Creating creative communities in Yorkshire

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Giving a voice to York’s LGBTQI community through the arts BY EMILY EATON HLGBT York is an organisation working to give northern LGBTQI people a voice – through creativity and collaboration. Emily Eaton speaks to their producer, Mei Wilshare, to find out more… DIVA: Tell us a little more about HLGBT?MEI WILSHARE: HLGBT York is a collaborative [….]

Ladybones: A one woman show about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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“I wrote this play because I wanted to show OCD on stage in a truthful way” BY SORCHA MCCAFFREY  When I was a little kid I used to wake up my mum to check she hadn’t died in the night. My head was full of intense worries and patterns and numbers and routines.  Fifteen years [….]

Bang Bang Romeo’s Anastasia Walker chats coming out, Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Sofar Sounds

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“Growing up it was me, myself and I – I didn’t have any role models; I had to have that belief in myself BY EMILY EATON A “global community creating intimate gigs for artists and music lovers” Sofar Sounds is – if you haven’t already been – a bloody great way to spend an evening. It’s an [….]

Coming Clean

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As a queer woman, what can I learn from Kevin Elyot’s 1982, male-focused play and what it says about relationships of both its time – and today? BY EMILY GARSIDE As the 25th anniversary production of Coming Clean transfers to the West End, it’s worth considering how different our perspectives on LGBT+ relationships are today. What should [….]

Skin: “We need to stop tearing each other apart”

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Roxy Bourdillon meets Skunk Anansie’s lead singer to discuss her 25-year career as a queer rock star BY ROXY BOURDILLON  Skin’s beautiful, bruising voice has been the soundtrack to so many heartbreaks in my life, it feels surreal to spend an hour in her company and not be helplessly weeping on the floor about my [….]

Introducing… singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker

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Adrianne Lenker gives a soothing-to-the-soul, candle-lit performance at London’s Union Chapel Adrianne Lenker will soothe your soul, believe me. Arriving at London’s Union Chapel, a working church, award-winning music venue and community centre for those who find themselves homeless, I’m immediately struck by the venue’s beauty – and its acoustics. Lenker’s support act for the evening, the Boston-born [….]

10 androgynous babes you should probably follow on Instagram right now

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Need some andro style inspo? Follow these lovely folk for some seriously fluid fashion 👔 BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE  If, like me, you were born without the natural ability to dress yourself but aspire to achieve a look that leans towards andro/tomboy. Or, if you’re super femme one day, then masc it up the next – look no further. [….]