Patrick Cash
Patrick Cash is a journalist and creative writer living in London. He writes on various subjects, including much arts/culture, and works as Assistant Editor for QX Magazine. Alongside his written work he runs the poetry and performance night Spoken Word London (, and the theatrical showcase event Dark Fabrics Cabaret. Find him on Twitter at

Entries by Patrick Cash

Let's Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs - Madness

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2015 | (11:49)

Madness is a loaded word. It conjures up images of tea parties and padded walls; Oscar-winning film roles from Jack Nicholson to Angelina Jolie; and the stranger on the bus grumbling loudly to themselves about GCHQ.


Madness might be a...

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Can You Re-Write Shakespeare for the Grindr Age?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 January 2015 | (10:54)


First you have to queer the Shakespeare. Forget 'homoerotic subtexts', let's make this play gay, baby. And not by giving one of the characters a chihuahua in a Dolce & Gabbana handbag: we wanted to make A Midsummer Night's...

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Cash-Grabbing Catholics

(2) Comments | Posted 28 December 2014 | (17:24)

My family, I am sure like many families, has certain charming eccentricities to its way of life. Like when my mother bursts into my room at 6.30am on Boxing Day 'just to confirm' that we're taking the dog for a walk in the afternoon. Or the Sat Nav I gave...

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On Being an Egotistical C*nt

(0) Comments | Posted 21 December 2014 | (15:01)

Recently I've been feeling quite depressed and listening to a lot of Taylor Swift. Not depressed in the crippling mental health illness of Robin Williams, but just a light shade of grey, without any of the bad erotica. And I think it pinpoints, nutcracker-like, on the fact that to many...

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Hate and Its Tentacles

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2014 | (14:10)

I've experienced homophobic abuse in London three times. The first happened when I was 22, and I was caught in a heaving Friday night crowd outside Tottenham Court Road tube station. Across a sea of faces, I made eye contact with a young, white male with a shaven head. He...

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Why We Still Need to Fight Hate

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2014 | (23:20)

Last night I was the vicim of hate crime in London. I was on a date with a boy in Shoreditch, and at around 1am we shared a kiss on Shoreditch High Street. The occupants of a car held at traffic lights, all white, male and in their 20s, began...

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Drag for a Day

(1) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (13:17)


I first did drag for a cabaret show I was hosting last December, where I needed to differentiate between this event and the spoken word night I hosted (as a boy) at the same venue. It seemed an easy, interesting and fun alternative:...

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Macklemore: The Performance That Divided a Minority

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (16:55)

As a white male who is privileged in every way except being gay, I can't speak about race with any insider authority. Indeed, I tried to do this very thing recently when I wrote a poem about the Mark Duggan trial. In my rationale of writing, it was a call...

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The Word Gay

(3) Comments | Posted 26 December 2013 | (18:36)

In the last months of 2013 there were a few choice op-eds and journalistic pieces that displayed a worrying ignorance of thought on social matters. Boris Johnson figured twice in quick succession, first with his Telegraph comment piece 'We should be humbly thanking the super-rich, not bashing them'...

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DIY Taxidermy: Death Becomes Her

(1) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (17:11)

Charlie Tuesday Gates is an artist living in London who has been performing live taxidermies (as in performing the process upon dead animals in front of audiences, not on live animals) since 2010. On the eve of Halloween she invited those in the know down to the animal-carcass...

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Worded Carefully

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (19:40)

When we held our first event of Spoken Word London during the summer, one of the performers who really blew us away was named Amari. She was aged about nineteen, American and of mixed race heritage. Standing before the assembled faces down in Vogue Fabrics' basement, she...

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The Russian Question: Why?

(6) Comments | Posted 16 August 2013 | (21:08)

Last Saturday I attended the 'UK Supports LGBT Russia Protest' at Whitehall in London. It was one of the more colourful protests that seems to have occurred down the Downing Street way in recent years. A carnivalesque array of drag queens, Union Jacks painted pink, pictures of Putin...

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From Manif Pour Tous to Ukip: The March for the Moderate Middle

(2) Comments | Posted 23 May 2013 | (14:53)

Taken from a speech delivered for the Camden LGBT Forum at Birkbeck University on Friday 17th May, 2013:

Manif Pour Tous are not directly targeting homosexuals for instead they are targeting a much broader and potentially far more powerful social group to sway to their side: the moderate middle. By...

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Devils in the Details

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (12:24)

I watched a film named 'My Brother the Devil' the other day. It wasn't a perfect film and I should warn you of plot spoilers before I carry on for I am going to necessarily give away its twist. But it deals with a subject not often spoken...

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Polvaulting - The Future of Satire?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2013 | (22:14)

If you follow world news, you've probably heard of the current global stalemate between North Korea and the US right now, dubbed the North Korean Missile Crisis. On 9 March the nation's capital and center of political power, Pyongyang, issued a statement including the following sentence: 'Now that the US...

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The Real Face of Manif Pour Tous

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2013 | (23:05)


On Monday 8 April many branches of the LGBT media featured the above image, of a Frenchman named Wilfred de Brujin, posted on his Facebook page under the moniker 'the face of homophobia'. De Brujin had allegedly been the victim of a homophobic attack...

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Vigil for Lucy Meadows 25-03

(4) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (11:07)

I went to the candlelit vigil held outside the Daily Mail's Kensington headquarters, Northcliffe House, in memory of transgender primary teacher Lucy Meadows, who died last Tuesday 19th March.

The speeches weren't exactly overwhelming and, lest a placard-bearing group suddenly turn up outside my window demanding my resignation, I hasten...

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The Rise of the Right

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2012 | (21:50)

Earlier this year I reported in an article for QX Magazine upon the 'anti-gay propaganda' legislation being passed in Russia, effectively banning the mention of the word 'gay' upon the streets of large, otherwise cosmopolitan cities such as St Petersburg.

Fast forward to October/November, and not only are...

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Westminster Council and the End of World Pride?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2012 | (12:20)

So Peter Tatchell has eloquently summed up the debacle surrounding tomorrow's World Pride in his article London Mayor Accused Over World Pride Fiasco, outlining how an event that could have been so spectacular lapsed into disheartening confusion and ended a pale shadow of its initial vision. But a...

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