Real Talk. News, views, and opinions about the big stories of the day.
Wherever you are in the world, there’s a lot going on – there’s a lot to keep up with.
Let’s take a look at some of the big stories from an LGBTQ perspective.
As the Coronavirus spreads beyond China, should we be hitting the pandemic panic-button?
Our community knows what it’s like to be devastated by a pandemic, and we know a fair bit about the panic and misinformation that goes along with that. When it comes to the Coronavirus, we probably need to be the adults in the room.
Coronavirus is a family of viral strains. Previously, there were six identified viral strains within the Coronavirus family that were known to infect humans – Sars is one of those. This new strain increases that number to seven.
This type of virus causes respiratory issues for people, leaving patients with pneumonia. About 1-in-4 people infected are likely to face serious health issues because of the virus, although there’s insufficient data to quantify a mortality rate.
The virus has made the jump from animals to humans, and is now able to spread via human to human contact.
This new viral strain has a reproduction number above 1, so it is self-sustaining and isn’t going anywhere soon. Public health actions need to be taken in order to bring the virus under control. No vaccine is available, so reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission is the main focus – that means stopping the movement of people who may have been exposed to the virus.
Stay calm. Stay informed. Let’s be the adults in the room.
The impeachment of the US President is highlighting some of the in-built flaws in the political system of the US. Even if you don’t get to vote in the US elections, it’s hard not to look at what’s going on and question why America has always been so quick to lecture the rest of the world on the importance of democracy. Is this what democracy looks like? Thankfully, Randy Rainbow is always on hand to provide a bit of light relief.
If you’re in London, check out what’s on at Vault Festival. We’ve previewed three shows this week, and they’re all worth checking out.
Be Longing – takes a dystopian look at the complexities of creating a queer family.
Dumbledore Is So Gay – unleashing the queer power of the wizarding world.
Body Talk – putting the body issues of gay men front and centre.
On top of that, Sex/Crime from from Alexis Gregory is currently playing at Soho Theatre. It’s dark, deadly, and delicious.
It’s hard to explain the power of seeing queer characters and queer stories on stage, as part of a major cultural festival. Get out there. Go and see stuff. Support the queer creative people who are putting this stuff on.
It’s a question that every man seems to ask themselves pretty much every time we look in the mirror. It’s a meaningless question, obviously. But given how often we think about our penis, it’s surprising how little most guys seem to know about their dick. Instead of worrying about your size, make sure you know how your penis works. Put some self-education into your self-love.
Series 2 of Merce is now available to watch. Written by Charles Sanchez (who also stars as Merce), it’s a queer comedy that embraces the joy of elaborately choreographed musical numbers inspired by the golden age of Hollywood musicals. Above all, this is entertainment, but Merce also tackles some topical issues for our community, including PrEP, slut shaming, and marriage equality.