Author: H Beverley

Would You Like a Living Wage with That?

There is a horribly widespread belief that the people who serve you french fries, sell you tickets at the local multiplex, pour your morning cup of coffee, and ring up your purchases at every high street shop somehow don’t deserve a living wage. Customer service work is generally perceived to …

Piers Morgan isn’t an LGBTQ+ Ally, He Just Played One on TV

During his most recent televised shouting match, Piers Morgan shared the sofa with Dr Michael Davidson, a man who believes that homosexuality is an aberration which can be cured. Morgan dismissed the practitioners of conversion therapy as “Just bigoted people who actually talk complete claptrap and who are, in my view, a …

The Long and Short of it: on Queer Girls and their Hair

Until I was twelve years old, I had waist length hair that adults used to regularly tell me I should never cut. People would always comment on how ‘lovely and long’ my hair was, and my hair was something that other people would always enthusiastically compliment. It was crucial in …

Life in Plastic is Fantastic: Barbie the Unlikely Vlogger

A pretty blonde California girl sitting in her bedroom talking to her camera doesn’t exactly sound like a new and interesting concept for a vlog, but there is something a little different about it when that girl is Barbara Roberts… also known as Barbie. Yes, that Barbie. She has a …

Fidget Spinners: More Than Just a Fad?

If you have a working internet connection or you are acquainted with anybody under the age of ten then you have no doubt heard of and potentially been annoyed by fidget spinners. Like all playground crazes schools have already started banning them but, unlike loom bands or Pokemon cards, fidget …

Shout Out to My Ex

My last long term relationship ended, in 2011, a few weeks before my 20th birthday. I’d had the same boyfriend for the last year and a half. We would spend every weekend together, and I was friends with his mum and his dog. All in all, we were two people …

It’s Been a Real Slice: Disney’s Hercules 20 Years On

Disney’s Hercules was released 20 years ago, placing it right in the middle of the studio’s renaissance. With directorial team Musker and Clements at the helm and music from Alan Menken, it seemed impossible for Hercules not to sit amongst Disney’s most memorable and well regarded features — yet it’s …

Pride and Prejudice and Cishet Intruders

This summer I went to Pride in London for the first time, and, as their ill thought out poster campaign promised, I met more than a few glittery cisgender heterosexuals looking for an excuse to party. When I am entering a queer space that is born out of the marginalisation …

Accio Diversity: Retroactive Representation in Harry Potter

Over the last twenty years I have been certain that I loved Harry Potter, but of late JK Rowling has insisted on complicating our relationship. Recently I have had to mute her on Twitter so clearly the woman who I once thought could do no wrong is testing my patience. …