Category Archives: GLBT comment

January 27

Out and about the LGBT web

Saeed Jones wrote a great article on Buzzfeed this week about the responsibility that the media has to report stories about transgender individuals with some respect for their subject. It’s worth a read and because I couldn’t have put it better myself I’m not going to paraphrase it here. Having said this, it hasn’t been […]

January 20

Out and about the LGBT web

This week, equality and diversity charity Metro published a survey of 7,000 16 to 25 year olds about their experiences of sexuality discrimination. The survey found that 52 per cent of respondents had self-harmed, while 44 per cent had considered suicide as a result of discrimination in education, employment or the community. As a result, the […]

January 14

Cece McDonald: victim not villain

Having just completed watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix, and thoroughly enjoyed it, my attention was caught this week by a real life story that has also just finished playing out in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cece McDonald is not a name that is known in the UK, but her case has made waves in […]

January 05

Same-Sex Marriage, From Both Sides: A Review of V.T. Davy’s A Very Civil Wedding

Originally posted on Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian:
Like Danika at the Lesbrary, I was quite surprised by British author V.T. Davy’s unusual novel A Very Civil Wedding.  I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it.  I guess technically A Very Civil Wedding is a novel, but it certainly doesn’t follow any narrative structure…

December 31

Looking forward to 2014

At the moment, there are a lot of blogs being posted looking back at the tsunami of changes that have taken place for the LGBT community this year. While some massive steps have been taken towards real equality, there are still plenty more to take. So, I thought I’d look forward to 2014 and find […]

December 29

The gay-friendly islands?

I live in Jersey in the Channel Islands and was shocked just before Christmas by a local headline from our sister isle of Guernsey about a children’s entertainer whose dog was maimed in a homophobic hate crime. It took five days for the incident to reach the national pink press and it was reported thus. […]

December 15

Out and about the LGBT web

Human Rights Day (9 December) marks the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. The progress of LGBT rights since then has been momentous, but there is still progress to be made in Africa and the Middle East in particular. In the UK, […]

December 08

Out and about the LGBT web

In this week’s news, Julia Gasper, a former UKIP parliamentary candidate has written a paper questioning whether gay people sent to death camps during the Holocaust were only sent there because they were also Jewish. (For those reading this blog and not in the UK, UKIP is a right of right political party.) Holocaust denial […]

December 02

A H.A.C.K. for monitoring the media

I was interested to read this week that the Bechdel test for movies is now being added as a rating in some Swedish cinemas. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Wikipedia explains the test here. As you will know if you read this blog, I like to pick up on positive stories from […]

November 29

Out and about the LGBT web

This little clip from Jodie Savitz’s documentary Girl on Girl caught my eye this week. The part that grabbed my attention was the question: can you name three lesbians in the public eye? I know I’m all over this topic but I really thought we were further down the line with visibility than the respondents […]