FROM THE VAULTS: The tale of Lauren Morelli

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The showrunner opens up to Roxy Bourdillon about her new Netflix series, coming out in her 30s and falling in love with Samira Wiley BY ROXY BOURDILLON Lauren Morelli tells stories we don’t usually hear. She got her big break writing scripts that centred marginalised female characters on Orange Is The New Black. Every time [….]

MUSIC: Hey, Tegan and Sara are just like you

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Roxy Bourdillon goes back to high school with the queer pop icons BY ROXY BOURDILLON, IMAGE BY TREVOR BRADY Sara was torn about whether to include the sex notes. Yes, she and Tegan wanted to make their high school memoir as authentic as possible. Yes, they hoped to tell a queer coming-of-age tale we hadn’t [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Life’s a Bre-eze

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Carrie Lyell meets YouTuber, podcaster and filmmaker Breanne Williamson BY CARRIE LYELL I first met YouTuber and all-round boss babe Breanne Williamson in Palm Springs in 2017 where we bonded feeding giraffes and partying hard at the legendary Dinah Shore – not at the same time, you’ll be glad to hear. Back then, the Canadian [….]

BOOKS: No Modernism Without Lesbians

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Author Diana Souhami talks to Jane Czyzselska about how women who love women became a revolutionary force BY JANE CZYZSELSKA When she was growing up, Diana Souhami says there was no vocabulary for what she felt she was. Born in 1940 – “I’ll be 80 this year” she says proudly – the references to homosexuality [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: An interview with Jasika Nicole

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Actor and creator Jasika Nicole chats intersectional identities, long term love and staying creative while staying home BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE, IMAGES BY JESS NURSE Some of us are multipotentialites, “someone with many interests and creative pursuits,” explains Emilie Wapnick, founder and creative director at Puttylike. “Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills.” That description [….]

MUSIC: The latest lez/bi releases

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Fresh LGBTQI bangers for the bank holiday weekend  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Here’s DIVA’s top five picks of some of the freshest LGBTQI tunes that everyone’s talking about. Get them straight onto your playlists and plug in our headphones for a solo dance party, you’re gonna love them. FLETCHER – If I Hated You  FLETCHER always [….]

NEWS: Alternative Manchester Pride Festival announces packed line-up

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Manchester Pride has today released the schedule for its Alternative Manchester Pride Festival over August bank holiday weekend  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS From yoga and drag artists to new and archive performances, Manchester Pride have curated a programme of content to keep Greater Manchester entertained for three whole days this weekend!  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic [….]