Making life easierBy Stephanie Scott
PHOTOGRAPH by Sharon Kilgannon, Alonglines.com
When I started out, transitioned twenty-one years ago, you were supposed to have your operations and your counselling and then just go away and just become a normal member of society.
It’s much easier now. There’s many, many more of us who have put our head above the parapets. You would think you’re the ‘only trans in the village’ type, now there’s a lot more of us and we talk to each other and it’s so much easier. Excluding the problems with Charing Cross, and gender identity pathway, it’s so much easier now for trans people. Like when articles are published in the papers, people will turn up at mass demonstrations against certain writers and newspapers and notice will be taken.
I think one of the greatest examples of the power we have is the fact that the council did the trans equality scrutiny last year, and are still working on it. That was just something I never foresaw. It was a casual remark I made at one of the trans memorial days where there weren’t any representatives from any of the local political parties. The Green Party wanted to have a word with us about it, and they suggested we have the scrutiny and if everything comes to fruition, it can make life in Brighton a hell of a lot easier for trans people.
This is Steph's testimony in Chapter Nine (Hope, generational differences, fulfillment, work, creativity) of the ground-breaking Brighton Trans*formed book.
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This page was amended on 19/12/2014