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There’s a TARDIS in my garden

April 23, 2011


An ethereal sound fills my room. The sound of the universe, you could say. Next to a pile of bank statements, my desktop TARDIS toy has sprung to life, warning me of an incoming call on my mobile. Doctor Who has been in my life for a very long time. My first TARDIS  (Time and Relative […]

Opinion: What price a kiss?

April 15, 2011


One point that has particularly shocked commentators about the recent ejection by the John Snow pub of two men for kissing is that it occurred in Soho. That such a thing should happen in the symbolic and actual heartland of the London LGBT community has astounded tweeters and journalists alike. But what’s perhaps most troubling about this […]

I’m from Lewes, East Sussex

March 23, 2011


It was one of those endless, sunny afternoons that disappear when you get older. I was nine years old and on the cusp, not of adolescence, but of being able to play in the ‘Big End’ at primary school. I’d always envied the older children this part of the playground. While us younger kids had […]

LGB on the BBC

October 8, 2010


One of the more interesting issues raised in the report published last week by the BBC on the portrayal of lesbians, gays and bisexuals across its various TV channels and radio stations was the importance of genre in determining an audience’s comfort level in relation to depictions of LGB people and behaviour. For the “uncomfortable heterosexual […]

Say no to “gay” marriage

August 21, 2010


America actress Portia de Rossi couldn’t have chosen a more culturally sensitive time and place (a Los Angeles court) to file a petition to take the surname of her partner, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. The news broke five days after US district court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8, which has prohibited same […]

Making Pride seriously fun

August 10, 2010


This weekend’s “Pride and (No) Prejudice” Brighton Pride parade was a melee of colour, glitter, Regency-era drag, big muscles, even bigger hair and irritatingly infectious high-scene pop and dance tracks. Such was the din created by the whistles and the vuvuzelas sold along the procession route that it was sometimes difficult to hear the chants of […]

Right to asylum

July 30, 2010


The recent Supreme Court ruling that LGBT foreign nationals have a right to asylum in the UK is welcome, and long overdue. It also sheds a harsh light on the state of Home Office policy in this area. In the days preceding the judgement, the UK had come under intense fire for the so-called ‘discretion […]