Orlando: Remembering the Fallen

Orlando: Remembering the Fallen

Below is a list of all 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the worst mass shooting in US history and a devastating attack to the LGBTQI community in both Orlando Florida, as well as world. Vigils worldwide shortly followed, showing our solidarity across the globe.

 
Editor’s Letter: Pride

Editor’s Letter: Pride

On Monday June 6th I, a queer man, met with one of my oldest and best friends for dinner and laughed for hours. 

 
Least Proud Moments

Least Proud Moments

As it’s Pride, we’ve made a list of our LEAST PROUD MOMENTS!

 
Editor’s Letter: Pride In London

Editor’s Letter: Pride In London

Jesus, is it Pride again already? I’ve barely recovered from the last one. Right, where’s my Oyster card? Where’s my bandana? Someone wake up Rebecca Ferguson, I think she’s still curled up asleep on my sofa. Cuddling a slowly decomposing kebab. 

 
Looks To Try For Pride

Looks To Try For Pride

We don’t care if you’ve read a few issues of Vogue, or done half  a  fashion communications course at Central Saint Martins, once spilled a glass of cheap plonk down Alexa Chung’s Peter Pan collar dress at the launch of a shit restaurant in Camden.

 
Life Outside London - Athens

Life Outside London – Athens

Ben Jamu is a well-known face on the East London scene, flinging his dreadlocks around, cracking open cans of Strongbow by the canal, and DJing everywhere from East Bloc and Dalston Superstore to someone’s bedroom in Hackney Wick.

 
Community: Our tribute to Orlando

Community: Our tribute to Orlando

If you were at the vigil for Orlando on Old Compton Street, you’ll understand us when we say it was one of the most moving experiences of our lives.

 
EDITOR'S LETTER: Show Love In The Face Of Terror

EDITOR’S LETTER: Show Love In The Face Of Terror

by Dylan Jones   What happened in Orlando over the weekend marks a grisly point in LGBT history. It is a physical, merciless attack on our way of life and the values and freedoms we treasure most. When America’s biggest terror attack since 9/11 is targeted at such a close-knit, comparatively small group of people, it carries unignorable significance. The fact that it was during the Pride season hurts all the more, making us feel scared and powerless at a point when we should be feeling our strongest and proudest. It is important to note that the UK mainstream press has been hugely incompetent on its coverage of the events. On Sunday night, writer Owen Jones quite rightly walked out of a Sky News interview when a fellow guest and one of the presenters interviewing him implied that the attack was not homophobic. He pointed out that if the attack had been on a synagogue, it would unquestionably have been treated as anti-Semitic. Sky News and the presenter involved have come under fire from gay rights groups and the general public. The BBC have also been vastly criticised for their failure to cover the events, showing hours of footage of the Queen’s birthday celebrations, rather than covering one of the biggest terrorist attacks of the century. It emerged this morning too that The Daily Mail failed to report it at all, instead advertising a pair of pearl earrings and a picture pull-out of the Queen’s birthday, with not a word about the attacks. Obviously questions have been raised as to the motives and reasoning behind this lack of reporting. Many are saying that such apathetic responses show that, despite appearances to the contrary, a lot of people in high places still don't care what happens to our community. As well as remembering the events in Orlando, we need to remember this, and consider what it implies. The horror that unfolded on Sunday morning at Pulse in Orlando shows that homophobia is still very real, and it’s right on our doorstep. Acrid, senseless hatred still exists, and it can slither directly into the heart of our community and sink its poisonous fangs into our necks. It would be easy to feel beaten, hopeless or defeated. To just keep our heads down and stay safe. It would also be easy to ignore it. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could just turn up the volume on our Ab Fab boxsets, pour another gin and tonic, and pretend none of it had happened. But that’s just not good enough. We can no longer sit in our living rooms and do nothing. Patsy certainly wouldn't stand for it, that's for sure. She'd be storming down Old Compton Street, shouting "PISS OFF!" and brandishing a bottle of Bollinger. That said, we should also try not to react with anger. Anger will hurt no-one but ourselves. The way to respond is not with aggression, or hatred towards other minorities, but with love. The aim of attacks like this is to make us blind with rage, and to divide us in our views. We need to resist that and stick together, with each other and with our allies of all backgrounds, sexualities and religions. We need to stay grounded, stay logical and above all, stay proud. Wear what we want, go where we want, hold hands with who we want. This summer, our Pride celebrations here in London and across the world should be more euphoric, glittering and defiant than ever. Extremists like the Orlando attacker Omar Mateen are lonely, lost people. Let’s show them how great it is to be colourful, joyful and free. A vigil is being held in Soho tonight from 7pm to commemorate the Orlando attack. More info here. Photo: Hilary Swift
 
PrEP Down

PrEP Down

Following last week’s announcement from the National Health Service that they will not be commissioning the highly-effective HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis medication PrEP, we spoke to three experts on what this decision will mean for the community going forward and what you can do to challenge it.

 
Best Peripheral Characters in Sex And The City

Best Peripheral Characters in Sex And The City

We’ve compiled a list of the best peripheral characters in Sex & The City. Because we had nothing better to do, mostly. And because we’ve watched every episode at least twenty times over. Usually whilst hungover or on a comedown, in last night’s clothes, crying into a pizza while Carrie prattles on about no-one coming to her birthday, or screams at squirrels on windowsills.