Fact & Fiction- Celebrating those  who have dared to publish

Fact & Fiction- Celebrating those who have dared to publish

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Join us for a Saturday morning of celebration with the authors who dared to publish. At a time when it is risky to question any aspect of gender identity ideology for fear of being accused of ‘transphobia’, we celebrate the pioneers who have had the courage to write and publish books on the issue.

Stephanie has hand-picked the books that, for her, have marked a powerful cultural shift; asking questions, raising awareness and promoting evidenced-based care. These books have facilitated public awareness and debate and sent a powerful message: authors have a right to freedom of thought and the subject of gender identity is not exempt from critique.

Each discussion will last 30 minutes followed with an interval.

10:00 am An introduction with Stephanie Davies-Arai BEM, the founder and director of Transgender Trend.

10:10 am Child Transition - Prof Michele Moore & Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans


10:50 am Children, teens & young adults - Rachel Rooney, Milli Hill & a short from Phoebe Rose


11:30 am Professionals- Sue Evans, Marcus Evans & Dr Az Hakeem


12:10 am Firmly on the public agenda- Helen Joyce & Prof Kathleen Stock

12:40 pm Q & A

All funds raised will support Transgender Trend to continue their invaluable work; creating dynamic resources, lobbying policy makers and promoting evidenced-based care and child-centred policies in this area. Transgender Trend is entirely funded by the sales of our resources and donations from our supporters.

In the past year Stephanie has published 'Sex and Gender, an introductory guide' by Phoebe Rose, founded My Body Is Me Publishing, a publishing house creating and promoting books for children/teens/young people that celebrate diversity, promote positive body acceptance and challenge sex stereotypes. She has worked with government advisers, delivered training to professionals and schools, and been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to children.

Our speakers

Prof Michele Moore @michelemooreEd has worked on the agenda for inclusion and inclusive education for over 30 years. She is Editor-in-Chief of the world leading journal Disability & Society. Alongside Heather Brunskell-Evans she is co-editor of two of the first books to rise critical questions about the lack of an evidence base for children/young people being identified as 'transgender': Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body (2018) and Inventing Transgender Children and Young People (2019).

Prof Heather-Brunskell Evans @brunskellevans is a philosopher and Foucault scholar with a particular interest in feminist philosophy and the bio-politics of the female and male body. She is a key figure in academia who has analysed and challenged the claims of Queer theory and the social construction of the ‘transgender child.’ Her latest book is Transgender Body Politics (2020). Website: http://www.heather-brunskell-evans.co.uk/

Rachel Rooney @RooneyRachel is a trained teacher in both Primary and Special Education with a particular interest in autism. She is also an award-winning children's poet with four poetry collections and a number of rhyming picture books to her name. Until recently, she worked as a visiting poet in schools. In 2019 she wrote My Body is Me! a body positive picture book for young children beautifully illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg, published by TransgenderTrend in 2019. Website: https://www.rachelrooneypoet.com/

Milli Hill @MilliHill is a freelance journalist and the author of 3 books about women's health: The Positive Birth Book (2017), Give Birth like a Feminist (2019) and My Period (for preteens, 2022). She has written for many leading publications including the Telegraph, Guardian, Mail, Independent, ipaper and more appearing on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5, talkradio, and many podcasts. She lives in Somerset with her partner, 3 children and a dog.

Susan Evans @sueevansprotect is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working for nearly 40 years in the NHS including the national gender identity service for children. Susan is a partner of Evans psychotherapy practice and directs an international Family Consultation Service for children and young adults experiencing gender identity issues. She is a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation, the London Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Service, and is registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is co-author of the book Gender Dysphoria: A Therapeutic model for children, adolescents and young adults (2021).

Marcus Evans @marcuse99903226 is a psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. He worked in mental health services and as first a psychiatric nurse then an adult psychotherapist in the NHS for over 40 years and has a particular interest in the application of psychoanalytic thinking in mental health settings. He was head of the nursing discipline for 20 years and Clinical Lead of the Adult and Adolescent Departments at the Tavistock & Portman Trust for 5 years. He is the author of two books on applying psychoanalytic thinking in mental health settings. Making Room for Madness in Mental Health and Psychoanalytic Thinking in Mental Health Settings, and the third book with his wife Susan Evans; Gender Dysphoria: A therapeutic model for working with children, adolescents, and young adults.

Dr Az Hakeem @Doctor_Az_ is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Psychotherapist, completing training at both the Tavistock Centre and the Portman Clinic. He is founder of The Shaw Mind Foundation, a mental health charity, and Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at University College London (UCL). In 2011, in recognition of his contribution to Psychiatry and specialist Psychotherapy, Dr Az Hakeem was awarded Fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists. In spring 2018 he published Trans: Exploring gender identity and gender dysphoria.

Helen Joyce @hjoycegender is author of "TRANS: When Ideology Meets Reality", A Times of London and Spectator book of the year, and Amazon top ten bestseller. It received rave reviews in publications ranging from the Telegraph to the New York Times, and endorsements from, among others, Lionel Shriver and Richard Dawkins. Helen was The Economist's Britain editor, before that she edited Plus, an online magazine about maths published by the University of Cambridge, and was founding editor for the Royal Statistical Society's magazine, Significance. Helen now works as Director of Advocacy for Sex Matters, a human-rights organisation that campaigns for sex-based rights. Her journalism can be found on her website.

Prof Kathleen Stock @Docstockk was a Professor of Philosophy at University of Sussex. She is the author of Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism (Little Brown 2021). She regularly discusses gender identity ideology and its effects on women and girls in public writing and speaking, and was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in 2020. She now writes a column for Unherd and has a substack.

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