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Here you will find a collection of both audio and video media that shares some moments in history, many of them involve the very people involved with Press For Change at that time and give you an insight to what was happening during the earlier years around Press For Changes campaigning.

We take podcasts and films online for granted these days but sometimes forget just how far some go back and how people were starting to embrace the technology for campaigning, lobbying and to push the activism to the masses. This shows the importance of hanging on to these kind of snippets of history so that people can see where things have come from, and where they will be heading, hopefully with future generations helping shape their ways forward.

You will need a media player such as quicktme player, winamp or windows media player to listen and view these files, a couple of the video files will open up within another window at the youtube video website to show those files.


  • 23 Hours and 57 Minutes - The traditional goal of GIC treatment protocols comes under fire in this talk based on a lecture given at the first national LGBT health summit by Christine Burns
    … or read the transcript.
  • ACAS interview - James Ward from the Yorkshire and Humberside region of ACAS interviews Christine Burns following a presentation she gave to 70 employers at an event organised in Wakefield in 2005. She discusses the reasons why people often have negative ideas about trans people and uses real life examples to illustrate why it’s not just a legal necessity but a sound business strategy to look after trans staff.
  • A Question of Strategy - Christine Burns talks about working to accommodate transsexual employees when they transition.
  • “Celebr8, Don’t Discrimin8” is North West England’s annual week-long celebration of equality and diversity for the 6.8 million people living in one of Britain’s most culturally diverse region. The 2007 festival, at the start of June, was launched with a special song, composed by Kate Threefold, a Student of Liverpool School of Performing Arts.
  • Joining the Dots - Christine Burns looks at how the internet has become a tool for progress in trans equality, and how much there is still to do.
  • Jenny Roberts is a writer of Lesbian detective novels, and also well known as the original founder of the Libertas Lesbian bookshop in York. On Friday February 9th she gave a reading of some of her work at Manchester Central Library and explained how her trans background has contributed towards the store of experience she draws upon in her work. Afterwards Jenny agreed to make a series of recordings, reading and discussing more of her books, so that we could help extend her contribution to LGBT History month to a wider audience and more than a single performance.
  • Pride 2005 - Christine Burns addresses London's Pride rally in Trafalgar Square in 2005.
  • SOGIAG Third Annual Stakeholder Conference - London April 25th 2007
    The Department of Health's Equalities and Human Rights group organises an annual conference for stakeholders interested in the work of its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group (SOGIAG). Over the course of a full day’s proceedings each of the various work stream chairs normally present details of what their team has been working on during the year. Senior civil servants also discuss their work and inclusion aims too. The April 2007 event marked the end of the first full year’s work by the transgender workstream, chaired by Christine Burns, and featured the first fruits of investment her group had undertaken in research and the development of training and educational materials.
  • All of the presentations were recorded and we will be making these available progressively on the Press for Change web site.


  • The North West Regional Assembly organised an LGBT Health Symposium in Manchester on 29th March, 2007 entitled “Promoting Health for the Region’s Wealth: Meeting the Health Needs of the LGBT Community”. The event was introduced by Evelyn Asante-Mensah, Chair of the Manchester PCT and Diversity Adviser to Government Office North West. The speakers included Christine Burns and Stephen Whittle, along with prominent LGB community and health specialists. Press for Change arranged to record the entire event and we will be featuring each speaker’s contributions in the weeks ahead.
    • Christine Burns - explained why health policy needs to be targeted towards the needs of different groups in society and what that means in terms of fair and equitable provision for trans people.
    • Paul Martin, Chief Executive of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation — provided solid statistics about the demographics of LGB people in the North West Region.
    • Stephen Whittle - explained what the law demands of public bodies, including health trusts, and highlighting some very specific statistics from his recently published research for the Equalities Review.
    • Cllr Paul Fairweather, Lead Councillor for Gay Men’s Issues on Manchester City Council provided a local government perspective.
    • Justin Varney, Specialist Registrar in Public Health at a London PCT discussed the actual public health issues that are involved.


  • The Gender Equality Duty and Trans People - On 26th April Christine Burns was invited to address a conference organised by the Ambulance Services Association at University College London. All the speakers dealt with different aspects of the Gender Equality Duty, which NHS Ambulance Trusts must respond to like all public-funded bodies. Starting with “Gender 101” much of the material covered in this 40 minute presentation would be equally applicable as an introduction for virtually any organisation.


  • Trans With Pride Conference - Bethnall Green, London, Friday 15th June 2007
    Pride London 2007 sponsored a one day conference in June, organised by Transfabulous. The event, attended by over 100 people, drew international as well as UK trans activists together to spend time working actively on issues connected with health, the workplace, visibility, safety, privacy, families, friends and lovers. Although we we don’t have recording of ALL the speakers and workshops on this occasion, we are able to bring you the keynote speakers.
  • Christine Burns’ keynote address reflected on changes in trans people’s lives and self perception, about self esteem, quality and a world dominated by “Nonty’s”.
    • Catherine McNamara of Gendered Intelligence introduced each of the stream leaders in turn, to preview their aims for the day.
    • Kate Bornstein’s keynote address centred on being Fabulous, each and every one of us.
    During the lunch break Christine Burns managed to corner fellow contributors and asked them personally about their views on contemporary challenges for campaigners both sides of the Atlantic, and to compare the two.


