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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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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Generation 28

Written by Hannah Graeber (she/they) Trigger Warning – homophobia, mentions of AIDS … It can be easy to slip into thinking of a “time when LGBT+ people didn’t have many rights” as solely being the domain of pre- and post-WWII born generations. Whilst this was certainly a hugely challenging time, and members of younger generations […]

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The Institute of Sexology and the Erasure of Transgender History

Written by Pandora Hughes (she/her) Trigger Warning: Transphobia, mentions of violence, murder … If you’re nursing a prejudice against a persecuted minority and someone calls you on it, what do you do? Merely denying that you are a bigot leaves you under social suspicion, and wheeling out the ‘some of my best friends are…’ defence […]

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Inclusion is not Erasure: Why TERF Ideology Harms the LGBTIQA+ Community

Written by Lou Gibney (she/her) *(TERF stands for Trans exclusionary radical feminist and is used to describe someone who labels themselves a feminist but holds discriminatory views towards trans people and crucially does not acknowledge trans women as ‘real women’) Trigger Warning: Mentions of homophobic abuse, transphobia, rape … I am known for somewhat ignoring […]

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There is No Pride Without Black Lives

Written by Elle Windsor (she/her) (First published in June 2020) Trigger Warning: descriptions of racist abuse, police brutality, death, descriptions of violence … Last week I was shaken along with everyone else by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. I still am. A man died with a police […]

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Fighting for a just society – legal rights for LGBTIQA+ individuals

Written by Luanne Thornton In the UK, the LGBTIQA+ community remain oppressed within our society, and while in recent years their rights have been acknowledged by UK legislation; equality still eludes LGBTIQA+ people within our society. For countless LGBTIQA+ individuals, the kind of daily normality that is experienced by heterosexual people does not exist for […]

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