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Happy IDAHOBIT 2020!

Happy International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia or IDAHOBIT for short! IDAHOBIT was started by Louis-Georges Tin in 2004. The days name has changed in recent years to include more LGBTQ groups, starting off as IDAHO but now including Bi and Transgender members of the community in the days name.

The date of May 17th was chosen as this is the date The World Health Organisation (who I think we’ve all heard of now!) decided to remove Homosexuality from their international classification of diseases in 1990.

Happy IDAHOBIT to you all and remember to stay safe! 🙂

P.S.

Working on some new card designs this weekend which I can’t wait to release soon. Also working on another post for later this month so stay tuned!

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Memeow Gifts Greetings Cards Events Directory!

This a directory of the events/holidays Memeow Gifts currently caters for. I hope to add more designs/cards to the list as the year progresses. You can shop the full range at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MemeowGifts!

Events and Holidays

February 14th – Valentines Day – Bearfriends, A Whole Otter Love, Gillfriends, I Only Want To Bee With You!, Call Bee Maybe!, Bee mine!

March 22nd Mother’s Day (UK) – Kangaroo Mums, Mother Duck and Ducklings

March 31st – Transgender Day of Visibility – You’re Purrfect!, Trans Pride Butterfly

12th April – Easter- Easter Bunny

June – LGBTQ Pride Month – LGBTea, Rainbow, Rainbow Sheep, A Whole Otter Love, You’re Purrfect!, Pride Pandas, Trans Pride Butterfly, PostcardsFriends of Dorothy

21st June Father’s Day – Lion Dads

Weddings – Husbuns

Birthdays – Happy Birday!

December – Christmas/Holidays – Polar Bear, Penguin and Robin, Deer Boyfriend, Deer Girlfriend

Miscellaneous – Snapcat, Meowilyn Monmeow, Uniloon

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Memeow Gifts New Year Giveaway!

To celebrate the new year I’m running a giveaway for Memeow Gifts, I’m running this give away through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The prizes are as follows! 1st prize – £10 credit for Memeow Gifts 😺
2nd and 3rd Prize £5 credit for Memeow Gifts.


Check out the links below to enter!

Good Luck!

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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Is Much Betta! – Series 1 Recap/Review

*Contains Spoilers for the series*

I had never quite gotten into the US edition of RuPaul’s Drag Race, mainly as I wasn’t sure where to start! 11 seasons is fairly daunting for a new comer to the show! My drag race obsessed friend convinced me that I needed to watch the UK version and I’m sure glad I did!

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has to be one of the most different BBC programmes in a long time! As Baga Chipz (my fave Queen of the series) says in one episode “this is not the BBC I grew up with!”. Baga Chipz delivered the series most iconic line as Becky the maid in the drag parody of Downton Abbey, Downton Draggy. “Much Betta” Baga/Becky exclaims after successfully wrapping Lady Carey’s dead lover up in a rug (dark!), Baga/Becky swinging her fist as she delivers the now infamous line. Her Rainy Day runway look was brilliant with the rubber duck on her head, perfection. Baga really shone in the snatch game episode where the queens were tasked with impersonating famous celebrities with Baga embodying a red eyed Maggie Thatcher with hilarious lines like “thank you, thank you bring on Brexit!” and ofc “the Lady is not for turning!”

Divina De Campo was another stand out, I absolutely loved her high fashion laundry bag jump suit outfit complete with Parasol! Boasting a powerful 4 octave range, acting and sewing skills, Divina was a true triple threat!

The series spawned a hit single with Break Up (Bye Bye) by The Frock Destroyers, band made up of the queens, Baga Chipz,Divina De Campo and Blu Hydrangea. The song features some crazy high whistlenotes from Divina at the beginning and Baga’s “Much Betta!” catchphrase. All three queens did a great job on the track which also won the girl group challenge.

