It's six in the morning on a Wednesday and I'm making my way through a second can of nuclear-waste-green energy drink because I'm having another crisis. There's a weight on my chest, literally, that feels heavier than it usually does and it's making me restless. Sat next to a pile of signs in the colours of the trans flag, ready to hold up high at the protest later today, I can't help but dread the thought of having to get dressed in a couple of hours.
It sounds pretty sound. Until you realise that the whole palaver is a strange sort of amends to the community, for pissing a lot of people off with their previous crowdfunding campaign, which was accused of making light of the plight of trans women and homeless people earlier this year.
On 4 November the gorgeous and glamorous will gather for the Terrence Higgins Trust's annual Supper Club. Hosts will hold dinners, with an after party...
I can't quite believe I'm saying this but next year marks my 25th anniversary as an out and proud gay man... It feels like yesterday, but a lot has happened in the last two and a half decades that has made me thankful that I'm not 19 again, despite the perception that things are now a lot easier for young gay men and women.
How could I move into masculinity that was all about dominating women and fitting into the patriarchy, whilst opening my eyes to a world that is patriarchal, and embracing feminism at the same time? Can these two things co-exist? Can I exist?
There's a competitive edge to male friendships that can make it difficult for guys to be open and honest with each other. You might have things that you really want to talk about but can't for fear of appearing weak. As a gay guy, I could stand apart from some of this.
At its core, this has always been about consideration for trans lives, trans issues and trans voices. Despite the other conversations it has also sparked about the power of activism, the evolution of its methods with the rise of social media, the role of universities in preserving free speech and the boundaries and limitation of free expression, I am glad that we are able to have these debates about inclusivity but I really wish that more trans women were being given the opportunity to speak right now.
Betting firms causing outrage by offering bets on outrageous things has become a standard way of getting the media to do their PR for them. The press will write acres of condemnation that would have taken a million barrels of ink to publish before the internet. Until now, none of these has made me angry.
What warms my heart is that we now live in a world where not only is this being discussed openly in the media but there are many of us who are understanding, non-judgemental and supportive of all human beings whatever their gender, race or sexuality.
Feminism does not discriminate against a woman's lifestyle choice: how much make-up she wears/doesn't wear; the way in which she chooses to dress, act or speak; or her sexual activities or preferences - for those things do not make you any more or less a woman.
I have thought much about her comments. They are nothing that I have not thought myself over many years of trying to come to terms with who the hell I was, and why those "ridiculous feelings" would not go away.
"As a young, gay activist, living with HIV, I am proud to be a member of the Conservative Party. This is a progressive party which is helping people l...
If you believe that trans women are women, as you should because they are, then what Germaine Greer is espousing in her campaign against them is misogyny and surely no feminism should include any form of misogyny.
Rocky Horror recognises and draws upon the issues of sexuality and gender that mocks society's attitudes towards these matters. Sadly for some reason it has taken 40 year for parts of society to even truly consider taking a page out of Rocky Horror's book, and begin to accept sexuality and gender fluidity.
The outright rejection of you based on your race is tempered not by more understanding men, but by attraction to you based on your race, or more specifically, based on pre-conceived notions of what your race has to offer: Big cocks, thug-like masculinity, animalistic lust. When you're strong, you ignore it. When you're desperate, you capitulate.
Straight actors being cool with playing gay roles is a difficult one. On the one hand it shows a progressiveness the queer community has waited decades for - an acceptance of gay characters into the mainstream, and an associated flurry of Oscars for a diversification of 'difficult' roles. On the other hand, seeing gay roles monopolised by Heath Ledgers and James Francos seems akin to the sort of gay-baiting we might expect from only our naffest 90's boy-bands...