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Babes on the Box

Wednesday September 14, 2011

A woman with a disproportionately small waist for her G cup chest runs down the beach in a red swimsuit cut so high her hips appear to end in her armpits. The music reaches a crescendo as her now slow-motion figure bounces into ankle deep water to effortlessly drag a floundering hairy-chested man onto the beach while gaspy-faced onlookers gather to watch her begin a more romantic resuscitation procedure than could reasonably occur in real life.

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L, G, B....T?

Thursday August 25, 2011

How many transgender people did you pass today? Chances are you have absolutely no idea and the thought probably never even crossed your mind. You can be forgiven for this, as for the most part, mainstream references to transgender are limited to Channel 4 documentaries or sporting enquiries into competitors' 'suspect' hormone levels. This is of course, unless you are a Coronation Street fan, in which case the magnificent character of Hayley Cropper (played by Julie Hesmondhalgh) will have at least raised your consciousness about transwomen.

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School is a drag

Saturday August 6, 2011

16 year old Jamie wanted to attend his school prom in a dress. Openly gay and quite flamboyant, not a day had passed that he'd not been called a freak or faced other verbal bullying in his small northern mining town. The BBC filmed him in the three month lead up to his first public appearance as a drag queen and produced a surprisingly touching documentary in the form of Jamie: Drag Queen at 16.

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A Question of Sport

Saturday July 16, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Prime Minister's reception for the LGBT sports community at Downing Street. The event was held to promote the Government's charter against homophobia and transphobia in sport and was attended by 'famous and gay' athletes such as Billie Jean King and Gareth Thomas, along with a few 'famous and gay' non-athletes such as David Furnish and a sprinkling of Hollyoaks actors.

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What do the Kids Say?

Friday July 8, 2011

'Please come to my school because I am the only gay one and everybody hates me. I am just the same as them' 'Could you bring a role model to our school, people are too scared to come out…all the kids say horrible things about gay people' 'My son's school needs a visit from you; he is too scared to walk home because other boys will 'jump' him' These are just a few of the cries for help we've had via twitter and email since we went live.

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Survival of the Fittest

Saturday June 18, 2011

Sometimes when we push for equality, we get criticised for drawing attention to ourselves, banging on about the same old thing (aren't-things-better-for-you-lot-now-anyway), flying flags, being trouble makers or worst of all, pushing the gay agenda. Recently I was accused by a teacher of having an 'ulterior motive' for talking to primary school children about different families. Seeing as I had clearly stated my obvious motive; ensuring that children who had LGBT family members felt safe to talk about them at school, I had to consider what this hidden agenda might be.

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Sideways Hair and Handbags

Friday June 10, 2011

After speaking at a staff meeting on the importance of including LGBT topics in primary schools, I was invited to spend a day in one discussing different families. It was a timely reminder, in amongst all the charity red tape & future fundraising, as to how worthwhile all this is. I visited four classes ranging in age from 6 to 11. The youngest students read 'Spacegirl Pukes' and looked at photos of different families, including same sex couples with children - they concluded that your family are 'the ones that clean up your sick and buy your clothes'.

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Padded Bras? Just Say No

Tuesday June 7, 2011

Last month Nadine Dorries had an abstinence bill passed which asks for all 13 -16 year old girls to be given additional sex education on how to 'say no'. We've all been lying awake at night trying to figure out how we can teach only girls to say no to underage sex, when clearly sex involves girls AND boys. Surely Mrs Dorries isn't suggesting that boys are just pistol-pocketed demons who seek only to de-flower our innocent, rosy-cheeked maidens - mute maidens, who have little or no ability to articulate the word 'no'?

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Cons: Not being invited to family events. Or being invited while your 'friend', with whom you have a house, a business and six children, is not, due to it being for 'close family only' (although your brother turns up with a girl he pulled at the village barn dance the night before).

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Ma Vie en Rose

Friday May 27, 2011

Late night telly produced a gem recently: the incredible Belgian film, Ma Vie en Rose. It's the poignant story of a little boy who announces his desire to be a girl and the emotional battles he and his family face as a result. After they are shunned by neighbours and the father loses his job, their initial bemused acceptance turns into anger and despair, much to the pain of 7 year old Ludovic who just wants to marry Jérome (who is, unfortunately, his Dad's boss's son - never a good scene).

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