Cheryl Hole was another one of my faves, an Essex queen with a passion for death dropping! She may have been shady in her to the camera moments but came across as very sweet and genuine with the other girls. Also just a very entertaining person to watch!

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Cheryl death dropping

Other highlights of the series for me were Sum Ting Wong’s Bullring look and Postage Stamp Queen Elizabeth inspired look, The Vivienne’s impeccable Trump impression on snatch game and Blu’s rainy day look! (her make up was incredible)

In the end it was The Vivienne that was crowned the first UK’s drag superstar, with Baga coming in 3rd place and Divina 2nd.

Congrats to The Vivienne and roll on Season 2!

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Pride, Pride Pony, Pride, Pride!

Hello I’m back with a new blog post after a month of being ill twice and a short holiday to Wales! 

I’ve recently finished my series of Pride Ponies representing the identities that make up the LGBTQ acronym. I’m thinking I will initially sell the series as greetings cards but tempted to do a postcard set of the series. 

As well as finishing this series I have also designed a new Christmas card coming soon to my Etsy shop!

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thank u, ness! – A JVN Appreciation Post

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, you have probably heard of the heartwarming reality makeover show ‘Queer Eye’! Queer Eye has become a massive hit for streaming platform Netflix making stars of its ‘Fab Five’, one member being the fabulous Jonathan Van Ness! (JVN).

JVN is a hairdresser, grooming expert, comedian, podcaster, cat parent and trainee figure skater. The list just continues to grow! (Yaaaas Queen). JVN’s natural bubbly comedic personality makes him easily the highlight of QE for me, his positivity is contagious! He comes across as very genuine person and I love how freely he wears his emotions on his sleeve. In a world that often makes us feel we should bottle up our emotions, its a lovely contrast to see someone so freely being their true emotional self.

It’s this vulnerability that I really admire about JVN. A few days ago in an interview the NYT, JVN bravely came out as HIV Positive. This will hopefully add to the destigmatisation of HIV with a star of JVN’s magnitude coming out. JVN is already educating people about undetectable status “Undetectable = Untransmittable”. JVN came out as gender non-binary in June, educating his fans on what this meant. He again he is using his platform to help educate people on being HIV+. This is great especially for the younger members of the LGBTQ+ community.

I loved this quote from JVN (from the same NYT Interview) “I want people to realize you’re never too broken to be fixed”. This a great message and is completely in line with JVN’s positive, self love attitude.

Thank You, Jonathan Van Ness, for sharing your truth with the world, you’re helping so many people in the process.

P.S I highly recommend JVN’s podcast ‘Getting Curious’, a podcast where JVN speaks to an expert about a subject he is ‘curious’ about. These topics range from “Should we be scared of snakes” to what is it like being a pop star.

P.P.S Another reason I’m a JVN fan… He is a cat person! JVN owns 4 cats Larry, Liza, Genevieve & Matilda. Larry regularly gives us weather updates on Instagram!

P.P.S I’ve just posted some Christmas cards on Etsy click here to check them out!

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Blog is Back alriiiight! – Warwickshire Purrride

Hello 👋 I am back! After some busy past weeks normal blogging to resume now!
Without further ado let’s get into it!
on Saturday 17th August I did my first official Memeow Gifts Stall at Warwickshire Pride which was held in leamington Spa pump room gardens. 


I setup the stall at 8am with the help of my Dad and Jon my partner. Arranged tables, put up gazebo, hung  the Memeow Gifts banner and set out the Merch!
The event started at 11am so we had a bit of time to soak in the atmosphere before the event got busier. Memeow T-shirt, rainbow shorts, money belt, I was all prepared for 11!

Memeow Gifts stall open for business!


The event had a great turn out with many atendees throughout the day. I was very impressed with how many people came along undeterred from the hateful acts preceding the event – rainbow flags ripped down from the shopping centre promoting the event and death threats sent to the Warwickshire Pride fb page.
 The day was full of acceptance, happiness, laughter and love, a stark contrast from these hateful acts from small minded people. 

