The Coast Is Queer: Brighton’s LGBTQI literary festival is back 🌈

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Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQI literature festival goes online for 2021 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE OF JUNO DAWSON BY JACK LATHAM The Coast Is Queer, Brighton & Hove’s festival celebrating LGBTQI literature returns in digital form from 5-7 February 2021. Now in its second year, the programme of events brings together writers, performers, academics, activists and [….]

MUSIC: Fancy an exclusive live Horse McDonald show streamed straight to your sofa?

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You won’t want to miss Horse’s live show and Q&A for Happy Valley Pride, 24 January BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS I think we’re all in need of something that will lift us up during lockdown, and we’ve got just the thing to do it. Legendary LGBTQI singer-songwriter Horse McDonald is performing an exclusive free online show [….]

EVENTS: Virtual entertainment to brighten up your lockdown

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Just because we’re staying in doesn’t mean we’re not staying busy BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA FREEPIK Here we are again, at the start of another lockdown and with staying indoors more important than ever we all need something fun to keep us going. There’s only so many sourdough loaves or crocheted blankets one person [….]

SCREEN: Iris Prize Film Festival opens submissions for its 15th anniversary year

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The LGBTQI film festival is set to return in October with £30,000 up for grabs for a budding filmmaker BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Submissions are now open for the 2021 Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival. Celebrating its 15th edition, the Cardiff based festival, is set to go ahead in October 2021. The organisers are determined to [….]

WorldPride 2021 will bring together politicians, officials and activists from around the world

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Various key LGBTQI figures have confirmed their participation in the Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit taking place next year in Malmö during WorldPride BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY CHARLOTTE STRMWALL  With more than 70 countries around the world still criminalising same-sex relationships, many LGBTQI people are affected by human rights abuse and persecution in their [….]

Join us for Christmas Eve celebrations in the DIVA Community

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An evening of entertainment with our lovely DIVA Community 🎁 BY DIVA COMMUNITY After growing to over 8,000 members since we set up our DIVA Community earlier this year, it’s only right we celebrate with you this Christmas to say thanks. With Covid restrictions still in place, you can join us for one last virtual hangout [….]

THEATRE: Overflow is a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms

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A vital exploration into safety and solidarity for the trans community BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY SHARRON WALLACE It’s a freezing cold tier two December night and the first public performance back at the Bush Theatre in London. Waiting inside is Rosie, pulling at her velvet dress, about to spill the warmth and vulnerability that [….]