  • The Transgender 2007 Conference took place at the University of East Anglia during the weekend of 16th -17thJune, and was organised by Barbara Ross and her associates. The event drew many interesting speakers including several surgeons and people with perspectives on the history of trans community evolution in the last fifty years.
    • Professor Joan Roughgarden of Stanford University spoke about the ideas behind her controversial 2004 book, “Evolution’s Rainbow”.
      Afterwards she spoke to Christine Burns about her life, influences and thoughts on making the world a better place.
    • Pioneering San Francisco Facial Feminisation specialist, Douglas Ousterhout, gave a rivetting presentation about his various surgical techniques, illustrated with pictures showing the dramatic before-and-after differences. Afterwards he spoke to Jenny Kumah from BBC Norfolk.
    • Christine Burns talked about contemporary issues in trans people’s lives, beginning with a detailed recap of the changes that have taken place to get to where we are today.
    • Dr Richard Curtis talked to Jenny Kumah about the insights that his trans background lend to being a gender specialist, and the options open to people transitioning in the UK.


  • Stephen Whittle talks candidly to Christine Burns about his life, childhood, transition, studying law, being an activist, marriage to Sarah, Multiple Sclerosis and his hopes for the future.
  • Christine Burns’ keynote speech to the Commission for Social Care Inspection conference.
  • Christine Burns recites her own poetry at the Taurus Bar as part of the entertainment for delegates at the 2007 LGBT Health Summit.
  • Dr Kevan Wylie, head of the Sheffield Gender Identity Clinic and chair of the committee drafting new UK care guidelines, talks to Christine Burns about his work and the way in which he views care in this area.
  • Is sex change surgery necessary? — Lesbian Feminist Julie Bindel and trans campaigner Stephen Whittle discuss gender reassignment treatment on BBC Radio Five Live (August 2007).
  • Mark Rees was one of PFC’s founders and the first transsexual person in the UK to pursue a case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. In this interview he tells Christine Burns about his childhood, becoming a Wren, transitioning in 1971 and the events which led to the founding of Press for Change.
  • To block or not to block? — The debate about how best to treat and support young trans people. Trans man Lee Gale joins Manchester University bioethics lecturer Dr Simona Giordano and Tavistock clinic specialist Dr Polly Carmichael in a thoughtful studio debate hosted by Radio Four’s Womans Hour.
  • Amelia Bullmore talks to Christine Burns about being ’Emma’ in the Caleb Ranson and Paul Abbott comedy drama, Mrs Inbetweeny.
  • Cheryl Morgan interviews Masen Davis and Kristina Wertz of the Transgender Law Center in downtown San Francisco and reports on the 3rd Annual Transgender Leadership Summit held at UC Berkeley on March 14th — 16th, 2008.
  • Olivia O’Leary interviews two spouses of transsexual people for a candid discussion on how they have coped with their partners’ gender transition.


  • Being a trans-person living in a two-gender society, by Petar Veljacic - Each society has certain rules on how boys and girls should be. We expect boys act like boys and girls act like girls. However, not everyone fits into this gender trap. Some hide their natural identity and try to match it with great expectations of others, out of fear of negative consequences. There is only a small group of transgender people who openly dare to live their true identity. This film presents some thoughts of specialists on gender, like Charlotte Rivero, founder of the queer tango school (Tangoverkstan in Stockholm), biologist Evelyn Peyre of the CNRS Institute (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and the famous lawyer Stephen Whittle, who is a transsexual person himself, an active member of the United Kingdom Trans activist organization Press for Change and Professor of the Law School at Manchester Metropolitan University. This film was released on November 20th 2010, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, dedicated to remembrance for transgender individuals who have been attacked, sterilized or killed.
  • The Department of Health has produced a collection of video resources as part of its NHS Choices collection (the following two files are on the NHS Choice youtube page and will open up in there when you click on them.


  • Mookey’s Story - A sensitive and informative documentary about the transition of a young FtM Chinese-American college student embarking on transition. Made in San Francisco for “New American Media” by Carolyn Goosen, this film is recommended viewing for those who would like to learn about the transition issues of young people in general and trans men in particular. (MP4 video format)
  • Beautiful Daughters - On Saturday February 21st 2004 the first ever trans women’s performance of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” was performed in Los Angeles as part of the worldwide annual V-Day Campaign events, raising money to tackle violence against women. The production was strongly supported by Hollywood Actress and Campaigner Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler herself, who wrote a special new trans woman monologue for this performance. The event showcased many US trans women, most of whom had never performed on stage before. The women’s own experiences of womanhood brought a unique and poignant approach to the meaning of the well-known series of monologues, which deal with the discovery of ourselves through coming to love and respect our bodies. A series of five short films, first broadcast on the US Logo network told the story of this unique event. Now those five films are available to view online.
  • Prof. Stephen Whittle talks about his transition from female to male and his experiences for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as part of their ‘Equally Different’ campaign.
  • Grayson Perry speaks about the importance of being unique and different for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as part of their ‘Equally Different’ campaign.