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: Amber Jay drops a brand new music video for Pencilled Brims

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An 80s sci-fi video from the bedroom pop newcomer with a surreal sound BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Ending 2020 with a brand new single and a first teaser of her debut EP, Liverpool based artist Amber Jay is one to watch this year. A new name to the music scene, she’s already garnered plenty of attention [….]

SCREEN: Can you guess the highest earning LGBTQI actor?

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Take a look at the leading LGBTQI legends who are thriving on Netflix right now  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS We’ve all been heavily relying on Netflix during the last year, but particularly during lockdown number three. One thing we can count on Netflix for is a diverse list of people cropping up in their shows and [….]

Marylyn Tan: “Writing is pretty much the only line I have to community”

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The Singaporean published poet talks all things poetry, religion and the queer scene of her city BY YAIZA CANOPOLI Singaporean poet and artist Marylyn Tan made the news in August last year with a historic win. Not only is she the first woman to win the Singapore Literature Prize for English poetry, but her collection [….]

OPINION: Step aside, queens: It’s time for drag kings to shine

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Emma Flint tells DIVA why drag kings have earned their place on Drag Race BY EMMA FLINT, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM @pecsdragkings The stroke of midnight on New Years Eve didn’t just mark the end of a tough year – it marked the start of a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Okay, so technically the [….]

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 [….]