Find your amazing Illinois

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Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, you’ll find it in Illinois — a destination that’s #amazingforall BY ILLINOIS OFFICE OF TOURISM Start your trip in Chicago, the large, shimmering city on the shores of Lake Michigan. In the summer, city life meets beach life thanks to Chicago’s 26 miles of publicly owned beaches, where [….]

Lucy Ash on sexuality, social injustice and creating art from pain

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“Art comes from the unconscious, queerness is a lived experience, and we need more queer women making it” BY ELEANOR NOYCE  LGBTQ+ artist, Lucy Ash, has had her work exhibited in the UK, Amsterdam and New York. Her piece, Iris 02, has recently been acquired by Southampton City Art Gallery, which has one of the [….]

A beginner’s guide to queer poetry 📓

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Fancy a dip into the world of queer poetry but not sure where to start? We’ve got your back. BY MOLLY MOSS  Wordy folk, ASSEMBLE… 📚 Here’s our go-to list of inspiring queers under the influence of beats (that you should definitely check out right now). LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA Based in Oakland, Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer, disabled, nonbinary femme [….]

Don’t shush me: Is your library stocking LGBT books?

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Hannah Murphy is on a mission to give LGBT books pride of place on our library shelves BY HANNAH MURPHY  Successful campaigns such as Stonewall’s Come Out For LGBT and Rainbow Laces have highlighted how important visibility is in tackling intolerance. However, it can be difficult for individuals to become involved in these campaigns and [….]

I’m an openly queer teacher – here’s why that matters

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Georgina Tomsett-Rowe on the importance of being out in the classroom BY GEORGINA TOMSETT-ROWE  Regardless of your response to summer 2017’s celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wlaes, you cannot deny its visibility. This has been in stark contrast to my own experiences growing up when exposure [….]