As Gaga says  “It’s always wrong to hate but it’s never wrong to love”

Lots of people stopped at the stall and looked at the range of Merch so far. It was interesting to see how people responded to the products as the LGBTQ community is my main audience with Memeow Gifts. One of my main reasons for setting up Memeow Gifts was to bring more LGBTQ visibility to the Greetings card market. 
I would have liked to make a few more sales but then again this was a fairly small event compared to some of the bigger prides and was great to support my local pride event.

I also gained some good feedback with which designs sold well or got a good response. The free MemeowGifts.com stickers went down very well especially with kids and the younger crowd. 

The weather was good for the event with lots of sunshine and no sign of rain throughout the day. It was however very windy which meant that I had to keep being aware of the products/flyers attempting to fly away!  
I did manage to break away from the stall for a couple of moments throughout the day and was impressed with the amount of entertainment on offer, I also enjoyed the rainbow pony! 

All in all it was a great day and look forward to attending again next year!

LGBTQ+ Greetings Cards Survey – Memeow Gifts

Hello, it’s only 10 days until my first ever pride and stall at pride! Nervous and excited at the same time, can’t wait to blog about the experience on here after! Hopefully I’ll get back to blogging more regularly again soon, been very busy the past few weeks.

I’ve created a (super short) survey about LGBTQ+ Greetings Cards as research for my business Memeow Gifts and would love your feedback, please see link below!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFV9TW2

See you on the next post about my experience at Warwickshire Pride!

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Memeow Gifts @ Warwickshire Pride

Just a short post to let you know I will have stall for Memeow Gifts at Warwickshire Pride this year where I will be selling greetings cards,badges, postcards, mirrors and more!

The event is being held at The Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa, my stall will be located in the Rainbow Marketplace and there is no entry fee for the event.

Hope to see you there!

-Josh

P.S been very busy prepping for this event so will hopefully go back to regular blog posts soon!

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Friends of Dorothy – The Wonderful Ally of Oz

I recently released a pack of  Wizard of Oz themed postcards titled “Friends of Dorothy” based on the phrase “Friend of Dorothy”. I would write a post talking the term a bit more and the LGBTQ themes of Wizard of Oz.

Dorothy Gale ally to any outcasts! – In original story ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ Dorothy wore Silver Shoes rather than Ruby Slippers!

Although there is some debate to where the term originated most attribute it to Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, an ally to anyone different. Dorothy is very accepting of all of the beings she comes across on her journey across the yellow brick road. 

As the story goes… Dorothy is on her way to see the Wizard and encounters the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and tin man on her journey. All three of her new found friends feel they are missing something which they believe the wizard will be able to give them. Lion wants courage, Scarecrow wants a brain and Tin Man wants a heart. 

Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man are all outcasts who aren’t part of a group until they meet Dorothy. Their outcast status and trying to find acceptance has parallels with the struggles faced of many queer people, they can be easily read as an allegory for the LGBTQ community. Lion in the 1939 film is also “coded gay”, acting very much like a stereotypical gay man, reinforcing the LGBTQ themes.

Once Dorothy and Friends have defeated the Wicked Witch of The West and finally get to the Wizard, they find out he’s not so wonderful all along! The Wizard is just a man who doesn’t have any powers, meaning he cannot give them what they want. But all is ok when they find out that they already had everything the needed all along. In other words they didn’t need to change themselves to be happy.

FLY YOU FOOLS!!!

It’s also no secret that Judy Garland who played Dorothy in the 1939 film was/is a gay icon due partly to playing this role, her talent and her personal struggles which many members of the LGBTQ community can relate to.

‘Over The Rainbow’ is not only a lovely song from Wizard of Oz (1939) but also a classic upbeat LGBTQ anthem, a dream of an idealistic world/ home for us all. And after all there’s no place like home!

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