OPINION: You can’t pink wash this

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The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots saw worrying attempts to repress anti-colonial queers during Pride BY DR MELANIE RICHTER-MONTPETIT. IMAGE MAGDA STEVANENCO. Berlin’s permissive attitude to drugs and public sex ranks the city on top of those looking for “authentic” queer experiences.  And yet, as Pride events across the globe celebrated the 50th anniversary [….]

OPINION: Am I the only lesbian in the village?

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“I seem to be the only person in the village who wears a lot of leopard print and can’t drive” BY SABINA WESTON “Don’t you know I’m the only gay in this village?” asks Daffyd Thomas in his first appearance in Little Britain. I remember sneaking into the living room as a little girl to [….]

OPINION: On femme hostility amongst queer women

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“Many feminine queer women consciously avoid queer communities for fear of being rejected” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK “Straight-passing is mainly considered a privilege, and although it facilitates a smooth daily life, it suspends femmes to suspicion and hostility from their own community. In 2018, Hannah Gadsby started the mainstream discussion about hostility towards queer [….]

How to reclaim queerbaiting: A guide to professional shipping

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“By shipping your favourite couple you take part in the resistance – you’re subverting heteronormativity” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. IMAGE NETFLIX. Lesbihonest, we have all watched that TV show that had us losing sleep over two characters who simply should be together, albeit the writers do not think so. Luckily, there is fanfiction.  Also [….]

One from the vaults: Bisexual lighting and why it’s definitely a thing

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It’s all about the pink, purple and blue, baby… BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Bisexual lighting. That’s right. It’s a thing, and it’s glorious. The release of Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe’s electro-pop tune Make Me Feel has breathed new pink, purple and blue life into the Twitter-based discussion which brought the term “bisexual lighting” star-jumping its way into the big, [….]

Instagram cruising: a how to guide

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Strap in, it’s time to slide into them DMs WORDS BY JESS RAYNER, PHOTO BY ZACKARY DRUCKER FOR THE GENDER SPECTRUM COLLECTION In this fragile, chaotic, tech age there are but two kinds of queer person: those who hook up with  people they meet on Instagram and those who say, “Wait, how do you even [….]

Secret lovers, friends with benefits, and fuckbois: how do you label your love?

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Felicitas Sophie van Laak wonders what it really means when we categorise our relationships BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK For the last couple of months, I have been dating this gorgeous woman. She is a lawyer, has a great fashion-sense and is really fun to talk to. However, she is obsessed with labels. After my [….]