Real life: Growing up gay in an all-girls school

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School was not a safe space to be gay, remembers Molly Smith BY MOLLY SMITH Being gay in an all-girls school was the kind of challenge that I wish I could have avoided. Soon after I started at secondary the excitement of being at a new school began to evaporate and the crippling realisation that [….]

OPINION: “The UK is failing LGBQTI asylum seekers”

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Alexandra Jarvis on how the UK is letting down queer asylum seekers – especially those who are trans – and what to expect post-Brexit BY ALEXANDRA JARVIS The progress of LGBTQI rights since 1969, the year of the Stonewall uprisings, is remarkable.  Pride events across the world shine as a beacon of light for protest [….]

OPINION: “They say never get a tattoo of your partner’s name, but what about a tattoo FROM your partner?”

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“Some couples find intimacy in less permanent acts like picnic dates or cinema trips. Loulou and I went to more drastic extremes” WORDS BY ANEZKA TUREK, IMAGE FROM PIXABAY A golden rule in the world of body art: never get a tattoo that you might just regret a few years down the line. Do tattoos [….]

OPINION: Star Wars made me gay

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“Introducing Star Wars Episode IX – the queer awakening” BY RACHEL BADHAM. IMAGE STARWARS.COM With eight feature films, spinoffs, side stories and animations, Star Wars is without doubt one of the most successful movie franchises of all time. However, there’s one chapter that has yet to be released to the world, until now: Star Wars [….]

XY Chelsea: The trans film that we not only need, but deserve

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“After three years in the army and seven years in prison, the real Chelsea Manning finally emerges in XY Chelsea” BY DAZ SKUBICH Debuting at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, XY Chelsea tells the story of whistleblower and trans activist Chelsea Manning. The documentary sheds light on the life of Manning after her 35-year sentence [….]

Shade never made anyone less gay: in defence of Taylor Swift

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“Swift is helping to bring narratives of uncensored and unapologetic queerness into the international spotlight” BY RACHEL BADHAM. IMAGE YOUTUBE After dropping her ultra queer music video for new single, You Need To Calm Down, pop icon Taylor Swift has received mixed responses… Some have praised her for showing support for the LGBTQI community during [….]