SCREEN: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

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Danielle Mustarde meets the stars of this gorgeous new French flick ahead of its UK cinema release BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Speaking at a BAFTA Screenwriter’s Lecture at the end of 2019, French screenwriter Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood) explains of her writing process: “I do have my way of doing it, I guess at [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Beyond the binary

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A very brief introduction to gender non-conforming cultures around the world BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE “The workings of gender are key to our identities, intimate relationships, everyday experiences, and social and cultural positioning,” begins Sally Hines, associate professor at The University Of Leeds and author of recently published book Is Gender Fluid? “Understandings, and thus practices, [….]

FAMILY: Women today want personal information about their sperm donor’s

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Today, more and more women are choosing sperm donors with an extended profile and buy access to photos of the donor as an adult. BY CRYOS INTERNATIONAL In the last three years Cryos has experienced an increased demand for ID-Release donors (also known as non-anonymous/open donors) with extended profiles. These profiles contain a lot of [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: How to be a bawse

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Stellar career tips from your fave queeros BY ROXY BOURDILLON Are you all out of motivational mojo, struggling to navigate a sexist office culture or just keep getting sidetracked from your side hustle? Whatever your workplace woe, this must-have advice from lez/bi badasses is guaranteed to reinvigorate your career and help you get where you [….]

SCREEN: Jake and Hannah Graf’s journey to parenthood premieres tonight on Channel 4

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Our Baby: A Modern Miracle is a fascinating documentary exploring a transgender couple’s journey to becoming parents  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Starting a family can be a difficult process for many people, but especially so when both parents are transgender.  Jake and Hannah Graf, the most high-profile transgender couple in the UK, welcomed their first child, [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Say hello to Rosie Jones

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Rosie Jones on comedy, coming out and being unapologetically herself BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Just before this issue went to print, Rosie Jones performed to a “cosy” audience of 9,000 at Wembley Stadium. Not bad, considering the 28-year-old comedian was still contemplating how to put together her first full-length set this time last year.  Yorkshire-born Jones [….]

MUSIC: Why we love Tash Sultana

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Sophie Griffiths on the multi-instrumentalist playing on DIVA’s heart strings BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Tash Sultana is a non-binary Australian musician with bags of talent. They grew up in Melbourne and began playing the guitar from the age of three. Since then, they have mastered 12 instruments including the saxophone, bass, flute and trumpet (to name [….]