Quiet

Hi, Last week and indeed today, I spent a fair few hours writing blog posts that haven’t made the light of day. I am unsure what this is. Part of it feels like a confidence/quality question – certainly in the spoof post I drafted. But in terms of my views on the recent ruling on the employment tribunal case, I’m thinking I’m self-censoring. The above doubt circles around like a spinning top. Is it okay not to post, inasmuch that I’m being respectful and not wading in with rent-a-quote opinion pieces? Is it fear? That of the message landing badly and offending others, or slipping on to the RADAR and having to fend off a comment storm of angry keyboard […]

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Price and/or pride?

Hi, I switched on my gaming console last night and I noticed a tile showing celebrate pride month. Intrigued, I took a look and indeed there was a number of inclusive games (as in friendship, identity, and romance options are more than only cis/het ones). That and content from LGBTQ+ folk in terms of games and films. All good stuff, IMO, and as a gamer and someone who’s somewhere on the Trans spectrum, I thought it was a good thing. So, here’s my questions why wait until June? What happens after Pride finishes? I think, like much in life, there’s nuances and I’m likely to lead more favourably to a company that celebrates Pride, supports LGBTQ+ people *all* year, and […]

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Tis the season

Hi, With it being June, it’s Pride month and there’ll be various events online and otherwise from LGBTQ+ organisations around the world. For anyone asking why do we need a month for people to be proud of who they are, I would say you only need to look at the news and at recent history. The documentary on Netflix called Hating Peter Tatchell or Amazon Prime’s Disclosure would be excellent places to start if you’re interested in recent history, IMO. The 1970s might have been an age away, yet the laws and attitudes of that time cast a long shadow. One that still, sadly, touches us. So am I moaning about the past? No, organisations – from ‘charities’, pressure groups, […]

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Clothes maketh the [insert identity here]

Hi, With the turn of the seasons, so it is time to put away trousers, long sleeved tops, and other warm clothing. No more zip up boots – my go-to shoe style in Richard mode – and on with the Berkies and shorts. With the change in clothing comes the thought of replacing old items and of late, I’ve started to think that I have a difficult relationship with clothes. Feel free to make your own jokes at this point. I would make a gag about I can take it, I’ve got broad shoulders, but then don’t most of us part timers? 😉 So my difficulty is partly down to the complexity of what I feel I should be wearing […]

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Rainbows and walls

Hi, Over on Pink News, there’s a report about ‘red wall voters’ and there view on trans people using changing rooms. For overseas readers, the North of England (hint: Scotland is another country in the Union – at least currently in the Union 🙂) is generally chattier and has a different sense of humour to the South. Not better or worse, just different. Plus, the working class and labour/union movement roots of the North tended to make folk lean more left than right in politics. Hence, the Red Wall. But, and like much in life, things are really A or B. There’s a not of complexity and nuance. Background aside, the article states that the assumption that northern folk are […]

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