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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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Former University Rector criticises handling of transphobia allegations

The University of Edinburgh’s former Rector, Ann Henderson, has published an article criticising the institution’s handling of repeated ‘unsubstantiated public allegations of transphobia and abuse from a University of Edinburgh student organisation’ that ‘effectively went unchallenged by the University.’ The allegations described by Henderson began in August 2018, after Edinburgh Labour Students issued a public […]

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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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Transphobic stickers found on West Nicholson Street before International Women’s Day

CW: transphobia 7 March 2021, a slew of transphobic stickers were found littered across West Nicholson Street directly opposite the university. The stickers were placed sometime between 2-11 pm, presumably after sunset as they had gone unnoticed by the majority of the public. The Student was alerted to this situation by a mere observer who […]

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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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“Silence is not an option”

SNP transphobia debate spills into university and public discourse TW: Transphobia, transmisogyny  Transphobic stickers have been found in locations across Edinburgh in the past week, near to the University of Edinburgh’s main George Square campus.  Yellow stickers declaring “ScotGov you’re being rather SILLY” “If you think a woman has a WILLY” followed by “#SexNotGender” and […]

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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 […]