I often hear people describing being transgender as feeling like you are in the wrong body, but it's not like that for me. I'm not in the wrong body, it's just that my body was wrong. A subtle difference, but an important one.
Film is a powerful medium. It educates, debates and challenges. It opens our eyes up to other possibilities. It connects us with different worlds.
I'm writing to encourage gay men, angry at not being able to do blood, that there is something similarly altruistic and life-saving that you can do in the meantime. Anthony Nolan particularly needs men between the age of 16 and 30 to sign up. Young men make up just 16% of the Anthony Nolan register, but provide over 50% of all donations. Your sexuality does not matter.
Back at the ranch, closer to home, I dismiss my current reality. I make those around me invisible as I look to the distance for the illusive hero of my dreams. He is to be found in the films and magazines I see. He can be located in my mind.
So, Jenni Murray, and anyone else who says that trans people aren't not "real" men or women, just because I wasn't born with a body that you deem acceptable for my gender, it does not mean my gender is less important, that my experience is less real.
Whether you like the concept of marriage or not, equality should surely allow both same-sex and opposite-sex couples the same choices. You can have a civil ceremony of marriage already without requiring the religious element and be registered by a civil registrar, but it is still marriage; why not simply allow a CP?
I would not wish being trans on anyone, and the very fact they came out the other side alive and successful is more luck than "male privilege" and certainly not conditioning. Many trans women fail, many are unemployed, vastly higher rates of mental illness, and countless separated from families and friends - this is not "male privilege".
Representation alone might not create a world where all LGBT relationships are accepted as equal, but it's a start. And broadcasters should take not just responsibility, but in fact pride, in helping create positive change for our community.
Dear feminists who do not believe trans women are real women, I have a message for you. Your feminism can never be truly feminist, because feminism is inclusive of women from all walks of life, and that includes trans women.
Do I tell them how, every morning I get up, get ready, wake my partner and four children up and try and nag them out of bed to go to work/school, whilst making breakfast, emptying the dishwasher and respond to half a dozen of email before 8am?
I did my undergraduate thesis on Section 28. I'm well-versed in queer British history. People like A.E. Dyson, Peter Tatchell, and Christine Burns are figures I'm intimately acquainted with, if only through scholarship. Tweeting inspirational LGBT people would have been too easy. So I challenged myself to find people I wasn't so familiar with.
We need art that gives queer people hope. If I feel this, as a queer white man, I can only imagine how it might feel for others across LGBTQI spectrum. For many other queer people who haven't been afforded the same visibility as white gay men, I'm aware stories like Moonlight are more than lynchpins of hope; they are art that save lives.
Asifa Lahore is the UK's first out Muslim drag queen. In this vlog for HuffPost UK Lahore discusses the importance of LGBT+ allies in the fight for equality and the remaining responsibility of LGBT+ people in the battle for worldwide rights.
In this vlog for The Huffington Post UK Ollie talks about finding it hard to meet people, why online dating wasn't working for him and his new venture, a dating app called Chappy.
There is simply no excuse for the continued persecution, discrimination and inequality gay people face. How can a religion that champions love and compassion continue to persecute the 1 in 10 people in this world who are gay?
If you're a gay guy in the 21st century, you'll have heard it all before; 'masc4masc', 'straight acting only', 'no fems'. Hook-up apps are littered with self-professed masculine men who don't want anything sexually from more feminine gay guys.