News from abroad: Media exposé of state funds diverted to gay clubs could lead to trans deaths

If that headline sounds a bit convoluted, don’t worry: it’s not really. Rather, it’s just another everyday story of how a sensational media exposé of wrongdoing in the public sphere may yet backfire with the unintended and unfortunate consequence that some trans people get killed as a result.

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Love actually…

You win lose some

You win some…you lose some

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That Royal BREXIT conversation in full

Leaks reveal Queen's true view of BREXIT

Leaks reveal Queen’s true view of BREXIT (Original pic sourced from PA Wire)

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Philip Davies: Rogue One or Empire Strikes Back?

The only surprising thing about Friday’s parliamentary debate on ratifying the Istanbul Convention is the surprise expressed at the blatant attempt by Philip Davies MP to prevent Parliament from doing so. Perhaps that is the point: we should be so appalled by the ramblings of a reactionary buffoon that we miss the deeper skullduggery being worked by the Conservative Party against equality and diversity. Continue reading

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Facebook censors news about Facebook censorship: who knew?

Well, of course it would: why would anyone think anything different?

Except this time, they seem to have revealed something new, subtle and disturbing about the future of censorship, and it is this:

You will be silenced – and you will never know you have been silenced

Which is really very scary indeed.

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Coming soon: our reactionary First Minister?

The stereotypes are emerging already. Allegedly, Theresa May is a nasty right-winger: the only reason she is likely to look less reactionary in this election, is because she is up against an even nastier, more reactionary right-winger in the form of Andrea Leadsom.

But is that true? Do the facts bear that out? Continue reading

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Why i support the #safetypin campaign

Safety Pin by Haragayato reproduced under VCreative Commons License

Safety Pin by Haragayato reproduced under VCreative Commons License

In the wake of last month’s vote for Leave, there have been concerns about a rise in hate crimes on the streets of Britain. Mostly race-directed, though the evidence starting to come in now is that “haters love to hate”, and some are seeing this as opportunity to vent their spleen on other minority groups, including the LGBT community.

One response, from those saddened by this all too predictable turn of events – stoke up the fires of racism, don’t be surprised if racists emerge from the gutter – has been to urge the wearing of a bare safety pin. As i understand it, primarily to show solidarity: maybe, too, to make a more positive statement of “you’re safe with me”.

As always, the UK’s progressive cohorts have split two ways on this. Some think it’s a great idea: some think otherwise, condemning it as variously tokenist, virtue-signalling and not especially helpful. I disagree. Continue reading

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