BETTY Girlband: The Podcast

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Think you know a little about The L Word’s favourite house band, BETTY? You don’t (not yet…) The L Word royalty and New York City-based, lez/bi-fronted band BETTY has been together through thick and thin for over 30 years. Made up of sisters, Amy and Elizabeth Ziff, and their best friend Alyson Palmer, BETTY Girlband: [….]

THEATRE: The Amber Trap

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Telling stories that reflect the queer, female, experience on stage BY LUCY KNIGHT “In a male-dominated culture, there’s this kind of fetishisation of lesbian stories which really bothers me.”  Playwright Tabitha Mortiboy was inspired to write her third full-length play, The Amber Trap, partially due to the lack of representation she sees of female same-sex [….]

REVIEW: Rotterdam

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“A gloriously and unapologetically queer production” BY LUCY KNIGHT. IMAGE HELEN MAYBANKS. “You want to become a man?” “No Alice, I just want to stop trying to be a woman.” Such a poignant portrayal of gender dysphoria is a rarity on stage. It is easy to tell why the original 2015 production of Rotterdam attracted [….]

Introducing: Fayann Smith

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The model, artist and DJ spearheading the launch of Venice’s first permanent art district BY LUCY KNIGHT Fayann Smith, a woman of colour, stormed into London’s formerly white-dominated rave scene back in 2006, launching several successful club nights, including All You Can Eat at Ministry of Sound with her friend Jim Warboy.  The all-female October! Collective, of which Fayann [….]

Fancy a free pair of tickets to this year’s BiCon? ‘Course you do.

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A weekend-long gathering for bi people, their friends, partners and allies BY LIBBY BAXTER-WILLIAMS BiCon has come a long way since it began as a one day conference on the politics of bisexuality. Now in its 37th year (yep, that’s right), BiCon has become the highlight of the bi+ community calendar. This year BiCon takes [….]

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 [….]

OPINION: Without LGBTQI Education, Britain cannot move out of its homophobia

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“As we’re all patting ourselves on the backs for being so accepting, this is an ugly reminder that the fight is far from over” BY LUCY KNIGHT. IMAGE: THE GENDER SPECTRUM COLLECTION. When I heard about the protests against LGBTQI education in Birmingham, I’m sad to say that I wasn’t surprised. Not one bit.  Perhaps [….]