Well, at the grand old age of 24 it looks like I’m finally going to get braces. Nope, not to hold my trousers up, but to straighten my teeth out.

Better late than never, right?

Today marks the beginning of the end of my quest to rid myself of 18th century like nashers and to sport a Julia Roberts smile. Something I didn’t think possible, but something I’ve fought for for longer than I care to remember.

But remember I shall, as I promise to tell the story of a goofy young boy who very much should have had braces at the age of 11, like everyone else, but for reasons still a little foggy, didn’t, and who is now, in adulthood, having to share an Orthodontic waiting room with children watching cBeebies to get his face fixed.

It’s been an emotional ride my dear readers, but that’s nothing compared to what’s to come, I’m sure.

For now, I’m going to try not to pick the elastic bands that have been stuck between my back teeth and instead eat as much crusty bread as I can find before I’m no longer able to!


House of Suarez rock Manchester

Queer Contact and House of Suarez staged a Vogue Ball straight out of Paris Is Burning at Manchester’s Gorrilla the other night and it was glitter on toast!

For those that aren’t familiar with Jennie Livingston’s acclaimed documentary, Paris Is Burning, depicting New York “Vogue Balls,” they were a place where (predominantly) Black street kids from all corners of the LGBT spectrum would come together, in community halls and disused clubs, to don their best (stolen) garb and strut that runway like the models in Paris. True eleganza, genuine realness, pure fabulousness.

Manchester in 2015 may be a different place than NYC in 1980s, but those kids werqin it on the runway took me to somewhere holy, and it wasn’t church. Young, bendy and fierce-as-fuck, these kids were the definition of performance art.

House of Suarez, House of Cards and other dance/performance groups competed in categories and then for the title of Best Overall House.

I can’t remember who won what because the beer was cheap and I was on fire, but it was fierce – I can tell you that much.

Well done to all involved (and thanks to everyone that posted their snaps, because you made my photo editing job way easier!)

Long reign House of Suarez.


1st National Festival of LGBT History 2015

This Valentines’ Weekend Manchester plays host to the first ever National Festival of LGBT History. How romantic, ‘eh?

The festival is spread over the coming week, with the majority of events, theatre performances, talks and tours happening over the weekend. Centred around Manchester Central Library on Valentines’ Day itself and over at The People’s History Museum on the Sunday, the festival boasts a schedule filled with everything from family friendly activities through to sex and scandal on the stage!

Now, I could go all Foucault on your arse and say that the notion of an “LGBT History,” is inherently problematic yadayadayada, but it looks like a great excuse to talk about gayness in Central Library (as if I needed an excuse…) so quit ya problematising and pull up a chair.
Highlights from the festival schedule:

A Very Victorian Scandal, a drama in three parts (Patron: Russell T Davis)
Via Fossa, Canal Street, Friday
Manchester Central Library, St, Peter’s Square Saturday 
The People’s History Museum, Spinningfields, Sunday
FREE ticketed event

Stephen Boyce’s diversity lessons for children + his ‘how to do diversity lessons’ lessons
Manchester Central Library, St, Peter’s Square Saturday 
The People’s History Museum, Spinningfields, Sunday


Lesbian and Gay Foundation Archive Tours

Archives+ at Manchester Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Saturday
Peter Tatchell’s Commonwealth Homophobia and our colonial legacy, a lecture
The People’s History Museum, Spinningfields, Sunday