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A new play with songs by Matt Jones and Kele Okereke “When I first read the script, I was so fucking eager to get this part. It was just so familiar to my life. That’s what I think is really powerful about it. It’s the familiarity that’s so impactful for me as a reader, let […]

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Improving the Much-loved Marlborough

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For the past ten years, the Marlborough Pub & Theatre in Brighton has put on “work which is at the forefront of LGBTQ+ culture”, says Ema Boswood, programme coordinator. “We’re really fortunate to operate in Brighton where there’s such a vibrant queer community and so many people excited by the work we’re programming.” The sort […]

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A Homotopian Rent Party

Sam Bennett During the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, poor African Americans – paid low wages yet asked for disproportionately high rent – would host house parties and collect money from guests in order to keep a roof over their heads. These bashes, which have inspired the Darren Pritchard-directed Rent Party, would see the likes of jazz […]

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From Russia to Rainbows

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Placebo co-founder and bassist Stefan Olsdal talks parenthood, bigotry and mental health with Sam Bennett Did Stefan Olsdal always feel accepted as a gay man in rock ‘n’ roll? In the early days of Placebo, he says, and during their heyday, “I was struggling with my sexuality, I was not completely comfortable in my own […]

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“I’m just doing what I do”: An Interview with Karnage Kills

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Toby Hambly Grime rapper Karnage Kills has been making waves since he put out Hoe Diaries last year. He’s been a regular on the London scene and released his debut mixtape Suck It at the end of 2017. Managing to keep up a solid output on the side of his full-time job as a tailor, […]

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Brand new music from Andrea Di Giovanni

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Born into a strictly observant Roman Catholic family, Andrea grew up in Rome as the middle child between his older brother and younger sister. His mother, who came from a large Italian family, installed in him the values of sticking together as a family and protecting each other… something Andrea still holds dear. Taking his […]

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Review: The Dragprov Revue

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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 […]

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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 stage of the competition. In 2010 he returned to the show as a member of Nu Status that made it through to boot camp. Returning again in 2011 as part of The Keys, Charlie was […]

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Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences […]

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe

Written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting new […]

Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical […]

LGBT History Month

Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, […]

Our Hidden Histories

2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M […]

Chaune King On…

South American-born and London-based Chaune King once identified as a masculine female or masculine lesbian, and hit the music scene […]

Jinkx Monsoon: From Catholicism to Conversation

The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Five winner talks Ab Fab, witches and narcolepsy… The name Monsoon was inspired by Absolutely […]

Time for change: why IVF is discriminatory to same-sex couples

Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director, CREATE Fertility Fertility treatments are costly at the best of times, and unfortunately the current […]

Leave to Remain

A new play with songs by Matt Jones and Kele Okereke “When I first read the script, I was so […]

Improving the Much-loved Marlborough

For the past ten years, the Marlborough Pub & Theatre in Brighton has put on “work which is at the […]