Skylar Rose Pridgeon
I am a 21 year old transgender writer interested in politics, poetry and human relationships/sexuality. I do freelance journalistic work and am a journalism student at UEL.
Child Exploitation in London: Why Are the Met Failing?
It's nearing Christmas and I'm sat in a lecture room at University being given my next assignment. I have to investigate something and write a feature about what I find. I decided to investigate child exploitation in London, and along the way I found out that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is in special measures for the failings they have made in this area. I cannot show my submitted coursework, but here is a report on the issue that I feel needs to be known about:
September 2017 seems worlds away now. I was discharged from the mental health services up in Yorkshire and moving my stuff back down South to London. I was in a good place. I'd completed therapy and, armed with my medication, I felt like I could take on anything. I felt like the world was my oyster, and that I could now cope without the help of professionals.
Should Self Identification Replace Gender Recognition Certificates?
I'm in quite a unique position to write this piece; as both a transgender woman and a budding journalist, I'm seeing two sides to a heated debate—and I'm seeing the reasonable points of both sides.
Borderline Personality Disorder: What They Don't Tell You
Being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) was both a relief and a living nightmare for me. On the one hand, I knew I had most of the symptoms of the mental illness, and it explained a heck of a lot for me. I knew deep down that now I had a diagnosis, I could get the much needed treatment. But on the other hand, I knew I'd be living with a stigma looming over my head. I knew that people would judge me once they found out about my diagnosis. I was to become the "crazy" one of my friends and family.
Transgender Mental Health
If I had a pound for each time I heard phrases such as, "Transgender is a mental illness" I'd be quite the rich woman by now. It's needless to say that being transgender is not a mental illness—but transgender people are more likely to experience mental illness than the general population, and this is a scary fact that can be ignored no longer.
Learning to Love Again
Love - that one emotion that nobody truly understands. Sometimes it feels like the most amazing thing on earth, and others it feels like your heart is being stabbed by a thousand knives. It's a complicated mess most of the time, especially when you suffer from a personality disorder that makes all of your emotions even more intense.
The Guilty Pleasure
Recently I've been talking about and experimenting with my deepest fantasies. Fantasies that I've kept secret for quite some time. I'm lucky that I have a partner who respects me enough to not judge me for anything, so I feel as though I'm able to be totally open with him. I feel comfortable enough to try new things with him.
Transgender People Like Sex Too
If I had a pound for every time I heard someone ask me about my sex life and ask me probing questions about my body — I'd be a pretty rich woman by now. The same goes for the amount of times I've heard people ask my fellow trans friends similar questions. It seems pretty taboo that transgender people can have sex — let alone actually enjoy intimacy. It's true that we often, but not always, hate our bodies and desperately want out... but to assume we're all asexual couldn't be further from the truth.
The Art of the Fantasy
We all have that one fantasy we wouldn't dare speak of. It's someone we dream of fucking over a desk. It's the risk of doing something in public. It's the wanting to be humiliated and degraded. It's the wanting to do something so risky, and so messed up, that it could ruin everything for us. My point is, we all have at least one fantasy in our heads that we desperately want to give a try but dare not even mention it.
BPD: How It Can Destroy Your Relationship
BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is, as the name suggests, a personality disorder that manifests itself in many different ways. I have been diagnosed with it myself and let me tell you this: it's pretty darn scary. One minute you're the happiest you've ever felt, then the next you've never felt worse and you're slashing your wrist with the nearest sharp object. It's an awful mental illness to be diagnosed with, and it's so misunderstood by the public.