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Trans+ History Week special: Guest editor Dee Whitnell

Trans+ History Week special: Guest editor Dee Whitnell


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Welcome - to what is for many, your first QueerAF. A huge surge of new readers have joined us this week thanks to Trans+ History Week, I can't wait to be part of Saturday morning routine - with a newsletter that helps you navigate news and content about out community.

It’s been a huge week for us, the UK’s only not-for-profit and regulated LGBTQIA+ publisher. We’ve been on billboards all over the UK, run our first live event with over 200 guests, relaunched our award-winning podcast, picked up support from celebrities, and as the week closes - politicians, who in cross-party action tabled a motion to recognise the first ever Trans+ History Week as a matter of parliamentary record

Everything we do at QueerAF is about ensuring there is a better way for our LGBTQIA+ community to be seen, heard and celebrated in the media - this launchpad project is just the latest of our many initiatives.

Trans+ History Week is our first launchpad project, but it builds on past endeavours like our ARIAS-nominated What The Pox? podcast. 

When we support creatives, we don't just want them to leave with skills, mentoring and support - but solid foundations to succeed as they go forward.

This week alone, we’ve paid, published, and supported over 30 Trans+ creatives to deliver this week’s official content, mentoring and facilitating a team of over 20 LGBTQIA+ volunteers to deliver this humongous achievement. 

For now though, I’ll hand you over to this week’s Trans+ History Week takeover edition, with guest editor Dee Whitnell.

Next week, we'll be back to our usual format - helping you to skip the doomscrolling but understand the LGBTQIA+ news anyway. Be sure to check it out.

Jamie Wareham, QueerAF founder.

Hey, I’m Dee (they/them), founder of UK solidarity campaign Trans Kids Deserve To Grow Up, qualified sex educator, freelance journalist, and an award winning Trans activist. I was also involved with the first ever Trans+ History Week created by Marty Davies and QueerAF - many of you may have seen me on the raffle ticket stand at our first event! This week’s QueerAF is a little different to usual. For my guest edit, instead of lots of news - I’ve brought you a selection of Trans+ History Week’s top content, stories and scoops. I am so proud of the team for pulling Trans+ History Week together. Jamie was at the heart of that - please support QueerAF by upgrading today to help with the great work Jamie does. I’m QueerAF, You’re QueerAF, we’re all QueerAF!

Understand the LGBTQIA+ headlines and keep track of the latest queer content and perspectives.

💬 This week:

  • History of Trans+ sex ed. Sex education in the UK is under review, and with the publication of the Cass Review and the Gender-Questioning Guidance, the landscape is changing once again. For my long-read article for Trans+ History Week I help you understand the long history of Trans+ sex education in this week’s Queer Gaze slot. 
  • Early day motion. Labour MP Kate Osborne marked the first Trans+ History Week with a UK Parlimentary motion to recognize the millennia-old history of transgender, nonbinary, gender diverse and intersex individuals - X/Twitter
  • Trans+ History Week event. The inaugural Trans+ History Week main event went off brilliantly, with over 200 individuals joining for a a live podcast recording of the brand new season of the QueerAF podcast.

Skip the doom scrolling and support queer creatives instead. We are QueerAFand so are you.

  Queer, Transmasc, Nonbinary, Neurodivergent  They/He Dee Whitnell Qualified LGBTQ+ Sex Educator, journalist, author

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