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February 27th, 2017

09:39 am: Today is my birthday. Woke up in comfy room above pub. Reading and drinking coffee. Off to see the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum.

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February 24th, 2017

09:23 am: Damage report: One fence, one shed window. Fence needed replacing at some point anyway.

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February 18th, 2017

09:26 pm: Today in a change to my plans I'm at home with a cold. Got out for Turkish brunch earlier and some bike repairs and enjoyed phone chat with [personal profile] sfred

Tomorrow I hope to do another edit on my academic journal submission on bisexual experiences of mental health / emotional support services. I presented on this at EuroBiRecon last summer and have also written a piece for Transformations, the publication of PCSR (Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility)
The final part of work I want to do on the subject is create a resource that can inform future training for counsellors and psychotherapists.

As part of my reaction to world events I've recently refreshed our first aid kits, emegency lighting and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and plan to also refresh home firefighting kit. I might well do another wilderness or street medic first aid course.

It's been a busy February as expected.

Yesterday was Leicester LGBT Centre's 40th anniversary conference which I took a day "off" to attend. All of the speakers were excellent, informative and moving, concentrating on trans experience, hate crime and gay & bi Indian and Pakistani men. I was pleased to see many people I didn't already know attend. The DMU Venue worked well. I was aware as is usually the case that the ethnic diversity of the attendees did not match Leicester - it was very white. I hope that continuing to have presentations such as the one from Professor Rusi Jaspal will help attract wider participation.
After the conference I pedalled back to University of Leicester to see Tom Robinson as part of our LGBT history month events who was wonderful and I got to have dinner with him and some friends. We got to speak a little about the bi tent at London LGBT Pride which I helped organise where we welcomed him back to Pride.

I had arranged another speaker earlier in the week, journalist Jane Fae, who spoke about all sorts of current issues of feminism and trans experience. I also got to have curry with her and others afterwards.

We also had a screening of Three Veils which I recommend and the director Rolla Selbak over to talk to us about it and Muslim / Lesbian / Arab-Amercian film making. Turkish food followed (I've been eating out a lot this week). I lived in L.A. for a few years as a kid so enjoyed reconnecting with the place via the film and director. Our host had also read the book I'm currently reading, Islam in Liberalism and it was good to talk about that though I haven't finished it yet.

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January 31st, 2017

11:10 pm: Coming up, involving me, organised by me or stuff I'm likely to be at:

VisitMyMosque Day is taking place on Sunday 5 February 2017.

Bi Book Launch – Purple Prose/ Bi consultation at Derbyshire LGBT+ Derby11-2pm on Sunday 12th February, all welcome to talk Bi’s, Books and have a little Brunch!

Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain Sunday, 12th February 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham.

Three Veils Mon 13 February 2017 17:00 – 19:00 is the feature film début of Rolla Selbak, an Arab American film writer and director. The film consists of three vignettes depicting the experiences of three Muslim women in America, as they struggle with familial and societal expectations about their femininity. The film explores such important topics as arranged marriages, sexual freedom, and homosexuality. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Selbak, chaired by Dr Alberto Fernández Carbajal, leader of the Leverhulme-funded project Queer Diasporas: Islam, Homosexuality and a Micropolitics of Dissent.

Join journalist and Guardian contributor Jane Fae for a discussion of sexuality, feminism and trans experience. Wed 15 February 2017 16:00 – 17:00

Leicester LGBT Centre Conference 2017: Achievements and Challenges for the LGBT+ communities Friday 17th of February 2017

An Evening with Tom Robinson Fri 17 February 2017 17:30 – 19:30

Plus a bisexuals' meetup for after-work ice-cream, a lunchtime get-together in the library to talk about books and other stuff.

Mental health in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Communities: Building resilience. De Monfort University, 28/02/2017 (09:30-16:00)

Gender, Sexuality and Relationship: A journey though our diversity
A taster workshop on working with GSRD in the therapy room
with Grant Denkinson UKCP reg & Emily Hodgkinson UKCP reg on Saturday 8th April 2017


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January 26th, 2017

07:36 pm: Hmmm. The weekend of 4/5 February is not currently booked or pencilled in for time with anyone.

