Queen Of The World Blu Hydrangea talks Stitch, Please!, Drag Race UK and *that* elimination

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Stitch, Please! is out now on BBC iPlayer BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY BBC/WADDELL MEDIA/PRESS EYE LTD Returning to the Drag Race franchise for the first-ever international All Stars in the form of Drag Race UK vs The World, Belfast-based Blu Hydrangea brought vigour, skill and precision, winning both the competition and our hearts after [….]

Anne Lister Birthday Week: An Anne Lister Birthday Bash!

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Anne Lister Birthday Week is taking place 2-9 April 2022. In true Anne style, get it in your diary! BY JANET LEA, AUTHOR OF THE GENTLEMAN JACK EFFECT: LESSONS IN BREAKING RULES AND LIVING OUT LOUD, IMAGE BY ANNE LISTER BIRTHDAY WEEK In 2019, Sally Wainwright’s Anne Lister leapt off that Gentleman Jack stagecoach and [….]

Trans Activism UK has arranged a mass demo outside the BBC this weekend

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“The trans community deserve a full, genuine apology from the BBC as well as evidence of a commitment to doing better, going forward” BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY EHIMETALOR AKHERE UNUABONA VIA UNSPLASH 2021 was the deadliest year for the global trans community since records began. This stark information shows the need for the continued [….]

Trans Day Of Remembrance: The cost of anti-trans media

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On Saturday, 150 trans people and their allies held a vigil outside BBC TV Centre in London BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY TRANS MEDIA WATCH Last week marked the annual observances of Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day Of Remembrance. Many activists called for us to “mourn the dead and fight like hell for the [….]

BBC quits Stonewall Diversity Champions programme in the wake of anti-trans article

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The Diversity Champions programme helps companies to promote LGBTQIA workplace equality BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY PIXABAY The BBC has announced its departure from the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme following recent controversies surrounding its coverage of LGBTQIA issues. It follows Channel 4 and Ofcom, reflecting internal concerns over its ability to remain impartial. The Stonewall [….]

Mae Martin joins protest against BBC’s “misinformed” anti-trans article

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The non-binary comedian and actor who co-wrote and starred in Feel Good joined London protestors BY CAIT FINDLAY, IMAGE BY BEX WADE VIA INSTAGRAM On Saturday 6 November, Martin and a crowd of 80-100 trans people and allies gathered outside the London headquarters of the BBC. Similar protests have been held in major cities across [….]

Trans Media Watch calls for investigation into transphobic BBC article

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The organisation points to poor standards of BBC journalistic practice BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY PIXABAY Trans Media Watch, a charity dedicated to improving media coverage of trans and intersex issues, has called for an investigation into a transphobic article published yesterday by the BBC. Claiming that lesbians are being pressured into sex by “some [….]