Raze Collective, The Charity Protecting Queer Performance Spaces

Happy Pride! June is a big month for our community, marking the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising – a turning point for the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, and testimony to the importance of queer venues where we are free and safe to be ourselves. But behind the rainbow-tinted wave of support that comes withContinue reading “Raze Collective, The Charity Protecting Queer Performance Spaces”

The One Fifty Marchers Podcast On Bringing LGBTQ+ History To Light

When it comes to LGBTQ+ creative work, the stories we tell can often look back on our history as a community – reflecting a desire to make parts of our collective story, parts that have been buried or forgotten over the years, known to the world.  The One Fifty Marchers podcast attempts to track downContinue reading “The One Fifty Marchers Podcast On Bringing LGBTQ+ History To Light”

Queer Film Exhibition CineQ On Prioritising QTIPOC Perspectives – And How On-Screen Stories Can Change Our Perceptions

Film and arts festivals may have taken a different shape over the past year, with Zoom being the new venue of choice, but their impact on the communities they cater to remains undeniable. Festivals that showcase queer work can help their audiences find a sense of belonging and pride, by giving them the opportunity toContinue reading “Queer Film Exhibition CineQ On Prioritising QTIPOC Perspectives – And How On-Screen Stories Can Change Our Perceptions”

Bookshop Queer Lit On Making Space For LGBTQ+ Literature

What’s your favourite queer book? The book lovers among us will know what it’s like to see ourselves in what we read; a lot of us may even remember the first time we found a character in a book who shared our identity, and how that validation felt. However, with the mainstream still dominated byContinue reading “Bookshop Queer Lit On Making Space For LGBTQ+ Literature”

FEATURE: Drag Queen Aaron Carty On Creating “The Beyoncé Experience”, Performing Worldwide, And Being Unapologetically You

Drag has long been a huge part of LGBTQ+ culture – from its origins on the stage, to the drag balls that established it as a queer art form, before finding its way into pop culture. Today – thanks in no small part to RuPaul’s Drag Race – drag has its heels planted firmly inContinue reading “FEATURE: Drag Queen Aaron Carty On Creating “The Beyoncé Experience”, Performing Worldwide, And Being Unapologetically You”

Sappho Events On Why We Need Queer Social Spaces

The past year has been an isolating experience for us all – and particularly for LGBTQ+ people, lockdown has meant the connections with our communities and chosen families – that were vital for so many of us – have been severed. But perhaps one good thing about being stuck inside all these months is thatContinue reading “Sappho Events On Why We Need Queer Social Spaces”

“It’s Changed My Life”: The Pink Singers On Performance And Community As An LGBTQ+ Choir

The Pink Singers are Europe’s oldest LGBT+ choir. Formed in 1983 for London’s Pride march, at a time when the age of consent was still unequal and the first case of AIDS in the UK had been diagnosed only two years before, over the decades the choir has grown into a group of over 90Continue reading ““It’s Changed My Life”: The Pink Singers On Performance And Community As An LGBTQ+ Choir”

“Your Queerness Is Your Superpower”: Polari Creative On Making Space To Tell Queer Stories In Film

When was the last time you saw an LGBTQ+ character on the big screen? GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index, which looks at the number of LGBTQ+ characters in the movies released by the eight biggest film studios every year, paints a picture of where we’re at with queer representation. Take 2020, where 18.6% of films releasedContinue reading ““Your Queerness Is Your Superpower”: Polari Creative On Making Space To Tell Queer Stories In Film”

Interview: Artist Hash Kodithuwakku On… Creating Communities, Turning Your Hobby Into A Career, And Why Other Artists Aren’t Your Competition

Hash Kodithuwakku is an artist and the creator of online shop Sofftpunk, which they run with partner Ish. Exploring both the political and the personal, Hash’s art often centres queerness, community, and minority perspectives. We spoke to Hash about engaging with other artists, creating accepting spaces, and the joys and pitfalls of turning your hobbyContinue reading “Interview: Artist Hash Kodithuwakku On… Creating Communities, Turning Your Hobby Into A Career, And Why Other Artists Aren’t Your Competition”

Interview: Poet Andreena Leeanne On… Feeling The Fear, Speaking Your Truth, And Coping Through Creativity

Andreena Leeanne is a poet, inspirational speaker, and the founder of Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night. Andreena’s first book of poetry, ‘Charred: A Survivor Speaks Her Truth To Inspire’, was published in 2020 by Team Angelica. Andreena was shortlisted for the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT at the National Diversity Awards in 2020, for herContinue reading “Interview: Poet Andreena Leeanne On… Feeling The Fear, Speaking Your Truth, And Coping Through Creativity”