Being yourself on ‘National Coming Out Day,’ whatever that means

Image Credit: Wikipedia The 11th of October was National Coming Out Day. It’s not ‘Coming Out Day,’ it’s ‘National Coming Out Day.’ That added word represents the way straight culture has stolen the day from the LGBTQ+ community. The well-intentioned epithet ‘National’ reflects the challenges queer people face because their sexual identity has become a […]

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It’s time we rethink labels

Are labels a useful way to identify, or an archaic way of preventing people to really explore their sexuality and gender identity? Having discomfort in your sexuality or experiencing gender dysphoria can be significantly damaging to an individual’s mental health. Labels can potentially provoke this if they force someone to try and find an identity […]

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Perspectives: Isabella

The Oxstu investigates the lives of LGBT people in Oxford, one story at a time.   Isabella is a second year at St Peter’s College. She first realised she was bisexual when she was young, and started coming out around two years ago. Being at Catholic school was probably one of the reasons I didn’t […]

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Fury as councillors insult LGBTQ community and the homeless

Two Oxford councillors have come under heavy fire this week for comments insulting the LGBTQ community and the homeless. John Tanner, Labour Councillor for Littlemore, branded Oxford’s homeless “a disgrace”, while Julia Gasper, a parish councillor currently affiliated with the English Democrats and previously UKIP, posted a picture of Jimmy Savile to commemorate LGBTQ History […]

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We’re here, we’re (not) queer, get used to it: Straightwashing in Hollywood

Amidst news of Scarlett Johansson’s casting as Major Motoko in Ghost in the Shell, many news outlets took an opportunity to begin a productive discussion about the problem of whitewashing in Hollywood. Less discussed, however, is Hollywood’s similar problem with ‘straightwashing’. The old adage holds that to make it in Hollywood, one has to ‘play […]

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Oxford alumna claims university is complicit in LGBT ‘paedophile movement’

On 23 February, Dr Julia Gasper, a Somerville College alumna and noted anti-LGBTQ activist, engaged in a Twitter dispute with the Oxford University Social Sciences Division. In the online exchange, Gasper attacked the Bodleian Social Science Library (SSL) for tweeting a photo of various LGBTQ-related texts intended to demonstrate the department’s support for LGBT History Month, which is […]

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