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January 24th, 2017

09:30 pm: Some things I support financially and also in other ways:

Leicester City of Sanctuary is a charity run entirely by volunteers with a range of projects supporting asylum seekers in a variety of ways As well as a monthly donation I've helped with a bicycle project, donating old mobile phones and supporting LGBT asylum seeker events.

The Pink Triangle Trust has been promoting Humanism and LGBT Rights for over 22 years and was formerly close to Galha LGBT Humanists but they had a nasty falling out. I don't get to GALHA stuff often but they remain important to me. I'm also a member of the British Humanist Association (BHA) and the National Secular Society

Liberty campaigns for civil liberties and human rights in the UK and I think put in some great legal and advocacy work.

Amnesty are incredibly well known and important until no longer needed.

Leicester Secular Society - going since 1851. We have our own lovely building. Most recently I organised a speaker from the International Union Of Sex Workers. I'm a regular at the Sunday Assembly that meets at the hall.

I'm in the Vegetarian Society and the Vegan Society (I'm 100% vegetarian, not usually 100% vegan at this time)

I'm in Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) and Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR)

My unions are University and College Union (UCU) and Psychotherapists and Counselling Union (PCU)

Leicester Hackspace have a Crypto Club which I'm enjoying.

Leicester Cycling Campaign Group is a pressure group formed in 2012 to improve conditions for people who cycle in and around Leicester, like me!

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January 22nd, 2017

05:18 pm: This evening I've arranged for Catherine Stephens to speak at Leicester Secular Society on Sex, Politics and Power: the reality of the sex industry, who makes policy and how. (See also International Union Of Sex Workers (IUSW))
Also coming up: me, Kate Harrad and Juliet Kemp representing Purple Prose at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham on Sunday 12th February
A "Brunch with the bis" is being planned for 12th February in Derby too.

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January 11th, 2017

08:41 pm: Tonight I'm home and giving my room a tidy before getting back to the poster I'm putting up at the LGBT+ STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) event I'm going to on Friday
LGBT STEMinar 2017
in Sheffield.
Am tired and want to fit in a haircut and packing since I'll take the train up tomorrow after work.
(I currently work full time doing Open Scholarship and Research Data Management stuff in the University of Leicester Library and as a part-time counsellor / psychotherapist at De Montfort University and in (very quiet right now) private practice.) Most of my poster is planned / written so I just need to put it together. It will be on what bisexual people want from science and what they want scientists to know. I'll probably do a version for bi-community and wider interest too. Since I'm trying to stop filling my time with things to do I won't commit to that.

At UoL we're in the process of tendering for a data repository and a replacement publications repository so my February will be busy with that plus writing advice on Data Management Plans. I have a new collegue with the same job role as me so I hope I'll feel more enthusiastic because I can chat to them.

On Saturday I'm meeting the other counsellors I share the private practice rooms with. The counsellor I used to rent them from died so others have taken on the lease. I'm happy paying a retainer plus per-hour use of the rooms and like the location though I'd prefer better disabled access. I'm having a friend do some email admin for me so I can get my counselling advertising using it going. I was meaning to do it for ages but it was fiddly and I wasn't getting it finished. This is the third person I've tried to hire to do the work. Perhaps it will work out, perhaps not. If it doesn't by Spring I'll re-plan. I've let website and other advertising pile up waiting for working email on the domain I want to use. I need to schedule more supervision sessions now I have a better clue what my calendar looks like. Still keeping the therapy work part-time and enjoying the work and supervision but I'm not sure how sustainable doing two jobs will remain for me.

Not sure what Sunday will bring.

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08:41 am: Any requests for what I might write on Dreamwidth?

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December 31st, 2016

03:49 pm: There seem to be people moving to Dreamwidth from Livejournal as LJ move more physically to Russia. I currently plan to continue to use DW and have posts mirrored to LJ. Anyone think I should not?

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