Eurovision: The Queer World Cup

Conchita Wurst Rose like a Phoenix to Win Eurovision 2014

In 2018, the world was transfixed as a relatively small country beat the odds to face a footballing-mammoth at the World Cup Finals in Russia. While the world gets its fix every four years, we queers are luckier that we get ours every May; it is therefore time to examine the phenomenon that is Eurovision … Read moreEurovision: The Queer World Cup

Recommending ‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness

More Than This by Patrick Ness

A book by a gay for the gays This blog posts contains spoilers and triggers. It is rare that one finds a good example of representation these days, but here it is: a queer book recommendation. Representation that this previous blog post talks about. Too many queer characters these days are forced to suffer or … Read moreRecommending ‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness

The Fight Isn’t Over: European Parliament, LGBTQ+ Rights and the Pink Vote

Kirsten recently wrote a blog piece about queer emancipation in the Netherlands. The main take-away from that piece is that, while the Netherlands has come leaps and bounds in regards to LGBTQ+ tolerance and acceptance, there are still some strides to go. This also goes for other LGBTQ+ friendly states and doubly so for more … Read moreThe Fight Isn’t Over: European Parliament, LGBTQ+ Rights and the Pink Vote

The Unicorn Files – Part 1

The Rainbow Banker As far as first impressions go, Jan de Geus certainly makes his striking. Insanely handsome (think tall, blond and rugged), incredibly intelligent (his linkedin profile lists several degrees) and at the same time approachable and quick to make people feel at ease. It may come across that I have a crush on … Read moreThe Unicorn Files – Part 1

Does LGBTQ+ Representation Matter? Ofc, but it should be about how, not just why.

A recent Guardian article on LGBTQ+ representation came out asking whether LGBTQ+ roles being played by non-queer performers is the queer equivalent of blackface – pinkface, if you will. The article examined the fact that during this awards season, a plethora of LGBTQ+ roles were dominated by non-queer actors (and I use the gender-neutral definition … Read moreDoes LGBTQ+ Representation Matter? Ofc, but it should be about how, not just why.

LGBTQ+ & Academia: different experiences for different people

On the 27th of September there was a panel of three Leiden University staff members that spoke about their experiences being LGBTQ+ and an academic. It was interesting to hear the different stories coming from people working in the same organization. Also one of the speakers had experience working with big companies and shared his … Read moreLGBTQ+ & Academia: different experiences for different people