Who’s allowed to be Proud? Corporate Pride and Representation at the Proud Scotland Awards

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the third Proud Scotland Awards, an awards ceremony celebrating the hard work of LGBTQ+ people in communities across the country. Hosted at the Sheraton Hotel here in Edinburgh, the night certainly delivered on the glamour I was expecting from such a venue. Seeing so many wonderful queer […]

LGBT+ Lifestyle

No place like home? The hidden LGBTQ+ housing struggle

Finding a place to live in Edinburgh is hard. Acquiring a safe and secure living space is akin to running a race in a housing market so competitive and brutal. The difficulty of this is, however, increased for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This claim might raise an eyebrow or two: surely […]


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 […]

Culture Theatre

“These plays expose their audiences to the not-so-fairy-tale side of relationships”: Pride Plays 2 review

Produced by Shift and Traverse, Scotland’s first ever LGBTQI+ playwright festival, the Pride Plays, returns for another year. The second night, Pride Plays: 2, features 787 Blinks by Gabriella Sloss, and Elastic by JD Stewart. While Edinburgh’s streets are full of Valentine’s Day-themed heart-shaped balloons, fairy lights and posters, these plays expose their audiences to the not-so-fairy-tale side […]


Is it time to say ‘thank you, next’ to problematic Pride practices?

On 25 February, Manchester Pride announced that Ariana Grande will be headlining this year’s Pride event. This announcement sparked debate as some expressed outrage at the choice of a straight artist to headline the event, whilst others were thrilled. Others used this choice of headliner to explain the 100 per cent increase in ticket prices. […]