Shared Post: How to be British — Totally Random

I’m British, and I fully support the idea of everyone in the world being just a little bit more British.

Hi guys! Happy Saturday! I hope you’ve had a Greaaat week! Hands up who’s excited for the weekend (or just imagine you’re raising your hand if you’re too lazy busy like me 😀 ) *Ping! Ping! Ping! Whoa! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It’s 7 BILLION hands!!* Haha! I knew it! […]

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Shared Post: The LGBTQ community needs to talk about polyamory — The Queerness

Stephanie Farnsworth argues why the community needs to start being inclusive towards polyamorous queer people.

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Choices

One of the criticisms often levelled at bisexuals from some other groups within the LGBT+ community concerns choice. It’s the same argument often put forward by religious conservatives, among others. The argument goes that bisexuals can choose whether to be gay/lesbian or straight. Those critics within the LGBT+ community insist that we’re playing, or that we’re afraid to fully come out of the closet. Those on the other side of the fence think our very existence is proof that they were right all along, and that homosexuality is an avoidable “sin”.

“The only choice is between self-liberation and self-oppression.”

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In A Heartbeat

OK, I admit it, I cried a little at the end. Watch it with the sound on – there’s no talking but the soundtrack really adds something.

Also, thought for the day*: What part(s) of the LGBT+ community do they represent? Could you make changes that would improve the representation?

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*this thought for the day thing is so teachery

Shared Post: Addiction and the LGBT+ Community

This is a thorough look at the issues of addiction in the LGBT+ space, some of the reasons why it might occur, why it might go unrecognised/untreated and what you can do to help.

TW: Drug and Alcohol abuse, suicide, depression, self harm. Addiction. It’s something that nobody likes to talk about. We often shy away from the subject as no matter your attitude towards addicts, it’s a controversial one. For some, it’s better to stay ignorant until it affects you directly – which it never would, right? However, […]

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Shared Post: Changing Telling into Showing

The old advice of “show don’t tell” is really important. This is a great little post about reducing the number of “telling” sections and swapping them for “showing”.

“Show don’t tell” is probably the most commonly given advice in writing. So why is it so important?

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Fiction: Morning Conversation

I sat in the compartment alone until after we pulled out of Bristol Temple Meads. It was early, the light just creeping across the July sky, turning fields and towns first grey then hazy pink. The distant puff and chuckle of the engine, combined with the rhythmic beat of the tracks below almost lulled me back to sleep, my eyelids drooping pleasantly as I watched the light English drizzle spatter the car window. The vague scent of tobacco that lingered in the fabric of the seats reminded me of my father, a man I admired, looked up to and emulated, following him first into the air force, then into civilian life as an accountant.

If there was one man who never showed me an ounce of kindness, it was my father.

“He would have his hair cut or he would find another job.”

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Internalised Fear of Anal Sex

“Right, we need to talk about anal sex,” she said, looking very uncomfortable. There were a few giggles that went unacknowledged. “It’s dangerous. That… area… is designed for things to come out of, not go into. It’s also dirty.”

Incongruously, the smell of fresh baking drifted on the air. This was, after all, the cookery department.

Her face was already red, so she simply added, “Up until quite recently it was also illegal.”

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Shared Post: Biphobia in Fiction

Using specific examples from YA fiction, this post deals with a lot of the stereotypes around fictional bisexual characters and why they’re not OK to perpetuate.

Welcome back to another Trope Tuesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by A.J. @ Lacy Literacy where we discuss a specific trope and decide: yes, indifferent, or throw it off a cliff? Today I’m going to be talking about something near and dear to my heart: biphobia in YA. (TW: biphobia, slut-shaming, brief discussion […]

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Quick Thoughts: Fragrance in Fiction

Smell is one of the most often overlooked senses in fiction, yet it can be one of the most powerfully evocative if used well. Including the scents present in a scene can be used to add texture, depth and even personality.

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