7 top tips for surviving Christmas

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Ella Braidwood suffered so you don’t have to… BY ELLA BRAIDWOOD  Christmas can be a stressful time. It is a well-rehearsed, theatrical production. You return home to your family where – in between Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and marzipan-topped fruit cake – you are conditioned to collectively emit an aura of concord. Family problems are well-wrapped [….]

What lesbians and bi women really want for Christmas

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Natash is making the Yuletide super queer with her list for Santa BY NATASH  ‘Tis the season my Ho Ho Homos, and I am here today “dyking the halls” with this totally definitive and completely scientific list of what lesbians and bisexual women want for Christmas.  1. A queer Christmas movie. Specifically something starring Kristen Stewart… [….]

11 Shocking and hilarious things my family have said to me at Christmas dinner

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For realsies. BY NATASH It’s that time of year where many of us are mentally preparing to sit down with our families for Christmas dinner.  For those of us with outspoken grandparents, interfering aunts, and a drunken uncle who considers himself clever, Christmas dinner can be eventful – to say the least. To help you [….]

How to survive Christmas with your family: LGBT style

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Self-help coach Gina Battye shares her expert advice BY GINA BATTYE  How do you stay relaxed with your loved ones over Christmas? Add unsupportive or homophobic, transphobic, biphobic and interphobic parents, siblings and family and taking your partner with you for the holidays, and what do you get? The potential of losing it with your [….]

One from the vaults: Staying well over the silly season

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What happens if “the most wonderful time of the year” is a nightmare? BY JO WHITEHEAD Despite all the glitter, lights and wall-to-wall chocolate, Christmas isn’t always the easiest or happiest time for many people. This can be particularly acute for LGBTQ+ folks, who may face a tense or painful time with family members who [….]

EXCLUSIVE: Ilene Chaiken in conversation with Rachel Shelley

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The L Word creator spills the beans on Generation Q in a DIVA exclusive BY CARRIE LYELL Are you as excited as we are about The L Word Generation Q? Want to know who’s coming back and whether there will be an answer to that question that’s plagued us for the last 10 years? Well, [….]

SAARA AALTO: Do you hear what I hear? ❄️

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The glittering pop princess chats working with Kylie, first love and celebrating Christmas the Finnish way… BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Saara Aalto glitters. She does. In fact, it’s the only reason I manage, sans glasses, to spot the 32-year-old in the low-lit bar we meet in, after glimpsing something shimmering in the far corner of the [….]