Author Archives: Cheryl

LGBT History Festival – Got Programme?

With Bristol’s leg of the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History happening next week, it is time for some more publicity barrage. Above is the electronic version of our flyer (designed by the incredibly talented Ceri Jenkins). Of course shrinking … Continue reading

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Trans People and Names

I’ve updated my post on the Twilight People project to register a name change for the director to Surat-Shaan Knan. I’ve always known him as Surat before, but he’s changing the name he goes by, as many trans people do. … Continue reading

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Before Stonewall – Compton Cafeteria

Ask most people when the gay rights movement began and they will say the Stonewall Riot in 1969. This is bollocks, of course. Things were happening in Germany in the 19th Century. But Stonewall wasn’t even the first such event … Continue reading

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Schools & Families Day – Museum of London

The final part of my weekend in London was the Schools & Families Day put on by Schools Out at the Museum of London. Whereas on Saturday I had been mainly supporting trans friends, and speaking myself, on Sunday I … Continue reading

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Karen Lord and Maria Turtschaninoff in Conversation

On the BBC World Service, on Monday. Thanks to Farah for the tip off. As it is World Service it should be accessible everywhere. And it will be on iPlayer afterwards if you can’t tune in live.

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Crawford Award Results

I’m a bit late with this — sorry Gary — but the results of this year’s Crawford Award (for a debut fantasy book) have been announced. The winner was The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson which is … Continue reading

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LGBT History Festival, Up and Running

The London Hub of the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History is well and truly underway. On Friday night we were at Islington Town Hall for the Civic Launch. It was splendidly municipal bling. Roz Kaveney was a star for … Continue reading

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Launching Twilight People

I am in London, for their leg of the 2016 National Festival of LGBT History. The first event was last night at Islington Museum. It was the opening of Twilight People, a photographic exhibition of trans people of faith. The … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Football, Lesbians, Rhodes and Bowie

I was hosting the Women’s Outlook show again today on Ujima. We started off with an interview with some football (soccer) players from a local sports club. Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls are perhaps most famous for the fact that Banksy … Continue reading

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My February Schedule

It being LGBT History Month, I have a pile of public engagements. Most of you won’t be able to get to them, but I’m listing them here just in case, and because it will explain why I’ll be so busy. … Continue reading

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100 Women Making Comics

That’s not a threat, it is the title of an exhibition opening in London this weekend. It is curated by Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett and will feature, to no one’s surprise, the work of 100 women comics artists. The … Continue reading

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Le Guin Documentary on Kickstarter

Now this is a project worth backing: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary, explores the remarkable life and legacy of the groundbreaking 86-year-old author. It is serious stuff too. Seven years of filming is already in the … Continue reading

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LGBT History Month Is Here

It is February. The insanity is starting. I am going to be so busy over the next four weeks. I’ll have more about my schedule in a later post, but write now I want to draw your attention to a … Continue reading

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Cover Girl

So yeah, that’s the cover of the new issue of Locus. As you can see, it has my name on it. Obviously there are a lot of other names too. That’s because it is the Recommended Reading List issue, and … Continue reading

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That Time of Year

Somehow that seems like an appropriate image this year. If nothing else I guess it will allow certain people to claim that they are being horribly persecuted, which will make them happy. I’m all for spreading happiness. So yes, the … Continue reading

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Science, Smarter Than TERFs

One of the interesting things about supposedly progressive newspapers like The Guardian and The New Statesman is that, while their politics pages are often resolutely transphobic, and quote “science” as proof that trans women are “really” men, their science pages … Continue reading

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The Mind LGBT Conference

I spent yesterday in Bristol at a conference run by Mind, the mental health charity. It was specifically aimed at reducing suicide among LGBT people. There were a lot of local activists there. The morning session was basically talking heads, … Continue reading

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The Cis Gaze at Work

Today The Guardian has an article titled, “Top 10 books about gender identity”. It is written by a cis person, for cis people. Here’s why. Let’s start with that photo, which gets bathrooms wrong in just about every way possible. … Continue reading

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On Adding Diversity to Events

Last night I spotted a tweet from Juliet McKenna linking to this article about the pressure on people to do things for free. Although the article is ostensibly about the tech industry, much of what it says applies to publishing … Continue reading

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Job Security While LGBT, Lack Thereof

Yesterday a story that I have been following for some time finally broke so I am able to talk about it. My friend and colleague (via the Translation Awards), Rob Latham, has been fired from his job as a tenured … Continue reading

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