Trans or Tomboy: the intersection between gender presentation and gender identity

As a kid, I didn’t know that I could be a boy.  I didn’t want to be a boy, particularly, but I wanted to do ‘boyish’ things and dress in ‘boyish’ clothes.  My gender presentation and expression were ‘boyish’, but my gender identity was ‘girl’.  I was a tomboy. I was poor and I grew... Continue Reading →

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Disillusioned with the LGBT Community & I’m Not Trans

I’m writing this outside in the hope that I can gain some kind of fresh perspective and feel further away from the trappings of social media.  One thing you should know about me is this: I hate feeling trapped.  I hate labels and boxes and spaces which people can put me into in order to... Continue Reading →

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 →

Let’s Talk About Miles McKenna

Sometime between yesterday and today, Miles McKenna uploaded a video which helped me to leave the house.  To give some brief context, Miles McKenna is a wonderful queer and trans YouTuber and I am a very anxious person.  I’ve been watching Miles’ videos for a few years, on and off, and have been watching him... Continue Reading →

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