The Queerness is curated by a group of LGBTQ+ writers, all of whom bear collective responsibility for maintaining a steady stream of thought-provoking articles.
You can click on each curator’s name to go directly to their author page.
Lee Williscroft-Ferris (Founding Curator)
Lee Williscroft-Ferris is the founder of The Queerness. He spent two years as Editor-in-Chief of So So Gay, then the UK’s fastest growing online LGBT magazine. He has also written for FS magazine and Reykjavik Grapevine and is a signature blogger at The Huffington Post UK and a contributor to Indy Voices. He is a member of the TUC LGBT Committee and a Green Party activist. He spends his time between Northumberland and Reykjavik and is particularly passionate about human and animal rights.
Marcus Stow (Engagement and Diversity Curator)
Marcus Stow is a cisgender gay man in Walthamstow, East London. He’s passionate about intersectionality in LGBT+ organisations and spaces. He loves to rant about racism, gentrification and other social justice issues on Twitter and has previously written for So So Gay. He likes to sing Whitney songs on karaoke and loves to encourage his husband to cook him gourmet meals.
Stephanie Farnsworth (Interview and Queerbate Curator)
Stephanie Farnsworth is a graduate in English Literature, queer poet, journalist and activist who is dedicated to improving LGBTQPIA/GSD rights. She’s an intersectional feminist and takes a particular interest in supporting the rights of bisexual and transgender people. As a genderfluid, bisexual sometimes woman her writing is focused upon the fluidity and nuance of identities. Her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism and Evolve Politics.
Karen Pollock (Feature Curator)
Karen Pollock is a therapist based in Northumberland: a parent, a carer and serf to our cat overlords. They are determined to try to make counselling not only more accessible for the GSD communities but to challenge many innate prejudices within the therapeutic world. Karen does not ID as a feminist, but does apply a feminist analysis, especially around DV and child abuse. Open about having suffered from depression in order to tackle stigma they even own adult colouring books! When not wondering how they became a parent to teenage boys they like poetry, the cinema, working with pastels and volunteering. They particularly hope to challenge the idea you have to be young, hip and city-based to be queer.
Dónal Murray-Ferris (Arts Curator)
Dónal, a former teacher hailing originally from Northern Ireland, has been living in Birmingham since 2010. He has previously worked as a Film Reviewer for So So Gay and runs his own freelance entertainment news site and video production company. He has a degree in Media Production from the University of Bedfordshire. He is extremely passionate about the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly on the matter of same-sex families and rights of all people, regardless of age, to be able to live in their authentic body or gender. He is a little bit too obsessed with all things fantasy and geeky (don’t ask him about Power Rangers, Wicked or Harry Potter unless you want your ear chewed off with random facts courtesy of Wikipedia and IMDB Trivia sections).
Michael Paramo (Social Media Curator)
Michael Paramo is a homoromantic asexual Latinx writer and M.A. student from southern California who is dedicated to utilising their voice as a means of encouraging progress. An intense passion for subjects relating to identity, intersectionality, and inclusivity regarding the LGBTQ+ community and beyond manifested within them as a result of their personal experience of self-acceptance as well as an ongoing desire to expand their understanding of the world. While currently pursuing a master’s degree in American Studies, they aspire to continue their educational journey through a PhD programme in a related field at some point in the future.
Juno is a writer and campaigner with a focus on trans equality, sexual health and HIV. Juno writes for a wide range of publications from Refinery29 to the Tate Magazine. She is currently working on her first book. Juno is Patron of CliniQ, a board member of the Sophia Forum and a member of the SWIFT steering committee.
Lois Shearing is a bisexual woman from the South East of England. She is a first class Multimedia Journalism graduate from Bournemouth University, looking to pursue a career in features or radio journalism, before becoming an eccentric and reclusive author. She strongly believes in unity and support between all gay, bi, and queer women. She is an avid music blogger and lover of all things pop-punk and hardcore. As an animal lover, she is proud to be that horsey girl you find in all social circles.
Annette is an accomplished trade union activist and avid speech writer. She works as a secondary school teacher in the Home Counties and spends her free time representing LGBTQ+ union members as a member of the NUT National Executive, where she is the LGBT+ Equality Seat Holder. She has been published in the Morning Star and Schools Week on LGBTQ+ issues in schools and education, as well as the Guardian’s ‘Secret Teacher’. She has been interviewed on radio in both England and Scotland on homophobic bullying and its effects. She is a cis-gender lesbian and a proud ally and advocate of and for the trans, bisexual and non-binary communities and all those in between. She believes that people’s lives shouldn’t be up for discussion or debate, and has a special interest in the progression of same-sex marriage laws internationally, as well as issues of faith and the LGBTQ+ community. She also sits on the TUC LGBT+ committee.
Jonathan Boniface is an online writer and editor. He has spent the last two years working for So So Gay, first as TV Editor and, most recently, Features Editor. He has written about many aspects of the LGBTQIA+ experience, but has a particular interest in raising awareness of BME and trans* issues within the community. On a personal level, Jonathan is an unapologetic lover of socialism, and everything to do with mushrooms. He is a huge Icelandophile and plans to relocate to the land of fire and ice in the near future.