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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 »

A well spent five minutes

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When asked for Purple Prose, my suggestion for some bit of activism in five minutes was 'write something'. Sometimes you can see it have an effect.. Yesterday, I saw the EuroBiCon Twitter account had retweeted something from Diva's: 4 ways to meet #lesbians and #bisexual women – here's where you just might meet the girl of your dreams 💞 https://t.co/49dgTxHsOM… Read more »

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 »

.. 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 »