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Christine And The Queens‘ Heloïse Letissier Gives Honest Interview Pansexuality And Gender

French singer-songwriter Heloise Letissier – aka Christine and the Queens – spoke to the BBC about her views on gender and sexual identity, in which she explained she doesn’t see gender as “an obstacle” or “a definition”.

Asked what being pansexual meant, she replied:

It means that I can fall in love with someone regardless of their gender, regardless of how they define themselves. I don’t really see that as an obstacle, as a definition.”

Interviewer, Sarah Montague, also asked her to clarify why she didn’t identify as bisexual.

Bisexual is still being binary. I’m just trying to escape any labels there cos I can fall in love with a man who defines herself as a woman, for example. I can fall in love with a man that decides she is going to become a woman and then what does that make me?

I think bisexual still works in a society where you have two boxes to tick and I don’t really want to tick any boxes.”

Letissier also said she doesn’t think it matters “if I’m a woman or man when I’m singing”, adding that she feels she can be both.

It depends on how I feel and it’s more about the energy I’m giving as a performer and as a dancer. I think what I always want people to remember is how I made them feel rather than how did I look.”

Asked if escaping gender was part of wanting to be free, she responded that she was more bothered by the stereotypes that were a part of gender constructs.

I remember growing up and feeling all the time not pretty enough, too rude, too loud, taking too much space because precisely I wanted to maybe be bossy and loud and unapologetic and not really smooth all the time, and those were not really qualities that were valued for me.

Some people think because feminism is there and that women are free and there is no problem anymore, right? You’re free, but then again you realise not so much. You can be sexy, but not be slutty. You can be fun, but not too funny. So it’s always these weird, hypocritical, secret injunctions we receive as women. You can be yourself, but be pretty.”

She continued:

At some point in my teenage years I felt monstrous. It was never about changing my body – this is why I’m not a transperson – I never felt like my body did not belong to me or I can’t relate to this female body of mine, but I was craving to have the same rights and the same privileges as men can have and I think it was at that point I felt like being a woman could be an obstacle for me or like I would have to say things five times instead of one.”

Letissier released her debut album ‘Chaleur Humaine’ under the moniker Christine And The Queens in February 2016 and reached Number Two in the Official UK Albums Chart.

Creator Of ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Says She Made A Mistake By Killing Off Lesbian Character

It was a sad day when BBC drama Last Tango In Halifax  killed off heavily pregnant Kate (Nina Sosanya) in a car crash last year, just after finally marrying partner Caroline.

At the time, the show’s writer Sally Wainwright said that it was a ‘myth’ that lesbians always get killed off and that “people get killed off all the time”.

Wainwright also explained that it was a “narrative” decision, which caused further backlash from the show’s fans as they didn’t feel like Kate’s death added anything to the plot.


Many criticised the trend of killing off lesbians on TV – known mockingly as ‘Dead Lesbian Syndrome’ – the running joke in the queer female community is that if there’s a lesbian in a show, you can almost guarantee that she’ll be offed by the end of the season.

Wainwright said:

It was a shock. I didn’t realise how attached the audience had become to that relationship and to those two characters.

Of the criticism, she said: “I found it hard and I regretted it. I do think I made a mistake. I wished I had found a better story.”

Davies said:

It might be one of my least favourite things that you ever wrote, partly because it was off-stage… I think you were trying to make the point that death is random and off-stage, but it had the effect of it being an off-stage death.

It’s really unfortunate that you walked slightly into the world of those lesbian deaths, that extraordinary numbers of lesbian characters end up being killed off.

What people miss is that Caroline is alive and the heart of the drama and she’s a lesbian as well, but it’s tough getting criticism.”

He added:

You know, I could have told you that you were going to have that flack! [When I found out] you were doing that story… I gasped! Because I know the gays quite well, I thought ‘oh my god that’s going to be trouble!’

I’m kicking myself [for not warning you].”

