CLAY and Maisie Richardson-Sellers team up for Project 5, an ode to queer love with a dreamy music video to match

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Stop whatever you’re doing and check out DIVA’s exclusive premiere now 🏳️‍🌈💕 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY KANYA IWANA AND LULA HYERS Is there anything better than a queer collaboration? CLAY’s music video for Project 5 provides further proof that there isn’t. CLAY is a beautiful soul singer and does her fair share of activism. [….]

OPINION: As a gay police officer, I’ve seen the force change first hand

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Former DCI Louise Fleckney reflects on the “rainbow strides” made by the police in dealing with same-sex domestic abuse over the last 20 years BY LOUISE FLECKNEY In a police career spanning nearly two decades, I have seen the full range with which domestic abuse can present itself. From low-level verbal arguments – the stuff [….]

Lots Holloway – the musical gift that keeps on giving 🎶

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A song about sex with girls and religion? Happy Wednesday, everyone… BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Lots Holloway has just released their fourth single of the year, Heaven Now, and we’re pleased to let you know it just happens to be their most queer one yet… It’s all about “the ongoing turbulence between sexuality and religion”, explains [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Dalloway

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“An ordinary day underpinned by hidden woes, troubles and desires” BY EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGES ELTON TOWNEND JONES Elton Townend Jones’ stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs Dalloway perfectly encapsulates life in the interwar period: the parties, the dreams and the surfacing anxieties in the aftermath of the Great War.  It’s June 1923. The [….]

The lesbians from next door: Celebrating community and friendship in Falsettos

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Emily Garside looks ahead to the London premiere of this important musical and asks why lesbians have been left out of Aids narratives in popular culture BY EMILY GARSIDE William Finn premiered his one-act musical Trousers off-Broadway in 1979. Two years later, collaborating with James Lapine, Finn created two additional one-acts, March of the Falsettos [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Here Comes The Tide, There Goes The Girl

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A “clever and darkly funny” reimagining of Hamlet  BY LEXI CLARE The audience enters to an atmosphere that is relaxed and energised; the cast swig from cans and good-naturedly banter with each other, batting a shuttlecock back and forth across a grass turf (and occasionally into the lighting rig). A rainbow-coloured paddling pool takes centre [….]

Shura AND Toya Delazy are both rocking our September cover

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Also in this issue: Carrie Brownstein, how to be a gentlewoman and what really goes down at a queer strip club SHURA COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY HOLLIE FERNANDO, TOYA DELAZY COVER PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALISSON CHAIGNEAU We’ve got a treat for all you music fans this month. To celebrate the newly rebranded HearHer Music Festival, we’re giving [….]