Category UK

Homophobia and Sexism: Two subjects my teachers taught me

‘Just ignore him, he was just being gay’, my sister re-enacts the teacher’s response to me in her usual impression voices and animated style. I choke on my drink, ‘…What? The teacher said that?…’ I bite down hard on my lip and screw up my then teenage face in disgust. I’m angry at first and then […]

Time-banking: 5 reasons it’s worth your while.

And so the old saying goes: ‘Time is money.’ This is a phrase used by Benjamin Franklin in Advice to a Young Tradesman and is a phrase that has been absorbed by us all at rather a small age – it sits constantly on the tips of our lips. It is one of the most well […]

Being a ‘Masculine’ Lesbian in What is Still a Man’s World

On occasion, much like a peacock I suppose, I do like to give my short hair a bit of a ruffle, particularly when it is resembling a cockatoo too much. I am pretty certain I unintentionally swagger when I walk, I have a tendency to hook my fingers through my belt loops and my hands […]

Mapping My Journey: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Celebrates West Midland Transgender Identities

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery made some history of its own on 29th January 2014 as a cake, celebrating the launch of a Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition mapping the identities of Birmingham and West Midland transgender individuals, was cut by the Lord Mayor in the Community Gallery. The exhibition entitledMapping My Journey organised by […]

Owls, Dragonflies & Stagnant Pools: Growing Up Gay in small town Cambridgeshire

Personal reflections on growing up and coming out at school in Cambridgeshire.


From Edgbaston to Digbeth we live, some of us ‘came out’ at fourteen, some of us forty, some of came out in the noughties and some of us in the eighties. We look differently, dress differently, sound differently, from Birmingham tones to northern twangs. Some of us have lived in Birmingham all our lives and […]