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Shon Faye: The Transgender Issue

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In Britain today, trans people make up less than 1% of the population, and yet they are the subject matter of relentless, dehumanising ‘debate’. In her powerful debut, The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice, Shon Faye draws our attention instead to the harsh realities of trans life from childhood to old age - exploring work, family and healthcare, as well as trans involvement in feminism and the wider LGBTQ+ community. Ultimately it becomes clear that, far from being a spanner in the works, trans experiences expose the reality that the systems we rely on are fundamentally broken. At once deeply sad and radically hopeful, The Trangender Issue makes it apparent that trans liberation is a crucial step in creating a society that is better for everyone - and that change is urgently needed.

Join Shon in a discussion which cuts through the distracting, all-too-familiar media frenzy and reveals that we have been having the wrong conversation for far too long. Shon Faye is a writer, journalist, editor, presenter, and host of the podcast Call Me Mother. The Trangender Issue is a Sunday Times bestseller. Chaired by Finn Warman.


Shon Faye was born in Bristol, and is now based in London. After training as a lawyer, she left the law to pursue writing and campaigning, working in the charity sector with Amnesty International and Stonewall. She was an editor-at-large at Dazed, and her writing has been published by the Guardian, the Independent and Vice, among others. Faye recently launched an acclaimed podcast series, Call Me Mother, interviewing trailblazing LGBTQ elders. This is her first book.

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