Queering Policy: Contribute to the Rural England Policy Review

Through the Queer Rural Connections Project, we have been hearing about queer rural life across the UK, and we know there is some fantastic, inspiring work happening in rural communities to support gender diversity. We also know there are challenges. For example, we’ve heard a need for safe, accessible queer spaces, and better transport linksContinue reading “Queering Policy: Contribute to the Rural England Policy Review”

How do LGBT+ people experience the digital divide(s)? (Repost)

This blog post originally appeared on The Good Things Foundation blog on 25th February 2021. By Tom McGrath How do LGBT+ people experience digital inclusion/digital exclusion? Who do we exclude by going online? Who do we include? What are the differences between LGBT+ people online and those who identify as heterosexual and those whose gender identity matches thatContinue reading “How do LGBT+ people experience the digital divide(s)? (Repost)”

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’”