TRAVEL: To Russia with love

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Ellie Mackin shares her tips and tricks for travelling safely as a queer trans woman  BY ELLIE MACKIN The big, unsmiling customs official flicks through my passport with a well-licked finger. I hold my breath as I step through the X-ray machine, praying it won’t betray me. With a nod he hands me back my [….]

TRAVEL: An (all too) brief history of lez/bi travel

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While we can’t travel at the moment, let’s look back on the stories of lesbian and bi wanderers BY CARRIE LYELL, IMAGE VIA ADOBE STOCK PHOTOS It’s Sunday evening and, like a good lesbian, I’m watching Gentleman Jack. Anne Lister has packed her thermometer and she’s off on a jolly. “Do women… do that?” asks [….]

TRAVEL: The Pride of Taipei

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Experiencing the LGBTQI delights of Taiwan’s colourful capital BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK In May 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and within the first month, over 1,000 same-sex couples acted upon their newly delivered marriage rights. This alone confirmed that Taipei Pride 2019 was set to be [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Dear diary, take me back to Shibden Hall…

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Roxy Bourdillon heads up north on a Gentleman Jack mini-break BY ROXY BOURDILLON Hold onto your top hat, because I am on the lesbian pilgrimage. A part of me still can’t quite believe there even is a lesbian pilgrimage, and yet there must be because here I am on it, exploring the dykey delights of [….]

ESCAPE: What travelling in Greece taught me about life in lockdown

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“Don’t put pressure on yourself to come out of lockdown with a six pack – your body is already beautiful. And remember, tzatziki goes with everything“ BY KELLY-ANNE TAYLOR To bring a little light to lockdown, I’ve been hosting themed evenings for my flatmates inspired by countries we’ve travelled to. To replicate the Greek islands, [….]

TRAVEL THROWBACK: On the streets of Philadelphia

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Joanna Whitehead falls hard for this spirited city BY JOANNA WHITEHEAD, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK Overlook Philadelphia at your peril. The capital of Pennsylvania is a city with grit and heart, packed with history, art and gays galore. Known as The City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection), the early settler William Penn named the metropolis [….]