Support Irreverent Dance!

Earlier this year, my talented and inspiring best friend, Amanda Jones, started a offering body-positive LGBTQ-friendly adult beginners dance classes. As a qualified dance teacher, when friends told her that they would love to learn ballet but couldn't find any classes to suit them, Amanda decided to create one. I took part in her first... Continue Reading →

It Gets Better

Recently I stumbled across a video of Glee's Chris Colfer telling LGBT kids that 'it gets better'. I can't remember how I found the link, but I soon discovered that this was part of a wider campaign. The It Gets Better project, aims to reassure bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans teenagers that they are... Continue Reading →

Have your say on equal marriage

Comments on the news today from religious organisations about opening up marriage to same sex couples shouldn't be surprising, but they are still saddening. As if the Church of England being created so that a king could get divorced didn't irrevocably change society. As if men and women marrying and then divorcing within weeks, pretending... Continue Reading →

Doin’ it like a dude

I read this week that, according to an unauthorised biography, Jessie J "was advised not to come out... [but] being bi was trendy, exotic and a fashion statement". Aside from the hateful idea that a supposedly lesbian singer should hide her identity because it might alienate her audience, I am shocked that someone could actually... Continue Reading →

Queering the Fantastic

Last summer I helped found an international gay book prize in my lunch hour. My Mum had a right go at me for it. The Green Carnation Prize for modern writing by gay men had a fantastic shortlist, if I do say so myself. Three debut novelists and two established writers - ranging from 1950s... Continue Reading →

John Snow Pub: Update

As regular readers of my blog will already know, last month a gay kiss resulted in the landlord of John Snow pub in Soho asking a couple to leave. A couple of kiss-in protests were organised but, despite this, both the pub and the brewery remained remarkably silent on the matter. Since then, an open... Continue Reading →

Silence from the John Snow pub

Just before the Easter weekend, a bunch of self-proclaimed "queers and allies" turned up at the John Snow pub in Soho for a second kiss-in to protest at the treatment of Jonathan Williams and James Bull. Although not everyone who'd said they were attending on Facebook actually showed up - by quite some margin! -... Continue Reading →

Kiss-in Protest Against Homophobia

Strange things often happen in Soho but, as it's London's most open-minded and gay-friendly district, you would think that being asked to leave a pub for kissing your date wouldn't be one of them. Many people aren't keen on public displays of affection, but pubs like making money and... well, anything goes in Soho, right?... Continue Reading →

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