Asexual & Aromantic History

Written by Elle Windsor   A-spec history is a little tricky to pin down. It’s a pretty nebulous thing, by it’s nature. It’s not really possible to know someone is or was asexual or aromantic unless they tell us. And the language we use today is specific, complex and fairly new which make searching for […]

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The Importance of Community

Written by Luanne Thornton (she/her) Pride month comes not only as a moment of celebration for the LGBTIQA+ community but also a moment of reflection. We take this opportunity to question what do LGBTIQA+ individuals need to recognise, accept, and celebrate their most authentic selves?  The LGBTIQA+ community need and deserve a knowledge of LGBTIQA+ […]

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What is ‘Normal’ anyway?

Written by Lollie Melton (she/her) “One of the deadliest tools of powerful systems is narrow definitions of what is “normal” and the reduction of difference to deviance.” ~ James Arpin-Ricci There are power structures present in our society. The world is designed to favour some people over others, based on facets of our identities that we […]

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Equality is Controversial, Apparently

Written by Lou Gibney Trigger Warning: mentions of transphobia, racism, homophobia … Bias. It’s something we all have – to varying degrees – based on our worldview. The BBC claims to be as objective as possible whilst producing TopGear, which, with Jeremy Clarkson behind the wheel, regularly causes controversies and problems of diplomacy. What else […]

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LGBT+ Representation: It’s Not Forced Diversity, People Just Exist

Written by Lollie Melton Trigger Warning: discussions of homophobia, transphobia, brief mentions of death … The Baker Thief by Claudie Arsenault is the most brilliant book I have ever read. Well, actually, no it’s not…it’s just the first book with unquestioning aromantic representation that I’ve ever encountered. And it also happens to be gripping, seriously […]

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Why Trans People are Joining the Greens

Written by Pandora Hughes Trigger Warning – mentions of transphobia … Although I had voted Green on occasions, I didn’t join the Party until December 2019, in the middle of the last General Election. Up to that point I had been a Labour member and supporter. I had been voting Labour and occasionally campaigning for […]

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LGBT+ Rights and the Trade Union Movement: Building on a Historic Allyship

Written by Joe Lever (he/him) Trigger Warning: homophobia … It’s difficult to properly dissect modern UK LGBT+ history without at least acknowledging the impact of the Stonewall Riots, from across the pond. The fallout from ‘Stonewall’ resulted in the creation of the Gay Liberation Front in the US. Which in turn inspired the UK group […]

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