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The Lifestyle guide to uncomfortable conversations

CW: suicide, racism When was the last time you saw the effects of white privilege first-hand? Or noticed you were being treated in a certain way due to your gender? Acknowledging issues of inequality can be uncomfortable and is often left unaddressed due to stigma. This mentality has been commonplace in past years, but 2020 […]

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International Women’s Day: celebrating Lifestyle’s unsung heroes

In the past year, we have seen social justice movements, a global pandemic, political uprisings and creative innovations. At the front of many of those changes were incredible women, sustaining us through lockdown, saving lives, leading protests and countries, advocating for justice. With International Women’s Day coming up, here is a list of inspiring women […]

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Clap for the UK hun!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK is a refreshing alternative to the thirteenth installment of the US version. Despite having a huge gap between filming, due to the pandemic, the simpler format and smaller cast mean that the heart of the show hasn’t been lost under layers and layers of pointless […]

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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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The quiet radicalism of ‘they’

As 31st December ushered in the arrival of a new decade, an inevitable onslaught of think-pieces and ‘best of’ lists have dominated media channels seeking to analyse the 2010s and locate some sense of zeitgeist in a culture that feels evermore divided. Perhaps overlooked against the annual round-ups of pop culture blockbusters are the humble […]

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The Stonewall Riots and its legacy 50 years on

Amongst many of our generation, it is the vivid red ‘SOME PEOPLE ARE GAY. GET OVER IT!’ posters that decorated PSCHE classrooms in secondary school that come to mind when the topic of Stonewall is raised. And for good reason; the LGBTQIA+ charity, the biggest of its kind not only in the United Kingdom but […]

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There is no one way to be a woman: the future of our rights includes trans identities

Last Wednesday the University of Edinburgh platformed a panel discussion organised by the university’s Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership. The speakers invited were women often referred to as “TERFs” (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists), although the term continues to be debated, to discuss what they call “sex-based rights.” Such rhetoric can be used to deny […]

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The over-sexualisation of LGBTQ+ love is unacceptable in 2019

Edinburgh-based poet Rachel Plummer’s new book, Wain, is a children’s collection based on Scottish mythology, reimagined with an LGBTQ+ focus. It contains poignant poems by Plummer and stunning illustrations by Helene Boppert, using metaphors of selkies, fin-folk and goddesses to represent LGBTQ+ identities. The poems in Wain are smart, magical, and sensitive. A particularly memorable […]