Body Positivity & Self Acceptance (when you’re queer, trans, non-binary, intersex)

Queer, trans, non-binary and intersex people are taught to hate their bodies.  As queer people we are told that our instincts are wrong, the way we use our bodies for sex and romance is wrong, and that we are ‘unnatural’.  As trans people we are interrogated about surgery, we are told that we were ‘born... Continue Reading →

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Let’s Talk About Andrea Gibson

I first found Andrea Gibson’s spoken word poetry when I was sixteen.  I was browsing through YouTube one night after sixth form college and I came across this video (below).  As I watched that video, for the first time in weeks I really listened.  Looking back at this moment I now realise that I listened... Continue Reading →

What Makes an Inclusive Employer?

‘Inclusive employer’ is buzzword phrase, it’s everywhere: in the news, online, shortlists, longlists and awards.  All this, but what does it actually mean?  It seems awfully simple to be considered an ‘inclusive employer’ at the moment, with many organisations earning this title by simply putting up posters around their establishment or workplace and occasionally delivering... Continue Reading →

Punk Music and Queerness

I grew up in the late ‘90s/early 2000s, when pop music was at it’s peak and if a song didn’t use autotune it was considered primal; looking at my CD and tape collection as a child you would hardly have known I was of that era.  Initially, it wasn’t that I was a hipster from... Continue Reading →

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