Wainwright added:

I was on the cusp and wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do. You worry afterwards if you could have worked harder or if it was a lazy choice because those were the criticisms.”

The fourth season of the show is expected to air later this year, so look out for more Last Tango In Halifax then.

Have You Ever Wondered What It Means To Be Asexual? (Video)

How much do you have/want/think about sex? It’s said that 1 in 100 people have absolutely zero interest in it.

In some ways, asexuality is the forgotten sexual orientation and most people aren’t even sure what it means.

In a new video from BBC Raw, film maker India Greenhalgh explores what it means to be Asexual.

Asexuality usually means not having a desire toward sexual activity either within our outside a relationship.


The subjects of the video discuss the difficulties of feeling interested in someone, without having a sexual connection.

They also discuss how difficult it can be to come out as Asexual, possibly compared to coming out as gay, or another sexual orientation.

Despite mis-labelling transgender as a sexual orientation a the beginning, the below video actually gives a very interesting insight into what it means to come out as Asexual.

Check out the video from BBC Raw below:

Boy Meets Girl: Britain’s First Transgender-Themed Sitcom Airs September

This fall, the BBC will premiere the UK’s very first trans-themed sitcom, starring transgender actress Rebecca Root as Judy, a 40-year-old who’s just begun to date 26-year-old Leo (Harry Hepple).

The ground-breaking comedy – featuring a script that was unearthed during a massive talent search for positive representations of transgender people – will also star Denise Welsh as Leo’s mom.

Watch the trailer below

‘Last Tango In Halifax’ Writer Regrets Killing Off Lesbian Character

One of the most common tropes when it comes to television is ‘Dead Lesbian Syndrome’. Dead Lesbian Syndrome is what happens a show decides to kill off one of its lesbian characters – the running joke in the queer female community is that if there’s a lesbian in a show, you can almost guarantee that she’ll be offed by the end of the season.


That’s why it was so sad when BBC drama Last Tango In Halifax was yet another show that decided to kill off a lesbian. Kate was killed in a road accident, not long after her and her wife had gotten married and at the time, the show’s writer Sally Wainwright said that it was a ‘myth’ that lesbians always get killed off and that “people get killed off all the time”. Wainwright also explained that it was a “narrative” decision, which caused further backlash from the show’s fans as they didn’t feel like Kate’s death added anything to the plot.

However, speaking at the Hay Festival in Wales, Wainwright seemed to do a 180 on her previous comments, clarifying that she actually regrets killing off the character.

Also read: It’s a Myth That Lesbians Always Get Killed Off, Says ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Writer


The Last Tango In Halifax writer told DIVA Magazine that

I was very sad to do [kill off Kate]. I wrote another ending but it didn’t work. At the time, I thought it was the right choice, but I do actually regret it now.”

Wainwright also spoke of the difficulty she had in getting Last Tango In Halifax on TV screens. At first, both the BBC and ITV turned down the show based on the pilot episode and it wasn’t until the BBC realised that the show could appeal to those over the age of 50 that they agreed to take it on.


The older audience of the show is something that Sarah Lancashire, who plays Caroline in the show, also spoke about, saying that their portrayal of lesbian characters has helped women come out:

I’ve never had a response quite like it to be honest. I still get letters now from people in this country and in America who are women who have come out later on in life and have very complicated and tragic stories in a sense. I didn’t realise when I started to play Caroline that she would have this extraordinary impact. It is a strange thing. There are very few pieces I’ve done in my working life that I could say I’m proud of, but Caroline is certainly the one I’m most proud of. Sally… did absolutely brilliantly to demonstrate same-sex relationships between women by normalising it, without sensationalising it or making it titilating. For me, it was the first time I’d ever seen that done on British television.”

The fourth season of the show is expected to air later this year, so look out for more Last Tango In Halifax then.



Gillian Anderson Credits Playing The Fall’s Stella Gibson For Making Her Feel More Comfortable with her Sexuality

In recent interview with Talk Stoop’s Cat Greeleaf, Gillian Anderson opened up about her recent TV shows success, and how these roles have impacted her personal life.

