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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: META MAG REVEALS ITS VIRGIN SEX ISSUE

META magazine – the world’s only publication that celebrates gender diversity – releases its raunchy debut sex issue.

COVER STAR: Isis King, shot by Cory Malcolm exclusively for META

Cover star, model and fashion designer Isis King, describes masturbating for the first time since her genital surgery:

“I was over at my ex fiancé’s house, I was there all alone, and I was just like what do I do, err, I’ll just start touching my… I just remember I started screaming and not knowing what was going on!”

King on the controversy around Glaad’s “Legalize Gay” campaign:

“It was just a silly way of for those people trying to get their message, their bigger message or their names out there… it’s all about the fame-game.”

Big Brother UK winner Luke Anderson and runner up Adam Kelly jump into bed with Editor Paris. Luke said:

“For me, a sexy woman is someone who is sexy on the outside but who is a nice person on the inside and who knows who they are and who is confident… and feisty!”

Author, poet and literary critic Roz Kaveney opens up about her former years as a sex worker:

“Being a good whore is only partly about being available sexually available and a lot of it is about sitting with a not-obviously fixed smile on your face, listening to johns go on about stuff.”

Issue four also features interviews with trans advocate and adult filmmaker Tobi Hill-Meyer and Ashlyn River Rose, who made headlines when her school tried to stop her from sitting her exams in “female” clothing. This taboo-busting issue also asks whether so-called “tranny porn” is good for the trans community.

Plus, Jane Fae investigates the legal implications for pre-op and non op trans people on the dating scene and Jennie Kermode looks at new research into gender and the nature/nurture debate.

META is a unique magazine that celebrates gender diversity. The sex issue is on sale 12 October – and costs £1.99. As iPad and iPhone users will need to pay a one-off fee for the META App (£1.50), they will receive one issue free.

META’s sex issue features: Isis King, Luke Anderson, Adam Kelly, Ashlyn River Rose, Roz Kaveney, Tobi Hill-Meyer, CN Lester, Jane Fae and Leng Montgomery.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

META is the world’s first magazine aimed at the whole of the trans community and people interested in gender. It is published by Millivres Prowler Group.

META is on sale through digital distribution via PocketMags.com, for Android, PC & Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices here.
http://metamagonline.wordpress.com

MPG is the UK’s largest gay and lesbian business, and is celebrating 35 years in business.

For over 35 years, MPG’s core principle has been that gay men, lesbians and transgender people should enjoy the same full human and civil rights as other sectors of the population.

Our media brands include the most famous and well established gay and lesbian publications in the UK: GT (Gay Times) and DIVA.
http://www.millivres.co.uk

For more information please contact:

Stu Hurford
Marketing and Communications Executive
Tel: 020 7424 7483
Email: stu.hurford@millivres.co.uk

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META’S SEX ISSUE: EDITOR’S LETTER.

Sex without love is an empty experience, but as empty experiences go it’s one of the best.
Woody Allen

Sex. Are you getting enough of it? Perhaps you don’t want it? Perhaps you’ve had too much? Sex is all around us; we are constantly bombarded with images of heteronormative sex, straight, cisgender men and women and, increasingly, lesbian and gay imagery. But, aside from the “ladyboy” porn shelves, where are the trans people? Sadly, though trans people are often seen as fetishists or perverts, we are in fact more likely to fall victim to sexual harassment.

COVER STAR: Isis King, shot by Cory Malcolm exclusively for META

Our virgin sex issue is all about owning our sexualities – we’re celebrating all things erotic and we got more than we bargained for when we spoke to our sizzling cover star Isis King. She’s come a long way since America’s Next Top Model and we’re thrilled she chose META to reveal her confident, sexy new look. Find out what she finds sexy in a man, her embarrassing sexual episodes and why she texted her mother following her first post-surgery orgasm on pages 20-25.

We debate the pros and cons of the porn industry and if traditional “tranny” porn has helped the community (pages 6-7) and I jump into bed with Big Brother winner Luke Anderson for a Paula- Yates-style catch up. And we were having so much fun that the show’s runner up, Adam Kelly, decided to join us for a threesome. Check out our exclusive original film content on Page 13.

There’s a serious side to sex too, particularly for those of us with cross-gender identities. Take Gemma Barker, a young woman who was sent to prison earlier this year after she adopted a male identity and deceived several female friends into having sex with her. Could you too go to prison for failing to tell a lover about your birth gender and/or genital status? Find out in Jane Fae’s investigation on pages 32-33.

