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Historic Win for Transgender People in Norway
July 2, 2016 • no comments • 910 views
LGBT, Sex & Gender

The lack of legal rights for transgender people in Norway was brought up in our parliament by the Socialist Party back in 2000. In May this year, after 16 years of lobbying and hard work by a lot of people, a new law finally passed that allows any people the right to define their own legal gender. The law came into effect on July 1st.

On the 30th of May Proposition 74L (2015–2016) passed with 79 votes against 13. The law grants any person over the age of 16 the right to determine their own legal gender, though still limited to female or male. Children between the age of 6 and 16 will also be able to change legal gender with parental consent.

The Troubles with Gender
August 3, 2015 • one comment • 2 986 views
Feminism, LGBT, Sex & Gender

There is, as some of you may have noticed, a debate going on in the skeptics community about the – how shall I put this – status of trans women. I’m very busy writing a book on the subject of gender diversity, so I spend little time on Facebook and Twitter these days, but from what I have seen there are a lot of problematic arguments flying around in various comments. Let me make a few comments of my own on some key points.

Screenshot from the video with Laverne Cox sitting in a chair on the left and bell hooks on the right.
Video: Dialogue Between Laverne Cox and bell hooks
October 9, 2014 • no comments • 1 378 views
Feminism, LGBT

This is an amazing dialogue between Laverne Cox and bell hooks.

Embedding the video doesn’t seem to work, but you can watch it on colorlines.

Description: Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.

Photo of a Norwegian passport.
Progress for Trans* People in Norway
July 4, 2014 • no comments • 2 036 views
LGBT, Sex & Gender

The fight for LGBT rights is ongoing in Norway, as everywhere else. We as a nation like to boast how good we are at respecting human rights; handing out the Nobel Peace Prize every year. But is it true? Are we that perfect? No. Absolutely not. Norway is one of the countries criticised by Amnesty for […]

Photo of Andrea James and Calpernia Addams.
Trans Exclusionary Trans Activists?
April 27, 2014 • no comments • 876 views
LGBT, Media

This post was first published on Queereka. Yet again RuPaul’s questionable usage of transphobic slurs on his show has angered the online trans* community. Trans* public figures Calpernia Addams and Andrea James have not as much defended RuPaul as they have personally attacked one of the other trans* activists speaking out. I used to like Calpernia Addams, even […]

Trapped in the Wrong Body?
September 13, 2012 • 2 comments • 1 243 views
LGBT

I’m really too busy with my master’s thesis at the moment, which is why I’m not posting a lot. I’ve been thinking about this post for a while though, and now I need to dump it here. I mean, I need something to separate the Caturday posts? right? So here comes another trans related rant. […]

That’s What I Call an Apology
June 7, 2012 • no comments • 474 views
LGBT

Far too often some celebrity or prominent person that I like say something stupid or insensitive or hateful. Far too often that person will be either too proud or too ignorant to acknowledge what they said or did was wrong. Far too often they will dig themselves further into the mess by getting defensive and […]