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SPECIAL OFFER THIS WEEKEND. DON'T MISS IT!

As a patron of LGBT History Month I am delighted to announce that there will be a 75% discount offer on my trans campaign history book "Pressing Matters" this coming weekend to mark the start of the month's events. On Sat 1st and Sun 2nd Feb you can purchase the book for just £1.99 instead of the usual £7.99. On 3rd/4th the price will increase to £2.99. Then on 5th/6th the book will be £3.99. The rules only allow this promotion to run for 7 days so make sure you don't miss out.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HL1I6SE
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TEN YEARS ON. A really important anniversary year for the Gender Recognition Act. You'll want to read how we brought it about.
http://blog.plain-sense.co.uk/2014/01/ten-years-on.html
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My new book is now on sale!

"Press for Change (founded in 1992) was a hugely successful campaign for the civil rights of transgender people in the UK -- achieving in the first 12 years a string of legislative successes that included protection against discrimination in employment, the right to NHS treatment and ultimately the process for full legal recognition of transsexual people in their acquired gender in 2004. The organisation continues to this day. 

These are the memoirs of Christine Burns MBE, one of the leading figures in that campaign until 2007. Christine tells the story of how she personally became involved in campaigning and how that involvement entwined in her home, work and political life. 

This is no conventional trans biography, nor is it a conventional political history. Christine tells the story of a remarkably successful campaign from her personal perspective, at the centre of much of the action. Her perspectives provide valuable insights into how such a successful campaign planned its strategy and grew, working all the while on a minuscule budget. 

The historical perspective is backed up with extensive contemporaneous material (including her personal correspondence) written to document events as they happened. And the personal perspective is full of revealing insights into Christine's inner life, her loves, her setbacks and concerns. 

Nobody has ever before published an account of this amazing period in the development of civil rights for trans people. And few transsexual people have written in this detail about their lives and career development on the "other side" of the transition from one gender to the other. 

This first volume covers the background to why trans people sought civil rights in the UK and Christine's personal recollections from childhood until 1997 when the major elements of the campaign were in place. The second volume will cover the period from 1998 onwards -- successes and failures -- leading to the passage of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004 and afterwards.
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Watch out for a fabulous new deal on our book 'Making Equality Work' in the Amazon UK store starting this weekend till the end of the month. At 8am on Saturday we are dropping the store price for the eBook from the normal £9.99 to just 99p. On Sunday afternoon at 4pm the price goes up to £1.99. Then on Tuesday it goes up to £2.99. The price keeps inching up like this until, on 30th November, it returns to normal. If you've already benefitted from our previous offers and like the book, make sure you tell everyone you know so they can snap up this bargain offer too.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00F8M549W
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Have you got a copy of our new ebook 'Making Equality Work'? The launch offer where we are giving it away for FREE ends this weekend. Don't miss out. Described by reviewers as a 'must read'. Tackles the question why efforts to secure genuine equality in public services often fail. Describes, in detail, our approach. Tell Sid! 
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The Independent on Sunday has opened nominations for the Pink List 2013 and allows me to confirm that I am one of this year's judges. Details and nomination form here:
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The latest edition of the LGBT History Month newsletter is now out, packed with details about the month long annual event which begins in three weeks from now. This edition also contains a big piece about my new book, documenting the early development of the Press for Change trans rights campaign in the UK. Read the newsletter here http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/website/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/January-2014-112-WORD-2010-VERSION.pdf
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Look, no app! Here's a juicy little teaser from my new book as it appears when you use the Cloud reader (read.amazon.com). The cloud reader doesn't require you to install any software on a computer - you just log in to your Amazon account and have immediate access to the Kindle books you've purchased ... anywhere! Perfect for reading the rest of my new book at lunchtime in the office. Then you can find out what happened, over the page!
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My colleague and co-author Shahnaz Ali OBE has an article in tomorrow's Guardian. Here's the online version, which is already up. Shahnaz describes what we set out to do in the NHS, why, and how ... and why others tend to fail at it. These are themes expanded at length with practical examples in our new book, 'Making Equality Work'.
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Our latest book is now on sale in the Kindle store!

MAKING EQUALITY WORK combines background facts and theory about the history and nature of equality and diversity in Britain with the detailed description of how the authors set out successfully to raise the measurable levels of equality outcomes for the National Health Service in North West England.

The first half of the book is a theoretical primer. It explains how Britain changed over the last 50-60 years with the progressive emergence of all the diverse groups which we see today, and how society and the law responded to the demands from each group for social equality and protections. The authors explain why equality matters and why attempts to change public institutions to achieve it often fail. This is backed by an extensive literature review.

In the second half of the book the authors describe their own practical, evidence-led and strategy-driven approach within a public sector system of over 60 autonomous NHS trusts, and how that can be applied elsewhere. The book explains not only WHAT they did, but WHY they did it that way, and the benefits and pitfalls in hindsight.
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Equality and Diversity Specialist; Blogger; Podcaster; Campaigner - Not known for suffering fools gladly
Introduction

Nature loves diversity ... humans struggle with it.

My unique proposition is that I combine the solid experience of 30+ years of successful business and IT consultancy at a senior level with almost 20 equally successful years learning my craft in the Equality and Diversity field. The combination is an E&D expert with all the disciplines that business managers want from a consultant providing them with advice.

I'm a successful public speaker; I produce the world's only regular E&D-themed Podcast "Just Plain Sense"; I have in the past been appointed as an advisor for the Department of Health; I chaired the North West Equality and Diversity Group for three successive years; I have a great deal of experience applying equality principles to the health economy, and people generally pay attention when I've got something to say.

Views expressed here are those of myself and my company Plain Sense Ltd. They are not represented to be the views of any of my professional clients except where expressly stated

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Awarded MBE in Dec 2004 Honours; Patron of LGBT History Month; Time Out LGBT Power List 2011; Pink List 2011 and 2012; Pink News most influential LGBT twitter users
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