Mermaids DigiFest to become UK’s biggest, live-streaming LGBTQI+ festival

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Clear 4 April 2020 in your diaries and support trans children and families at DigiFest! BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, charities are seeing a sudden hit and are facing considerable challenges. Many have seen a reduction in individual donations and have been forced to cancel any events planned in order to keep [….]

GAMING: Could it be? A queer Easter egg in Animal Crossing?

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Only days after Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s release on Nintendo Switch, players have found an LGBTQI+ reference… BY SOPHIE PERRY. IMAGE NINTENDO UK/TWITTER Eagle-eyed players of Nintendo’s newly released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, may have spotted a subtle reference to a queer relationship in the game. The life-simulation game, which features a community of adorable [….]

Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “I am queer”

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#Wayhaught helped thousands of women embrace their sexuality, including the one who plays Waverly WORDS BY ROXY BOURDILLON, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Wynonna Earp star Dominique Provost-Chalkley has come out as queer in a deeply personal and extremely moving post on her website. She shared the news on her 30th birthday, explaining: “As soon as I [….]

New study explores social impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI+ community

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“When mental health and social isolation already disproportionately affects our community, it’s vital that we listen to those who are most vulnerable” BY SOPHIE PERRY A new snapshot study completed by LGBTQI+ community research Queer Voices Heard delves into the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQI+ people.  The study, which was undertaken between [….]

HEALTH: Want to perfect your social distancing skills? Here’s how…

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NHS England’s National Advisor For LGBT Health shares their advice for staying well while staying home BY LIZZIE STREETER/DR MICHAEL BRADY. PHOTO ANNA SHVETS It’s really important that everyone follows the government’s guidance on the social distancing measures we should all now be taking to reduce social interaction. These measures have been put in place in order to reduce [….]

MUSIC: DIVA’s staying at home playlist is the perfect soundtrack to self-isolation

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We’ve curated a playlist packed with our fave lez/bi and non-binary folk BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES VIA INSTAGRAM In these uncertain and overwhelming times, there’s just one thing that is certain to bring us all together, and that’s the sweet sweet sound of queer artists. Music is a wonderful form of emotional expression and somewhere [….]

GOOD NEWS: NYC couple gets married in the middle of the street amid lockdown

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“Amidst the uncertainty and despair, marrying the love of my life in the most NYC moment was perfect” BY SOPHIE PERRY. NYC SKYLINE BY ROBERTO VIVANCOS Coronavirus might be grounding flights, closing down capital cities and turning (some) people into toilet roll-hoarding, doomsday preppers – but it won’t stop true love. Even in the middle [….]