Category: LGBT*

One of the constant struggles of being a bisexual person is the erasure that comes with it, be it in social situations where bisexuals are deemed either ‘gay’ or ‘straight’ depending on the perceived gender of a partner; or in popular media, where the word ‘bisexual’ is very rarely used, even to describe characters who are...

How many canonically asexual or aromantic characters from pop culture can you name? My guess is not many. There are lists out there, like Claudie Arsenault’s Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database. But the fact that asexual and aromantic people have to resort to hunting through lists to find more than the...

“How can you be with her when she doesn’t love you?” “She does love me, in her own way.” That is as simple as it should be – yet, it rarely ever is. Aromantics may not ever experience romantic attraction (although some do) but that doesn’t mean that romantic relationships are necessarily off the table. Aromantic...

The 50th anniversary of the “decriminalisation of homosexuality” has been met with pride and jubilation by many in the queer community, as well as respect for those who were never granted any freedom at all. It should be a moment of unity, but instead it’s a time fraught with tension for those overlooked. The focus on...

Being LGBTQ+ feels somewhat like trying to navigate around binary black holes. LGBTQ+ identities are all about sex. Or non-heterosexual sexualities just don’t exist. These are the only two stories on offer. There is no space in between. Our elevation of sex in society means that sexuality has become the centre of our...

Representation is a vital aspect of media. Unfortunately we are currently in an age where white washing is rampant and representations of sexualities are still restricted. We’ve come a long way in terms of openly gay characters, but there’s still a long way to go in terms of representations of other sexualities...

In the media, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a name that is often accompanied by “feminism” and “equality”, so it has been shocking to see the controversy she sparked following an interview with Channel 4 News which aired on Friday 10 March 2017. When asked if, in relation to transgender women, ‘are you any less of a...

Katie Perry’s ‘I kissed a girl’ is perhaps one of the most memorable songs from the last couple of decades. Its easy pop beat contrasted with the great taboo that still was even back in the noughties – girls kissing girls. The anthem status was already sealed. It was easy to dance to but more importantly, something to...

As we move further into the 21st century, an ever-increasing percent of society is releasing itself from the strict binary interpretation of gender. We are now moving towards the realisation that it is more a spectrum, with more non-binary and trans-related topics being discussed. Alongside this, how we believe a man...

Myself, like too many others, have struggled with sexuality, encountered domestic and sexual abuse, been bullied, tormented and done things that we will always regret. I strongly believe that so much of this could have been prevented with the correct education in schools. If the staff had made me comfortable enough to...