It’s Fred again. (@iffybiro & @fredashleighthornton)

The first same sex relationship I ever saw was a kiss between two characters in ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. I must have been about six or seven years old. I was scandalized. My mum didn’t know any LGBTQ+ people at this time in our lives and it was the first time I encountered queerness. I was scared and outraged, and I had no idea why. Homophobia had already seeped into my baby brain somehow without ever having knowingly seen or been around LGBT+ people. Homophobes are always arguing that we are pushing the ‘queer agenda’ down their throats or in their faces whilst gendered ear plugs and ‘Love Island’ exist. I had to work out my own queerphobia and am still having to do that each day as an openly queer person. I grew out of the homophobia quickly, though my first reaction to queerness was negative. I wonder how much quicker it would have happened and if it would have happened at all had there been more positive representation.

ARTICLE 16 is a new video art piece by Asten Holmes-Elliott exhibiting @johnhansardgallery, @aspacearts The Alfred Arcade, and The Spark Building @solentuniversity, until 19th June.

June 12, 2021


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