We’re also very proud that Roz Kaveney has chosen now, and META, to bravely and frankly discuss her years as a sex worker (pages 34-36), and Terrence Higgins Trust tells us what it’s been doing to help trans people enjoy sex safely and access sexual health services (Pages 30-31). Finally, we look at masturbation – and why it’s just too good to leave to cisgender men. Let us know what you think on our Facebook page, by tweeting @META_mag or by emailing meta@millivres.co.uk

Now, lay back and think of META…

Paris Lees

 

META 03 – EDITOR’S LETTER

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
Bruce Barton

Things are changing. Of course, change is constant, but we’ve noticed a strong feeling of progress recently and it’s moving across the globe. Trans people are taking on the world and winning – and META wants to celebrate this.

Of course, it’s important to remember that, worldwide, trans people are still subject to the most horrendous injustice, violence and, sometimes, death. A young trans woman of colour in the United States, CeCe McDonald, is currently facing a 41 month sentence in a men’s prison – for surviving a violent hate crime.

A year ago, CeCe was verbally and physically attacked by a group of white men; her abusers shouted transphobic, homophobic and racist insults while slicing into her cheek. CeCe tried to defend herself, and the man who attacked her died in the struggle. She was the victim, but she fought back. See how you can help her continue the fight by visiting SupportCeCe.wordpress.com, where you can write to her and donate towards her support fund, and follow the #FreeCeCe hashtag on Twitter. As META goes to press, none of her attackers have been charged.

Janet Mock (who we’re pleased to welcome on board this issue) pointed out in the Huffington Post that: “transgender women make up 44 per cent of all LGBT murder victims, most of them trans women of color, despite the fact that trans people as a whole only account for about 8 per cent of the LGBT population.” This must change.

We may lose friends and we may lose battles, but we must never lose hope. Through sheer persistence and the courage of our convictions, trans people are increasingly making our voices heard and challenging anti-trans sentiment. We’re fighting back. This issue, we speak to two very different public figures in Britain – feminist writer Julie Bindel and talk-show host Jonathan Ross – both of whom have come under fire for making jokes about trans people. Both of whom chose META to explain why. Let us know what you think about these full and frank interviews by tweeting @META_mag.

We also continue our series on the My Transsexual Summer boys – so you can catch up with everybody’s favourite Jewish trans man, Max Zachs, (and find out why his nan likes to hug people in the supermarket) on Page 28. Not only that, New York counter-culture legend Joey Arias drops by for a chat ahead of his appearance at this year’s Meltdown festival (Page 8), and our fantastic cover star Kate Bornstein tells us how things have changed for trans people since she last felt so “naked”. Read her boisterously fun (and blisteringly funny) exchange with Roz Kaveney on Page 22.

Like what we do? Then show your friends how with it you are and introduce them to the only magazine that’s aimed at trans people of every gender expression. And congratulate yourself for finding us first.

Things are changing. Be part of the movement.

Paris Lees

 

META magazine – the world’s only publication devoted to gender and transgender issues – releases its global edition

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Cover star Kate Bornstein, discusses living on a yacht with Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard: 

“We thought we were saving the galaxy – imagine how cool that is. The planet was ours and we were here to save it – so give us your money now or it will be too late and the psychiatrists will win.” 

Britain’s best known TV comic, Jonathan Ross, on being an easy target since Sachsgate (but “getting away with” jokes about trans people): 

“Newspapers seem to see me as someone who is very easy to write a story about if it is in any way seen as provoking or upsetting anyone… The fact that no one picked up on the joke, or crucially the response to the joke… it was more telling to me.” 

Ross on comedy that targets minority groups: 

“People were threatened by people of a different colour moving to this country in the 50s and 60s, so we made jokes about it; and we can all laugh about it; so it’s not a threat… Sometimes that’s a good safety valve for society, sometimes it’s a bad thing”. 

Guardian columnist Julie Bindel apologises for a string of articles that mock trans people: 

“I wasn’t mature enough to know that that was something really that was wholly irresponsible… It was one of those mistakes that had consequences for other people, and it was regrettable.” 

Plus, New York performance artist Joey Arias discusses his upcoming Meltdown appearance, American trans icons Janet Mock and Isis King introduce the Hetrick-Martin Institute and My Transsexual Summer’s Max Zachs stops by for a chat. 

Issue three also features exclusive photo content, a debate on “transgender” versus “transsexual”, feel-good feminisation tips and Helene Hazera on life for trans women in 1950s France. 

META is a unique magazine that celebrates gender diversity. The global issue is on sale 12 July – and will cost £1.99. As iPad and iPhone users will need to pay a one-off fee for the META App (£1.50), they will receive one issue free. It includes features on gender-free parenting, exclusive video content, real life stories and debate. 

