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 : 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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