Review: The Dragprov Revue

The Dragprov Revue – a title born out of the marrying together of drag and improv. But in the case of this drag king/drag queen double act, the drag seems almost secondary. The gift Ed Scrivens (‘Eaton Messe’) and Francesca Forristal (‘Christian Adore’) have for improvisation is what carries the show – a talent made […]

Getting Life Back Up: An Interview with Elton Justice

Scotland-born Elton Justice spent three years of his life living in a country of the Far East (having previously lived in London). One day he posted the following about the country’s prime minister on his Facebook page: “He is an elected dictator.” Government authorities then set about ruining his life. “It was a constant psychological […]

IDAHOBIT – Celebrating Difference and Challenging Abuse

Each year on 17 May, LGBT activists and allies across the world mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, known as IDAHOBIT. The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Initially entitled International Day Against Homophobia, it was […]

Appeal denies CPs to heterosexual couples

An appeal has ruled that civil partnerships will not be extended to heterosexual couples. The ruling was after an appeal of a previous court case which sought to extend the right of civil partnerships beyond same-sex couples. However, the court once again rules there was no need to extend the reach of civil partnerships. He […]

Royal Vauxhall Tavern granted sui generis status

Following a huge effort from RVT Future and the wider LGBTQ+ community last summer – including the submission of 600+ representations, over 1,000 pages of emails, and around 2,000 file attachments – Lambeth Council have now granted Sui Generis classification to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. This planning classification enshrines the Tavern’s unique usage as we […]

Rainbow flags raised across the UK

Rainbow flags have appeared all over the UK to herald the start of LGBT History Month. Colleges across Oxford and Cambridge University, the Welsh National Assembly and the Guildhall in Bath are just a few of the notable buildings that have hoisted the rainbow flag to show their support. With the initiative going from strength […]

Lloyds named best employer for LGBT+

Lloyds Banking Group has been named the most inclusive employer in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2017. The banking firm, which came second in the 2016 list, launched a new colleague volunteering programme, forming official partnerships with LGBT charities. This includes trans youth […]

George Michael dies at home in Oxfordshire

Fans and the LGBT community are united in their grief over the death of openly gay pop singer George Michael, who was found dead in his home in Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. His manager Michael Lippman said that heart failure was to blame. It is thought he died peacefully in his sleep at some point on […]

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Mi Flamenco Presents: Incognito

Exciting, moving flamenco dance, powerful song, virtuoso guitar and cello – with lots of charm, imagination and theatre thrown in Incognito, by international flamenco company Mi Flamenco is touring for the last time this spring. It is a show not to be missed. It contains all the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the […]

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“Different, New, and Quite Dangerous”: An Interview with Jo Noble

Last year Jo Noble directed Oxford Playhouse’s 17|25 Young Company in Jane Eyre, which “got really good reviews”, she recalls. “It was a complicated text in many ways,” I’m told. “Often in quite dense novels, an awful lot of interest is in the minutiae of the writing, the descriptions and so forth, which of course […]

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LGBT Adoption and Fostering: “It Is Just Happening”

Ahead of LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (5-11 March) we talk to the New Family Social’s James Lawrence – himself an LGBT adoptive parent – about NFS’s role and those who are still against members of the LGBT community becoming parents. So New Family Social is the go-to for LGBT people wanting to adopt or […]

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A Shift Towards Equality: An Interview with Zoe Broughton

Sam Bennett Over 20 years ago, Oxford video journalist Zoe Broughton and Jamie Hartzell made a film about a group of women who wanted to stop some Hawk aircraft, being built in England, from being sold to Indonesia. These women believed the planes in question would be used for genocide against the people of East […]

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The Spirit of Cilla: An Interview with Kara Lily Hayworth

After acting on screen and stage Kara Lily Hayworth has now risen to play one the UK’s best-loved national treasures. […]

Proper Trousers: An Interview with Adam Kashmiry

Sam Bennett “You were born a girl, in the traditional sense, in Egypt,” I say to Adam Kashmiry, not quite […]

Number One in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers List

The National Assembly for Wales has been recognised as the 2018 UK leading employer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender […]

Ryan & Liam Simpson-Trotman: “It’s About Being Brave and Bold”

Oxfordshire is undoubtedly blessed with a wealth of excellent chefs, but few have the kind of fierce passion and sheer […]

A Fyne Chat with Charlie Healy

Charlie Healy auditioned for ‘X Factor’ in 2009 as part of Harmony Hood, managing to get to the judges’ houses […]

Christian Adore and Eaton Messe: Wholesome Drag

Francesca Forristal sits in Oxford’s Jam Factory with a liquorice tea, talking tattoos and her interest in what makes a […]