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De­mand­ing bet­ter from politi­cians and the me­dia

As we ap­proach Pride sea­son, it’s likely the Great Bri­tish Me­dia, which nor­mally ig­nores our ex­is­tence, will be sat­u­rated with rain­bow flags, cheer­ing on the gays as we em­bark on a he­do­nis­tic sum­mer of wild aban­don. And so it should. When het­eropa­tri­archy rains on your pa­rade for 364 days a year, it’s only right our lit­eral pa­rade is given some at­ten­tion. But while Pride gen­er­ates a con­sid­er­able amount of me­dia in­ter­est, it’s of­ten lit­tle more than lip ser­vice, and it tends to ben­e­fit a cer­tain kind of gay. You know, those rich white ones. Mean­while, the rest of us con­tinue our lives in the shad­ows, sub­ject to ridicule and hate, and the var­i­ous rea­sons we march are white­washed or ig­nored al­to­gether. I don’t think that’s good enough. Our lives are rich and di­verse all year round – not just dur­ing Pride month – and we de­serve more than their scraps. So if your favourite news­pa­per or web­site isn’t do­ing enough for its LGBT read­ers, let them know. Send them a tweet, or a let­ter if you’re old-fash­ioned like me. If they’re in breach of me­dia codes, com­plain to the rel­e­vant body. And if you’re still not sat­is­fied, take your money, your clicks and your eye­balls else­where. Be proud, stand tall, and de­mand more from your me­dia. We’re worth it. @Seej

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