This June I was struck by the abundance of rainbows all over my social media accounts and their prevalence in advertising campaigns encouraging me to invest my cash in all things rainbow branded. Big businesses and brands are seemingly full of Pride these days. Going to my local supermarket I am informed they are a proud supporter of diversity by the rainbow-hued sign in the car park. I can buy my own LGBT sandwich at Marks & Spencer’s. I can use rainbow branded Listerine to take care of my teeth and gums. Last month the endless stream of rainbow packaged merchandise provided colourful assurance that LGBT+ people have an abundance of corporate support as everyone from booze brands to shoe brands enthusiastically seized on the opportunity to hoist their rainbow flags. We are now, as many brands sought to remind us as they touted their wares, fifty years on from Stonewall (1969) and more than fifty years have passed since riots that preceded it (e.g. Cooper Do-Nuts (1959); Compton's Cafeteria (1966)). In the UK we are fifty-two years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality (1967) and there is certainly much to celebrate both here and in the U.S. when it comes to progress made in the fight for LGBT+ equality.
Image: Hannah Burton/Bustle
I've just had a piece published in Bustle on the queer nostalgia of reading LGBTQ+ YA fiction as an adult. Check it out if you, like me, were a teen of the 90s and if you love reading LGBTQ+ YA and discovering new books as well as reminiscing about old favourites. Remember Judy Blume and Sweet Valley High? Yep, they get a mention.
The article can be found HERE.
Lee Roberts cosplaying as Mr Clever from Doctor Who episode Nightmare in Silver
Image: Juarez Films and Photography
Well, it's been a much busier December than anticipated. With the holidays, a PhD proposal and a chapter for an academic journal to work on, I haven't found as much time for my blog as I had hoped. However, I did have the pleasure of recently of writing for The Mary Sue on Cosplay, Drag and the Transformative Nature of Living Out Your Fandom.
A very happy 2017 to you all.