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January 29, 2013

Who invited "ex–gay" activists to the House of Commons?

A debate on gay conversion therapy is being held in a Parliamentary committee room tomorrow.

Entitled “Sexual reorientation therapy: Freedom to change?”, the event has been organised by two right-wing Christian organisations: Christian Concern and Core Issues (“God’s heart in sexual and relational brokenness”).

Speakers include Core Issues director and “ex-gay” campaigner Dr Mike Davidson (who was stripped of his professional credentials in 2012) and Dr Joseph Berger, a consultant psychiatrist from Canada who denies the existence of trans people and advocates child abuse.

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

January 17, 2013

Transphobia in the Guardian: no excuse for hate speech

Julie Burchill’s bizarrely vitriolic attack on trans people raises a couple of important questions. Firstly, why is it that some lesbian and bisexual women find it so hard to comprehend the oppression of others? And secondly, why is it that The Guardian continues to offer a platform for such vile hate speech?

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

August 28, 2012

Speak out against rape with Slutwalk and Reclaim the Night

The news has been inundated with awful stories about rape recently. So why not take a stand against sexual violence this autumn?

Anti-rape protesters at Slutwalk London 2011 Photo: Cemre Mor

From the Julian Assange case to the bizarre proclamations of US Republicans, it’s been hard to avoid poorly conceived opinions on sexual assault and rape.

Respect MP George Galloway appears to believe that once you’ve already had sex with someone, initiating further intercourse whilst they’re asleep is merely “bad manners”. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa would seem to agree.

In the United States, Republican Senate candidate Todd Atkin declared that “legitimate” rape victims were unlikely to become pregnant, as “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”.

In Denmark, a Guatemalan trans woman faces deportation after being gang-raped in the male wing of a camp for asylum seekers. Anne La Coeur of the Danish Red Cross (who run the camp) said that: “We would not place her in a women’s dormitory because that is definitely for women”.

All of this hot air only serves to obscure the very real impact of rape and sexual assault. Home Office statistics indicate that in the UK 21% of girls and 11% of boys experience some form of child sexual abuse, 23% of women and 3% of men experience sexual assault as an adult, and 5% of women and 0.4% of men experience rape; however, these figures are likely to understate the scale of the problem.

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

August 21, 2012

Who is Manchester Pride really for?

Controversy has erupted following the announcement that “bad boy actor” Danny Dyer – a man not shy of advocating violence against women – will be DJing at Manchester Pride. What were the organisers thinking? And what does this booking say about the event itself?

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

August 09, 2012

Pussy Riot trial isn’t just about Putin

Russian girl punks Pussy Riot have gained a great deal of media coverage following their brave stand against the autocratic Putin regime. But the group are also important because of their explicit support for LGBT rights.

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

July 19, 2012

Queer zombies in court defeat

Last year, I wrote an article on Lesbilicious about the arrest and alleged sexual assault of individuals intending to participate in a “zombie flashmob” organised in part by anti-cuts group Queer Resistance.

The zombies, accompanied by the London Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, planned to meet up for a picnic and performance in Soho Square on the day of the Royal Wedding.

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

June 05, 2012

8 lesbilicious fictional characters we wish would come out

Co-written with Milly Shaw.

DC Comics’ Green Lantern came out this week and can now join Northstar from X-Men and Batwoman in the metaphorical gay bar of the superhero world.

Aside from the odd superhero, there aren’t very many gay characters in pop culture. Well, there’s Dumbledore. But (spoiler alert!) he’s dead.

That’s not to say that there aren’t queer characters out there. It’s just that they haven’t officially come out yet.

In an effort to move things on, here’s your guide to closet-case characters we’d love to see come out.

>>>Read more at Lesbilicious.

August 04, 2011

LBT women students at greater risk of sexual violence

New figures released by the National Union of Students indicate that over one third of women students who identify as lesbian, bisexual and/or trans (LBT) are the victims of a sexual assault.

Postgraduate researcher Tami Peterson conducted the new analysis using figures from a 2010 questionnaire distributed by the NUS Women’s Campaign. The “Hidden Marks” survey involved 2,058 women students, 18% of whom described themselves as lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, or otherwise non-straight/non-cis.

July 25, 2011

How gay–friendly is Facebook?

Facebook is an integral part of millions of lives. It enables us to easily keep up with friends and acquaintances, organise events and even pretend that we’ve remembered important birthdays.

However, with privacy concerns on the rise and Google+ snapping at the giant’s heels, it’s a good time to reflect upon Facebook’s record as a gay-friendly space.


July 06, 2011

Chinese actress under fire for homophobic comments

An award-winning Chinese actress has been criticised by state broadcaster CCTV and banned from a high-profile awards show after she shared a homophobic message on Twitter.

Lü Liping’s Twitter feed attracted over 10,000 comments after she passed on a tweet originally written by Pastor Feng Wei of the Victory Baptist Chinese Mission of Rochester, New York.

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