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March 21, 2013

Call for papers: Spotlight on Genderqueer

Please note: this event will take place within a video-conferencing suite. International contributions via the Internet are encouraged!

9am – 5pm
Monday 29th April
Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick, UK

Abstract submission date: Sunday 24th March

‘Genderqueer’ has come to describe a wide range of gendered identities and experiences during the past couple of decades. Genderqueer books have been published, genderqueer art has been produced, genderqueer events are held. Untold thousands (millions?) of people live genderqueer lives.

However, we believe that ‘genderqueer’ remains under-examined within the academic world. We therefore aim to explore genderqueer lives, identities and experiences from a range of perspectives both within and beyond the academic world.

We invite submissions from a range of disciplines, addressing themes that speak to, relate to, or interact with the concept of ‘genderqueer’. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

- intersectionality and identity
- genderqueer intimacies and sexual practices
- genderqueer performance
- genderqueer psychology and therapeutics
- queer(ing) literature(s)
- genderqueer language and communication
- genderqueer geographies and social networks
- genderqueer inequalities

Speakers will be invited to provide an informal presentation for up to 20 minutes.

There will also be an associated evening event in Leamington Spa with a variety of performers.

This is a DIY academic event organised by Dr Lyndsey Moon and Ruth Pearce. To register for the event or submit an abstract (max. 200 words) for consideration, please email or

For more information:

February 06, 2013

Constructing Gendered Identities

I'll be speaking at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender graduate seminar Constructing Gendered Identities next week.

Myself and Kirsty Lohman will present a paper entitled Trans Music Isn't, discussing the findings of a research project we conducted in the summer of 2012. This study explored the intersection of 'trans' identities, musicians' identities and performance events.

Wednesday 13th February
5pm - 7pm

R0.14, Ramphal Building
University of Warwick

>>>Facebook event page.

August 25, 2012

Trans Grrrl Riot, part 2: why sing “Rebel Girl”?

I’m in a band called Not Right. We’ve been “together” for a little over a year now. I often describe the music we play as “riot grrrl”, because I feel inspired by the ideals and music associated with the term. My bandmates have a somewhat different relationship with “riot grrrl” to me; we’re all pretty cool with this multiplicity of positions.

Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” was the very first song we learned together. At the time, this seemed like a pretty straightforward decision, as it’s a really “easy” piece. But the more I think about it, the more I feel that it’s very interesting that we play this song.

>>>Read more at Trans Activist.

August 24, 2012

Trans Grrrl Riot, part 1: was riot grrrl transphobic?

I love Bikini Kill. I love the uncompromising power of their music, the feminist rage in their lyrics, their wider political approach. Bikini Kill who inspired me to finally pick up the bass guitar that had sat forlorn in a corner of my room for several years, and Bikini Kill helped me believe that I could make music.

I realise it’s a bit of a cliché, but they’re the band responsible for getting me into riot grrrl, and from there began to explore feminist punk music (including that from contemporary UK bands) more widely.

I wanted to be a riot grrrl too, and was sad that the original movement faded away back in in the mid-1990s, well before I was ever aware of its existence.

However, riot grrrl doesn’t necessarily have the best reputation amongst trans people familiar with its history.

>>>Read more at Trans Activist.

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 13, 2012

A space for our voices

A couple of blog entries posted on the same day earlier this week have been making me think about the power and importance of “trans space”.

>>>Read more at Trans Activist.

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.

August 05, 2012

Review: Nottinghamshire Pride

I’ve never been to a Pride event quite like the one in Nottingham.Notts Pride

I’m used to large inner-city affairs bounded by concrete, in which ordinary revellers festooned in rainbow clothing rub shoulders with extravagant drag acts, corporate floats, angry activist types, and a whole host of questionable human adverts employed by the big clubs. Vibrant street discos in which almost exclusively male DJs pump out the dance music that’s become synonymous with the scene, lesbian singer-songwriters singing quietly from small tent in a car park, community organisers and charities getting a word in edgeways whenever they can, and that same guy in the flat cap selling whistles on every corner.

I’m also aware that some Pride events are far smaller, less extravagant affairs. Pink picnics in town and city centres, small but powerful marches in areas of tension, and club collaborations between established scene names.

Nottinghamshire Pride was something else entirely. Placed slap-bang in the middle of a massive field, it was more akin to a (largely) family-friendly music festival, albeit one that happened to be really gay.

>>>Read more at Not Right.

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.

July 14, 2012

DJ setlist: "Camp Out" for Gendered Intelligence @ The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

Wotever World hosted a wonderful evening for Gendered Intelligence at the RVT last night. So many great performers, a very friendly crowd and plenty of money raised so trans youth can do awesome things. What's not to love?


During the main part of the set - after the second bloc of live acts - I teamed up with the gloriously energetic and enthusiastic Puja Maniar behind the decks, and much fun was had by all. Here's what we played:

Hedwig & the Angry Inch - Tear Me Down
Roger Anthony Yolanda Mapes- I Wanna Know
Coyote Grace - Daughterson
The Mechanisms - Pump Shanty
Athens Boys Choir - Metrosexual Threw Off My Gaydar
Team Dresch - Freewheel
Bitesize - Understudy
Huggy Bear - Herjazz
Gossip - Listen Up!
Metric - Help! I'm Alive
Uh Huh Her - Not a Love Song


R.E.M. - What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Against Me! - I Was a Teenage Anarchist
The King Blues - We Are What We Own


David Bowie - Let's Dance
Blondie - Atomic
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
Blur - Girls and Boys
Suede - Beautiful Ones
Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
The Cure - Friday I'm in Love
The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To?
The Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Hole - Celebrity Skin
Garbage - Special
Lily Allen - Fuck You
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious
Gloria Jones - Tainted Love
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You
James Brown - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Clash - Rock The Casbah
Dresden Dolls - Girl Anachronism
T-Rex - 20th Century Boy
Queen - I Want It All
Pulp - Common People
Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control

The Strokes - Last Night
Republica - Ready To Go
No Doubt - Just a Girl

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