I had another blog, for restricted view, which I never really publicised. I used it as the basis to drop periodic thoughts. But it became stodgy, and woolly, and rather introspective and self-aware. I stopped it in 2011.
In October 2012 I started writing the occasional comment piece for Gay Star News. They seemed to quite like a “writer” who could bring my kind of perspective to things, or maybe they were just being kind.
At the same time I was coming to the end of a year where loads of people seemed to have asked me about standing for Parliament in 2015. I won’t deny that there is a certain attraction to that idea – if only I was prepared to commit myself to a political party. It has seemed to me for a long time that we need a level of independence (and independents) in Parliament.
I’ve thought for a while about resuming a blog, this time specifically aimed at a wider public audience. And after yet another conversation, this time with a leading Italian gay politician, I’ve decided to launch myself on an unsuspecting world. Mind you, it’s a world which has now seen me and heard me and read me – so maybe it shouldn’t be quite so unsuspecting.
Despite being known for a particular physical characteristic, one that is often used to unnecessarily limit so many people, I actually have views on a wide variety of issues. So view this as a kind of manifesto in development – as that’s the other media trope that really frustrates me, the idea that you should never change your mind.