NEWS: Same-sex marriage is legal in Northern Ireland

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Love Equality NI: “We did it” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE After years of campaigning by LGBTQI equality groups, organisations and allies, same-sex marriage is now legal in Northern Ireland with couples able to register their intention to marry from today, Monday 13 January 2020. Couples who are already married will also be legally recognised by the [….]

VIEWS: Running circles around the patriarchy

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“What better way to stick two fingers up at the anti-feminist #NewYearNewYou rhetoric?” BY GEM BARTON Don’t feel like changing your lifestyle just because the clock turned midnight? Don’t think you have anything to “resolve” other than just being yourself? What better way to stick two fingers up at the anti-feminist #NewYearNewYou rhetoric than engaging [….]

Looking back on the festive season with #WhichOneIsMummy

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“There’s so much joy in seeing Christmas through your children’s eyes” BY KATY ROBSON-MALONE Wow! What a magical time of the year! And there’s so much joy in seeing it through your children’s eyes. Although I still regret getting that stupid elf thing that I always forget to move, but I do have the toddler [….]

The lipstick life 3: Competitive and painful personal grooming

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The problem with being a lipstick lesbian couple is the slight air of competitiveness when it comes to matters of appearance. BY ROSIE MUSSEN Before my girlfriend Pearl and I went on our first holiday together, I made the decision that the only way I could maintain the illusion that I was sexy 24/7 was [….]

ESCAPE: Wild women on the road

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Carrie Lyell and Danielle Mustarde put the lez/bi camping stereotype to the test on a (queer) Scottish road trip BY CARRIE LYELL. ABOVE: OBAN FERRY CROSSING Four queer women, who’ve never been on holiday together, squeezed into a campervan, in Scotland, home of rain, in autumn? An ambitious route, covering more than 400 miles in [….]

This is why people choose to become sperm donors

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“One of the main motivations is a desire to help others” BY CRYOS INTERNATIONAL Sperm banks have for many years helped women from all over the world to become pregnant. Cryos, the world’s largest sperm bank has more than 1,000 donors registered on their online database, meaning there’s plenty of choice. But why do people [….]

The lipstick life 2: Unsustainable underwear habits

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This week Rosie discovers the challenges of maintaining her femme mystique. BY ROSIE MUSSEN When I first had sex with my girlfriend Pearl, I wore matching teal coloured underwear and was thrilled to see that she returned the favour with matching black lace. I had never slept with anybody who treated me to matching underwear [….]