if you are worried about your shape.

I think I can buy this final quote up to point.

“Girls are more aware of colour than boys - they put more colour in their drawings, for example, and learn colour names more quickly - it is no surprise that toy manufacturers have latched onto a certain shade to pitch at girls.”

I certainly did bright artwork at school LOL

The point however is that the grouping and creation of stereotypes is very dangerous. It’s wonderful for the State and the psychiatrists, psychologists and others they use to ensure conformity to society’s views of normality.

The strength of the human race is it’s diversity not it’s conformity. OK you can manipulate the masses as Hitler proved by propaganda but thankfully the freedoms and rights of the individual can still overcome the totalitarianism of the state.

The URL for the full articles are:


Wednesday, 7 January 2009

There’s a hole punched in the dam…

Now it’s time to make it breach and let the floodwaters of change free.

I don’t want to sound like I’m boasting but the fact I’m having my sex affirmation surgery paid for by the National Health Service without having to endure going through a Gender Identity Clinic and all the unscientific bogus nonsense they serve up has changed the rules for everyone.

I’m not going to repeat the legal arguments in this piece as they appear elsewhere in my blog but they are devastating and overwhelming.

What I’ve established is that there is absolutely no legal basis for any pathway to transition that is more onerous than that defined by the gender recognition act.

To get a gender recognition certificate all that is required is that you can prove two years living in the gender opposite to that defined in your birth certificate and get a report from your GP plus one from one of the HM Government approved Gender Specialists.

Once you have one then you have legally changed sex and the NHS must fund your surgery.

Now of course the psychiatrists in the National Health Service would have you believe that only they appear on the list but if you check there are gender specialists who are not psychiatrists. They may for example be endocrinologists. So take your pick!

I chose Dr Richard Curtis of the London Gender Clinic as in my opinion he has a qualification beyond any of the NHS psychiatrists in that he has changed gender himself.

I think this is important for the true transsexual, as I don’t believe anyone who has not directly experienced the sex of the brain being different to the body can remotely understand the condition.

NHS psychiatrists seem to understand the gender confused transvestite, in fact I am convinced they believe they are creating gay men without penises and that is no use to the true transsexual.

A true transsexual doesn’t need someone else to diagnose them or tell them how to become the opposite sex because they already are and soon realise that the psychiatric profession is just an obstruction to surgery with arbitrary rules that are not based on any science just their own personal opinion.

If you are true transsexual and got the bi-polar transvestite that works for the NHS then you really are in trouble assuming he doesn’t fancy you. LOL

Seriously though you can change sex without a long difficult experience controlled by someone else. It’s only made long and difficult so that the sex change industry can make a lot of money out of the true transsexual providing services that are neither relevant nor needed.

They say they do this to protect you but the reality is we need protection from them.

The State has been very good at denying the true transsexual their human rights but despite their friends from Press for Change conspiring with them to make things as difficult and unpleasant as possible there is now a way to turn the tables on them and use the laws they thought could control us to set ourselves free.

So if you are a true transsexual – just go do it…

Monday, 5 January 2009

There is a God - thank you

I'm very emotional today so I can't write much other than I want to thank everyone who made this possible:

Further to our recent correspondence, I am writing to advise you that NHS Manchester has agreed to fund your patient outside of the Greater Manchester Gender Re-assignment pathway at the Sussex Nuffield Hospital.

A letter has been sent to you today confirming our agreement to fund this treatment.

This is a result not just for me but for all true transsexuals.

Love, Truth and Justice has triumphed over bigotry, prejudice and evil.

But then if you have faith that always happens...

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Just a second…

2008 gave us an extra second of measured time a global adjustment to ensure the sun shines during the day not the night. (Well we would eventually get to that point if no adjustments were made). They adjusted “Big Ben” by taking off some old style pennies they use to regulate time and the Atomic Clock run by someone nicknamed “The Time Lord” gave us an extra pip. I didn’t notice my own time signal controlled clock getting very excited but then I was watching fireworks from my living room window.

I can’t get too excited by New Year these days it’s just a number designated by Julius Caesar in 45 BC but it seems to give a lot of people pleasure so that can’t be all bad.

I don’t do resolutions either. I found an article by chance saying failing to keep New Year resolutions made people depressed. That’s the psychiatrist from the HM Government Department of the Blindingly Obvious at work again. They do so much good.

On the financial news I loved this statement about the economic downturn and the prospect of millions of unemployed from the Chairman of Citigroup who said his industry was "partly to blame" and some within it did feel "remorse". One of Citigroup's Wall Street rivals, Goldman Sachs, has cut its pay bill by half this year, although its 30,000 employees still earned an average of £250,000. So that’s OK then.

Elsewhere Slovakia has become the 16th member of the eurozone - the second former communist country to join the grouping but I’m pleased to say in England 71% of people would vote against Britain joining the euro if it was put to a referendum. There’s hope for us all yet.

Everyone has done their reviews of the year 2008 so I thought I’d do the same for mine: I’ve selected one article I wrote in each month. It’s all a bit arbitrary really as I can summarise the year as an on-going battle for truth and justice:

Here we go, all these are headings from articles in this blog:

January: Winning or Losing? Who knows? And do I care anymore?

February: I don’t understand what gender dysphoria is and I have no intention of finding out! Being transgender is not a mental illness.

March: The Gender Recognition Panel has reached a decision on your application. Your Gender Recognition Certificate numbered GRF ****** is enclosed.

April: Bit of a day and more to come… Contains my application for funding for surgery and the legal & medical case.

May: Protection for transsexual people in goods & services...

June: Onwards to the LBGT Trades Union Conference

July: I’m now a gender guerrilla…

August: Give children their rights…

September: How to get surgery from the NHS and avoid the charlatan gender psychiatrists.

October: I didn’t write in this blog but I moved to Manchester and got a P45 through the post from my now former employer. I can’t say more for legal reasons.

November: The world would be a better place if women were in charge…

December: Try Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity…

So where to in 2009?

I simply don’t know.

If I’m optimistic then a lot of issues could be resolved in my favour though I expect there will be plenty of twists and turns.

I’ll continue to do the little I can for the future transsexuals of this world though currently things look bleak as the bigoted charlatans of the world of psychiatry attempt to consolidate their financial interests.

Until we abolish the mental illness classification of what is a physical condition we cannot gain the recognition of the surgical correction of gender for what it is – a change of sex.

It is a shameful indictment of English society that a transsexual child born today faces the same bigotry and prejudice of 50 years ago when we have the puberty delaying drugs that could make life so much better for that individual.

So the fight goes on…