Under the Udala Trees – a Review

by Claire L. Heuchan I have read a lot of lesbian fiction in my time. For the most part my life, both as a reader and a lesbian woman, has been all the richer for it. However, the vast majority of these books have focussed specifically on love, sex, and relationships between white women –… Read More

Are queer people of colour finally entering the mainstream?

by Phelan Chatterjee  Recently I watched the first episode of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None with a friend. The first thing he pointed out was the seemingly in your face diversity; “Oh look, a Jew, a Pakistani and a black lesbian! They seem to be ticking all the boxes…” This seems to be a fairly… Read More

Unrest

by Karen Williams With the prevalence of Islam-related news headlines, it is tempting to forget that the everyday still takes place in Muslim-majority areas: the going to school, the heartbreak, food and dance, and through the centuries, the constant production of art. This is the context shaping the work of groundbreaking South African photographers Husain… Read More

Interview with Nosheen Khwaja of GLITCH, Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour – Film Festival

Prior to the upcoming QTIPoC – Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour – Film Festival GLITCH , Raju Rage, a visual artist, of Collective Creativity Arts Collective, met up with Nosheen Khwaja, chairperson of the GLITCH organising group Digital Desperados, over Skype. You can see the full programme and book tickets here GLITCH runs 19-28 March… Read More

“Sexy MF”

by Evan Romero-Castillo Sexy may sound like a silly word, but it’s one of the few that allow us – victims of lookism – to succinctly describe our favourite celebrities’ carnal attributes, their arousing magnetism, their sensual it factor, their blinding gorgeousness, their physical and often metaphysical je ne sais quoi without violating too many… Read More

Power and Control: Domestic and Intimate-Partner Violence in LGBTQ Relationships

by Carolyn Wysinger No one actually knows this story but me and God. Seven years ago I was in a relationship with another woman. She was beautiful, smart and had a great career. We shared a mutual respect for family, food and good times. The woman was also an abuser. I didn’t know that at… Read More

“Some People Are Gaysian – Get Over It!”

by Khakan Qureishi Last year, I participated in a project whose aim was to explore the issues surrounding people who identify as LGBT amongst South Asian communities in the UK. The interviewer asked the following three questions: 1) Why are LGBT South Asians still “hidden”? 2) Why aren’t there any visible role models of South… Read More

A Thank You Note From a Black Lesbian

Dear Reader, It has been 123 days since I left Congo, where my mother held me captive on account of my sexuality. Now, after much soul-searching, talk therapy, meditation, CBT and sweet, sweet sleep, I am slowly emerging from my hiding place. What happened was a tragedy, life-shattering trauma. Yes, I saw the ugliness of… Read More

Becoming Transgender

Content note: Discussion of suicide by Lawrence Richardson September 2001 stands out in most people’s minds because of what happened to the World Trade Center in New York. The only thing I remember from that month is trying to kill myself. I had it all planned out. I wrote letters to my family, divided up… Read More

In Bad Faith: The New Yorker and its Transphobia

By Huma Munshi Close your eyes and imagine struggling to do simple acts such as going out to buy a pint of milk or catching a train to work. Imagine that this is because the way you present does not align with mainstream societies view of what it means to be male or female. My… Read More