Diverse love

This month I was asked to contribute to the series that Photoworks has been doing on Queer Representations. This is a series of commissioned texts marking LGBT History Month with explorations of the queer image in photography and culture.



For my contribution I got together with brilliant photographer Charlotte Barnes to produce a piece about relationship diversity, which also touches in some of the gender diversity issues that I explored in my last post for Rewriting the Rules. We had a great time on the photoshoot and hopefully the models will think that the final pictures and post do justice to them and their relationship.

You can read the Photoworks post here as well as seeing one of the other photographs that we took during the shoot.

You can also view a presentation on polyamory by the trupple here.

You can read more about the Queer Embassy Bar Wotever talks which the video was part of here.

Meg-John (MJ) Barker (they/them) is a writer, zine-maker, collaborator, contemplative practitioner, and friend. They are the author of a number of zines and popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including graphic guides to Queer, Gender, and Sexuality (with Jules Scheele), and How To Understand Your Gender, Sexuality and Relationships (with Alex Iantaffi).


  1. Wendy Brown

    18 February

    Hi Meg,
    I admire your work. As a psychotherapist myself, I’ve studied love, sexuality and relationships along with studying my clients. Like you, I appreciate the depth and complexity in people who are ready to explore it within themselves. These individuals usually want to get past social and sexual games. I find this takes and produces a good measure of respect, courage and integrity. But, there are many who aren’t ready, or they’re desperately in need of wisdom. So, we need to keep pondering, exploring and talking. Sometimes it’s hard to predict what will become a truth for someone and what will provide a bit of peace.
    Wendy Brown