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J.K. Rowling and Transphobia: How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

The world’s deepest man-made hole, named the Kola Superdeep Borehole, plummets more than 4,230 feet into the earth, reaching well over an impressive 12 kilometres.  Legend has it that if you go right down to the bottom, you will find J.K Rowling still hacking away with a shovel in both hands.  There are many ways […]

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EUSA Trustee resigns

CW: trans & non-binary discrimination  Levi Pay, a member of the Students’ Association Board of Trustees, has resigned from his position, following public pressure after a series of his tweets were circulated.  The tweets in reference stated that he would “certainly see trans women as male”, whilst he also said it would be “lying” to […]

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University webpage details transphobic microaggressions

A University of Edinburgh webpage has highlighted commonly used Trans and non-Binary microaggressions.  The page described explicit expressions, spanning from slurs to intrusive questioning, that remain unrecognised by many.  Microinsults and invalidations such as “I also wanted to be a boy when I was a child” were also shared by Vice-President Welfare, Niamh McCrossan, this […]

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Time to cut this transphobic shit out

CW: Transphobia Somehow, regardless of Nicola Sturgeon’s statements about zero tolerance for transphobia and the university’s similar protests, transphobic stickers have been a plague on Edinburgh’s community for quite some time. Although I wasn’t here at the time, these instances go back as far as 2018 with sayings such as ‘Seahorses are HORSES, Hotdogs are […]

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Biological sex and transphobia: why you shouldn’t side with Joanna Cherry

CW: Transphobia Cancel culture strikes again, leading hundreds of popular politicians and wealthy celebrities to fall face-first into book deals and endless news coverage. Joanna Cherry used obvious dog whistles in the video that led to her sacking, so why is she made out to be some victim of political scheming? Sure, there probably were […]

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Joanna Cherry: Guilty until proven innocent

I’m sure most people have heard that Joanna Cherry was recently sacked from the SNP’s Westminster front bench– but was it really because Nicola Sturgeon has a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against transphobia? Has anyone bothered to find out what actually happened or just heard that Cherry is transphobic and hooray to Sturgeon for being woke? The […]

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SNP in “unprecedented turmoil” after reshuffle according to Edinburgh MP

A senior SNP MP has said the party is in “unprecedented turmoil” after being dropped from the party’s shadow cabinet at Westminster. Joanna Cherry, MP for Edinburgh South West since 2015, rose to prominence as shadow justice secretary. In this role, she launched numerous legal cases against the government at the height of Brexit tensions […]

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The ways in which J.K. Rowling’s critics silence trans voices

Content warning: discussion of misogyny and transphobia; mentions of domestic abuse and sexual assault There are few current issues which inspire as much rancour as the debate over trans self-identification, and no individual, surely, who receives as much vitriol for their views on the subject as the author J.K. Rowling. She has been involved in […]