Why dance isn’t gender neutral

This is the first of four posts relating to the Irreverent Dance Kickstarter. Over the next month I will be explaining some of the reasons why this inclusive and welcoming community is so essential - to the people within and those who have yet to discover it - and why dance is far more important... Continue Reading →

A brief history of the LGBT flag

When I visited San Francisco this summer, I was thrilled to be there over Pride weekend. I expected the parade and a whole lot of other fabulous goings on, but what I didn't expect was to find an LGBT history lesson in a department store. Hanging in the atrium of Bloomingdales was a gigantic flag... Continue Reading →

Sexuality, coming out and labels

Yesterday, Olympic medal-winning diver Tom Daley told the world (via YouTube) that he is happily dating a man. I first read about this on the BBC news website and straight away pounced on the fact that, although Daley said he still fancied women, the article contained no mention of the word bisexual. I erroneously attributed... Continue Reading →

Ditch the Label

Ever had someone assume something about you because of the way you look or dress? Do others sometimes use the colour of your skin, your gender, sexuality or hobbies to pigeon hole you... or worse? If not, then you are very lucky indeed. Did you know that 69% of young people in the UK experience... Continue Reading →

All About Trans

When you have never met a person who belongs to a particular group, it can be difficult to see theings from their point of view. When you've not chatted to someone who is different to you in a certain way, it can be hard to realise why certain things affect them more. If you work... Continue Reading →

How to be a trans ally

If you've been anywhere near the internet this week, you'll have noticed that journalist Suzanne Moore flounced off Twitter after making an ass of herself by not apologising for something. We all say the wrong thing from time to time - accidentally selecting offensive words instead of inoffensive ones - but I like to think... Continue Reading →

Gender: Why do you need to know?

Why do you need to know someone's gender? What the fuck difference does it make? Most of the time, it makes no difference whatsoever. It is possible to talk to someone and interact with them on a number of levels indefinitely without knowing their gender, but our society is set up in such a way... Continue Reading →

Bisexuality: Myths and lazy journalism

Yesterday I had the misfortune of reading Daniel Warner's dreadful piece for the Huffington Post, entitled Bisexuality: Is It Fun, Non Committal or Just Plain Greedy? It contains so many bisexual myths and clichés that I started to wonder if the Huffington Post does any quality control whatsoever. Apparently, not only can bi people not... Continue Reading →

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