Creativity and Joy

Creativity is about to become a big part of my job. We’ve just been granted ethical approval for ‘Work Package 2’ of the Suicide in/as Politics projects, which is a slightly boring title for a very exciting part of the research where one of my colleagues and I get to run creative workshops inspired by the findings of ‘Work Package 1’.

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Research Outputs

Staying Alive: Risk, Resistance and Responses to LGBT+ Youth Suicide in Scotland

My doctoral research, looking at LGBT+ youth suicide in Scotland, was hugely important to me both personally and professionally. So when I completed the research last year I was commited to finding ways to communicate it to different audiences, and I was delighted when I was successfully awarded a small pot of funding to organise an event as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences. During the event I was able to share the research findings with service providers, practitioners and members of the community, and get their takes on the practicalities of implementing the suggestions made by participants.

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Are you writing in your ‘phone voice’?

Writing can be so hard! Sometimes, because you’re not sure what you want to say; sometimes because you know what you want to say, but getting it out there in the world feels too scary; sometimes because you’ve been looking at what you’re trying to write for too long and none of the words make sense anymore. I think for me, a lot of the writing difficulties I have are rooted in how unhomely the university can feel for me, and all the many and varied ways that I can feel that I don’t belong in it.

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The Wilds of Representing LGBTQ+ youth suicide.

Now I’m guessing the pandemic brought all of us more TV watching than ever before, as we attempted to keep the boredom at bay during the various phases of lockdown. Now, I don’t want to ruin anyone else’s boxset binges, so I have to say that there will be SPOILERS, don’t read on if you don’t want to read them.

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“What do you think would reduce LGBT+ youth suicide in the future?”

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Yasmin: For LGBT+ young people specifically, just societally, if you have a feeling, especially when you’re young that you’re not going to be accepted and it’s going to be harder for you to sort of move through the world because of your identity, that brings a real feeling of hopelessness.

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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

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The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT happens every year on the 17th of May and provides an opportunity for people (LGBTI people and our allies) who feel able, to stand visibly against discrimination and harassment faced by LGBTI people.

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