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Category Archive: Queer

Jun 06 2014

Chapter 2: Other Boys

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

Jun 05 2014

Chapter 1: Starman

When he draped a single, languid arm around Mick Ronson, life went from sepia to Technicolor.

Jun 05 2014

Yasmin Nair: challenging gay marriage’s false history “is not simply the celebration of outsider status”

The history of gay marriage supposedly goes something like this: In the beginning, gay people were horribly oppressed. Then came the 1970s, where gays – all of whom looked like the men of The Village People – were able to live openly and have a lot of sex. Then, in the 1980s, many gay people …

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Jun 04 2014

Foreword: A memoir in a month, and a coming out story you’ve never heard before

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If you want the wholesome version of this, there isn’t one. This isn’t a coming out story like on TV, and it won’t make allies feel pleased with themselves.

Jun 04 2014

Recommended reading: Rocky Horror, RuPaul, racism, Elliot Rodger and arguing badly

I’ve liked a few things lately. Snorking them all at once seemed like a good idea.

Jun 03 2014

I’m proud to be “ideological”

I. I’m tired of ‘ideological’ being a dirty word – tired of Westminster suits weaponising it, having it thrown at me when I say Isla Vista had a context and skeptics who rail against feminists ‘importing an “ideology” into the crystalline purity of their movement’. A coherent, connected set of principles that inform how you think is not a bad …

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Jun 03 2014

Engaging Andrew Sullivan’s transphobia

Andrew Sullivan, godfather of the GGGG movement, has decided it’s time to start ‘Engaging the T’. In his column at the Dish, he doesn’t so much engage with trans activists as engage them like Nelson engaged Spain. The article, offset with a scrutinising photo of Laverne Cox’s ankles, gets most things wrong. I thought I’d have a go at cutting through the innuendo. Introduction …

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Jun 01 2014

In the Flesh: the best LGBT series since Queer as Folk

As I write, zombie drama In the Flesh is soon to air its second series’ penultimate episode. Chances are you’re reading this after watching; those who aren’t, spoilers follow. Flesh, which last month won BAFTA’s Best Miniseries award, is a knockdown argument for several things, among them BBC Three’s value, the rewards of employing first-time writers and why genre shows will never, ever …

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May 28 2014

No, entitled queeriatrics everywhere, this angry young queen won’t pipe down

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If we’ve so much to learn from you, why did things go to shit before my time? And who am I cleaning up after, if not you?

May 27 2014

No more tears: Michael Sam and the camera’s fetish for queer crying

Queer people have been painted in a narrow colour palette, portraits of moist helplessness lining wall after wall – those of us who chose rage instead are nowhere to be seen.

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