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Andi smiling at the camera, holding a mug in both hands. Andi has red and black hair, two visible facial piercings and they are wearing a black sleeveless top and jeans. They are seated in a white chair against a black background. Andi's visible tattoo is of a vampire angel and is on their left upper arm The Power is in Your Hands April 8, 2022 CEO Blog Beyond Reflections relies on fundraising for a large percentage of our income. Your donations allow us to deliver our mental… Read More
Maximillian staff photo - the image shows Maximillian in front of some trees outdoors and smiling. Advocating or Erasing? March 28, 2022 Member Support Coordinator's Blog This blog is in response to being asked about how one cis person can support another cis person’s understanding of… Read More
Image description: Background is various shades of pastel purple overlapping to create a gradient effect. At the top is text reading "Join us for our Trans Day of Visibility event this year!" Below this is a white textbox which reads "TDoV With Beyond Reflections and Friends." on either side is a cartoon hand holding a trans pride flag. At the bottom are a pink box and blue box which read "Speakers throughout the day. Evening Panel and Questions.' TDoV with Beyond Reflections and Friends March 23, 2022 CEO Blog Trans Day of Visibility is around the corner and this year Beyond Reflections are celebrating and fundraising with friends. On… Read More
Background is a purple-tinted landscape photo of the Welsh mountain Fan y Big. In front of this is a circular mid-shot photo of Jan Morris with one hand on her chin and the other on her hip, she smiles as she looks down the camera. Text reads "Queer History. Jan Morris." The Beyond Reflections logo appears in the bottom left corner. Queer History: Jan Morris March 22, 2022 Uncategorized “Most of the after-time I shall be wandering with my beloved along the banks of the Dwyfor; but now and… Read More
Andi smiling at the camera, holding a mug in both hands. Andi has red and black hair, two visible facial piercings and they are wearing a black sleeveless top and jeans. They are seated in a white chair against a black background. Andi's visible tattoo is of a vampire angel and is on their left upper arm Progress in Pride March 18, 2022 CEO Blog The first flag In 1994 Gilbert Baker made a 1-mile-long rainbow Pride flag for the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall… Read More
Maximillian staff photo - the image shows Maximillian in front of some trees outdoors and smiling. Choices and Escapes March 16, 2022 Member Support Coordinator's Blog   Today I want to talk about the ways in which trans+ people sometimes choose to escape the pressures associated… Read More
Andi smiling at the camera, holding a mug in both hands. Andi has red and black hair, two visible facial piercings and they are wearing a black sleeveless top and jeans. They are seated in a white chair against a black background. Andi's visible tattoo is of a vampire angel and is on their left upper arm The best ally is a friend March 11, 2022 Campaigns, CEO Blog Have you noticed how much easier it is to ask for something for a person you like? How friendship overcomes… Read More
Background image is a purple tinted close up photograph of a microscope. In front of this is a circular greyscale photo of Angela Clayton with a black border. She is wearing a graduation gown and smiling looking straight down the camera. In the top right is the Beyond Reflections logo. In the bottom left is a white line drawing of a rack of five test tubes. Text reads "Queer History. Angela Clayton." Queer History: Angela Clayton March 10, 2022 Uncategorized Our second Queer History feature for Women’s History Month is Angela Clayton. Angela Clayton (1959 – 2014) was an internationally… Read More
Andi smiling at the camera, holding a mug in both hands. Andi has red and black hair, two visible facial piercings and they are wearing a black sleeveless top and jeans. They are seated in a white chair against a black background. Andi's visible tattoo is of a vampire angel and is on their left upper arm Imagine a gender equal world March 4, 2022 CEO Blog, Volunteers As a non-binary person and an out Queer Alternative I have an unshakeable conviction that bias negatively impacts everyone. My… Read More
Image of Roberta Cowell on a purple background with two racing flags, the words "queer history" above her, and the Beyond Reflections logo in one corner Roberta Cowell March 4, 2022 Uncategorized Women’s History Month  March is Women’s History Month, with International Women’s Day on 8th March. It is a month that… Read More
