Gayle Smith: Trans people must start writing and archiving our own history
Gayle Smith, writer and spoken word poet, writes for international trans remembrance day about her experience of coming out as trans, and how trans people have to write their own history
BEING both a blogger and a spoken word poet I think it's safe to say if there is one thing I'm passionate about it's writing. I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't written, even though there were a few times that it was only thoughts in diaries.
Gayle Smith: The media needs to understand the consequences of its words for trans people
Activist Gayle Smith calls for more media responsibility when covering trans identity and related issues
AS the trans community paused this week to remember those who've been murdered due to hate crimes in the past year, I wanted to reflect on the impact words can and do have on both individuals and communities. This is particularly true with regard to those communities who are perceived for whatever reason as, shall we say, different.
Gayle Smith: Remember those in the trans community who, unlike me, never got to be who they really are
Poet Gayle Smith shares her story and says it's important to remember those in the transgender community who have died in the struggle to be themselves
FOR the majority of people who aren't celebrating a birthday or anniversary, 20 November will be just another day. There is, however, one group of people for whom this date has a special significance, though many of their family, friends, and neighbours may not even be aware of this or of the reasons why.