I woke up after Brighton Pride exhausted and happy, but also wondering whether I’d been to a Pride at all. Was it not just a concert in the park? I’d had a fantastic time, but couldn’t help thinking about whether partying, and commercial advertising, is really what Pride is suppose to be about.… Read More Pride. What’s it supposed to be?
Better, worse or just different? Group therapy isn’t always available in the UK, but it was recommended as something that might help me, so I went along.… Read More Group therapy.
Today, I was in Manchester. So much of what I saw this afternoon was ordinary people, living their ordinary lives. I hope I’ve captured just a little that quintessentially British mood of ‘keep calm and carry on’. Yet at the same time, so much was strange and seemed horribly out of place. The armed police;… Read More Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.
Our city, our community, suffered a hideous atrocity committed by those who seek to divide us and to scare us. They will not succeed. Manchester is stronger.… Read More Manchester #WeStandTogether
One of the most important TV series ever produced; tackling issues head-on and, hopefully, saving lives.… Read More 13 Reasons Why: a massive strike against the stigma of suidice and mental ill health.
Anne is a Lesbian. She’s in her 60’s, and it was a privilege to talk with her recently about her experiences; both growing older in the LGBT community and some of the things she and other gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people had to live through in decades past. The piece that I, and my… Read More Being Old and LGBT; with Gaydio.
Throughout the #Brexit debate, I’ve tried to be objective in the face of myths, and stick to verified facts when confronted by barefaced liars. But I will not be called a ‘traitor’. I am a European citizen first and foremost, and removing that from me is stripping away part of my identity. It’s barbaric.… Read More #Brexit: depriving me of my European citizenship is an act of barbarity unworthy of our United Kingdom.
I live in a country divided; by hate, by fear, by politics, and by economics. There are many reasons for this. But the way out is emphatically not through isolation and cutting ourselves off from each other and the rest of the world. Even the most divided cultures and can, through increased understanding, grow to accept one another.… Read More Against hate, understanding. Against division, hope.
For years, I’ve struggled with self-esteem; but simply choosing to record my own small achievements – and overcoming the strange British aversion to being ‘big-headed’ – has helped me begin to believe in myself.… Read More Accentuate the Positives; recording the good times.
Music can also be a great way of lifting me out of those occasional dips. Something upbeat, and feel-good, can be just what I need as a backing track for my mind to distract me from a place where I don’t want to dwell for too long.… Read More Using music for mental health, and the evidence to prove it.