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Drag queens pose in bond age gear for calendar in aid of Mermaids

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JoanSummers Mon 14-Jan-19 01:13:20

I'm not sure if this has been posted?

"A local drag community in Newcastle have come together in style to create a one-of-a-kind 2019 calendar, with all proceeds going to charity to support transgender children and young people across the UK."

The February and March photos are attached.

JoanSummers Mon 14-Jan-19 01:14:51

Hopefully working link:

My autocorrect made bondage into two words, sorry.

WombOfOnesOwn Mon 14-Jan-19 01:18:49

No, nothing sexualized about drag performance! Seems like a perfectly legitimate art form for a young boy to become involved in.

Imagine ANY other children's charity running this kind of calendar. Mermaids will whine that the outcry is transphobia. That's a lie. No children's charity could ever get away with doing this without criticism, and no children's charity would ever do something like this, except for Mermaids.

There'll come a time when this is all looked back on with disbelief, and this calendar will be one of those places where people say "how didn't every good, well-intentioned person not understand how wrong this was all going when they saw this?"

It's a good question.

JoanSummers Mon 14-Jan-19 01:26:15

Mermaids didn't make the calendar, they're just the only financial beneficiaries from it.

How they continue to escape scrutiny as a charity is incredible.

Notmyrealname85 Mon 14-Jan-19 01:36:21

I love drag but just... no.. they need to stop whatever the hell this is. Don’t want to see it

Ringdonna Mon 14-Jan-19 06:27:33

Can’t see anything wrong with it to be honest.

MrsJamin Mon 14-Jan-19 06:36:00

Can’t see anything wrong with it to be honest
A picture depicting BDSM to raise money for a children's charity? Are you kidding? It's disgusting. I hate drag.

timetostepup Mon 14-Jan-19 06:39:28

Can’t see anything wrong with it to be honest.

Would you be happy to see a local strip club put out a calendar of the strippers in provocative poses to support a children's charity that goes into schools and encourages staff to ignore safeguarding and encouraged kids to take drugs that sterilise themselves to achieve the aesthetic they want?

theresaspiderinthesink Mon 14-Jan-19 07:25:48

How extremely appropriate.

Pandamodium Mon 14-Jan-19 07:40:11

This is my area(ish) drag shows seem to be extremely popular according to my FB. It's not appropriate for a children's charity in any way.

BiologyMatters Mon 14-Jan-19 07:43:33

Why the fuck would you want those grubby pictures on your wall for a whole year? What happened to the days when people kept their fetishes in their own bedrooms?

Beachcomber Mon 14-Jan-19 07:46:00


TimeLady Mon 14-Jan-19 07:52:25

Oh, the DM is taking the passive aggressive tack, surely, by referring to it as a "VERY glamorous calendar"?

Highlighting that association is not going to do Mermaids any favours with the general public.

TimeLady Mon 14-Jan-19 07:54:29

Just noted the "We are no longer accepting comments on this article".

Can't imagine why grin

Terfing Mon 14-Jan-19 08:03:48

The calendar is fine.

The charity is not.

Plus, isn't it a bit late to be releasing a calendar for 2019?

Badstyley Mon 14-Jan-19 08:46:25

Drag is becoming awfully popular nowadays. How long before we had our own 10 yo drag queens posing with naked men and dancing for fivers being thrown at them in a grubby club full of perverts?

It’s like a collective madness has taken hold. Wtf is wrong with people?

deepwatersolo Mon 14-Jan-19 09:00:30

Not very wise to link a highly sexualized calendar of cross dressers, including BDSM motives, to a charity that in essence encourages kids to 'cross dress' insisting there is nothing sexual about it.

To be clear, I'm fully on board with kids wearing whatever they want - as long as it is not sexualized, so any such calendar should steer clear of sexualizing gender-nonconformity. If the calendar was along the aesthetics of gender nonconforming rather non-sexualized glam drag (like Conchita Wurst, or so), that would be ok, imo.

frogintheTyne Mon 14-Jan-19 09:18:09

Mermaids logo is on the calendar. They must have given permission for it to be used.

JoanSummers Mon 14-Jan-19 09:27:19

You're right, the Mermaids logo is on the calendar. I wonder if they provided any funding or other support in the making of it? Or if they promoted it in any way?

JoanSummers Mon 14-Jan-19 09:37:29

Mermaids have promoted the calendar on Twitter.

picklemepopcorn Mon 14-Jan-19 09:37:45

Slightly off topic, but the person at the back of the second photo looks like the Little Britain 'Only gay in the village' Character. Do they know, do you think?

GCSocScientist Mon 14-Jan-19 09:54:47

The calendar is not fine, the calendar is obviously pornographic.
Porn should not be used to fund a children's charity.

There are several images which reference violent sexual acts, the legitimization of violent kink by mainstream culture was what got Natalie Connolly's rapist and torturer away with murder (cause it was normal sexual play gone wrong).

Please wake up to the normalization of the sexual abuse of others in mainstream culture, this does not serve women or children well.

Katvonbatshitmermaid Mon 14-Jan-19 09:55:04

Oh Lord.
Nice calendar
Stupid charity to link it too

They really haven't got the sense they were born with eh?

anomoony Mon 14-Jan-19 10:01:29

Lol. Here, parents, here are some queer role models for your "trans" child!

Datun Mon 14-Jan-19 10:01:54

Mermaids logo is on the calendar. They must have given permission for it to be used.

Dear God. I hadn't realised. I thought they would wriggle out of the link to them.

They're either naive, or highly dodgy.

That calendar is absolutely not appropriate to be linked to a charity that supports confused children.

Susie Green laughing at her child's genitalia and being utterly convinced in her TEDTalk that gender stereotypes are ingrained from birth and must be followed or something is wrong with the child. It doesn't indicate, to me, that she is the brightest, most perceptive tool in the box.

There is something wrong with her boundaries if she thinks this calendar is appropriate.

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