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Nine Worlds; or What I Did On My Holiday

So a weekend with activities scheduled across 34 rooms and two hotels what did I manage to do? I went to items in seven rooms (eight if you include my Bedroom which wasn't officially on the schedule and my only activity there was sleeping and showering).

At the first draft programme I thought I'd be spending most my time in the games room. Nope. That didn't happen at all.

Nine Worlds: Queertastic

My blogging about Nine Worlds is, I think, going to be in two parts. The other part will focus on "What I did on my holidays", but this will focus on something I'm struggling to give name to.

Gay vs Human


Sat alone at the bar.
Justifying his presence with a glass of coke.

Sat alone at the bar.
Escaping a 'culture' he's been told he should love.

Sat alone at the bar.
Nervously talking with the other customer.

Sat alone at the bar.
Awaiting bands promised, not fitting in The Scene.

Sat alone at the bar.
Feeling pathetic, draining the glass and gone.

Sat alone on the train.
Travelling home early, excluded and alone.

Two very different 'bomb threats'

Eugh... what can I say. To go with the threats of rape, abuse and violence that female journalists and activists are experiencing, . Hadley Freeman, one of the journalists targeted by this threat has been quoted as saying:

Social Media and Abuse

This weekend was a lot of furore over the online abuse received by women who dare to raise their head and pronounce a political opinion. Caroline Criado-Perez (), who had spearheaded the campaign to have a woman on the British £10 note, received rape threats and abuse because of this campaign. Conversation turned to how to deal with it, and a Report Abuse button quickly became the idea that people rallied behind... Or didn't.

Liverpool Pride: Dilemma

A couple of days ago I got an email inviting me to an afternoon and evening of fun and games. I turned it down because I already had something else planned - Liverpool Pride. Now in its fourth year, Liverpool Pride does hold a place in my heart as feeling like a real community event.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013: some thoughts

17th July 2013 saw the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013 receive royal assent and become the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Woohoo! Wild dancing and extreme happiness...

Marshalled List of Amendments for 17th June Lords Committee Stage Debate

This post is just to track the amendments which will be discussed in the Lords Committee Stage Debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2013 on 17th June 2013. and .

Equal Marriage and Religious protection

One of the key concessions having to be made in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is the provision of protections for religious organisations who want to continue to discriminate against same-sex couples. One of the things being done therefore is altering the Equality Act 2010 to exempt services from having to provide equal service to those same-sex couples who want a marriage.


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