The queer suffragists who fought for women’s right to vote
For the anniversary of a large portion of women securing the right to vote, we take a look at the queer suffragists who made up a large proportion of the activists fighting for equality. Although these women wouldn't have identified with modern terms today, many suffragists were what we would now identify as queer, gender fluid, or transgender. Scholars have dedicated study into this specific area and concluded that it was due largely to these queer desires that propelled their movement forward, seeking autonomy and "freedom of expression".
Read time: 8 minutes
'It's dangerous not to see race': is colour-blind casting all it's cracked up to be?
Armando Iannucci’s Dickens adaptation, The Personal History of David Copperfield, was cast colour-blind – "a practice whereby race isn’t specified or overtly considered during the casting process". Colour-blind casting in theory should lead to better representation on screen, however journalist Diep Tran warns it could be as dangerous as saying 'I don't see race'. The structural inequity in the industry needs to be recognised he argues, not ignored. Instead, critics are increasingly favouring a "colour conscious" casting method, actively acknowledging ethnicity. In this approach, race is an intentional part of the conversation in order to benefit the story.
Read time: 6 minutes
First-ever Tour de Trans sees cyclists take on 1,000 mile challenge to help empower transgender people everywhere
From Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland, the iconic cycle route traces the entire length of Britain. The route, attempted by thousands every year, sees the Tour de Trans kick off this year with non-binary person, Pateon McGuire, and their 17-year-old son, Callum. They are fundraising for trans-support charity Chrysalis and aim to raise awareness for trans issues, using the hashtag #AcrossBritainAcrossGenders. “The response and the support that we’ve received from the larger LGBT+ community has been nothing short of fantastic,” Pateon says. Support the Tour de Trans, click the image below.
Read time: 4 minutes