Together in difference: Why queer community is so important

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Queer working class disabled writer, artist and activist Jet Moon on togetherness at the heart of a new writing project for survivors BY JET MOON Today I am surprised when a new generation of LGBTIQ+ people (usually on social media) raise concerns about the word “Queer” being offensive.  I use the word Queer to describe [….]

Coming out stories: “For 38 years I have squashed down the feeling that I am gay”

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Nora Mulready spent most of her life ignoring her feelings, until they became impossible to ignore  BY NORA MULREADY This week I applied to be a trustee of an organisation. In the equalities monitoring form, I ticked the “Gay/Lesbian” box for the first time. I loved doing it so much that I took a picture [….]

Travelling as a trans woman: Coffee In Madrid

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Samantha Marks remembers an awkward encounter with a pop star in Starbucks BY SAMANTHA MARKS Some years ago I went to Madrid to train as an English teacher. The training course was to last two months. Shortly before it commenced I checked into a hotel in the city centre on a temporary basis, before finding [….]

L With The T: Then and now

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Christine Burns delves into the DIVA archive and finds trans inclusion is not just a current trend BY CHRISTINE BURNS The question of whether lesbians support or despise trans people has become a hot issue of late. It’s a topic that was forced to the front of the LGBTQI news agenda in July 2018, when [….]

OPINION: Not gay enough for TikTok?

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Are stereotypes online doing damage to LGBTQI young people? BY MICHELE THEIL There are countless videos on TikTok exploring different aspects of the queer community. From activism on behalf of the LGBTQI+ community to videos about what your celebrity crush means for your sexuality, there is a strong presence of queer teens and young adults [….]

The Perks Of Being A Queerflower: Fight for your right to be quirky

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In the last of her series, Louisa reminds us to walk our own path BY LOUISA BENNETT If you’ve been following my DIVA series, I hope by now you know that being quirky rules! We are so often shown, and usually from a very young age, that the conventional path is the “correct” path to [….]

The Perks Of Being A Queerflower: Why perfection isn’t possible

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“The unconventional lifestyle is never going to be one of simplicity” BY LOUISA BENNETT, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK Whether you have been waving your own beautiful brand of quirkiness round for years, or you’re tentatively starting to explore your own path, the unconventional lifestyle is never going to be one of simplicity. *Spoiler alert* it’s going [….]