Category Archives: Sexuality

Nicky Morgan: the Minister for Equalities who doesn’t believe in LGBT equality

You might currently be experiencing an odd sense of deja vu. That’s because I wrote a post with a very similar title to this – Nicky Morgan: the Minister for Women who doesn’t believe in equality for all women – … Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan: the Minister for Women who doesn’t believe in equality for all women

Ok, let’s start with a very short bit of modern history. The UK government role of Minister for Women and Equality was created in 2007 (superseding the previous role of Minister for Women). The position was renamed Minister for Women … Continue reading

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Do straight people still need straight bars?

Let me guess. If you’re straight, you’re currently thinking to yourself, “What’s a straight bar?” Well, allow me to explain. A straight bar is a bar which is probably (but not always) owned and run by straight people. The employees … Continue reading

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Today, the UK government have confirmed Alan Turing’s “guilt”

Alan Turing – one of the most remarkable minds of the twentieth century; developer in the 1930s of the mathematical concept of a Universal Machine, the theoretical blueprint for the device on which you are reading this – has been … Continue reading

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What if social anxiety isn’t a disorder?

The BBC news website has a big article about social anxiety disorder, with specific reference to Christmas. It’s illustrated, of course, with one of those unintentionally hilarious photos that features editors love so much: a woman in a beige jacket … Continue reading

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Some brief comments on Tom Daley’s announcement

Some things I want to say about Tom Daley’s announcement today.

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Restricting access to pornography: principled and practical reasons why I object

This post is arriving ridiculously late, but – at some point now lost in the mists of time (OK, a week ago today) – the UK government announced their intention to require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to … Continue reading

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I don’t think Alan Turing should be pardoned. This is why.

Alan Turing, if you need a quick primer, was a British mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. In 1936 he published a paper, On computable numbers with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem, which – with its theoretical model of a ‘Universal … Continue reading

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Marriage equality in Scotland

This week, the Scottish Government published the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, which, if enacted, will extend the right to marry to same-sex couples in Scotland. I thought I’d mention it, since the UK (i.e., English) media seem to … Continue reading

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Things Archbishop Welby believes in: straight-only marriage and feudalism

His Grace The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Portal Welby, by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England– …and breathe… –has spoken in public twice this week. The two utterances have given a disturbing insight into … Continue reading

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