Anderson, who is on a career high right now, currently plays the hero in the dark and gripping gripping thriller The Fall, now commissioned for a third series. In the below interview she credits playing DSI Stella Gibson with helping her become more in touch with her sexuality.


In spending time with her I became more accepting of myself, and the more complicated aspects of my personality. And at the same time I became more in touch with my femininity and sexuality.”

Also read: Must Watch, the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and Gillian Anderson Locking Lips in EP3 of ‘The Fall’

Early this year, Anderson told UK newspaper the Telegraph she is looking for a little romance, and she would not rule out another same sex relationship – as long as her next relationship is The One.

I’m so lucky to have such great work. I’ve got a fantastic life, I have a wonderful relationship with my kids, and there’s nothing lacking, but I’m leaning towards the idea that it’s time for somebody to be brave enough to ask me out.

I wouldn’t discount it. I did it before and I’m not closed to that idea. To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant.”

You can also she Anderson in new BBC mini series due out called War and Peace, in which she plays socialite Anna Pavlovna. She’ll be continuing role as Hannibal Lecter’s psychotherapist in the US TV series Hannibal. She has a new movie due out – Robot Overlords – where she’s playing the mother, Kate, in a the new British family sci-fi film. And there is now talk of a reprise of The X-Files with David Duchovny.

Sue Perkins Responds to the Dinosaurs on Twitter Who Think a Gay Woman Shouldn’t Replace Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

Out comic, Sue Perkins, is in the driving seat to take over presenting the driving show Top Gear – being made even odds among the bookmakers.

However, the fact she is lesbian, replacing the male presenter Jeremy Clarkson is causing some concern.

The BBC show is the most watched factual TV programme in the world, and it would be a huge step towards visual representation for LGBT people on television.

But there are those who don’t think Perkins, who also presents the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off – should take the driving seat.

Also read: Channel 4’s TV Presenter Anna Richardson Announces Her Relationship With Out Comedian Sue Perkins

Numerous tweets were sent to the TV star, accusing the BBC of ‘box-ticking’ and that she should ‘stay in the kitchen’.

Perkins, currently filming in Bengal, delivered the perfect response.

Just back from night shoot in Kolkata sewers to find my timeline busy with middle-aged man-trolls. General gist: Man do cars, woman do cake.

Anyway, whatever bullshit is blowing in the UK, I wish you all night night from steamy Bengal. Xx

In March this year, Jeremy Clarkson’s contract was not renewed following an internal BBC investigation. It was found he attacked Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon, splitting his lip and verbally abusing him.

The BBC has repeatedly had to defend Top Gear of accusations of homophobia, with in 2009 a gay couple claiming they had been denied tickets just because of their sexuality.

Clarkson has also referred to cars he doesn’t like as ‘ginger beer’, the rhyming slang for ‘queer’.

Gillian Anderson Returns to ‘The Fall’ Season 3 and Gets Nominated for an Olivier Award (Double Win)

Gillian Anderson’s drama The Fall will return for a third season, and plans to finally revealing the fate of the serial killer played by Jamie Dornan.

The second series of the thriller, ended like the first, on a cliffhanger, (spoiler alert) with Dornan’s Paul Spector lying shot in the arms of detective Stella Gibson (Anderson).

More: Must Watch, the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and Gillian Anderson Locking Lips in ‘The Fall’

Both stars will return for a new five-part run of the Belfast-based drama which the BBC, announcing its recommission on Tuesday, said would bring the story to a close. The smart, scary crime drama is likely to air next year.

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The series is so well written, and the storyline is able to show the feminist cat and misogynistic mouse game between Gibson and Spector to perfection.

However, the highlight for us is representation of Anderson’s complicated Stella. She is a woman who is smart, sexual and strong. Her sexual fluidity between men and women, has also been explored throughout the series and the show is not shy in portraying her power.

