Category Archives: safety for marginalised groups

BOOKSHOP STORIES.PART 2. RE-INVENTION. A MEDITATION. BY STEVEN BENSON.

And so I repaired(being the word), once more, to the newly re-invented, struggling treasure-trove of a bookshop (with café:)). It wasn’t term time but the café was twentyfold busier than its host bookshop. It had become a weekly joy(tinged with … Continue reading

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BOOKHOPS=SAFE SPACES.QUEER/GAY LIBRARY. BY STEVEN BENSON.

In homage, and with affection, to my dear friend Michael:). Michael said bookshops were “safe spaces” for him;and, I thought, they are safe for me too. Here is one https://towardsutopia.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/creating-my-own-spring-psychogeography-in-action-by-steven-benson/ To (re) coin some fruity (!) images, they are island/oases … Continue reading

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I MEET MY HERO, JEREMY CORBYN(EXPANDED VERSION).I AM HAPPY(YET SAD) BY STEVEN BENSON.

And, so it seemed I emerged from a dark tunnel of 2 months’ anxiety into LIGHT. The “Village Hall” was, actually, an old gymnasium, redolent of a GDR-style(now) redundant building, with its concrete and steel; wholly functional, with no decoration. Somewhat … Continue reading

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({self}NARRATIVE)POINTS OF VIEW;AND “NECK”. FOR LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP. WORDCOUNT C 250.BY STEVEN BENSON

POINTS OF VIEW 1. My/your OWN,individual (self) narrative; mediated by: 2. The interface/interference of heteronormative assumptions. 3. “I am gay”, I SAY{“deal with it”}; they say: “You are always going on about being gay”. POINTS of view, some oppressive and … Continue reading

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THE DAY I MET DAI DONOVAN.BY STEVEN BENSON.

{Dai Donovan was the miner who liaised most with  the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners(LGSM) Group during their financial and emotional support to the 1984 Miners’ Strike; he was from the Dulais Valley lodge, near Abertawe/Swansea. In the film, … Continue reading

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MANAGING THE THE DISCONTINUITIES AND POSITIONALITIES OF LGBTQ EXPERIENCE. BY STEVEN BENSON.

There are : 1.Lgbt people who want to know about their inheritance/the fight for equal legal rights; possibly, even to theorize about it! 2.Lgbt people/queers who want to go BEYOND the lgbt/queer binary and explore lgbt studies/history AND Queer Theory. … Continue reading

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MINI-POST:STRUGGLING TO CREATE WITHIN/ALONGSIDE THE GAPS/TO MAKE THE GAPS IN THE HEGEMONY: VIA FORM AND VIA WRITING(AND READING!),OPENLY AS A GAY MAN.BY STEVEN BENSON

I feel as if I am in a nearly constant struggle to MAKE safe space(for me and anyone else who claims it as their right) within or alongside hegemonies(or outside them; separatist; CONTROVERSIAL), and the heterosexist, heteronormative,sometimes  (homo-)homophobic world. {Homo-homophobia-quite … Continue reading

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QUESTIONS TO PONDER ON GAY/QUEER WRITING, AND WRITING IN GENERAL.INFORMED BY ROBERT GLUCK AND NEW NARRATIVE.BY STEVEN BENSON

1. “how to be a theory-based writer and represent myself as a gay man”(Robert Gluck, “Long Note on New Narrative”,); questions with which I, myself, am still struggling; and the first of which could also well relate to cross/multi(therefore queer … Continue reading

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YES, we have a culture and history -and future: An LGBTQ MANIFESTO. BY STEVEN BENSON

Inspired by the performance “Keep it Proud”, at LIPA, 4.4.14,a  combination of lgbtq history, celebration; and a worthwhile attempt at community cohesion   FLEE the Disavowal….. EMBRACE Lgbt Gay Queer (Sub) Culture….. You don’t have to like ALL of it. … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS AND LINKS:INTRA-DIALOGICALITY; THE CONSTRUCTION OF MASCULINITY;FEMININE ECRITURE AND ECRITURE CUIR; AND “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS”(USED PEJORATIVELY).BY STEVEN BENSON

Where to start? Events and books prompt these thoughts/links; and reading “In One Person”(Irving, 2012). …………………………………… To define: 1.INTRA-DIALOGICALITY. The internal dialogue, in each of us-sometimes leading to cognitive dissonance, sometimes an acceptance of the different strands of the self/selves- … Continue reading

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