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OPINION: Sugar Swan – How she sees it 

James Ledward January 3, 2019

EACH year, it’s tradition that we make New Year’s Resolutions. Whilst we may focus on anything from picking up a new hobby through to charitable giving, many resolutions focus on health and fitness. 

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OPINION: Transitioning with Sugar – Trans Positive Healthcare

Ms Sugar Swan October 25, 2018

First, before I get on my pedestal for the month, I have to convey my sincere apologies to my regular readers for my recent hiatus. You may well remember that this time last year I spent a month in India having some surgeries; well, with nine months to allow myself to heal, I have just spent the last two months away having some more work done.

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OPINION: Transitioning with Sugar – Going Stealth and being outed

Ms Sugar Swan July 27, 2018

Transitioning with Sugar – Going Stealth and being outed, by Ms Sugar Swan. When asked why I waited until my mid-30s to transition I tell people a myriad of lies; “It wasn’t the right time”, “I couldn’t afford it”, “I wanted to get X, Y and Z out-of-the-way first”.

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OPINION: Transitioning with Sugar: Trans healthcare and the Gender Recognition Act

Ms Sugar Swan July 4, 2018

Sugar, still in the midst of surgical recovery, asks, is it all worth it?  As I sit at my desk on a hot mid-June’s day, already five days behind deadline (oops, sorry ed and design), feeling somewhat overwhelmed with my scar management and post-operative care, I’ve spent the last week plagued by writer’s block. 

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OPINION: Grindr diversifies and the gay men are scared! 

Ms Sugar Swan November 26, 2017

Ms. Sugar Swan tries out the latest update from the (until recently) gay hook up app for men, Grindr. When people ask me, “Do you miss anything from your old life?” the only answer I ever have for them is simply, “Grindr”. Now that may sound odd asking a trans woman if she misses anything that she had pre-transition and her answer is a gay male hook up app, but let me explain.

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FEATURE: Transitioning with Sugar – I love men, what can I do? asks Sugar Swan

Ms Sugar Swan September 27, 2017

As Eartha Kitt sang during the disco revival of her career in the 1984 title track, ‘I love men, what can I do? I love men, they’re no good for you’. Never have song lyrics felt more relatable right now. Pre-transition I was never the ‘gay man’ that I was often perceived as and regular readers of this page will know that I have identified as bisexual since my earliest sexual experiences.

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OPINION: Transitioning with Sugar – My Pride experience

Ms Sugar Swan August 29, 2017

Last month I wrote about my Pride experiences over the last 20 years and how I never quite felt like I fitted in. I was always troubled with poor trans representation. I surmised by hoping that trans folk, and the less represented minorities of the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, would be better respected and represented at these events. Brighton Pride 2017 confirmed my worst fears about the current state of the Pride celebration.

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FEATURE: Sugar’s Big Hair Trip Part 1

James Ledward April 2, 2017

Latvia, a country neighbouring Russia, regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1992 and decriminalised homosexuality soon after. However, general social opinion has not moved on much since then. In 2005, Riga, the capital city held its first pride but unfortunately counter protesters greatly outnumbered pride protesters and in 2006 Riga Pride was banned by the authorities.

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