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Anderson, who is also one of its producers, said at the programme launch last year that she was keen to bring the character back for a third time.

“Who she is and everything she stands for and how she operates – I find that very compelling and I don’t feel like I have really seen that before.  

She makes it very clear how she feels about violence against women, how these women are represented and how they are perceived.

She is a supporter of women and women being treated respectfully and she doesn’t mince words. It’s in her bones. I like that about her.”

Gillian Anderson

Anderson is also in contention for an Olivier Awards, the British theater’s most prestigious prizes. She is up for Best Actress for her lauded turn in A Streetcar Named Desire. Also in the running is Kristin Scott Thomas for her performance of Electra; and veterans Imelda Staunton (in Good People) and Penelope Wilton (in Taken At Midnight).

Anderson fans will be happy to hear, the actress is also set to play a key role in the third season on Hannibal.

Season Four of ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Confirmed

Sally Wainwright’s BBC1 drama Last Tango in Halifax has been renewed for a fourth series on BBC One. The channel confirmed that the Sarah Lancashire drama will return for another run next year at the end of last night’s (February 1) finale.

The popular romantic drama attracted over 6.5 million viewers for its third series finale on Sunday. While details are scarce, it is expected the fourth series will follow the previous model and air some time towards the end of 2015

Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid and Nicola Walker also star in the series, which is centred around a pair of childhood sweethearts who rediscover love in their later years.

It also features a fantastic yet controversial lesbian storyline, with Sarah Lancashire playing a women coming to terms with late-in-life lesbian relationship and her sexuality.

Lancashire plays Caroline, who she falls for a fellow school teacher named Kate. Throughout season 1, 2 and 3 we have followed their love affair until its tragic ending – booooo!

So here is hoping season 4 will bring the lesbian spark back to the show.


Wainwright, last year confirmed the US rights to the series were purchased by actress Diane Keaton for a potential remake on HBO.

It’s a Myth That Lesbians Always Get Killed Off, Says ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ Writer

Ask a group of queer, pop culture conscious women and they will tell you that the biggest trope to affect lesbians (after the ‘lesbians sleeps with a man’ trope) is that TV lesbians always seem to get killed off. It’s so regularly witnessed in the media that TV Tropes has dedicated an entire page to it, having dubbed it ‘Dead Lesbian Syndrome’. TV Tropes also notes that LGBTQ people are at a higher risk of suicide. However, many of the cases of dead lesbians that we see on television aren’t because the characters took their own lives and instead are down to common killers such as [SPOILER] Naomi Campbell in Skins who died of cancer.

Dead Lesbian Syndrome is one of the reasons why queer women instruct each other not to get suckered into a show based on its lesbian characters because they will most likely be bumped off in the name of a ‘hard-hitting emotional storyline’ or just because the show’s creator wants to further someone else’s character progression. It’s incredibly unfortunate that that needs to be said but given how often it occurs (American Horror Story, Pretty Little Liars and The L Word have all taken part in the trope) it probably makes sense.

The latest show to join the Dead Lesbian Syndrome Squad is Last Tango in Halifax. In an episode that aired just a few weeks ago, the show dramatically killed off pregnant lesbian Kate not long after she’d married her partner Caroline. Unaware of the trope but now suffering the backlash is Last Tango in Halifax writer Sally Wainwright who has now said the following to DIVA Magazine:

“I think that’s a myth! People get killed off all the time. I got an email from Russell T Davis the day after saying, “I once killed off a gay character and everyone was really upset.” I got an email from another friend saying, “Oh Sally, what have you done? There are few enough lesbians as it is!” I don’t think it’s…I don’t think people think, “I’ve got a lesbian character, I better kill her off.”

It was a really big decision and it was a decision that…I’m still not entirely sure I made the right decision over but… [pauses]. I implore people to see what happens next and see why we did make that decision. When you see what happens next, I think we did make the right decision. It becomes increasingly emotional, the performances with the people left behind become increasingly magnetic and extraordinary, actually.”

