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Fynest Reads: Gay’s The Word

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Gay’s The Word is the UK’s oldest LGBT bookshop and a touchstone for the broader LGBT community. The bookshop was set up in January 1979 by a group of gay socialists as a community space where all profits were funnelled back into the business. This ethos continues today with shelves bursting with books and the […]

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Fynest Reads

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This edition, we’re spoiling you with two fabulous fantasy reads, from Alexander Rowland and TJ Klune. In this issue of Fyne we hear from both authors who discuss LGBTQ+ representation in literature, and queer-normative fantasy.     A Taste of Gold and Iron   By Alexandra Rowland                      […]

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The Coast Is Queer

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Three days of accessible, lively literary conversations, panels, workshops and films celebrating some of our best and brightest LGBTQ+ writers. Brighton & Hove’s festival of LGBTQ+ writing is back in real, queer life. Following an online edition of the festival in 2021 attracting viewers from all over the world, The Coast Is Queerproducers, New Writing […]

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Book Preview: The Boy Who Sat By The Window by David Hodge

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From a skinny, ginger-haired kid from Walsall who was bullied at school, to The Very Miss Dusty O, ‘the Queen of Soho’ who would rule London’s drag scene in its most dazzling era. The Boy Who Sat By The Window follows an unassuming David Hodge, separated from other children at school and made to sit […]

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Queer Spaces

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A Queer independent bookshop in Glasgow; an ice cream parlour in Cuba, where strawberry is the Queerest choice; a cathedral in ruins in Nicaragua, occupied by the underground LGBTQIA+ community.  Queer people have always found ways to exist, gather and celebrate and will always continue to. Therefore, there will always be a need for Queer […]

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Fynest Reads: Mostly Books

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An Award-Winning Independent Bookshop, Mostly Books, based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire got in touch for this edition’s Fynest Reads. They shared with us their favourite LGBTQIA+ literature, from Fiction to non, and old to new.   Nonfiction   Bad Gays: A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey, Ben Miller  ISBN: 9781839763274 Price: £20.00 Following on from their […]

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The Values of Real Brighton

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Brighton takes centre stage in a new book from Red Dog Press. New Brighton by Helen Trevorrow is an action-packed speculative thriller set in Brighton’s near future. It follows the life of waitress, Robyn Lockhart after a mysterious ship runs aground on Brighton beach during a vicious storm. While the city on the sea comes […]

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Fynest Reads: Showcasing the Very Best of Queer Literature

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In this edition of our Fynest Reads series, we were lucky enough to hear from Birmingham-based LGBT+ bookshop, Proud Geek, who aim to be your one-stop-online-shop for everything geeky and queer. Whether you’re a book geek, a comic geek or a film geek, you’ll find something that was created by, and for people just like […]

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Book Preview: The Love That Dares

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A good love letter can speak across centuries and reassure us that the agony and the ecstasy one might feel in the 21st century have been shared by lovers long gone. This is all the truer of LGBTQ+ love letters: love affairs and relationships that, until very recently, had to survive within sealed envelopes and […]

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Death, Love, Tea, and Queer Tales

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Witty, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is a gift for troubled times. A warm hug of a story about a man who spent his life at the office – and his afterlife building a home. Here its author, TJ Klune answers Sam Bennett’s questions. Under the Whispering Door was hard for you to […]

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LGBTQ+ Musicians Experiences with Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Musicians from LGBTQ+ communities face significant barriers and issues relating to discrimination, sexual harassment and concerns around physical, mental and […]

WIN! A Storydo Family Storybook

Storydo is a ground-breaking platform that allows all types of families to tell their unique story and celebrate their family, […]

Military Charity Fighting With Pride Flies The Flag For LGBT History Month

Liverpool’s HMS Eaglet will host a special Veteran’s Pride event this month celebrating the service of LGBT+ veterans and serving personnel in […]

Franco Labia: Space Pride

Queer engineer and founder and president of Space Pride, Franco Labia is on a mission to diversify the space industry, which […]

Sacha Polak on Silver Haze

Screening at BFI Flare later this year, Silver Haze reunites Dutch writer/director Sacha Polak with British actor Vicky Knight. Having […]

Capturing People’s Truth: Anais Stupka

Anais Stupka is a London-based, Georgian-Italian multimedia artist who grew up in 14 different parts of the world.    Her […]

Philip Baldwin meets Adrian Trett

“It’s a real challenge to be non-binary and open about it in sport.”  Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett is a Liberal Democrat politician […]

Fynest Reads: To Cage a God

To Cage a God combines two things that fascinate me: Russian history and mythology. The book’s backdrop of a brewing […]

LGBT+ History Month 2024

The 2024 theme celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.  We want […]

Touch-Me-Not: Ian Humphreys 

Touch-Me-Not  Ian Humphreys     this flower  doesn’t belong  on the canal  hiding  in an airless tunnel  where no-one goes  before […]