Category Archives: Erasure

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

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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 »

Another form of bi erasure?

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As the regular reader knows, there.. are.. quite.. a.. few.. posts.. on.. crap.. articles.. in.. the Guardian here. (That's not even all of them.) There may be slightly fewer for a while. Not, I hasten to say, because they've improved, but because when I go to their site, I see what I'm looking for and then this replaces it: Oh… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Doing It.. wrong

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Browsing in a charity shop, I recently spotted a copy of Doing It: Let's Talk About Sex… by Hannah Witton and published this year.* I hadn't heard of her or it before, but I am not a big user of YouTube where she is, according to the back cover, "a sex-positive vlogger". There is lots to like about the book…. Read more »

Who wrote the Bi-ble 2

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A couple of days ago, someone told me that Bi-ble, the anthology currently trying to attract funds on Indiegogo, claimed to be the 'first' such book. As we couldn't spot the claim on the page or on the Monstrous Regiment site, were they mistaken? Alas not, thanks to Jennifer we know it's in the video: Erm. No. No (1988), no… Read more »