Trying to explain the term “transgender” to my mother

transgender flag

My mother will be 70 years young next year and, in all those years on the planet, the number of trans people she has met/knows of, you can count on the fingers of one hand. So, this is not a subject that is familiar to her. It is not a … Continue reading

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The four genres of lesbian fiction – No.4: The out-obiography

Lesbia biography

This category of fiction starts something like this: ———————— I don’t remember when it started. Maybe it was the day that I realised I didn’t like my Tiny Tears doll. Or, maybe it was the day that I refused to wear a dress to Sunday lunch. Or, maybe it was … Continue reading

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The four genres of lesbian fiction – No.3: Lesbiana

Historic lesbian

This category of fiction starts something like this: ———————— The marketplace in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine was crowded when Helene got there. Women were spilling into the side streets leading to the place and Helene was unable to get closer than the edge of the main square, her back to the … Continue reading

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The four genres of lesbian fiction – No.2: Chic-to-chic lit

Lesbian plumber

This category of fiction starts something like this: ———————— Susan answered the doorbell; a half drunk cup of coffee in her hand. “Hello?” “Hello. You rang for a plumber?” Susan looked at the young woman in the stained hoodie and dark blue working trousers, realising too late that she was … Continue reading

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The four genres of lesbian fiction – No.1: The dyke-tective novel

Lesbian cop

This category of fiction starts something like this: ———————— Detective Sam MacDonald had just stepped out of the shower when her mobile phone rang. Rubbing her head with a towel, she looked at the display. It was the station. “Damn.” It was Sunday, her day off. She had just completed … Continue reading

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The B.B.C.’s coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The Gloriana leads the manpowered craft towards Westminster Bridge

It should have been very simple. Huw Edwards in the studio, a camera crew at Battersea Bridge, a camera crew on the Spirit of Chartwell, a camera crew at Tower Bridge, Clare Balding on the Gloriana, Chris Hollins on a roving craft, and that should have been it basically. But, … Continue reading

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