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Category Archive: Life

Jul 30 2014

Religion made me try to end my life

Atheists are balked at for not grasping religion’s power to comfort, its function in Marx’s words as the heart of a heartless world. Few understand this like I do – but it doesn’t stop me thinking we’d be better off without it.

Jul 24 2014

Review: the Slymepit’s new photoshop of me is stylish, but fails to convince

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The personal weaknesses the pitters think discredit me are being thin, being queer, wearing bright clothes, having had red hair and the shape of my nose. What can I say? I’ve been exposed.

Jul 16 2014

25 comments from this blogger’s school reports

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I recently dug out thirteen years’ worth of school reports. There are some gems in there, many of which make me think my teachers knew me better than I realised.

Jun 17 2014

Grandmother, you’re a bully – and I’m disowning you.

One 23-year-old’s last letter to a relative who won’t leave him alone.

Jun 14 2014

Supporting this blog: an update on my living costs

Since I’ve heard prospective donors like evidence-based decisionmaking, I’m updating you.

Jun 11 2014

Chapter 6: The Age of Consent

What Jonathan did was just one gory detail in a much bigger picture.

Jun 10 2014

Chapter 5: Friends with Benefits

In some ways, I’ve lived past this. In others, I haven’t.

Jun 08 2014

Chapter 4: Dress-up

How could any of us defend being queer at a school where you were walloped for defending heels higher than an inch?

Jun 07 2014

Chapter 3: The Gag Reflex

Chapter 2: Other Boys. Around the start of junior school, teachers expressed concern about my hearing. It turned out after testing, sessions with a specialist and an hour of electrodes being stuck to my scalp that nothing was wrong with my ears; what I had, and the reason I often asked people to repeat themselves, was a form …

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Jun 06 2014

Chapter 2: Other Boys

Once ‘gay’ meant anything, it meant people unlike me or anyone I knew.

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