Hoist the colours – LGBT History Month at Oxford’s colleges

Image description: A pride flag flies above Balliol College. Image credit: Balliol College Facebook page For the first time, Balliol College is flying a pride flag for LGBT History Month in its entirety. This has followed something of a prolonged battle between past student representatives and the college’s powers-that-be. To many students within and without […]

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‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ – Appreciating LGBTQ+ representation in fiction podcasts

Image description: Player characters from The Adventure Zone: Balance. Image credit: “The Adventure Zone” by Nicholas Kole is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0  Like many of my peers, I’m hungry for queer stories that aren’t exclusively about being queer. Coming-of-age and romance stories, while great on their own terms, are not my favourite genres, and I have little hope […]

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India’s Third Gender

Image: Hijras in Laxman Jhula. Image credit: “Hijras in Laxman Jhula” by Quixosis is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 India has a complex relationship with the trans community. Historically, trans people have occupied a unique space in rituals; yet they still fight for basic human rights today. Many people in the West are not aware of India’s intersex and […]

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Self Qare: Why we need queer-centric mental health initiatives

Images: Publicity graphics posted by @interunilgbt on Instagram.  Image credit: Charmaine Kok I’ve always resented the feeling that my existence is a political act. Coming out is a white-hot kind of dangerous in an environment where allegiances can be very efficiently defined by terms like ‘pro-gay’, ‘ex-gay’ or (heaven forbid) ‘a practising gay’. When your […]

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‘A hotbed of aggressive transphobia’ or ‘Philosophy in the Bookshop’

Image Description: Naomi Wolf. On Thursday, Blackwell’s hosted a ‘Philosophy in the Bookshop’ talk with Naomi Wolf to promote her new book Outrages. Her recently-published work explores the life and work of John Addington Symonds, a queer English poet who fought for gay rights through persistent expression of his homoerotic experience, and more poignantly, tormented […]

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