11 Shocking and hilarious things my family have said to me at Christmas dinner

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For realsies. BY NATASH It’s that time of year where many of us are mentally preparing to sit down with our families for Christmas dinner.  For those of us with outspoken grandparents, interfering aunts, and a drunken uncle who considers himself clever, Christmas dinner can be eventful – to say the least. To help you [….]

How to survive Christmas with your family: LGBT style

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Self-help coach Gina Battye shares her expert advice BY GINA BATTYE  How do you stay relaxed with your loved ones over Christmas? Add unsupportive or homophobic, transphobic, biphobic and interphobic parents, siblings and family and taking your partner with you for the holidays, and what do you get? The potential of losing it with your [….]

One from the vaults: Staying well over the silly season

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What happens if “the most wonderful time of the year” is a nightmare? BY JO WHITEHEAD Despite all the glitter, lights and wall-to-wall chocolate, Christmas isn’t always the easiest or happiest time for many people. This can be particularly acute for LGBTQ+ folks, who may face a tense or painful time with family members who [….]

SAARA AALTO: Do you hear what I hear? ❄️

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The glittering pop princess chats working with Kylie, first love and celebrating Christmas the Finnish way… BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Saara Aalto glitters. She does. In fact, it’s the only reason I manage, sans glasses, to spot the 32-year-old in the low-lit bar we meet in, after glimpsing something shimmering in the far corner of the [….]

VIEWS: Queer Actually

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Roxy Bourdillon reimagines the Christmas classic BY ROXY BOURDILLON  It’s that time of year again. The streets are full of shoppers festively screaming at each other, the Amazon delivery guy is weeping on the pavement – a broken man with a broken back – and you’re settling down on the sofa with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange (it’s not Terry’s, [….]

One from the vaults: Driving home for Queermas

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This is why LGBTQI folk are more likely to travel home for Christmas BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems to be a universal phenomena that, once adulthood is reached, Christmas and New Year come and go in the same time that it takes your nieces and nephews to rip open each [….]

SCREEN: On *that* deleted lez/bi scene from Love Actually

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“There are roughly eight straight couples in Love Actually, six of which get a happy ending – why can’t the lesbians be happy too?” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. IMAGE YOUTUBE. I adore Love Actually, I do. I think it’s well-written, well-acted, heartbreaking and utterly delightful. And when I recently found out that the film [….]