The other week on Gaydio (shameless plug alert, listen at gaydio.co.uk/nw) we spoke to Susie Green from Mermaids, and Caroline Hollick from Red Production Company, about what life is like for gender variant young people and their families in 2018. I'm really chuffed with this item. Firstly, because despite being an LGBT+ radio station, we don't produce anything like enough trans content. And second, because … Continue reading Butterfly
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. Continue reading Pride. What’s it supposed to be?
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 colleagues, recorded with Anne will be broadcast on Gaydio tonight; … Continue reading Being Old and LGBT; with Gaydio.
Allowing parents to opt-out and not making LGBT-inclusive lessons compulsory in all schools is dangerous; and can lead vulnerable children, like me, to depression, isolation, self-harm or worse. Continue reading The Government’s announcement this week on Sex and Relationship Education does not go nearly far enough.
Looking back I remember liking my first boy at the age of nine or ten. Although, at the time, I can’t say I recognised that feeling for what it was, as growing up in Wigan in the early 1990’s being gay wasn’t something that was talked about positively; if was discussed at all. Continue reading “My own journey to realising that being a gay boy was natural.”
There will be a time for carefully considered thought and analysis; today is not it. Whatever the underlying motivation, Sunday’s horrifying atrocity in Orlando struck at the heart of what I hold to be the most fundamental of human rights: equality. Continue reading “Orlando was an attack not just on the LGBT community – though it was – but also on all right thinking people.”
There are so many echoes between Olly’s story and my own that it’s hard not to draw parallels. I cannot commend him enough for being brave enough to speak out about his journey towards accepting his sexuality, his battles with bullying and his struggles with his own mental health. Continue reading “Olly Alexander, a great inclusive role model for young people.”
Yes, it’s a photograph of a pair of rugby boots. No, I haven’t finally gone completely mad. Okay, well I’m not totally sure about that last one. I’ve (sort of) joined a rugby club… let me explain. For the last year, my doctor’s been on at me to do more to get fit and lose weight. I hate the gym, I can’t stand bike riding … Continue reading Lads playing with funny shaped balls; it’s for my health, honest!
Creative Breaks, as well as allowing me to work on a great film myself, led me to work alongside other amazingly talented film-makers, artists, writers and others. One of those people was Alex Webb, and the Jam Street team who worked on the truly awesome film You, the Silence and I. There’s nothing I can say about it that comes close to expressing how much … Continue reading You, the Silence and I
I’ve said before that the best ideas can sometimes be the most obvious ones. And this is one of the best, and simplest, ways I’ve seen that can be used to boost your own feelings of self-worth and, so, your general mental health. All you need is: an old jar (or any other container), some scraps of paper, something to write with. Take a look … Continue reading Jar of 2016, recording achievements to improve self-esteem & mental health.