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Hello, I'm Kestral! I'm part of a team of polymaths building a new university focussed on interdisciplinary learning and eliminating admissions bias in higher education.

I'm also a writer, radio presenter, all-round-nerd and enthusiast. I love old technology!

I am proudly neurodivergent and an activist. Let's chat!

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Thanks so much to everyone who came along to my session on allyship this evening. It was an absolute pleasure to talk with you all!

The recording and slides are here:

Really humbled to have been a part of such a wonderful series of talks. Huge love to all my fellow presenters!

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Yes, Goblin Mode is word of the year per the OED, but Goblin Mean and Goblin Median are also worth paying attention to.

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There's a thing a lot of us #ActuallyAutistic folk do sometimes that #allistic folk may not understand. We share our stories of autistic life, so other #autistic folk can recognize themselves in their own stories.

Allistics: It may sound like we are venting, looking for sympathy, or seeking attention (unlike everyone else on here?). It may seem weird that we reveal our shame and vulnerability to the world just to mark the trail for those who might follow. That's OK, we're not doing it for you.

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I want people to understand that hate on the fedi thrives and his allowed space because the alleged Good People™ are so concerned with finding 'evidence' that water is wet rather than believing the targets of hate.

People have been asking more for 'evidence' for years and refuse to see it on their own despite thousands of people talking about and highlighting it for a long time.

Bigots know they are going to do this and constantly exploit it.

If you're still on the fence about hate in the fedi, you're
helping it continue.

There is no middle ground on this topic.

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You do not want a world where only privileged white dudes make art.

My mental health is in the toilet today.

Metaphorically, not literally. I don't just, like, keep a spare supply of seratonin under the cistern for a rainy day.

Although now I think about it, that's not a bad idea.

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One year ago today we proudly published 'The Boy Behind The Wall' by the amazing @daltonharrison.

Please join us in celebrating the one-year anniversary of this fantastic book, and all that Dalton has achieved since!

#Bookiversary #AuthorsOfTwitter #PrisonStories #QueerLit

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You may not like it, but this is what peak Tooting performance looks like

CW: uk trans healthcare

For anyone wondering how the appointment went, I got asked to describe my genitals in detail, got told I was too fat for surgery, and when I asked about progesterone I got told it doesn't work and was instead prescribed viagra. VIAGRA.

I waited 18 months for this appointment.

CW: uk gender healthcare 

Sat in the waiting room at a Gender Identity Clinic. This is a service so “busy” it has a 5+ year waiting list.

It’s empty.

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On 1st February 2023, TWENTY-EIGHT will be available worldwide. A collection of stories, essays, and poetry from 28 people who survived the era of Section 28, edited and curated by @LaCrecerelle.

Watch this space for previews, thoughts, and launch details.

#TwentyEightBook #HistoryRepeating

I stay up until midnight every time we tick into December, just to check that the script I wrote 15 years ago still works.

A domain I've owned for far too bloody long.

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Fedi was built by queer/leftie/trans/otherwise marginalized people and that still represents a big chunk of the people who are here

So when a bunch of straight cis people show up

People who can't even imagine what online harassment looks like

And they're publicly publishing lists of who we are without opt-in consent

Even if it's "for benign reasons"

That level of clumsiness is a fucking threat

“Hacking is more than just a crime. It’s a survival tactic.”

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I just paid £62 for a food shop that cost me £35 two years ago.

But sure tell me how great the UK is doing.

“Back in my day there weren’t all these strikes!”

Sir, you and I remember the 1980s very differently.

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Timeline of a new Mastodon user:

Day 1: this sucks servers are confusing and why is my feed empty

Day 2: why is there no quote tweet this is dumb

Day 3: mastodon better make some changes if it wants to compete with tw_tter

Day 7: hm, people are really nice here

Day 10: loving the no ads and real conversations



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It is all too easy to fake today's media now that you can shoot a meme (an idea virus) into the information bloodstream. ↯90NOV

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