VIEWS: Goodbye Zoe Tate

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“Actor Leah Bracknell’s Zoe Tate will live on as a lez/bi legend and as the first lesbian character in a British soap” BY JACQUIE LAWRENCE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT DIVA MEDIA GROUP. IMAGE EMMERDALE WIKI. For most queer female viewers, The Brookside Kiss is the seminal lez/bi soap moment, but for me, it was the coming [….]

Bisexuality: A tale of two loaves

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“Contrary to the stereotypes, being bisexual really isn’t like discovering the benefits of Hovis Best of Both…” BY ANT JACKSON Bisexuals. They’ve got it good right? They really are living the dating dream. So many options to pick and choose from, some may even say they get to be a bit greedy. Contrary to the [….]

OPINION: You can’t pink wash this

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The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots saw worrying attempts to repress anti-colonial queers during Pride BY DR MELANIE RICHTER-MONTPETIT. IMAGE MAGDA STEVANENCO. Berlin’s permissive attitude to drugs and public sex ranks the city on top of those looking for “authentic” queer experiences.  And yet, as Pride events across the globe celebrated the 50th anniversary [….]

OPINION: Am I the only lesbian in the village?

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“I seem to be the only person in the village who wears a lot of leopard print and can’t drive” BY SABINA WESTON “Don’t you know I’m the only gay in this village?” asks Daffyd Thomas in his first appearance in Little Britain. I remember sneaking into the living room as a little girl to [….]

OPINION: On femme hostility amongst queer women

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“Many feminine queer women consciously avoid queer communities for fear of being rejected” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK “Straight-passing is mainly considered a privilege, and although it facilitates a smooth daily life, it suspends femmes to suspicion and hostility from their own community. In 2018, Hannah Gadsby started the mainstream discussion about hostility towards queer [….]

OPINION: Brexit, or How to stay friends with your ex

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A German perspective on international break-ups BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Last January, when I was violently sobbing in front of my laptop, I suddenly started to look at Brexit in a slightly different light. My British girlfriend had just broken up with me via Skype, because she didn’t want to keep up our long-distance [….]

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 [….]