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What Crash Bandicoot taught me about internalised misogyny

As a child I loved being called a tomboy. Before the age of 12 I refused to wear dresses or skirts unless I absolutely had to (my aunt’s wedding, for example). I ran and shouted and traded Pokémon cards with my male cousins and little sister. What no-one called my rejection of all things feminine […]

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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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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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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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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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The changing social status of India’s hijra community

The Trump administration’s regressive challenge to transgender rights, through trying to curtail US students’ freedom to use a bathroom of their choosing, isn’t just a setback in American politics. It’s a prominent reminder that from nation to nation, the fight to end discrimination continues. In India, trans communities have a renowned history. Hijra, roughly translating […]

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Challenging the need to come out in a heterosexual society

The act of coming out enforces heteronormative systems of classification that reduce gender and identity into a normal/not normal dichotomy. This isn’t good enough, writes Rhianna Goozee “Why the hell can’t society stay out of my happiness and stop tarring it with its own concerns that really have nothing to do with me or my […]

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Starting out with self-care for gender minorities

Most of the time when we think about self-care we think of fluffy Tumblr posts about drinking green tea and taking a lot of baths. And while there’s nothing wrong with those tips for feeling better (each to their own!), self-care for gender minorities is a thing that is a little more complex than that. […]

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On masculinity, sexuality, and inequality in India

The problem Indian society has with women is complex and firmly embedded within cultural norms. In working towards change we need to untangle what it means to be masculine in India, writes Rupinder Dhaliwal India has suffered from a long history of gender inequality but sadly this remains very much an issue today. Female infanticide, […]

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I’m transitioning into a transphobic world. Here’s how it’s going

Being a minority in modern day Britain can be tough. You face transphobia, homophobia, biphobia and heteronormativity/cisnormativity on every level. Because of this, it’s understandable that coming to terms with your identity in a society that still praises those who fit the mould can be quite the challenge – and it can take a serious […]

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