ARTS

Trans and non-binary writers to watch

When I decided I wanted to create #Trans, a creative nonfiction anthology, I had one goal in mind: to find as many like-minded trans and nonbinary writers as I could. I’d been working as a freelancer for about three years, focusing mostly in genre fiction, poetry, and nonfiction articles for feminist publications. I’d been accepted […]

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IN THE NEWS

The kidnapped brides of Kyrgyzstan

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me an extremely frightening video from Russian publication In the Now. I watched as young women were being seized in broad daylight from the streets of Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, and thrown into cars. I watched in shock, and it wasn’t long before there were tears streaming […]

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ARTS

5 LGBTQ+ authors you should get excited about

The world is not an easy place to live in if you’re a woman; even less so if you’re a woman of colour (WOC) or part of the LGBTQ+ community. If you’re all of the above then it’s practically impossible to live anywhere on this planet without some form of discrimination or oppression. Unless you’re […]

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GENDER

Gay conversion therapy is still happening

Pray the gay away, ex-gay ministries, and homosexual re-conditioning – all form a deceptive and dangerous homophobic rhetoric masquerading as medical treatment. These therapies claim to rid an individual of their perverse gay ‘demons’; a means to free them to pursue the ‘rightful’ union between man and woman. On paper, these concepts are hard to […]

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GENDER

What does being queer have to do with mental health?

Looking back at the numerous queer/trans people I’ve befriended and spoken to over the years, it’s become staggeringly clear that mental illness is something that occurs a lot within the LGBT+ community. Figures and studies from recent years show that queer people are more likely to experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal feelings […]

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ARTS

Review: You are a badass (unless you’re fat or mentally ill)

Late last year I went through a particularly tough time. Confidence-wise. Motivation-wise. Just about anything-wise. And so, one day, whilst hurriedly doing my last-minute Christmas shopping, the bold words You Are A Badass caught my attention from all the way across the store. These beckoning words came from a bright yellow book, with the words […]

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ARTS

Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a must-watch for all feminists

From a very young age, Bollywood films have always played a huge and pivotal role in my life. I have grown up watching them with my dad, mum, and other family members. I had the world’s largest cassette collection from almost every Bollywood film that was released in the 90’s. I know the lyrics and […]

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GENDER

What we talk about when we talk about trans people

Earlier this year, a professor at my university invited me out to drinks with herself and a visiting scholar. I don’t drink, but I went anyway because I was interested in the visiting scholar’s work on identity in games. When it came time to share what I researched, though, I grew worried. “Transgender representation,” I […]

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GENDER

Being asexual in a sexualised society

Author’s note: The ideas discussed below are subjective and refer to my personal experiences as an asexual individual. They in no way express the experience of every asexual individual but aim to raise awareness of being an asexual in a sexualised society. The act of discussing asexuality is not a new thing, but it’s an […]

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