Overflow is a call for society to help marginalised groups rather than just being passive bystanders

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Travis Alabanza’s second show is nothing short of a masterpiece, writes Lowie Trevena BY LOWIE TREVENA, IMAGES BY HELEN MURRAY In the UK, two thirds of trans people are afraid to use public bathrooms, but it’s often the cisgender voice put at the heart of the conversation, rather than the experiences of trans people. Overflow, [….]

Why we need the No Outsiders Family Festival now more than ever

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Dr Hannah Phillips, queer artist, activist, educator and parent, explains why she is producing the first LGBTQI+ family arts festival BY DR HANNAH PHILLIPS, IMAGE SHOWS HANNAH, HER PARTNER TAMMY GOODING AND THEIR CHILDREN NOAH AND LEVI In a Conservative climate reminiscent of the 1980s, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes have rapidly increased and [….]

Homotopia has just announced their 2021 lineup including Jade Anouka, Rosie Jones and Tabby Lamb

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The theme of this year’s festival is Coming Out, which, after a year of COVID-induced lockdowns, is a welcome play on words BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY MICHAEL SHELFORD Liverpool’s Homotopia Festival has been championing queer art since 2004. This year, it’ll be taking place throughout October and November, featuring the likes of Jade Anouka, [….]

The Rainbow Spotlight offers “fabulously gay theatre” made especially for you

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Queer joy, LGBTQI experiences and diverse representation – what’s not to love? BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA The Rainbow Spotlight is a theatre collective which aims “to show that queer experiences are human experiences”. It does create exclusively LGBTQI+ work, by queer and trans artists, but it’s for everyone. The collective stresses the significant, but often overlooked [….]

…cake is must-see, game-changing theatre centring queer, Black femmes

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“You gonna get this VISIBLE Blackness – DARKSKINNED BLACKNESS in all its beautiful glory” ARTICLE BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA, IMAGES BY SEYE ISIKALU “How do queer, Black femmes achieve legitimacy when their soil is hostile? What happens to their roots? Who deserves solace on a sinking island where performativity is currency?” In an exciting addition to [….]

Bloody Elle – A Gig Musical is a pioneering and potty-mouthed lesbian love story you don’t want to miss

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DIVA music editor Laura Howard heads to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre for a one-woman show about sapphic self discovery WORDS LAURA HOWARD, IMAGES PIPPA RANKIN Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre proudly re-opened its doors on 23 June with a pioneering, potty-mouthed lesbian love story and gig musical, Bloody Elle. Writer, musician and actor Lauryn Redding has [….]

VIEWS: Being queer on Broadway

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“Nothing could stand in my way. Nothing except: boom – I’m a lesbian” BY DEBRA BARSHA The only label that I feel I was born with is MUSICIAN. I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the time I was five years old. It was a blessing and a curse. The blessing: I had [….]