Had high hopes for comedy out of this one, but was sadly lacking, though she did open her talk by admitting her cis privilege and apologising for it.
Prof. Ann Heilmann (University of Cardiff): James Miranda Barry and the Conundrum of Historical Transgender Representation
There have been a number of biographies about James Miranda Barry and Heilmann talked at length about what kind of trans person 'he' was.
- trans of migration
- trans of between
- trans of beyond
Heilmann feels that Barry belongs more to the 'trans of migration' but I have no idea what that means.
It was also felt that the book cover marketing that publishers have used has focused too much on Barry having a "secret".
A Perfect Storm: The UK Government’s Failed Consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004
Whittle opened by saying that the GRA consultation was a failure.
The first people who opposed trans people in the UK were apparently The Christian Institute.
There was also "nothing to debate" and accepted feminism.
Prof. Pamela L. Caughie (Loyola University Chicago):
Queer Modernism and Trans Lives: Lili Elbe’s Life Narrative
Caughie is creating a digital archive of trans histories.
Prof. Susan Rudy (Queen Mary University of London):
On Gender Ontoformativity, or Refusing to Be Spat Out of Reality: Reclaiming (Trans and Cis) Lesbian Solidarity through Experimental Writing
In which the word 'ontoformativity' was used an awful lot.
Aiden Greenall (Independent):
“Please select one: Mr./Mrs.”: “Mx.” and Non-Binary Resistance
Aiden is a Stonewall employee and felt that the way forward validating trans identities was via low level bureaucracy, and gave the example of service providers use the "Mx"
Negotiating Gender Diverse Worlds Built on Binary Expectations: The Kenwood Ladies Pond
The Equality Act is not something I'm familiar with chapter and verse, but I'm pretty sure Lo misquoted the law with regards to single sex provision.
Lo is non-binary, but you wouldn't know from looking at her, as she appeared to me to be a gender-conforming woman.
Lara Bochmann and Erin Hampson (Independent): StepOut (short film)
Lara and Erin are a non-binary couple (i.e. what we would have described as a lesbian couple ten years ago). They made a short film about the anxiety of being harassed on the street.
They also talked about how binders can increase anxiety because it restricts movt and breathe.
They live in Berlin, so it was a big stretch for me to believe they receive constant harassment.
Again from physical appearance alone you would have to be intimate with the 'queer' scene to understand that they were presenting themselves as NB.
The Changeling’s Story: The Fantastic Duplicity of Queer Bodies in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fiction
Felix was yet another non-binary, who felt their bodily experience was 'supernatural' and didn't want to be 'real'.
Dr. Meg John Barker (Open University)Trans: Adventurers across Time and Space
Trans people are time travellers and shape shifters. Yep, you heard correctly.
There is a cultural amnesia about transmen pregnancies - every one is the 'first'.
- hormones offer the possibility of multiple puberties
- some trans people look younger
- one can count age from the entry point of transition
- counting your previous selves
Trans people experience "trans bladder" as they often have to wait longer to use the toilet because of lack of safe toilets. This has a real impact on bodies and brains.