META features: Kate Bornstein, Jonathan Ross, Julie Bindel, Roz Kaveney, Joey Arias, Isis King, Janet Mock, Juliet Jacques, Max Zachs, Jane Fae, Suzan Cooke, Helen Hazera, and Rachel Saunders. 

NOTES FOR EDITORS 

META is the world’s first magazine aimed at the whole of the trans community and people interested in gender. It is published by Millivres Prowler Group. 

META is on sale through digital distribution via PocketMags.com, for Android, PC & Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices here. 

http://metamagonline.wordpress.com 

MPG is the UK ’s largest gay and lesbian business, and is celebrating 35 years in business. 

For over 35 years, MPG’s core principle has been that gay men, lesbians and transgender people should enjoy the same full human and civil rights as other sectors of the population. 

Our media brands include the most famous and well established gay and lesbian publications in the UK : GT (Gay Times), DIVA and PinkPaper.com. 

http://www.millivres.co.uk 

For more information please contact: 

Stu Hurford 
Marketing and Communications Executive 
Tel: 020 7424 7483 
Email: stu.hurford@millivres.co.uk 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: META, GLOBAL EDITION

META MAGAZINE: SPRING ISSUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The second issue of groundbreaking trans publication META magazine is now available to download digitally from the App Store and Android Market.

With summer just around the corner, what better time to kick start our new series on the My Transsexual Summer boys? This issue, we catch up with the fantastic Mr. Fox.

Fox, on life before he transitioned:

“Before I ‘came out’ and began taking hormones, I was depressed and suicidal and, for me, transitioning was a do or die situation. It was my last option to feel better about my own body and the way the world viewed me, as a female.”

On the controversy surrounding his much-reduced role in My Transsexual Summer:


“After six months of the production company gaining my complete trust, I went into total grief when I saw that they had cut my story. I felt completely betrayed… I felt misrepresented and exposed on a national scale.”

In an explosive filmed interview, Julie Bindel apologises for her 2004 Guardian piece ‘Gender benders, beware’:

“I conflated what I think, what I still think, is a valid point, with humour that could incite people to pour prejudice on trans people. I made cheap jokes, I was cruel, and it was completely unnecessary. And I regretted it… I should have known better.”

Bindel on the puberty delay trials for trans teenagers:

“I think that we are abusive to children who we don’t allow to live as they wish in their bodies and that we start to mess with children’s puberty rather than say ‘this isn’t something you need to hate your body about’”.

Plus, New Statesman correspondent and leading human rights lawyer David Allen Green offers legal advice, Juliet Jacques discusses trans people in football and three brave parents share their stories about using puberty blockers for their transgender children.

Issue two also features DJ Mandi Dextrous, photographer Alex Grace and our debate on the benefits and drawbacks of active protest against transphobes.

META is a unique magazine which celebrates gender diversity. Editor Paris Lees said:

“Is it a cliché to say we made issue 2 bigger and better? Sorry, but we did. Enjoy!”

META’s Spring Issue is on sale 24 April – and will cost £1.99. As iPad and iPhone users will need to pay a one-off fee for the META App (£1.50), they will receive one issue free. It includes features on transgender people in sport, exclusive video content, real life stories and heated debate!

META features: Ralph Francis Fox, Joey “Gender Joker” Hateley, Julie Bindel, David Allen Green, Jane Fae, Sarah Brown, Alex Grace, DJ Mandidextrous, Professor Stephen Whittle, Christine Burns MBE, Roz Kaveney and Stuart Lorimer.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

META is the world’s first magazine devoted to gender and transgender discussion and entertainment. It is published by Millivres Prowler Group.

META is on sale through digital distribution via PocketMags.com, for Android, PC & Mac computers, iPad and iPhone devices here.

www.http://metamag.tumblr.com/

MPG is the UK’s largest gay and lesbian business, and is celebrating 35 years in business.
For over 35 years, MPG’s core principle has been that gay men, lesbians and transgender people should enjoy the same full human and civil rights as other sectors of the population.

Our media brands include the most famous and well established gay and lesbian publications in the UK: GT (Gay Times), DIVA and PinkPaper.com.

www.millivres.co.uk

For more information please contact:

Stu Hurford
Marketing and Communications Executive

Tel: 020 7424 7483
Email: stu.hurford@millivres.co.uk

Sam Normington
Marketing and Communications Assistant

Tel: 020 7424 7462
Email: sam.normington@millivres.co.uk

META MAGAZINE: EDITOR’S LETTER (SPRING 2012)

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
Margaret Mead

Since our last issue, a plethora of transgender stories have flooded the media. But whose place is it to condemn the use of hormone blockers for trans youth? The discussion, so far, has been framed by people with no experience of the issues. We think it’s time to hear from those who’ve been there – and the parents of three beautiful, diverse trans children agree. Read our exclusive interview with the hormone blockers mums on Pages 30-33.

