Jess O'Thomson


I am a freelance writer, journalist, legal researcher, writer, and speaker, focusing on trans and disabled human rights.I have particular experience researching and analysing anti-trans legislation and litigation within the UK. I also have significant expertise on the operations of the far right in relation to the anti-trans movement.I am open to pitches and other opportunities relevant to my areas of expertise.Please email me at enquiries[at]

You can support me, and the work I do, on Patreon.


Document reveals Government were aware of LGB Alliance’s anti-trans lobbying before meeting with themTrans WritesOct 2023
Micha Frazer-Carroll’s ‘Mad World’ fills me with Mad PrideThe UnwrittenJul 2023
I was attacked while trying to report on an anti-trans protestQueerAFJul 2023
Exclusive: The Truth About the Far Right Attack on Honor OakTrans Safety NetworkJun 2023
Analysis: A Toxic Debate - But Could Be Good News For Trans People?Trans Safety NetworkJun 2023
At Kellie Jay Keen’s latest rally, only one side was standing for women’s rights - and it wasn’t Keen’sTrans Safety NetworkMay 2023
EHRC published Equality Act letter despite serious internal concernsTrans Safety NetworkApr 2023
Coroner Confirms That GRC Is Unnecessary For Correct Name and Gender on Trans Death CertificatesTrans Safety NetworkApr 2023
Labour MP Rosie Duffield ‘joins forces’ with evangelical Christian MP against trans rightsTrans Safety NetworkApr 2023
EHRC Admits It Has No Clue What Biological Sex IsTrans Safety NetworkApr 2023
What you need to know about the EHRC attack on trans rightsopenDemocracyApr 2023
Coroner demands action following NHS transphobia and Tavistock failures which contributed to a trans woman’s deathTrans Safety NetworkMar 2023
Hearing ‘jeans’ as ‘penis’: the relentless monstering of trans women in women’s spacesTrans Safety NetworkMar 2023
You Don’t Need a GRC to Have The Correct Gender Recorded on Your Death Certificate in the UKTrans Safety NetworkFeb 2023
It’s Cooler to Listen to Disabled People than Pity Them, The ApprenticeThe UnwrittenJan 2023
Government Announces Reactionary Plan to Impose New Restrictions on Validity of Foreign Gender Recognition CertificatesTrans Safety NetworkJan 2023
Anti-abortionists and ‘gender criticals’ are using equality law to punch downopenDemocracyDec 2022
Nottingham Stands Against Transphobic Film ShowingTrans Safety NetworkNov 2022
Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet is not a return to “sensible” politics - it uncritically embraces the vicious culture war against trans peopleTrans Safety NetworkOct 2022
Document Circulating Which Encourages Individuals to Submit “Concerns” about Mermaids to Charity Commission: “now is the time”Trans Safety NetworkOct 2022
Cloudflare continues to put trans people in dangerTrans Safety NetworkSep 2022
Why the attacks on Keffals are an attack on all trans peopleTrans Safety NetworkAug 2022
Why ‘gender criticals’ are desperate to claim victory against StonewallopenDemocracyAug 2022
Bailey - a big relief for trans people but it's not all good newsTrans Safety NetworkJul 2022
Don’t Overblow Forstater: Gender Critical Beliefs - Where the law stands following the decisions in Mackereth and Forstater v CGDTrans Safety NetworkJul 2022
Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech Shows Trans People Need to Be Ready To Fight For Our RightsTrans Safety NetworkMay 2022
Interviewing Florence Ashley - Banning Transgender Conversion Practices: A Legal and Policy AnalysisTrans Safety NetworkApr 2022
The Problem of VisibilityTrans Safety NetworkMar 2022
A Troubling Judgment - The 'For Women Scotland' AppealTrans Safety NetworkFeb 2022
Disabled Students Thrived During Lockdown Online Learning, but Fear They Will Suffer Again Now.The UnwrittenOct 2021


I am an experienced public speaker on trans and disability issues, especially concerning law and policy.

I have a broad and well-developed skillset, having spoken at everything from panels and debates to legal conferences.

I offer discounted or free speaking rates to trans and disabled led organisations.