Category Archives: Erasure

Was DJ West's greatest hit that great? Not if you're bisexual…

Perhaps because there are other things to report on at the moment, the Guardian has only just published its obituary of Donald James West, author of the 1955 book Homosexuality, who died on 31st January this year. I don't know how many editions it ended up having, but as it happens I have the first three: the original hardback, the… Read more »

Of course it's not just bisexual people that some bigots don't believe

There is a big overlap between 'bi people' and 'trans people'. The latter have been an important part of the UK bi community from day one, and any 'debate' about whether to accept people's self-identity as any gender (or none) was done and sorted in 1993.* Doing so has been as solid a bit of, say, BiCon as the sliding… Read more »

Bisexuality as conspiracy theory?

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Polling organisation YouGov have a couple of new trackers – things they ask every six months to look at how attitudes and beliefs change over time. One asked over two thousand people in the UK this question: Thinking about sexuality, which of the following comes closer to your view? 'There is no middle ground – you are either heterosexual or… Read more »

Pride Power List, business as usual

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Let's see how 'bi' is used on the oh-so-important recently published 'Pride Power List 2019'. Well, it's in the opening line saying what it's supposed to be: "Celebrating the achievements of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our amazing community." But apart from that.. homophobic/homophobia – 6 uses Bisi Alimi – 4 uses lesbian – 3 uses disability… Read more »

And the most surprising bit is..

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Ben Plaistow was a prison officer who started working at HMP Woodhill in 2014 after eleven years' service. He's bisexual and suffered direct and indirect discrimination when some other officers became aware of that. In the end, Ben ended up being unfairly dismissed within two years of arriving. (Link to PDF of the Employment Tribunal's report.) So what's the most… Read more »

Never mind the comments, look at the article

There's a gushing article by Helen Lewis on writer Russell T Davies in this week's New Statesman. RTD, as he's apparently known throughout the magical world of the media, has done lots of things. CW: misogyny. There's Queer as Folk. It's been ages since I saw that, so we'll leave that for a bit. In 2001, he bounced from Queer… Read more »

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 »

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 »