Sally Wainwright

Wainwright also confirmed that it was for storyline purposes, “It was a narrative decision, it was a storyline decision”, which perhaps adds further insult to injury.

One problem that queer women have with the Dead Lesbian Trope is that it’s a case of ‘why us?’ Every TV viewer accepts that death is an inevitable storyline that’s going to crop up because that’s life, that’s what happens and that’s what TV shows are attempting to portray (albeit in an overly dramatized way) but it’s unfortunate that the victim of those deaths more often than not is a queer woman.

Many would also argue that using the Dead Lesbian Trope is ineffective because it’s just that – a trope. Tropes are eye-rolling, seen it all before things; they lose their emotional gravitas when you’ve used them over and over again. It’s like a fairy tale that always ends in ‘and then they lived happily ever after’ except we aren’t children anymore, there are no happily ever afters for TV lesbians and the fact that they keep getting killed off hurts LGBT representation.

Why ‘The Fall’ Should Be Your New Favourite TV Show

Winter is a dreadful time for TV viewers. While Autumn gave us a glut of great television (here’s looking at you How to Get Away With Murder), the Winter hiatus of our favourite TV shows means we’ll have to spend a few chilly weeks without.

So, save we all freeze our toes off, forced to watch Elf a few hundred times over Christmas, it’s time to recommend a new show. Called The Fall, this gripping crime thriller is now in its second series. Set in Northern Ireland, it focuses on a serial killer and one woman’s hunt to catch him.

Mighty good stuff. Read

reasons to watch the show below.

1 Gillian Anderson Plays the Lead

Coming out as bisexual in 2012, Gillian Anderson already has a massive queer (and female) fanbase. However, in The Fall her portrayal of Stella Gibson, a no-nonsense detective who pulls no punches, will win her legions more.

Not only is Gibson a certified badass, but she also enjoys casual sex too. Very often on television we get either/or – we can have a powerful woman who’s a lone wolf or a woman who likes sex but gets burnt too many times – so to see Gibson be a wonderful combination of both is actually quite refreshing.

2. Archie Panjabi’s In It

When Archie Panjabi announced earlier this year that she would be leaving The Good Wife (and therefore bisexual character Kalinda would no longer be on the show) many queer ladies shed several thousand tears. But on The Fall we get another chance to see her stellar acting chops.

Here, Panjabi plays Reed Smith who likes leather jackets and riding her motorbike. A pathologist, she works alongside Gibson studying crime scenes and dead bodies meaning we see her quite a bit (she’s in four of five episodes of the first series and makes a return in the second).

Also worth noting that although in the first series Reed is portrayed as straight, a recent episode from the second series featured a kiss between her and Stella. Having not seen it I can’t say what this means for her identity but it’s certainly something.

3. A Gay Main Character

Yes, although Panjabi’s Reed may or may not be L, G or B (again, this is all per the first season), Niamh McGrady’s character Danielle Ferrington is.

The right hand constable to Detective Gibson, Danielle’s queerness isn’t really a big deal. She mentions that she’s gay in one of the last few episodes of the first series and Gibson seems to be fine with it.
So far, Danielle hasn’t gotten a love interest, which is a little disappointing. However, it also means that you can ship unashamedly and with no guilt whatsoever, so that’s sort of a plus point!

4. It’s Incredibly Creepy

Not that you’d expect a show about a serial killer who preys on young women to be anything else, mind. But really, The Fall is one of the most gripping, thrilling and terrifying shows on TV at the moment.

Killer Paul Spector invades the homes of his unsuspecting victims, and kills them coldly. Many have noted that the the show alludes to sexual violence too which is grim but makes the killings all the more horrific.

It also means that the show will have you watching from between the cracks in your fingers, so expect that when you watch.

5. It’s On Netflix

Now in it’s second series on BBC, UK readers will be able to catch all of the episodes from the second series on BBC iPlayer (do a bit of digging online and you’ll be able to find the first series hosted by other means). It’s US viewers who get the luck of the draw though, as The Fall is available on US Netflix.

