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In praise of our universal femininity: the forgotten writings of Rose Allatini

Imagine a world where every person embraces their femininity. It is a world where gender non-conformity is celebrated as civilised and enlightened; where queer people are free to love whomever they choose; and, through a rejection of the masculine ‘war-instinct’, perhaps even a world without conflict. This is the world that Austrian-British author Rose Allatini […]

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Poem of the Week: ‘Having a Coke with You’

Frank O’Hara’s Having a Coke with You has always been a favourite of mine, but this 1960 love poem has taken on a new, bittersweet quality in 2021 as we move towards our year anniversary of life under a pandemic. Across the four stanzas, O’Hara has inadvertently curated a list of some of the experiences […]

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How has Edinburgh’s LGBT+ lifestyle changed in 40 years?

LGBT+ History Month is a time to celebrate the tireless work of queer activists, and to reflect on the huge social and political change experienced by the LGBT+ community in recent decades. There is no shortage of politics to reflect on at the university. This dates back to 1969 when the influential LGBT+ rights group, […]