QUEER RURAL CONNECTIONS: QUEER HISTORY AND BELONGING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE (Repost)

This blog post originally appeared on the Museum of English Rural Life blog on 25th February 2021. This summer, The MERL will host the Queer Rural Connections live promenade show and documentary film, which will share the stories and experiences of queer rural people. Below, Timothy Allsop, writer, actor, and director, tells us about the ideas behindContinue reading “QUEER RURAL CONNECTIONS: QUEER HISTORY AND BELONGING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE (Repost)”

The Countryside Through a Queer Lens

Originally published on Medium, 12 February 2021. How queer rural experiences can allow us to see what rural life is like for many communities… n American friend recently questioned whether there was anywhere that could reasonably be described as rural in the UK. The remark, tongue-in-cheek, had been made in response to a conversation aboutContinue reading “The Countryside Through a Queer Lens”

Turning Away From the Relentless Pursuit of ‘I’ and ‘Me’

Originally published on Medium, 26 January 2021. While Matthew Todd was generally correct in Straightjacket in highlighting that a lot of gay men’s issues with control and perfectionism arise from the trauma and shame of growing up gay in a straight world, his book did not feel like a full answer. Yes, we may seek to overachieve,Continue reading “Turning Away From the Relentless Pursuit of ‘I’ and ‘Me’”

Queer in the Country: is it time to reconsider how straight the countryside seems?

Originally published on Medium, 22 July 2020. For a long time I felt the best way to live a gay life was to move to the city because that is where I saw other gay people, gay venues, and gay culture. In the books I read, and the films I watched, there was a recurringContinue reading “Queer in the Country: is it time to reconsider how straight the countryside seems?”

Notes From a Provincial Queer: Box Rooms and Air Raid Shelters

Originally published on Medium, 15 June 2020. Slung back into the box room on a single bed, because that was the only spare place in my dad’s house, I found myself having strange dreams. I had moved away from Suffolk nearly twenty years earlier, from a working-class family, to build a life elsewhere as aContinue reading “Notes From a Provincial Queer: Box Rooms and Air Raid Shelters”