In May BBC Radio 4 invited listeners to put together their own list of tracks that were meaningful to them as part of the Desert Island Discs Challenge. Due to other things happening then, I didn’t have time to focus, but recently I thought I would give consideration to what music means a lot to… Continue reading My desert island discs – a journey through identity, relationships, and music
A lot has been said, including by many of my friends, about the incursion by a tiny group of Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) at the start of Saturday’s Pride in London parade route, and about the apparent failure of the Pride organisers to remove them and to protect trans attendees from seeing their message… Continue reading In defence of @PrideinLondon organisers: hateful #TERFs put them in an impossible position, and the @MetPoliceUK were powerless to help.
Yesterday’s release of the Community Advisory Board’s annual report into this year’s Pride in London, and the social media storm that followed, was an interesting and painful experience for me. Whilst the wave of euphoria that I have felt supporting the CAB from bi and queer friends, and from those who feel that Pride has… Continue reading Pride in London and my Queer journey – a personal perspective and response to @LondonLGBTPride
“the current Pride organisers have failed to grasp the importance of diversity, nor of the intersectionalities that many LGBT+ people experience around race, gender, age, disability, and even their sexual orientation and identity”
In seeing the title of Philip Hensher’s Guardian.com article about the recent LGBT Pride events in London: How the straight majority still silences gay people (21 July 2017), I was looking forward to a thoughtful discourse on how the voices of people marginalised in our society because of their sexual orientation are so often unheard because… Continue reading Bi people having been fighting for LG&T equality for decades – a response to @PhilipHensher
Today is Pride in London, the United Kingdom’s largest gathering of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Queer people together with their allies and friends and others whose life, love, or identity is marked in some way by difference. For me and for many it is a day of great celebration for the achievements of equality… Continue reading Why today’s #LGBTQ+ #PrideinLondon is a day of mixed emotions for me and for many
On Saturday 25 June, I had the privilege of speaking from the main stage of London’s LGBT+ Pride as Deputy Chair of Pride’s Community Advisory Board, representing bi people and communities. This is what I said: “It is twenty years since I first got involved in Pride in the Capital. And it was in that… Continue reading My message at Pride in London: celebrating, loving, and fighting discrimination together
We all want to feel welcome and safe at football matches, whether we are on the pitch, in the dugout, or in the stands. Anti-LGBT discrimination, be it ‘banter’ between players and coaches or more blatant chanting from spectators can often lead to us feeling uncomfortable or even threatened. As an FA disciplinary chair and… Continue reading See It. Hear It. Report It. FA films help rid football of discrimination.
Anyone who has read my blog on LGB&T issues may have noticed a scepticism in my tone about the work of Stonewall, the biggest and most influential equal rights campaign in the United Kingdom, this despite being listed by them amongst 17 LGB ‘Role Models’ in their publication of that name back in 2012. In… Continue reading Stonewall: a new dawn for the UK’s top LGBT equality campaign
I had the privilege of giving a keynote address to today’s Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (the national LGB&T staff network) conference at the Ministry of Defence. Also on the programme were Sir Bob Kerslake, Head of the Civil Service; Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions; Liz Bingham, managing Partner at EY; and Peter Tatchell… Continue reading “Bisexuality does exist, it is not a fiction, nor is it a phase”, my key message to Civil Service equality conference