Can the media invest in real change?
As the glitter settles and the sun sets on what’s been a gloriously gay summer, I’m feeling bittersweet. It’s been great to see so much positive coverage of Pride events across the world, and I’ve enjoyed the BBC and Channel 4’s specially commissioned seasons marking 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Back when I was a gaybie, such a celebration of LGBT life would have been unthinkable, and it blows my mind how much things have changed just in the last 15 years. But there’s a voice inside me that I can’t silence which says it’s all just lip service and that really, not that much has changed at all. Call me cynical, but splashing a rainbow across your front page one day every summer is easy. It’s much harder to actually do something: to invest in c change and stand up for marginalised queers who don’t fit an easy-on-thestraight-eyes narrative every day – not just when gay is trending. I I’m not sure changing the colour of y your masthead actually does anything to help a lesbian who’s been the victim of so-called “corrective” rape, or a bisexual refugee who’s been denied asylum, and I find it insulting that media outlets jump on the bandwagon when Pride rolls into town, while continuing to ignore us every other day of the year. So while I’m all for flying the rainbow flag, and celebrating the progress we’ve made, I’d really like us to move beyond the hollow platitudes and get to work. Because there’s still a helluva lot that needs to be done and I’m tired of waiting around. @Seej