Love After Lockdown: The first rule of packing club

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In this week’s column the Cheeky Charmer faces the trials and tribulations when learning how to properly pack BY THE CHEEKY CHARMER, IMAGE BY DAINIS GRAVERIS VIA PEXELS I stand up from the restaurant table, the colour draining from my face. My girlfriend clocks my panic, raising a quizzical eyebrow. Leaning over the half-finished surf [….]

Love After Lockdown: The history of my identity

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The Cheeky Charmer looks back on their personal journey through the decades and the steps towards embracing their truth BY THE CHEEKY CHARMER, IMAGE BY KAMPUS PRODUCTION VIA PEXELS 1984: I’m all grass-stained knees and wild eyes like a puppy chasing it’s tail. I’m four and I want to be He-Man when I grow up. And [….]

Asserting my pronouns helped me reclaim my power

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Advocating for myself when it comes to being misgendered has filled me with a rush of self-esteem BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY KATIE RAINBOW Throughout my life I have often put the comfort of others above my own. Whether it is attending events I do not feel safe at, enduring emotional labour when my own [….]

Demi Lovato speaks from the heart about their gender identity journey

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“It’s about keeping it open and free” BY CAITLIN CHATTERTON, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Demi Lovato has shared that their gender identity could evolve in the future, and that “it’s about keeping it open and free”. Speaking to Kate Sosin for The 19th’s Represents Summit, Lovato explained that they were on a lifelong journey with gender. [….]

VIEWS: Conversations around gender identity: are things changing for the better?

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“We all have a responsibility to understand our own privilege and biases” BY ANT JACKSON How we talk about gender has really changed this year. For example, the UK Census truly reflected gender identity for the first time beyond the previous male and female only tick boxes, which formerly excluded trans and non-binary people.   It proved [….]