Those with a Netflix subscription and a US Internet connection can fire up the app or the website search for ‘The Fall’ and stream every episode from the first series.

Take a look and when you’re done, leave a comment below and let us know what you thought!

Doctor Who’s Michelle Gomez On Her Character’s New Gender

Airing in the family friendly times-lot of 8PM on a Saturday night, the most recent series of Doctor Who were never really expected to push the boundaries. There was a always a risk that pushing the queer boat out would alienate parents convinced that LGBT content is not ‘wholesome’ enough for their child.

Yet, against all odds, Doctor Who has been an unlikely source of queerness. Not only is John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness ‘omnisexual’ (he has loved across all genders and species, apparently) but Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny are a same-gender married couple who are touted as fan favourites.

Recently, the show also did some good for trans viewers when it introduced Missy. Missy (formerly the Master) was always the male antagonist to the titular Doctor and now Michelle Gomez, the actress who plays her, has discussed what it means.


In an interview with Gay Times Magazine, Gomez explained,

“The thing is is that with casting me and having this face, you never really know whether I’m a man or a woman anyway. You just pop a bit of red lipstick on me and I’m sort of Paul O’Grady’s love child.

We still don’t know whether Missy is the Master or the Master is Missy or whether I actually do have an enormous… [looks down] or not. Maybe I am packing. We just don’t know do we, really? That’s something between my husband and I.”

Michelle Gomez

There’s no denying that Gomez’ words are offensive – equating gender with genitalia is incorrect – but they also highlight a concern about Missy’s portrayal.

During the interview, GT also asked Gomez if she anticipated the trans positive reaction to her character to which she replied “You mean did I know I was going to be the Master? [laughs]” seeming to sidestep the question altogether. Going off of this there is a possibility that Missy being female was never meant to be a big deal or was never meant to be seen as trans at all (rather, it was just meant to be a new step in the Master’s lifetime that just happened to be female).

That will be further disappointment to Doctor Who’s trans fans though as GT notes that the actress is “definitely tongue-in-cheek” maybe the smallest glimmer of hope remains.

Spoiler Alert | Must Watch, the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and Gillian Anderson Locking Lips in EP3 of ‘The Fall’

For all of you hungry to see this smoking scene from Season 2 of the ‘The Fall’ – Archie Panjabi and Gillian Anderson locking lips in this fantastic clip.

Actress Anderson plays DSI Stella Gibson, in this ‘cat-and-mouse’ detective vs. serial killer TV series, which also features Panjabi (Kalinda in the ‘Good Wife’) as a medical examiner.

Season 2 has already begun screening in the UK and Ireland. For U.S. audiences, the second season will stream January 16, 2015 on NetFlix.


Doctor Who Introduces Trans Female Character

Despite being one of the longest television shows in history (having aired since 1963), Doctor Who has been unable to shake off its core problems. For example, the show has for a very long time come under fire for its treatment of women, as many feel that it’s unfair that a woman hasn’t been given the chance to be the lead as the Doctor. Always the bridesmaid, never the white, male and cisgendered bride, so to speak.

The show also does little in terms of queer characters. John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness was decidedly queer, like the actor himself, and most recently Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny caused a small minority to file OFCOM complaints (yes, they were that disgruntled) when they two shared an incredibly chaste kiss in a Saturday DW episode.

Furthermore, the show has also hinted at the not so heterosexual identity of Clara Oswald (current companion, former Dalek in one episode) even appearing to make her flirt with another woman, but the show hasn’t really followed through.

It’s a contentious issue then; Doctor Who trying to keep up with the times but not alienating the tiny portion of its user base that it is (seemingly) ignorant and especially vocal. But, we took giant step forwards in queer representation last week when Doctor Who introduced a trans female character to the show.

