LGBTQ

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 …

Start Your Engines… A Brief Introduction to Drag

As a cis queer woman and a fan of drag performances, I thoroughly enjoy drag as a form of entertainment but wanted to find out more drag culture, looking into the origins and talking with drag queens about their experiences and opinions. Over a series of articles, I’ll be looking at …

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 …

Why Stonewall’s Come Out for LGBT Campaign is So Important

“But gay marriage is legal here!” “Stop exaggerating the issue for attention!” “I mean, it’s 2017. We are cool with things like that, now.” If you are part of the LGBT+ community, you’ve likely heard these remarks dozens of times. During my time working for Stonewall as a Young Campaigner, …

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 …