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.
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. Continue reading #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. Continue reading 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. Continue reading 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. Continue reading Using music for mental health, and the evidence to prove it.
This is a photo taken on my old smartphone, a Lumia 735, so it’s not the quality of other shots I post to the Weekly Photo pages. It’s here, though, because it tells a story. Back in October 2015, when this was taken, I was still very much struggling with depression and anxiety. The, for most people simple, act of leaving the house was difficult. … Continue reading No Such Thing As… An Ugly Sunset | Weekly Photo, 8th March 2017
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.
Projects don’t always go to plan; and Creative Breaks was a classic example. But failing, and running into the failure at full speed, is a great way of learning and improving projects for the future. Continue reading I’ve been thinking…
26 Things I Achieved in 2016 Wrote some poems. Visited the European Parliament. Got a new job. Began learning a new language (Sprechen sie Deutsch?). Campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU; okay, maybe not an achievement but I’m still proud I did it. Managed to come off my anti-depressants, so I’m successfully maintaining my mental health without medication for the first time in … Continue reading 26 things I achieved in 2016, and 5 things I want to accomplish in 2017
I thought that June was bad. I thought that 2016 couldn’t get worse. I thought, well, I thought that this wasn’t possible. How wrong I was. Nevertheless, our future can be bright if we trust in our young people and don’t allow their hope and dreams to be crushed by an older generation. Continue reading “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” -Eleanor Roosevelt