Hockey Is For Everyone: At Home with the Penguins

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Photo by El @ Just Love

We spent part of February talking about Hockey Is For Everyone month and the impact that it has on us as queer fans. This past Monday, I had the chance to attend my second Hockey Is For Everyone game of 2018, and the first that highlighted the LGBTQ+ community.  That it was in my home arena, with my local team made it even more important to me.

PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 05: at PPG Paints Arena on March 5, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images) ©Pittsburgh Penguins 2018

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Homosexuality in China: An Introduction – How Paradigms Form Our Perception, by Mel

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Paradigms.

The framework of what we think and believe. Something we are often unaware of because these paradigms seem unquestionable and universal to us. However, even commonly acknowledged ‘truths’ are subjective and I think it is important to know that paradigms exist and influence us and also that they can change.

Since I started studying Chinese, I have been confronted with this phenomenon several times and it is something I actually find incredibly fascinating. Some things I would never have thought to second-guess and I found revelatory to realise that they are actually not a given and are viewed differently by people with different kinds of backgrounds and paradigms.

In my studies, I focus on Chinese queer and gender studies and while it is absolutely not surprising in itself that homosexuality is and was different there than in the West, I am again in parts astonished as to where all the differences lie.

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Short Story Corner

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Just Love presents:

short story corner on just love

Do you think it’s hard to find the great short stories in the flood of everything that’s available online or in anthologies? Or maybe you want to dip your toes into reading short stories but don’t know where to start?

Well, we hope to help you out with that.

Or maybe you just want to talk to us about the short stories we’ve read and like to join us in squeeing over them and tell us your own favourites?

Either way, this new column is (hopefully) going to be a regular one here on Just Love and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Talking about and sharing books is, after all, one of our favourite things to do.

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