Nightclubbing, we're (not all) nightclubbing

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An article on "middle aged" DJs in the Guardian contains a little sliver of erasure that goes uncommented on elsewhere. One of the said DJs is Luke Cowdrey, AKA Luke Unabomber. He's .. the promoter of long-running queer night Homoelectric – "a genuine alternative to the commercial stranglehold", as he sees it. "People take the piss but I still believe… Read more »

Gold medal gay?

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When the Guardian says, in its subheading of a story called The LGBT athletes making history at the 2018 Winter Olympics that "Eric Radford has made history as the [Winter Olympic] Games' first openly gay gold medalist", what is the reader to think? Especially when the lead paragraph is.. Pyeongchang's Olympics have seen athletes more open and public about their… Read more »

And Ian spoke unto the publishers of The Bible and said..

I see from Gay's The Word that The Bible, 'an anthology of personal essays and narratives about bisexuality', is now out. The Bible – an anthology of personal narratives and essays on bisexuality now in stock @gaystheword pic.twitter.com/KIsG7GCw5G — Gay's The Word (@gaystheword) February 3, 2018 The Bible – an anthology of personal narratives and essays on bisexuality now in… Read more »

Another day, another problematic Guardian article

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Today's article in the Life in Sex series is 'Graduating from women to men wasn’t a big deal' and is written by an anonymous bisexual man. Unfortunately, they picked a bisexual man who doesn't understand the definition of bisexuality: I feel as if I may as well leave aside the part of me that’s interested in women; I’m only confusing… Read more »

Bisexual people are still too rarely mentioned.. so I'm not going to?

According to Dazed, Shon Faye is a writer, presenter and comedian who describes herself as "a modern career transsexual" who mostly writes "for attention". Today, she's got a piece in the Guardian and my attention was drawn to the link to it on their front page: "The Big Brother house – an unlikely source for an LGBT history lesson: Divisions… Read more »

Tipping the Velvet quickie

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Sarah Waters writes about creating her book Tipping the Velvet in the Guardian. Given that both the main characters in the book are sexual with more than one gender, what do you think the language of the article is? Yep. [] Gay: 5 uses, including in the title [] Lesbian: 9 uses, including one 'Lesbian Avengers' [] Lesbian and gay:… Read more »

A bi by any other name…

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Not everyone likes the word 'bisexual' to cover people who are attracted to more than one gender. It has the word 'sexual' within it, for example, and not every bisexual person wants to be sexual with anyone, never mind with more than one gender. And all of that's fine! Having said that – top tip: if you are going to… Read more »

Ignorant sexing up shock claim horror

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A non-story in the Sunday Times, 'Yorkshire Mesmac charity allows sex with clients',* opens with: A charity for child abuse victims, sex workers and gay men given more than £2m by the government, councils and police has told its staff they are allowed to have "sexual relationships" with the often vulnerable people they meet through their work. It then says… Read more »

Better than nothing?

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NHS England has just released a new sexual orientation monitoring Information Standard. This means that there is now "a consistent mechanism for recording the sexual orientation of all patients/service users aged 16 years across all health services in England". This is to be welcomed, isn't it? Well… The proposed question for health care professionals to use is as follows: Which… Read more »

"Makin' It Rain" in London

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I met Nicole Henriksen at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014 when I was the entire audience for a 'highlights of the Fringe' show where she was one of the six comedians. With that ratio, I ended up on the stage. Afterwards, I tried to see their solo shows. I liked Nicole's 2014 comedy, Rainbow Rabbits With Rabies and, the following… Read more »