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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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So Tennessee have just passed their ridiculous and archaic 'Don't Say Gay' bill (http://nydn.us/mdYLIC), which bans the mention of anything other than heterosexuality in schools. Teachers are only allowed to talk about 'natural human reproduction science'. The senate argue that homosexuality should be introduced by parents when they are ready to talk about it. Yeah right. My parents did pretty well to cover the basics of heterosexuality without any of us melting into a puddle of embarrassment on the floor, but homosexuality barely warranted a mention.

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Why Don't you Fancy Me?

Friday May 20, 2011

I was 19 when I 'came out' to my friends (not that I was in the closet, I just happened to get a girlfriend at that age). My greatest concern was that they would think I'd been secretly desiring them for years, so I was tripping over myself to explain that I was 'only attracted to this one particular woman' and that I was 'probably bisexual' (important to make them, and me, think that this wasn't a life long disability, merely a virus that would pass through my system and leave me a 'normal girl', or at least still tempted by men).

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Let's talk about sex

Tuesday May 17, 2011

Today is International Day Against Homophobia. Perfect opportunity for a Big Question - why do some people hate us gayers? Why does my natural drive to create home and family with somebody of the same sex, rile some folk so much that they deny me the right to formalise my relationship through marriage, openly claim that me teaching their children will be harmful, and suggest there is some secret, perverted agenda behind my desire to live a life without discrimination.

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We Are Family

Tuesday May 10, 2011

Not so long ago, 'family friendly' was a coded allusion to 'gays not welcome'. Family was what straight people had and LGBT folk were left to the outer circles of these; sometimes invited to family events (sans partner of course), often not, and the isolation and hurt caused by this exclusion commonly created an unrepairable rift within families.

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Diversity Role Models is a charity (application in process now) set up for two purposes: firstly, to help LGBT young people realise that being gay, or changing gender identity, is not synonymous with unhappiness, depression, lack of success, broken relationships and lack of family - some of the things that the media and statistics tend to focus on.

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