The standards and regulations applied to broadcasting in the UK are fundamentally flawed when it comes to LGBTQ+ (and other minority) representation and portrayal. How do we change things?
Talking Berena on Lesbian Visibility Day
Donning scrubs and a Holby hoodie to talk about Berena at Fantastic 2019.
Holby trying to get its house in order?
We had some good news in our efforts to engage the BBC on the topic of the representation of women-loving women this week: the corporation's CEO, Tim Davie, responded to an email sharing our open letter, with assurances that it would be read by senior members of the production team, and a response would be … Continue reading Holby trying to get its house in order?
If ‘trust is the foundation of the BBC’, it’s on shaky ground
BBC policy on mail handling does not prevent mail being hand delivered to the gate – and advice on handling protests suggests a BBC security representative makes themselves available to hear grievances.
Conversations with Hogi
This week, I made my debut on Conversations with Hogi, the podcast put together by Mama Koogs Arts. Over the course of about 45 minutes, we talked about our attempts to engage with the BBC over Berena and Holby City, and about different perspectives on wlw audiences. My thanks to Hogi and Katie for asking … Continue reading Conversations with Hogi
Clowning around at Elstree
As you'll already know if you follow me on Twitter, I went to Elstree today in order to deliver the open letter, signed by 280 people, asking the BBC to engage with us over the hurt caused to a number of viewers, queer and straight alike, by Holby City episodes in December.
Call for submissions
The second issue of Sapphic Angst Fest is happening! See flyer for info about the theme and submission deadline
‘Sapphic Angst Fest’ features in Broken Pencil magazine
Following its win in the Best Fanzine category at the 2018 Broken Pencil Zine Awards, Sapphic Angst Fest has got a one-page write-up in the latest issue of Broken Pencil. It includes the comments of judge Cole Pauls, who felt the zine was "culturally so important".
BBC shies away from ‘representation’ in response to Berena complaint?
Having this week seen the BBC’s response to a Berena fan’s complaint about the handling of the storyline in the latter part of 2018, the importance of getting the BBC to engage with us is clear.
First, Do No Harm
Looking at the key aspects of the relationship between LGBTQ audiences and programme makers, in an attempt to highlight their specificities, where things may have gone wrong in this instance, and how this might be avoided in future.