LGBTQ+ community

Does ‘Kink’ Belong in the LGBTQ+ Alphabet?

A ‘K’ has been added to the LGBTQ+ alphabet, and not everyone is particularly happy about it. The ‘K’, added onto the full acronym LGBTQQICAPF2K+, stands for ‘kink’, and while no one is against kinks and fetishes in general (as with anything, as long as it’s safe and consensual then anything …

Rent: La Vie Boheme and Palatable Revolutions

Rent opened on Broadway in 1996 to much critical acclaim, and boasts numerous awards including, but not limited to, a Pulitzer and several Tony’s. Rent first entered my own life through the far less celebrated 2007 production dubbed ‘Rent Remixed’. I was 16,  a massive musical theatre geek, and slowly coming to terms …

LGBT People Deserve Dating Shows

Ten years ago I was about to turn sixteen and trying to come to terms with the nuances of my own queerness. While I was grappling with my own identity, MTV was airing A Shot at Love. The show followed both women and men competing in a series of challenges to …

In the Flesh: Not Your Average Zombie Show

Kieren Walker, from the tragically short lived BBC3 show In the Flesh, is quite possibly the TV character who made me feel the most seen. Keiren represented parts of me in a way that was almost uncomfortable to acknowledge  — this is where I have to interject and reassure you …

The Outside Project is Tackling Homelessness in the LGBTIQ+ Community

There are many issues that disproportionately affect LGBTIQ+ people in society, from mental health problems to hate crime. One of the less considered issues, however, is how over-represented queer people are amongst the UK’s homeless. Research by the Albert Kennedy Trust shows that up to a quarter of homeless young people …

Being Queer Without Beer

We live in a culture where binge drinking is standard practice. We are expected to imbibe on dates, when we’re hanging out with friends, and in order to bond with our coworkers. Alcohol is often unavoidable when navigating the social landscape of a young person in Britain. However it’s even more difficult to avoid …

The Long and Short of it: on Queer Girls and their Hair

Until I was twelve years old, I had waist length hair that adults used to regularly tell me I should never cut. People would always comment on how ‘lovely and long’ my hair was, and my hair was something that other people would always enthusiastically compliment. It was crucial in …

‘SuperCorp’ Shipping Drama at Supergirl ComicCon Panel

Every year San Diego Comic Con comes around, and every year I am excited for the new content that will emerge from it. It’s a place where fans, who love and ship all different things, come together with the creators and cast members and should enjoy their time together. Fandoms of …

Pride and Prejudice and Cishet Intruders

This summer I went to Pride in London for the first time, and, as their ill thought out poster campaign promised, I met more than a few glittery cisgender heterosexuals looking for an excuse to party. When I am entering a queer space that is born out of the marginalisation …

The Art of Getting Bi: Feeling ‘Valid’ in Queer Spaces

Queer spaces are the most fun places I’ve ever been. Pride festivals, gay villages, social gatherings specifically for LGBTQ+ folk… there’s always a brilliant atmosphere, fantastic music and of course, copious amounts of glitter and rainbows. But something that often niggles at the back of my mind is the feeling …