Maximillian staff photo - the image shows Maximillian in front of some trees outdoors and smiling. The Need to Know March 2, 2022 Member Support Coordinator's Blog The act: “There’s something you need to know about Glen,” James said quietly in the break room, “he used to… Read More
Background is a purple tinted photo of a photo studio. In front of this is a circular black and white photo of April Ashley in a black frame, she's looking straight down the camera with minimal expression. Text reads "Queer History. April Ashley." The Beyond Reflections logo is on the bottom right corner Queer History: April Ashley February 27, 2022 Uncategorized April Ashley, born in 1935, was a model, actress and transgender activist. She was also one of the first people… Read More
Andi smiling at the camera, holding a mug in both hands. Andi has red and black hair, two visible facial piercings and they are wearing a black sleeveless top and jeans. They are seated in a white chair against a black background. Andi's visible tattoo is of a vampire angel and is on their left upper arm The Joy of Pancakes February 25, 2022 CEO Blog Today's blog takes a look at the diversity of tastes and opinions. A topical romp through the concept of acceptance.… Read More
Maximillian staff photo - the image shows Maximillian in front of some trees outdoors and smiling. Thomasine Hall February 23, 2022 Member Support Coordinator's Blog   Thomasine Hall has been the subject of many interpretations. The only remaining document about this person that we have… Read More
The background is black, at the top in the centre, white text on a purple rectangle reads "Queer History" Below this are four greyscale images, from left to right: Hadrian, Kristina of Sweden, Josephine Baker, Elagabalus. In the bottom right corner is the Beyond Reflections logo, on the bottom left is the Yorkshire MESMAC logo Queer History – Yorkshire MESMAC guest article. February 23, 2022 Uncategorized Deviants or Historical LGBT+ Trend Setters Your History Teacher Was Too Awkward To Talk About? by Nathan Eden   Humans… Read More
Background image is a purple tinted painting of diplomats in posh evening wear at a social event. In front of this sits a black circular frame with a drawn portrait of Chevalier dEon de Beaumont. Text reads "Queer History". Chevalier dEon de Beaumont." Queer History: Chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont February 22, 2022 Uncategorized Born in 1728,  Chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont had a long and illustrious career as a diplomat, soldier, and spy in… Read More
Maximillian staff photo - the image shows Maximillian in front of some trees outdoors and smiling. Spirit February 16, 2022 Member Support Coordinator's Blog Why a spirit blog? When I saw ‘World Human Spirit Day’ come up on February 17th on a calendar, I… Read More
Background is a purple tinted photograph of African landscape with an adult and baby giraffe stood to the left of the frame. In front of this is a black-framed, circular photograph of the globe, with the continent of Africa facing forwards, the continent itself is shaded black. Text reads "Queer History Abroad. Africa." The Beyond Reflections logo sits in white in the bottom right corner. Queer History Abroad: Africa February 15, 2022 Uncategorized Having covered many historical LGBTQ+ figures who've lived and worked in the UK, we're now taking a look further a… Read More
Andi smiling at the camera, holding a mug in both hands. Andi has red and black hair, two visible facial piercings and they are wearing a black sleeveless top and jeans. They are seated in a white chair against a black background. Andi's visible tattoo is of a vampire angel and is on their left upper arm Love Languages February 11, 2022 CEO Blog Have you ever felt frustrated that a loved one does not understand you? You know the love between you is… Read More
The background is a purple-tinted photograph of two football players from the waist down, they are on opposing teams and running, one has the ball at their feet. In front of this image is a black and white photo of Justin Fashanu in a black frame. Fashanu is wearing his Nottingham County striped football kit, smiling and looking straight down the camera. He stands in front of a football pitch. Text reads "Queer history. Justin Fashanu." Queer History: Justin Fashanu February 9, 2022 Uncategorized Justin Fashanu was the first openly gay professional football player and the first black footballer to get a £1 million… Read More
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