Category Archives: Media

Erasure at the BBC

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.. and not the good kind. The BBC have been marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in England and Wales with a season, Gay Britannia, that includes both radio and TV. Given that the subtitle is "Bold and provocative stories exploring how far we’ve come since being gay was a crime", you can guess… Read more »

An epidemic of erasure 2

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After posting An epidemic of erasure, I remembered one of the stories I'd wanted to talk about that it didn't mention at all, despite the way that it features Channel 4 too. Its weekday nightly news programme, Channel 4 News, is one of the UK's flagship news programmes. Along with BBC 2's Newsnight, it tends to ignore the 'popular' stories… Read more »

"Of course we understand the issues faced by people who identify as bisexual"

I am beginning to think biphobia and erasure are in The Guardian's style guide. The worst – not the only, just the worst – example from today is titled, with no noticeable awareness of the irony, How the straight majority still silences gay people. That it'd be bad was obvious from the opening sentence: Two weeks ago it was Pride… Read more »

.. and on the same day

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.. as the article on Andrew Garfield's comments, there's Finally, a gay Blind Date. Apparently, the TV show Blind Date is being rebooted and it was going to have an episode where one woman got to pick from three other women. Hmm, presuming that's how she identified, it'd be better labelled a 'lesbian Blind Date', wouldn't it? Anyway.. this weekend… Read more »

The Guardian does it again again

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A couple of weeks ago, they published an article on actor Andrew Garfield talking about 'playing gay'. "The actor was criticised over comments he made about preparing to play a gay man, joining actors such as James Franco who've toyed with ideas of sexuality" says the subtitle. What he did was say comes down to that he thinks that, as… Read more »

An epidemic of erasure

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With the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalising homosexuality (according to most of the media) / partially decriminalising some sexual acts between men in England and Wales (the reality), the BBC and Ch4 are both having seasons of 'gay' (sic) programmes. One of the most recent was Ch4's Epidemic: when Britain fought Aids. On the one hand,… Read more »

Does the gay agenda include bi erasure?

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Following more homophobia from Australian former tennis star Margaret Court complaining about the 'gay agenda', The Guardian published an opinion piece, 'What are the secrets of the ‘gay agenda’ – flag-waving and flannel shirts?' by Arwa Mahdawi. She's apparently a 'writer and brand strategist based in New York' who identifies as homosexual and/or lesbian. You'll never guess how many times… Read more »

Kicking the B out of football

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I missed reading The Guardian's article, 'FA’s Greg Clarke: football has a serious issue engaging with LGBT people, last week. Partly that's because my first thought was 'Well, it'd help if they didn't get rid of the "game’s only openly bisexual male administrator" for pointing out that things were less than perfect in all sorts of equality areas.' It'd also… Read more »