Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational
organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights
and liberties for all transgendered people in the United
Kingdom, through legislation and social change.
Editor : Christine Burns,
Why we're here
This site is here to publicise the work of Press for Change, and to
support all those who are interested in achieving basic human rights for a
group of UK citizens who have done nothing more than to be different ... and
to undergo a prescribed medical treatment.
A sea change in public understanding in recent years
has meant that nowadays it's rarely necessary to explain to people that
transsexuality is an internationally recognised condition,
and not a form of sexual or political rebellion.
Yet few people actually appreciate that over the last 30-40 years,
more than 5,000 people in Britain have successfully transitioned
between the genders ... for the simple reason that most of them have
blended invisibly into ordinary society. More importantly though, only a
very small number of people are really aware of the needless and
damaging bureaucratic obstinacy that such people face during and after their
transition, and the fact that this quiet and invisible group of people are
among the most cruelly discriminated of all citizens in the United Kingdom.
Here you can learn about the problems which UK trans people continue to
face, since a divorce case in 1970 branded us as non-people ... and our
successes in reversing a state of law which can only be described as
ignorant, fearful and spiteful. (For an introduction to the issues,
This site aims to be a newspaper, library and resource centre rolled into
one. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a comprehensive collection
of information about the trans rights campaign, and details about the
legal, medical, political and social issues surrounding the people it
represents. If you're a trans person, we aim to raise your consciousness. If
you're a researcher or a journalist we want you to have everything you
could possibly want to report us accurately and fairly. If you're a
campaigner already, we want to provide you with the very best resources.
And if you're not, we'd like to show you what an astonishing challenge
Overall the site contains in excess of 500 articles and features, plus links to
material from around the world. We try to update at least every fortnight, but
when the news is happening in the UK we aim to cover it sooner than that
... but you'll always find the latest news in the archives of the
UKPFC-NEWS mailing list, and
discussion of events in the UKPFC-FORUM
If you'd like a regular flow of campaign updates delivered directly to
your mailbox, why not sign up to join
these lists ?
We have the history and the goals. The arguments and the people. The
good news and the bad. The patience and, one day soon perhaps, we'll
also have the reward.
In January 1998, we redesigned this site as part of its move to a new
commercial server ... and now, a year later, we've given it another complete
overhaul. As well adding lots of new material which you'll find listed on our
What's new page, the sheer size of the site
forced us to rethink the way it was built, and how it was laid out.
In 1997, when there were less than 100 pages to maintain, the job could
be done manually without too much difficulty. Now, with some 500 pages
on-line already and more being added all the time, a new method was required
... so we've now developed a firm structure for all pages, which allows us to
use custom software tools to generate and update them more quickly and more
accurately. What that means for you is that the site now has
a more consistent look, with lots of features added to aid navigation, such as
a site map and a button on every page to take
you straight to the index for that section. Every page is clearly labelled
at the top so that you'll know which section of the site you're in ... and
every page has a consistently-placed set of links to related material.
Of course, we've retained the navigation bars at the top and bottom of
every page, with links to all the major sections of the site. But as the
site grows, you'll probably find the site map
We tested this redesign extensively before launching it, on dozens of
different browsers, so we're comfident that the pages should now display
accurately on all the major browsers. But if we've slipped up, and you
find that your browser doesn't display these pages properly, please
email us to say so !
Press For Change is a campaigning organisation, not
a support group. If you are concerned about your gender identity or
would like to locate counsellors and support services in your area for yourself
or a friend then
The Gender Trust,
a registered charity, can help : their web site carries details of the regional
support organisation and affiliated groups around the UK and across the world.
another UK-based support group.
Children and adolescent transgendered people may also want to look at
a support group for young trans people and their families.