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Voices

Liberation on a House of Cards: Reflection of a Trans Woman in Academia

CW: Transphobia It is well known that the sciences have a problem with inclusivity. Women are not particularly welcome in engineering and even social science departments remain a hotbed of transphobia. But there is a deeper conflict in how academia shapes your thinking that is not really talked about. Be it the focus on empirical […]

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Film

Celebrating queer filmmakers: Derek Jarman

During LGBT history month, I want to celebrate one of British cinema’s most enigmatic figures: Derek Jarman. Throughout his illustrious career, Jarman pursued many artistic ventures: he authored autobiographical journals, wrote poems, and painted Renaissance art; but above all he was a filmmaker of enormous talent. His peculiar style of avant-garde cinema maintained its relevance […]

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Film

She kissed a girl and I liked it: finding representation on screen

I was thirteen when I first had feelings for a girl. The butterflies battering in my chest both confused me and excited me. That first crush was the start of six years of grappling to understand my sexuality until I became fully comfortable with it. There were crushes on boys that made me question if […]

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Sport

Football’s long road to inclusivity

Content Warning: Homophobia, Suicide Justin Fashanu is the only player to have ever come out as gay whilst playing in the English Football League. The victim of constant tabloid speculation, fan abuse, and malicious remarks from teammates, Fashanu endured a fellow professional saying he would be reluctant to play against him “for a certain fear […]

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Features LGBT+ Lifestyle

Riots, rights and resplendence: a look at LGBTQ+ around the world

Studying in Scotland, it is tempting and somewhat natural to believe that acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community is universally on the rise; that soon we’ll live in a world where it won’t matter whose hand you hold as you walk down the street. And whilst many nations have taken great strides towards equality, we still […]

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News

EUSA apologise for “tone deaf” instagram post

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association has apologised after posting a heavily criticised Instagram story which suggested incorporating LGBT+ history month into the decoration of pancakes. The post, which has now been deleted, proposed that students “combine celebrations of Pancake Day with LGBT+ History Month to add some sparkle to (their) February,” and featured a picture […]

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Culture Literature

Celebrating LGBT+ literature: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous & Giovanni’s Room

Jakob Tynan and Rory Biggs O’May share two unmissable works celebrating queer identities and relationships for LGBT History Month.   Jakob Tynan, on On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous So very occasionally does a novel take your breath away with such delicacy, such sublimity, that it goes almost unnoticed until you put it down. For me, […]

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Culture Literature

The Student’s top five literary masterpieces for LGBT+ History Month

It’s February 2019 and the gay agenda is out in full force. It is a time to celebrate our queerness, contemplate our history, and think about the work we still have to accomplish. But since it’s also February, however, it would be handy if we could accomplish all of this from our beds. Don’t worry, […]