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 →

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It’s Not an Act: how drag helped me realise my gender

I was fourteen when I took an eyeliner pencil and drew on a beard for the first time.  It felt like an irony, really.  I would wake up every morning and shave my facial hair, having been told by the girls at school and subsequently, by my own family, that I shouldn’t have facial hair... 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 →

Gendered Fitting Rooms

c/w- this post includes details of being misgendered in a social setting & experiencing physical and social dysphoria Today, on my way to a Trans &/ Non-Binary Pride event, I stopped to collect an order at one of my favourite clothing stores.  While I was there, I asked if it would be alright for me... Continue Reading →

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