SCREEN: Feeling good with Mae Martin

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Roxy Bourdillon visits the set of Mae Martin’s hilarious and heartfelt new sitcom BY ROXY BOURDILLON I’m at a narcotics anonymous meeting surrounded by famous people. In the centre of the innocuous community hall, wooden chairs are arranged in a group therapy circle. Sitting on those seats are stars of shows like Call The Midwife, [….]

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 [….]

DATING: The dating (trans)action

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Why sometimes self-love is the first step to finding love BY FREIYA BENSON It’s 6.30pm, and I’m sitting in a pub waiting for my final date to turn up. I say final here, because I mean I’m pretty much done with dating, and honestly, if this doesn’t work out I’m considering just calling it quits. [….]

SCREEN: Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

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Danielle Mustarde meets the stars of this gorgeous new French flick ahead of its UK cinema release BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Speaking at a BAFTA Screenwriter’s Lecture at the end of 2019, French screenwriter Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Tomboy, Girlhood) explains of her writing process: “I do have my way of doing it, I guess at [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: DIVA meets comedy legend Fortune Feimster

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Fortune Feimster has a heart-to-heart with Roxy Bourdillon about the special women in her life BY ROXY BOURDILLON Fortune Feimster is one of the world’s most successful lesbian comedians, having starred in megahits like The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately and a hilariously relatable Netflix special (sample line: “My friend gave me a Fitbit… and I [….]

MAISIE RICHARDSON-SELLERS: “Intersectional feminism is the only feminism”

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Actor and filmmaker Maisie Richardson-Sellers talks growing up mixed race, leaning into her queerness and changing the game for on-screen representation BY ROXY BOURDILLON “I’m fed up with having straight, cis, white people tell queer stories.” Maisie Richardson-Sellers is venting about one of her specialist subjects: LGBTQI representation. Yes, it’s brilliant to see the proliferation [….]

OPINION: The media I loved never loved me back

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Writer and activist Lois Shearing shares the personal story behind hashtag campaign, #DoBetterBiUs BY LOIS SHEARING As a child, I was sent home with a note telling my parents that The Beano was not appropriate for class reading hour and could I please be sent with something more substantial tomorrow. Such was my love for [….]