For some time, a character called the Master has plagued the Doctor. The only other Time Lord in existence besides the titular character, the two have never got on. The Master has also always been male until last week when the Master showed up as female character, the ‘Mistress’, asking to be called ‘Missy’ for short.

But, as any rumbling in one of the biggest shows on the planet will do, we are now having to ask some important questions. Namely, does the Mistress count as ‘trans’ and does this mean that the titular Time Lord will be female at some point too?

Well to tackle the tricky topic of Time Lord labelling (try saying that ten times fast) the Mistress could be interpreted as a trans character because the literal meaning means to move from one gender to another. The Master was male, the Mistress is female and they are the same person albeit with a different gender identity, so naturally, trans is the label that everybody is prescribing.

However, Time Lords regenerate. They can change face, gender or race when they die – although we have only seen the main Time Lord as white and male – and this is how the BBC has kept the show running with new actors playing the Doctor for the past five decades.

Arguably, gender fluid would be a better label for the Mistress, assuming that she will transition back in a future regeneration or just acknowledging the fact that she can. And, even though she might not be trans (again, this is depending on your definition) the fact that the Beeb is demonstrating that changing your gender identity is perfectly normal is at least a good message to put out there.
As for the topic of a female Doctor, Doctor Who showrunner Stephen Moffat told Digital Spy that “It’s absolutely narratively possible [that the Doctor could be a woman] and when it’s the right decision, maybe we’ll do it. It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it.”

Yes, after casting not one, or two but four white men as the role of the Doctor since 2005, Moffat says that not enough people are banging down his front door for a female Doctor. He probably sits in his living room with ear defenders on, then.

But still it does pave the way – or at least put an order in for the paving slabs – for a female Doctor to happen in the future. Whilst Moffat wasn’t listening, plenty of people were vocal enough when the new Doctor was announced that they wanted him to be of colour, a woman or maybe even both.

It’s a long shot then and if I was a betting woman I’d say that we’d see a more diverse protagonist in one more regen or two. Even that seems optimistic but without a TARDIS to hand, I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

Finally, the Wait is Over and Gillian Anderson Will Be back on Our TVs in the BBC’s ‘The Fall’

Finally, the wait is over, and a date as been set for the return ‘The Fall‘. Yes – which means I/we get to see more of Gillian Anderson playing DSI Stella Gibson, in this ‘cat-and-mouse’ detective vs. serial killer series.

The series also features Archie Panjabi (Kalinda in the ‘Good Wife) as a medical examiner, and Niamh McGrady as a lesbian police constable. So many wonderful female roles – sign.


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Out BBC Newsreader Backs Diversity Awards

The BBC TV newsreader and high-profile lesbian Jane Hill has asked Europeans to nominate those people and institutions they believe are truly tolerant and diverse. The European Diversity Awards 2014 will take place on 2nd October at London’s Natural History Museum. Businesses, NGOs, charities, support groups and persons from all over the continent will be considered by a panel of expert judges.

Newsreader Hill, who is 45, said that she was looking forward to the ceremony:

The awards recognise excellence in the areas of gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, culture and religion across Europe. They celebrate the best across both the corporate and campaigning aspects of diversity.’

Jane Hill

15 awards are up for grabs, including Employee Network Group of the Year, Campaigner of the Year, Company of the Year, Charity of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award. One of last year’s winners was former pro rugby player Ben Cohen who established the StandUp Foundation which aims to root out homophobic harassment.

Linda Riley, founder of the European Diversity Awards,  said: ‘The draconian laws passed in Russia demonstrate why there is still a real need to celebrate the people and the organizations who actively work promote a society in which we can all live freely in mutual tolerance and respect.’

A graduate of Queen Mary College, University of London, Jane Hill joined the BBC in 1991 and rose up the ranks to become one of the main newsreaders on the 24-hour rolling BBC News channel. In 2007 she earned plaudits for her investigative journalism relating to the Madeleine McCann case. She regularly presents programmes on BBC 1 and BBC Radio 4.

In 2011 she entered into a civil partnership with Sara, a camera operator.