Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.

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; the touching tributes; the quiet, respectful mood in St Anne’s … Continue reading Manchester: peaceful, defiant, a united city.

Being Old and LGBT; with Gaydio.

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.

#Brexit: depriving me of my European citizenship is an act of barbarity unworthy of our United Kingdom.

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.

Against hate, understanding. Against division, hope.

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.

The Government’s announcement this week on Sex and Relationship Education does not go nearly far enough.

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.

Practicing fake medicine makes you a danger to society.

Do you know what goes into making a medicine? I don’t mean the actual manufacturing of the drug itself, rather the process of getting it onto the pharmacy shelves and into the hands of doctors and patients. Years, often decades, of careful trials and research are needed to make sure potential new medications are both safe to use and (quite important this) genuinely make people better. Continue reading “Practicing fake medicine makes you a danger to society.”