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”

Notes from a Provincial Queer: 5 explorations of queer rural culture

Originally published on Medium, 22 May 2020. You may be familiar with God’s Own Country, but here are some other great examples of queer rural artistic work to experience. ONE: PROSPECT COTTAGE AND DEREK JARMAN He was one of the most influential British filmmakers of the 20th century with numerous features and shorts including Sebastiane (1976) and Caravaggio (1986), but JarmanContinue reading “Notes from a Provincial Queer: 5 explorations of queer rural culture”

Notes From a Provincial Queer: Coming Out in the Country

What is it like when you are trying to come out in a rural area? By Timothy Allsop Originally published on Medium, 13 May 2020. As queer theorist and poet Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick explains in Epistemology of the Closet: ‘there are remarkably few of even the most openly gay people who are not deliberately in theContinue reading “Notes From a Provincial Queer: Coming Out in the Country”

Notes from a Provincial Queer: Where has Betty Gone?

Rural Identity and the Decline of Queer Rural Space By Timothy Allsop Originally published on Medium, 1 May 2020. It was the summer after I had finished school, early evening on a Friday, and I was on the train to Norwich from Stowmarket because I had heard there was a gay pub on the edgeContinue reading “Notes from a Provincial Queer: Where has Betty Gone?”