We exist and our children deserve visibility

We exist and our children deserve visibility

For the last few months I have been following the awful protests against the No Outsiders programme, which was created in 2014 by Andrew Moffat, the assistant head teacher at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham. I shared my views quite frequently on Twitter, but due to my studying schedule I hadn't put down how I felt in a blog post, until now. To bring you up to speed, The No Outsiders programme is an informative programme that aims to teach children about the characteristics protected by the Equality Act. The books include stories…continue reading →
Why Gay Pride is so important

Why Gay Pride is so important

On Saturday June 28, 1969 a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich village of Manhattan, New York City, prompted protests by the Gay community. A year later Chicago Gay Liberation organised a march for the LGBT community to protest treatment of the minorities within the LGBTQ+ community and to also show pride in how they identified. Since this first march, Gay Pride events have been held all over the World, allowing the LGBTQ+ community to show pride in their identity, but also to protest the prejudice still being shown against…continue reading →
It’s a YES – Marriage Equality

It’s a YES – Marriage Equality

For the last few months we've followed the news surrounding the Australian postal survey on Marriage Equality. On 9 August 2017, the Treasurer, under theĀ Census and Statistics Act 1905, directed the Australian Statistician to collect and publish statistical information from all eligible Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll, about their views on whether or not the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. - Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey It was incredibly baffling to us how in 2017 a survey needed to be taken just to see if people felt…continue reading →
Exile – LGBTQ Exhibition, Kingston Lacy

Exile – LGBTQ Exhibition, Kingston Lacy

Last year we became National Trust members. Just after our decision to join there was anĀ  announcement that they were going to explore LGBTQ heritage of Kingston Lacy as part of the Prejudice and Pride programme, 50 years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. As Kingston Lacy is our local National Trust site, we were incredibly honoured when we were contacted to attend the exhibition and to be filmed sharing our thoughts on what we viewed. Exile is an emotive exhibition that raises awareness about the tragic history surrounding William John Bankes, a…continue reading →
His response tops mine

His response tops mine

One of the most frequently asked questions we received when M was born was "how will you cope with questions about his dad?". Being new parents we had our own ideas of ways to respond. Explaining he doesn't have a dad, he has a donor and that to be honest it's quite a personal question that shouldn't just be blurted out on first meeting. But over the last 5 years we've adapted to questions in our own ways. Sometimes the questions come with genuine sincere curiosity, sometimes they are out of the blue…continue reading →
Further than ever before

Further than ever before

If you follow us on social media you will probably have seen the images we've shared of us all suited and booted recently, for my cousin's wedding. We both agree that it's the most comfortable we've felt in our body's for a long time. We are finally feeling that we have managed to become the healthiest we have ever been as adults. We have made no secret of our healthy lifestyle changes and weight loss journey. We are both still attending Slimming World and I am still listening to my Thinking Slimmer slimpods…continue reading →
Is this the right toilet?

Is this the right toilet?

When I was 19 I asked my dad to shave my head. I wanted a new hairstyle and decided a shaved head was the style for me. It wasn't a huge statement, or a form of rebellion, I was just experimenting with my style and at the time, I quite enjoyed not having to do my hair in the mornings. From the moment I shaved my head I was treated differently. Sideways glances, comments under people's breath's and even comments directed right at me. But something that always stuck with me most from…continue reading →
The visibility we desire

The visibility we desire

A few weeks ago as I was scrolling through Facebook a sponsored status caught my eye. It was an image of two people in, and by a pool with a little boy. On first glance I would have taken them as a family because I knew they were a family. Because it was my family on the page, right in front of me. Airbnb had chosen to work with us on a campaign about different types of family holiday makers. It was a campaign we wanted to work on because it helped us…continue reading →
Family memories to treasure

Family memories to treasure

Back in March we were sent to Lanzarote for the weekend to take part in a photo shoot for an Airbnb campaign. It was a whirlwind break and was packed full of moments I am sure we will never forget. One of the days we worked from morning until early evening travelling across the island to get the required shots. It was surreal at times as despite being part of a couple of other marketing campaigns, this was our first outside of a studio/home. We are always truly grateful for any opportunity our…continue reading →
Which of you does he prefer?

Which of you does he prefer?

So which of you does he prefer? Odd question for a friend or family member to ask, it could possibly be a question I wasn't fussed about if it was reworded slightly and asked by my bff. But even then I would be a bit what the?! But imagine being asked that by a medical professional and not one but two, on two separate occasions. Not the exact wording twice, but very similar. Throw in a "so which of you is his mum?" and you have a set of questions guaranteed to put…continue reading →