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“Emily Brothers has long been a courageous campaigner on disability rights and now on trans issues too.” - Ed Miliband

“So proud to have Emily Brothers as a UK Labour candidate. She is an important voice in our movement.” – Ed Miliband

“Too few Trans, disables and women’s voices in politics. Labour’s Emily Brothers is stepping forward to change this.” – Gloria De Piero

On 09/12/14 Emily Brothers spoke for the first time publicly about her transgender background in an exclusive interview with the Pink News:
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/home/


Simultaneously, she was interviewed by London Live:
http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2014-12-09


There was similar coverage in the Evening Standard which hit news stands around London:
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/


On 10/12/14 national coverage came from Labour supporting Daily Mirror:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-first-openly-transgender-mp-4776128?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed


The Independent reported:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/emily-brothers-meet-parliaments-first-transgender-member-9916056.html?dkdk


Writing for The Independent through a Comment Piece, Emily Brothers said:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/being-the-first-openly-transgender-woman-running-for-parliament-isnt-easy


Meanwhile, the BBC reported:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30399565

News service Thompson Reuters reported:
http://www.trust.org/item/20141210152044-fcgda/?source=jtOtherNews1&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


The Huffington Post has published a reflective piece here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/emma-flowers/emily-brothers-transgender-outing_b_6299192.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&ir=UK+Politics&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


A leading Trans Blogger commented:
http://terainahird.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/in-full-support-of-emily-brothers-and-transgender-remembrance-tdor/


Buzzfeed said:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/the-uk-has-its-first-out-transgender-parliamentary-candidate


Locally, this is what the Sutton Guardian reported:
http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/11655569


Within her party, Labour List said:
http://labourlist.org/2014/12/labour-ppc-comes-out-as-transgender/


Tweets included:

Ed Miliband
https://twitter.com/Ed_Miliband/status/542328480000917504

and
https://twitter.com/Ed_Miliband/status/542333096902021121


Tessa Jowell
https://twitter.com/jowellt/status/542382436626493441


Gloria De Peiro
https://twitter.com/GloriaDePiero/status/542314040555757568


Kate Green
https://twitter.com/KateGreenSU/status/542386635040894976


Paris Lees
https://twitter.com/ParisLees/status/542298995524399104


Wes Streeting - former NUS President
https://twitter.com/wesstreeting/status/542297117751275520


Michael Cashman (Lord) – Former EastEnders actor and Labour’s LGBT International Champion
https://twitter.com/mcashmanCBE/status/542436558133923840


LGTB Labour
https://twitter.com/LGBTLabour/status/542297920494919680


Disability Labour
https://twitter.com/DisabilityLab/status/542382868635217921


https://twitter.com/GMBSisters/status/542358344661733378


https://twitter.com/HullUniLabour/status/542383861770903552


https://twitter.com/sophiabotha74/status/542374974674460672


https://twitter.com/jameswjacobs/status/542374591868702720


More here
https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=emily%20brothers&src=typd


On 11/12/14 Emily Brothers spoke to the Breakfast programme on Gaydio radio:
http://uk.gaydio.co.uk/on-air/chris-and-emma-at-breakfast/emily-brothers/

Lib Dem LGBT Secretary criticised Emily Brothers’ announcement:
http://zoerobinson.com/2014/12/11/emily-brothers-is-not-the-first-openly-trans-parliamentary-candidate/


In a high profile attack Rod Liddle commented in The Sun:
https://twitter.com/jhallwood/status/542987361840533504


More positively, Cosmopolitan reported:
http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/reports/news/a31840/uk-the-first-country-transgender-mp-emily-brothers/?utm_content=bufferdfb48&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


The agency Disability News Service reported:
http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/12/disabled-campaigner-seeks-become-first-transgender-mp/


In the meantime social media interest grew rapidly and a Petition calling on The Sun to apologise was launched by Rowan Davis:
https://www.facebook.com/rowan.s.davis.5?fref=nf


The petition took hold at speed with around 14,000 signatories in the first 24 hours:
https://www.change.org/p/david-dinsmore-apologise-for-the-dehumanising-article-on-emily-brothers#share


Following the Twitter storm against The Sun’s intervention, Rod Liddle issued a statement on 12/12/14 stating:
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-12-12/rod-liddle-apolgises-for-sun-column-comments-on-transgender-candidate-emily-brothers/


Emily had already “hit back” at The Sun’s coverage:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/emily-brothers-hits-back-at-rod-liddle-column-asking-how-blind-transgender-labour-candidate-knew-she-was-the-wrong-sex-9920433.html

Appearing in the following day’s edition (P16).

The Sutton Guardian followed up their previous article with this update:
http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/11663809._When_Rod_Liddle_turns_the_light_off_at_night__how_does_he_know_he_s_a_man__/


The Twitter storm continued over The Sun’s attack on Emily Brothers – trending:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/EmilyBrothers?src=hash


The National Union of Journalists demanded:
https://twitter.com/NUJofficial/status/543408377473142784


A profile of Emily Brothers written by Martin Rathfelder of the Socialist Health Association went up on Wikipedia here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Brothers


Emily Brothers wrote a piece in The Sun on 15/12/15 – We Want Respect, Stop the Mocking:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/suncolumnists/6183412/emily-brothers-column.html


Will Gore’s Column (Managing Editor) in The Independent on 15/12/14 considered Emily Brothers’ attempt to be the UK’s first MP with a transgender background.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/emily-brothers-has-shown-us-that


The Political Scrapbook pulled together some interest comment here:
http://politicalscrapbook.net/2014/12/emily-brothers-the-sun-refuse-to-apologise/


A Comment Piece appeared in The Guardian on 16/12/14 in which Emily sets out her values and personal background.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/15/labour-first-transgender-candidate-party-equality-blind-emily-brothers?CMP=twt_gu


On 15/12/14 the Political Scrapbook drew on some personal responses:

Emily has given a feature interview to RNIB’s Insight Radio, broadcast at 11.10 on 17/12/14 - Freeview 730, Sky 0188, Digital FM radio 101 and on Insight Radio’s website here:
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/Meet-Labour%27s-First-Blind-Transgender-Candidate.html#.VJGy7Ml-594


You can download the podcast here:
http://www.insightradio.co.uk/podcast-episode.html?category=morning_mix&name=2014-12-17_emily_brothers_tx_podcast.mp3#.VJGzUsl-594


On 18/12/14 The Telegraph published a feature interview and online video:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/11299517/Transgender-politician-Emily-Brothers-Gender-doesnt-define-me.html


Emily wrote for Labour List on 23/12/14:
http://labourlist.org/2014/12/labour-delivered-for-me-and-for-people-like-me/


In an ironically titled article published on 31/12/14 the website Ravishly identified Emily amongst the top seven “baddest female politicians” in 2014 across the World:
http://www.ravishly.com/2014/12/30/2014s-baddest-female-politicians

 

 

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