Author, actor and teacher living in London. Published novels include 'Homo Jihad' and 'Pharmakeia'.
I am an author and actor living in London. I have published two novels with Paradise Press. My debut novel 'Homo Jihad' was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize in 2010. 'Pharmakeia' was released in January 2016. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London and am currently working on a memoir. Author website:https://timothygravesauthor.com/
I recently retrained as an actor. Recent acting credits include Sir Charles in Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer', directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.
Sometimes I think that, as individuals and as a species, it is not until we are pushed to the brink, that we find the strength to evolve beyond our limited viewpoints and ego. The alternative is almost too unbearable to contemplate - the potential annihilation of human civilization and the destruction of life on an unprecedented scale.
As we approach LGBT history month and also prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the first LGBT rights legislation - the partial decriminalisation of gay sex - we need to ensure in schools that we build on the work Stonewall has achieved with its highly successful campaign against homophobic bullying.
Perhaps many of us will be glad to see the back of 2016. But it's important to differentiate between national/international events and the events in our own individual lives, many of which, hopefully, will be positive.
Many gay men, courtesy of Grindr or Gaydar, will be familiar with the experience of turning up at a complete stranger's doorstep in the early hours of the morning in a state of drug-fuelled sexual excitement. But the desire to prolong the party can cloud our better judgement.
There may not be that much we can do to stop rising commercial rents but active campaigning to prevent the closure of much loved LGBT venues has proven, in the case of the RVT, to be effective. The homogenisation and blandification of London is not a dead cert.
07/11/2016 00:02 GMT
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