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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 »

Fifty years on, the bi erasure continues

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The Observer have an article on the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in 1967. They've called it Glad to be gay: leading figures on 50 years of liberation. Given that the writer of the song referenced there is bisexual you'd think that… ha, of course not. Someone who's made a documentary, Queerama, about LGBT life… Read more »

International Day of Oh No, Not Again

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In the UK we'd say it's the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia today. I see that Wikipedia prefers a different order. Regardless, 'IDA-HoBiT' as the UK bi community tends to pronounce it is One Of Those Days where if there's any coverage at all, it's a gay man – and if you're lucky or it's a 'women's' programme,… Read more »

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"Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of 'Dangerous' by Milo Yiannopoulos "After careful consideration." Full story coming soon." HALT-WRITE pic.twitter.com/T5YDiwqfjq — Nick Harvey (@mrnickharvey) February 20, 2017 So, inciting transphobic abuse, inciting violence against migrants, being an actual neo-Nazi… S&S didn't think required consideration? https://t.co/BQLsdIe8j8 — Another Angry Woman (@stavvers) February 20, 2017 Never mind it was *already* in… Read more »

Two for the price of one

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Combining the b-exclusion of an LGBT history month event and of an earlier article in The Guardian, 'Burnley Buggers' Ball to mark 50th anniversary of Sexual Offences Act' manages to keep up with the language of the others: [] lesbian and gay rights – 2 uses [] gay and lesbian rights – 1 use, as a quote from Russell T… Read more »

Activity, not orientation

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When an article about gay and bisexual men starts with "A pardon for Britain’s persecuted gay men", you know the bisexual erasure is strong with the author. And indeed it is. Looking at the text, we see: [] gay men – 1 use [] gay and bisexual men – 1 use [] straight allies – 1 use [] LGBT people… Read more »

The lessons of history

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LGBT History Month is on us again and, as ever, there's a distinct shortage of the 'B' to be seen. Unfortunately, there isn't a shortage of biphobes being given a platform. This year, the main one is Julie Bindel who will be speaking at the Working Class Movement Library on the first Saturday. Unfortunately, Schools OUT UK, the creators of… Read more »