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: As a gay police officer, I’ve seen the force change first hand

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Former DCI Louise Fleckney reflects on the “rainbow strides” made by the police in dealing with same-sex domestic abuse over the last 20 years BY LOUISE FLECKNEY In a police career spanning nearly two decades, I have seen the full range with which domestic abuse can present itself. From low-level verbal arguments – the stuff [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Jen Brister – Under Privilege

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“Jen Brister’s unabashedly honest new show” BY LIZI TRAFFORD. IMAGE LIZI & JEN AFTER THE SHOW. Walking into Jen’s gig I already felt I had an affiliation with her, as this was the third time I had seen Jen at the Fringe – her usual style of wit mixed with anger was in full force. [….]

Long-distance love: The one where she moves to Singapore

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“Having met queer Singaporeans, I have witnessed their own survival and relative comfort” BY YAIZA CANOPOLI It started as a normal weekday when I was picking up my girlfriend for her lunch break, and ended as the day I made a life changing decision… I’m moving to Singapore. She went into the question hesitantly and, [….]

OPINION: “It doesn’t matter who you love, as long as you keep it to yourself” – the paradox of Pride

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Mie Astrup Jensen is sick of being told to keep it to herself BY MIE ASTRUP JENSEN Summer is the season of celebration for LGBTQI people. However, it’s also a time when some experience derogatory comments about positive discrimination, enforcing an agenda without understanding straight privilege. I’ve often encountered the phrase, “It doesn’t matter who [….]

OPINION: Yes, I’m bisexual. No, I will not have a threesome with you

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“They seem to assume that we have a WhatsApp group of other bisexual women who are thirsty for some action. We don’t” BY ABIGOLIAH SCHAMAUN I’ve been with my boyfriend for close to five years now. And being out of the dating scene has some advantages, as we all know. I don’t have to wade [….]