BOOKS: This Queer Angel launch at Gay’s The Word

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Author Elaine Chambers launches her debut book at London’s legendary LGBTQI bookshop BY BEATRIZ VASQUES Queer Angel, published by the crowdfunding platform Unbound, narrates Elaine Chamber’s battle with the British Armed Forces – because of her sexuality. Chambers, who was a nurse in the British armed forces in the 80s, was sacked from her position for [….]

Dating: Mating: Extricating

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“You were such a terrible lover, Bee” LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson You’re too aggressive Julia, In a place that I like sweet. So, although I’m very fond of you, I really must retreat. There’s only one person in your life. And that dear Doretta, is you. So although you’re gorgeous, stylish and fun, I’m [….]

Ann Bannon: “I know my books saved lives”

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The queen of lesbian pulp on fan encounters, FBI files and the real life Beebo Brinker BY ROXY BOURDILLON To the outside world, Ann Weldy was a regular 1950s housewife. Only when she wasn’t making dinner or taking care of her two young children, she was busy writing lesbian romance novels under her pseudonym, Ann [….]

André Aciman reveals cover for Call Me by Your Name sequel

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“Elio and Oliver have been with me ever since they visited my pages and they’ve never left” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Logging into Twitter, my heart genuinely stopped beating for a moment. André Aciman just released the book cover for Call Me by Your Name’s sequel, Find Me, and I am overwhelmed. (I’m a little bit of [….]

Introducing the queer codebreakers

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“Digital archives are helping LGBTQI communities to take ownership of their stories” BY SHARON WEBB Across the country, individuals and communities (most of whom are volunteers) are collecting, digitising and making available digital objects that capture moments of LGBTQI history – as well as moments of personal histories and herstories. Projects like Queer In Brighton capture [….]

“Critics don’t look like me”

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Eris Young writes about their experience with DIVA’s Emerging Voices programme, a rare opportunity for queer arts reviewers BY ERIS YOUNG When I sit down with DIVA books editor Kaite Welsh for my mentoring session, she greets me warmly, compliments my fringe (sloppily hand-cut). We do know each other – it was Kaite who emailed [….]

Carol Ann Duffy told me I was gay

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“How had she achieved the task of spinning this raw, wordless pain into neat dimensions, and stunning prose? How had she found me?” BY AYSE “BLUE” HUSEYIN The year was 2013. The summer Orange Is The New Black would drag thousands of women out of the closet by the ankle, the photograph of Angelina Jolie [….]