Author: H Beverley

Time’s Up for Performative Allyship

At the 75th Golden Globes award ceremony, almost every single guest in attendance was wearing black. Supposedly, the choice of hue was more than a simple fashion statement, and was actually a display of solidarity against the culture of misogyny, abuse and sexual assault that has been allowed to run …

Should We Separate the Art From the Artist?

It’s amazing to see survivors finally being able to come forward and name their abusers. It’s even more incredible to see fellow survivors being believed and action being taken against their assailants. However, each new #MeToo story that emerges where the accused is a prominent actor, musician or writer brings with it an …

Rent: La Vie Boheme and Palatable Revolutions

Rent opened on Broadway in 1996 to much critical acclaim, and boasts numerous awards including, but not limited to, a Pulitzer and several Tony’s. Rent first entered my own life through the far less celebrated 2007 production dubbed ‘Rent Remixed’. I was 16,  a massive musical theatre geek, and slowly coming to terms …

LGBT People Deserve Dating Shows

Ten years ago I was about to turn sixteen and trying to come to terms with the nuances of my own queerness. While I was grappling with my own identity, MTV was airing A Shot at Love. The show followed both women and men competing in a series of challenges to …

Should We Name and Shame Abusers on Social Media?

A few years ago, my friend’s and I crowded into the toilet cubicle at a pub that we all frequented and wrote a list of names on the wall. Our toilet graffiti was finished with a heading “list of men to avoid” — an idea ripped from the pages of …

In the Flesh: Not Your Average Zombie Show

Kieren Walker, from the tragically short lived BBC3 show In the Flesh, is quite possibly the TV character who made me feel the most seen. Keiren represented parts of me in a way that was almost uncomfortable to acknowledge  — this is where I have to interject and reassure you …

Ask a Mortician: Putting the Fun in Funeral

It might sound horribly morbid, but I am filled with curiosity about funerals and the ways that we choose to remember and memorialise our dead. I haven’t quite started carefully crafting a Pinterest board filled with coffins and shrouds and suitably mournful bouquets, but my funeral and the arrangements surrounding my death …

How My Nipple Piercings Helped Me Learn to Love My Boobs

I was an early bloomer. When I was ten years old and already filling out a bra, my breasts felt like something that didn’t really belong to me. With boobs came a perceived maturity that I was forced to wear across my chest. I was still a child but the …

Being Queer Without Beer

We live in a culture where binge drinking is standard practice. We are expected to imbibe on dates, when we’re hanging out with friends, and in order to bond with our coworkers. Alcohol is often unavoidable when navigating the social landscape of a young person in Britain. However it’s even more difficult to avoid …