Queer Issues

Live Performance Is As Fluid As Gender

Ruby Glaskin | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Glaskin

But I've spent my whole working life and most of my childhood connected to live performance so I can reel off a million reasons why it matters. Recently however, one justification in particular has been at the forefront of my mind. I have been producing a new show called BULLISH with my theatre company Milk Presents.

Think Gay Celebs Coming Out 'Is No Big Deal'? Then You're Part Of The Problem

Sophie Alexander | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Alexander

Obviously if you say society doesn't care, one assumes you have done the research to back this up. You've read the world news sections of the papers regularly, perused academic journals on gender and sexuality, or you've at least checked Wikipedia to see which countries it is still punishable by death in if you're even thought of as being gay.

Can A Man Breastfeed? Supporting Breastfeeding LGBTQ Families

B.J. Epstein | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Parents
B.J. Epstein

These are just some of questions that I've frequently been asked in the 34 months of my daughter's life. Despite the obvious point that they're rather personal subjects to discuss with people I often don't know very well, the topic of breastfeeding and LGBTQ families is an extremely important one.

Won't Someone Think Of The Children

CJ Atkinson | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
CJ Atkinson

As Stonewall once again release statistics that make chilling reading for the state of the world for young trans people, I'm once again reminded that we only tangentially live in the same world. Tell me how much time we should wait for things to get better. Tell me that this is exactly how it goes. Tell me it's unfortunate, it's really sad, but you don't really feel comfortable with this kind of chat.

LGB... What About The T?

LJ Ferris | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

So here we are, in the month of Pride all over the world. A month of declaring the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. A month of raising awareness, being visible and marching to change the world. To make the world a little more welcoming, a little more open, a little more understanding.

Transgender And Can't Transition - The Struggle Of Chronic Illness And Trans Identities

LJ Ferris | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

Every man is a taunt of who I could be. Every "ladies" directed to me is a reminder of the body that betrays me. I feel the stab of jealousy for signs of masculinity that I won't have; well fitting suits and strong shoulders. I don't know what it is, I don't know if it is that I hate being feminised and viewed as a woman so much.

Toddlers Should Be Told About Trans People. Why? Because #WeExist

CJ Atkinson | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
CJ Atkinson

NUT have taken steps this week to introduce LGBTQIA education into the curriculum from the moment that children start school. We know, from academic theorists, researchers, and quantitative and qualitative data that a holistic approach to education is the best one - not just for children who may come to identify as LGBTQIA, but for those who will live in the world with them. Spoiler alert: that is everyone, even you. This isn't just an amazing move, it's a revolutionary one.

#NotADebate: Why Feminists And Trans People Should Be Working Together, Not Apart

CJ Atkinson | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK
CJ Atkinson

I was raised female in a house where Feminism wasn't a dirty word, but one to wear proudly, and while I don't feel biologically or socially that I am a woman, I will absolutely defend women's rights. These women -- from Fay Weldon to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- are doing incredible, vital, and important work, but they're falling at the first hurdle into a trans-exclusionary world that only the status quo benefit from. They keep being asked how terrifying it is when the transfolk come for their pie, and the great glaring truth they're all missing is: we're not.

What I Learned From LGBT History Month

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Skylar Baker-Jordan

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.

The 'Moonlight' Oscar Win Celebrates A Piece Of Art That Will Save Lives

Tom Ross-Williams | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ross-Williams

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.

There Aren't Enough Lesbians On TV

Robyn Exton | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robyn Exton

Although there has been progress, lesbians are still massively absent in comparison to gay males. For every two steps forward, there's always three back. Even though lesbians are featuring more in TV and film, their appearance is in many cases, short lived.

How To Love A Trans* Person

LJ Ferris | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ferris

The problem is this... too often trans* people are reduced to their genitals and that sexuality is fixed not fluid. But those statements aren't true. Gender is not equal to genitals, and sexuality is fluid. So really, loving a trans* person is as simple as falling in love.

Pride Season Is Upon Us!

Elly Barnes | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK
Elly Barnes

For many of us, this is the ideal time to celebrate our LGBT+ identities with our allies both politically and socially. I'm particularly partial to a Pride march; the feeling of complete liberation and solidarity is empowering, adrenalin fuelled and addictive.

I'm Gay, Not Queer

Anna Tippett | Posted 03.06.2017 | UK Politics
Anna Tippett

The term queer is generally acknowledged as more of a middle class phenomenon. As rebellious as it may be, it tends to belong to those who have had the good fortune of higher education, or those who have been lucky enough to be born into an 'arty' familial circle.

Transgender Opinion: Coming Out to Family

Stuart Lorimer | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Lorimer

There is no Perfect Time. This means that those with a tendency to procrastinate (and, as a supreme procrastinator myself, I can understand this) can find reasons to put it off indefinitely. If you're repeatedly telling yourself the time isn't right, a little self-examination may be in order.

Transgender Opinion: Two-Way "Passing Privilege"

Stuart Lorimer | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Lorimer

It hadn't occurred to me before but, thinking about it, it did seem that contained within the notion of being a "trans ally" is the implicit assumption that one is not oneself trans. Did that assumption bother me? I wasn't sure.

Sarah Ann Harris

These Brits Are Doing Some Amazing Stuff For Transgender People

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK

The transgender rights movement witnessed a huge shift in public attitudes and understanding in 2015, partly due to some high-profile role models in ...

Being 'Normal': We Can't Avoid a Hetero-Normative Society, But We Can Help Make It Less So

David Mooney | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Mooney

I shouldn't have to order my Valentine's Day card online to be able to customise it, so that it's not one of the thousands that says 'boyfriend' that features a girl giving a boy a bunch of flowers.

Man On Hunger Strike For As Long As Gay Couples Can Marry

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A man has revealed that he has been on a 12 day hunger strike and will continue to starve himself until gay couples in Utah are banned from marrying. ...

Germany Allows 'Indeterminate' Gender On Birth Certificates

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Germany has become the first country in the world to allow parents to leave the gender box blank on their child's birth certificate. As reported in...

Sadistic and Decadent: Queering Video Games

B.J. Epstein | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Tech
B.J. Epstein

LGBT History Month is a good time to consider whether and, if so, how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are represented in popular media. While TV shows, films, and books are frequently analysed, one form of popular media that might get forgotten is video games. So how do video games depict LGBT people and why does this matter?