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Hijra: India’s historical relationship with gender and sexuality

Hijra are a community of people that reside predominantly in South Asia. According to the BBC, the word hijra encompasses transgender people, transsexual people, cross-dressers, eunuchs and transvestites. Essentially, they are widely defined as not conforming to common gender and sex binaries. Some Hijras are born intersex, but most tend to be born with male […]

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#ENDSMEARFEAR – The Latest Campaign to Destigmatise Smear Tests

Although recent years have shown some of the lowest figures of incidence of cervical cancer in the UK, according to the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme Statistics, only 7 in 10 women attended their screenings between 2018 and 2019. However, recent efforts from celebrities and organisations this past Sexual Health Awareness Week have aimed to educate […]

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Dance Fringe

‘Open, telling, and extremely raw’: Sound Cistem review

Electronic music blaring, two people take the stage, moving in slow motion, lit by disco lights in primary colours. They introduce themselves, explaining that they are transgender, before breaking out into almost an hour of dance; the lights and music mimicking that of a nightclub.  Prior to the show, they had interviewed a range of […]

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Comedy Fringe

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing

Dressed in a red jumpsuit, red shoes and on a red carpet, Sofie Hagen comes on stage to to entry music she has reused from last year’s show. It is dramatic in tone, with an offstage voice asking us if we’re ready to hear about emotional trauma.  However, when she comes on stage, Hagen assures […]

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Fringe Music Theatre

‘Goosebump-inducing music’: What Girls Are Made Of review

Written by and starring Cora Bissett, What Girls Are Made Of tells the true story of her tumultuous music career from mid-teens to motherhood. An award-winning musical production, it captures the true essence of Scotland and the British music scene in the 90s. Sporting a Pixies rock band tee and big hooped earrings, Bissett takes […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘A much-needed conversation’: Burgerz review

Packed with layers of symbolism which stick with you beyond the performance, Burgerz brilliantly strikes the balance between comedy and drama.  Based on the experience of artist Travis Alabanza as a trans and gender non-conforming person, the performance is inspired by a transphobic encounter in 2016 in which a burger was thrown at Alabanza. From […]

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Personal experience: a lifestyle writer explores the meaning of success

Success, to me, has always been about a state of mind. If anyone ever asked me what I strived for in life, I would always say happiness, because in my mind, that is the ultimate success. In fact, I would still say that today. However, what I have come to realise more and more over […]

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LGBTQ+ History Month: the events taking place across Edinburgh

This LGBTQ+ History Month is a particularly special one as it marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots in New York. This was one of the fundamental events that was a major catalyst for the gay liberation movement that began in the late 1960s. To celebrate this, and to support the community and their history, […]