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Out of the Closet: An Interview with Jude Adams

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“I was a closeted singer,” states 58-year-old Jude Adams. As a child and teenager, she says, she knew she could hold a tune, but she kept her vocal ability hidden for decades – not singing publicly until she was 50. “I have very high expectations of myself, and I thought my voice had to be […]

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Bianca Del Rio: “Anything is possible in America”

Bianca Del Rio: “Anything is possible in America”

Sam Bennett    “Your stand-up routines are quite confrontational,” I point out to Roy Haylock, more famous as Bianca Del Rio. The RuPaul’s Drag Race winner cackles and describes my statement as “genius”. Yes, he confirms, his routines are confrontational. Part of the drag industry for 21 years now, he thinks back to earlier club gigs, […]

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Wales’ number one panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, sees record sales ahead of opening performances!

Wales’ number one panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, sees record sales ahead of opening performances!

Cardiff’s New Theatre, home to Wales’ number one family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has already exceeded record sales to date before this year’s must-see run has even begun. Demand for this year’s production, which stars Samantha Womack, Gareth Thomas, Mike Doyle, Chico, Tam Ryan and Stephanie Webber, has been exceptional with limited […]

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Pink Singers Raise the Roof on World AIDS Day

Pink Singers Raise the Roof on World AIDS Day

This year’s ‘World AIDS Day Concert’ with The Pink Singers will raise support for the National AIDS Trust, and will include guest singers and Rainbow Singers Across Borders – the Croydon-based voluntary self-help group for LGBT asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution of oppressive homophobic/transphobic regimes. Over 50 Pink Singers will be singing a mixture […]

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The Rocky Horror Show: Fyne meets Riff Raff

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Kristian Lavercombe portrays Riff Raff in the current tour of the Rocky Horror Show, playing in Oxford from 13th-17th & 27th-31st December. Fyne got in touch with Kristian to discuss fans, looking haggard and Richard O’Brien… You’re currently in Italy with the Rocky Horror tour. Is the show received differently depending on what country you’re […]

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Anastacia at St David’s Hall

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POP legend Anastacia brings her remarkable voice to St David’s Hall on The Ultimate Collection tour on Saturday 4 June. But hurry – tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday (4 November) and are expected to sell fast! With over 30 million worldwide sales to her name, the charismatic American singer-songwriter will reel off […]

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“Embracing the freaks”

The current UK tour of Rocky Horror comes to New Theatre Oxford 13th-31st December.

Sam Bennett sits down with Charlie Condou at the Randolph Hotel, the venue for the Rocky Horror Show Oxford launch, to discuss same sex families, Coronation Street, and feeling different… “There wasn’t anything for same sex families events wise,” Charlie Condou says of life before he set up Out with the Family, an initiative described […]

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A Rocky Horror Christmas!

The Rocky Horror Show press call at the Randolph Hotel,

The cast of The Rocky Horror Show weren’t over at the Frankenstein Place on 22nd September – they were at the Randolph Hotel to promote their Christmas run in Oxford! Actress and model Georgia May Foote (who plays Columbia) and S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole (who plays Eddie/Dr Scott) were joined by three of the […]

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The Pink Festival

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During the first weekend of September, The Pink Festival will be headlined by Andy Bell – best known as the charismatic front man of enduring electropop duo Erasure – in an unmissable show at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Born and brought up in Peterborough, Andy became Patron of Dhiverse in 2015, a charity established some […]

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Expert Tips: Hiring an exclusive use wedding venue

Spring 2019 Congratulations on your engagement – let the fun begin. One of the earliest, hardest and probably most important […]

The Wrong Kind of 80s Revival

I’ve written in these pages previously about Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988; a pernicious little sinew of discriminatory law that […]

What God Says I Am

Passion, Fashion and the Plight of LGBTQ Refugees  Toby Hambly Lubega Adrac Musa, director of Lunko Haute Couture, speaks to me from a town […]

“We Have to be Continually Vigilant”

Co-founder of Stonewall Lisa Power talks evil, the Aids pandemic and remembering our history.  Stonewall celebrates its 30th birthday this year – how proud are you?  Very […]

Sweat, ‘Sissies’ and Spreadsheets

At the time of speaking, a “fucking busy” Reuben Kaye is about to get ready for a show that night at London’s Café […]

A Queer History of Hampshire

What have Clare Balding, Rupert Everett, Lord Alfred Douglas and Patrick Gale got in common? They all have connections to […]

To the Queer Youth: What Makes You Different is What Makes You Awesome

Michael Vogel is a writer/producer and super geek who has been fortunate enough to work on some of the biggest […]

WIN! An Extensive Visual History of Gay Rights

PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests From the Photo Archives of The New York Times By The New York […]

“I Love Being Gay” – Conquering Demons and Celebrating Pride

Sam Bennett talks to R12’s Stu Fenton and Casey Lucarelli about addiction in the queer community and the meaning of Pride.  […]

Stonewall turns 30

Back in 1989, Section 28 had just been passed, effectively banning conversations about same-sex relationships in school, forcing LGBT teachers into […]