I feel angry. Angry that we’re having to refight battles we’ve already fought, and which belong firmly in the past; angry that narrow-minded people seek to use the protective veil of religious belief to excuse their hateful bigotry and intolerance; and utterly fucking enraged that another generation of children might have to endure what I and so many others like me had to endure some thirty years ago.
I wrote this piece for my son about a year ago when I was coming to terms with some stuff, and I think it feels right to share it today in the hope that it will matter to someone else. "Daniel, I’ve been thinking for a few weeks about writing something just for you, and … Continue reading International Mens Day 2018: A (now open) letter to Daniel
Everything’s a bit fucking shit right now, isn’t it? On this side of the Atlantic, our government has decided it’s a better idea to buy every packet of plasters in Boots than it is to simply not cut our own fucking legs off, and on the other side, the animated turd of someone who has … Continue reading Don’t like the 14-year-old gay? Then sashay the fuck away.
As Pride Month rolls around, it is my wont to write something a little more serious and considered than the usual ranting, expletive-laden frivolity you’re likely to encounter on my Twitter account. I appreciate I’ve left it a little late this year, but I reckon not dealing with things until you absolutely have to is … Continue reading Pigs, Chickens and Pride 2018
We fucked it, lads. All of it. The entire thing. Ever since our distant ancestors stopped flinging their own shit at each other, stood upright and took their first, tentative steps into the realm of self-awareness, we’ve been in charge of more or less everything. But, stop now: pause for a moment and look around. … Continue reading Time to let go, guys. We’re bad at this.
I have a confession to make: I’m a pedant. I am the sort of person who will react like a steak-deprived Jeremy Clarkson at the sight of an erroneous your/you’re, and who will beat his fist on the desk like a millionaire Tory MP who’s just been told about a proposed £3 per month increase … Continue reading It’s not ‘Gay Pride’, and it’s ok to say so
For those of you who missed it, yesterday was Heterosexual Pride Day. At least, it was on Twitter, where the topic was the number one worldwide trend for several hours. I have to say, it’s about bloody time. For too long now, life for straight people in this country (and others) has been a seemingly … Continue reading Heterosexual Pride Day: Finally someone is taking notice of straight people
“They couldn’t get him on his record, so they got him on his racism. I’m deeply uncomfortable with that.” “He was asked whether black people are inherently inferior, and I think he clearly feels they are, but couldn’t say so. This troubles me.” “He thinks that white people are the superior race, but it doesn’t … Continue reading Homophobia: The Acceptable Face Of Bigotry?
I was a little late to the party where Pride is concerned. This time last year, I was still contemplating the prospect of emerging from the closet in which I had spent the previous 37 years. My secondary school was an unforgiving sort of place, a hulking, miserable pile of concrete in which anyone uttering … Continue reading Pride Month: Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Inclusive
Maybe now we can finally put to bed the risible and inhumane idea that men accused of sexual offences should have to submit to law enforcement authorities for questioning in the country in which the attack is alleged to have taken place.