With spring in full force and summer just around the corner we also thought you’d like to catch up with the My Transsexual Summer boys. Our new series on the MTS lads begins with the fabulous Fox on Pages 20-23.

It’s a daunting task launching a magazine, but the response to our historic first edition has been overwhelmingly positive. You helped us find our place and, to say thanks, we decided to make issue two even bigger and better. Don’t miss performance artist Joey Hateley, legal advice from leading human rights lawyer David Allen Green and a trip to the underground dance scene with trans rave pioneer DJ Mandi Dextrous.

There’s more. After trans activists launched glitter into Germaine Greer’s personal body space, Jane Fae and Sarah Brown debate the pros and cons of direct action. We also spoke to another feminist writer, Julie Bindel. Does Julie have anything important to say about trans people? Or, by backing herself into an ideological blind alley, is she missing the real revolution in our understanding of gender? Find out in our exclusive short film.

META thrives with your support. If you love the magazine, please spread the word and let your friends know that we’re the place to be. Get in touch with us too – we welcome your feedback, your criticism and your suggestions on what you’d like to see in future issues. Think we’re perfect? We accept gushing praise, too.

META is your space. Enjoy it!

Paris Lees

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CHARITY REPORT MAIL & SUN TO LEVESON INQUIRY AMID FEARS FOR CHILD SAFETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A charity calling for accuracy, dignity and respect for transgender and intersex people in the British media has made a second submission to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and regulation.

Trans Media Watch (TMW) addressed the Leveson Inquiry on February 8th. Since then, a surge of stories featuring trans people have appeared in the national press. Most of these have focused on two particular cases:

• A transgender man who became pregnant and gave birth to a child

• A five year old who has was born male, but who is now accepted by her family as female

Helen Belcher, Treasurer of TMW, says that recent coverage raises issues of child protection:

“With both stories, there are significant concerns over misrepresentation and, with both, there are serious concerns over the press affecting the safety of children.”

Referring to a Daily Mail article, in which Paul Bracchi claims gender dysphoria did not exist 20 years ago, Ms Belcher commented:

“We are particularly concerned about the inaccuracies and discrimination that appear in the Mail’s article of 25 February, and have taken these concerns to the Press Complaints Commission.”

Paris Lees, TMW’s Project Manager, adds:

“How dare Paul Bracchi claim that gender dysphoria didn’t exist 20 years ago? It did. I was a child then, but I can tell you it was very real. Sadly, like most of the journalists whipping up hysteria over trans children, he hasn’t got the faintest idea what he is talking about.”

Ms Lees said there was usually little news content in stories featuring trans and intersex people:

“In the search for a salacious story, parts of the press disregard the safety of innocent children. Why? Well, for the most part, these articles are just an excuse to point and stare.”

She concluded:

“This isn’t about transgender people, it’s about bad journalism. The tabloids are driving an atmosphere of fear by parading a vulnerable minority group as freaks and deliberately misrepresenting the realities of our lives.”

TMW has identified that, between early November and early February, the average number of articles about trans issues in the national press was less than one per day. In the fortnight following TMW’s appearance at Leveson, 34 such articles were published. 14 of those were published by the Daily Mail and its offshoots.

Both Belcher and Lees expressed concern about messages appearing under some of the articles, a number of which advocate violence against the children featured. Such comments, they argue, reveal the level of aggression that can be inspired by hostile coverage, and the risk to children this creates.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Trans Media Watch is a charity which works with the media to ensure transgender and intersex people are treated with accuracy, dignity and respect. Formed in 2009, it has collaborated with regulators, broadcasters and government, as well as with trans and intersex people, and their families, who are approached by the media.

TMW does not advocate censorship, but encourages journalists and editors to take responsibility for their work, particularly with stories concerning children. Its style guide, which provides advice on the coverage of trans and intersex-interest stories, and is backed by the PCC, has been widely circulated. TMW also boasts strong support on social networking sites, and has links with parallel organisations across the globe.

TMW addressed the Leveson Inquiry on 8th February.

http://www.transmediawatch.org

For more information please contact:

Paris Lees
TMW Project Manager

Tel: 07857 350121
Email: paris@millivres.co.uk

Helen Belcher
Treasurer of TMW

Tel: 07967466909
Email: tmw.helen@gmail.com