My Grandfather was born in 1938, just before World War 2 to two very working-class, Northern English parents. He didn’t even know what a gay man was until he was well into his twenties, and had never thought about having a potential gay grandchild. At the age of 22, he graduated from Durham University with […]
Although the days of Page 3 girls seem long gone (despite the last publication only being in 2015), the evolution of technology has meant that the sexualisation of women through digital media is far more complex, multi-faceted, and widespread than ever before. In the most extreme cases, deep fakes and non-consensual recordings of women performing […]
This is your transition.
When you make the decision that you are going to transition you do so because you need to.
Queering the university’s curriculum
Only when we are introduced to queerness structurally, though educational institutions, will we be able to transform our learning experience and move beyond understanding queerness as an aesthetic.
“Don’t panic, the war has started.”
When I woke up on the morning of Feb. 24, 2022, and saw my homescreen flooded with notifications, I knew. Three days earlier, when Russian President Vladimir Putin made a speech announcing Russia’s recognition of the fake DNR/LNR as separate republics, I knew. Four days earlier, when my parents made the rushed decision to fly […]
Trans is Beautiful
What does it mean to be Transgender? For each person, it has an individual and emotional meaning. For me, to be transgender is to be beautiful. It is to be truthful, and it is to be self-aware. As a young transgender woman, I grew up often with a disconnect between my brain and my body. […]
Gender Reform Bill Blocked, Why?
Another divide between the Scottish parliament and the UK government has slammed the rights of the trans community across the UK. A protest was sparked after a rift formed between the Scottish parliament, which passed the Gender Reform Bill in December, making it easier for young people to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate, and the […]
26-30 September is Global ITP Awareness Week. ITP stands for Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura; a rare autoimmune condition that affects around only 200,000 people globally. The platelets (that clot the blood) are attacked which can lead to excessive and internal bleeding. I was diagnosed at sixteen years old and have since been living with chronic ITP […]