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Milly Shaw

Milly is the Editor and one of the founders of Lesbilicious. She co-ordinates the writing team, and even writes the odd word on occasion. Milly loves a careful metaphor and hates multiple exclamation marks. She admires the works of Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantle, Jeanette Winterson and Sarah Connor.

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'I kissed a girl' song disgusts Katy Perry's mother

Katy Perry’s song I kissed a girl is “shameful and disgusting”, according to the singer’s mother.

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‘I kissed a girl’ song disgusts Katy Perry’s mother

Katy Perry’s song I kissed a girl is “shameful and disgusting”, according to the singer’s mother.

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Poland hoping gay tourists will deter stag parties

Fed up with stag party carnage, tourist authorities in the medieval Polish city of Krakow are starting to target gay tourists instead, reports The Observer.

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The end of The L Word: 'please don't stop the music'

How important is music in The L Word? Bianca Camminga investigates…

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The end of The L Word: ‘please don’t stop the music’

How important is music in The L Word? Bianca Camminga investigates…

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Win one of 3 lesbian tshirt and mug sets

Lesbian tshirt company Little Ms Tees are giving away three tshirt and mug sets from their range of 150+ lesbian/bi tshirts. To win a shirt that tells the world something like ‘I’d go AWOL for ALice’ ‘Not femme… just pretty’ [...]

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UK LGBT Health Summit takes place in September

The UK National LGBT Health Summit will be taking place next month in Bristol.

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Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi: wedding tomorrow

Ellen and Portia are getting married this weekend, according to Usmagazine. The couple are having a small, intimate ceremony with only a few close friends and family.

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LGBT short story/poetry competition

Queer Ink has launched a short story/poetry contest with a first place prize of £200. Fifteen special commendations will also be awarded, and all the winners will be published in the First Queer Ink Anthology.

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Angelina Jolie replaces Tom Cruise in new spy film

Everyone’s favourite girl-crush Angelina Jolie has replaced Tom Cruise as the star of new spy film Edwin A Salt.

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Review: My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy, by Andrea Askowitz

Andrea is a 35-year-old pregnant, neurotic single lesbian. She wets herself when she sneezes, she pukes at the roadside and pretends that she’s praying, and she worries about getting a girlfriend.

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Expect more product placement on The L Word

Olivia Cruises, Apple computers, Chevrolet, Curve Magazine, Mini Cooper, Hugo Boss: there’s a lot of product placement on The L Word. And you can expect even more in Season 6.

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Boris Johnson cuts Soho Pride funding

London Mayor Boris Johnson has slashed £10,000 from Soho Pride, just over a week before the event is due to take place.

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Drag kings needed for BBC documentary

Are you involved in the drag king scene? If so, a TV production company want to hear from you.

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Kanye West attacks homophobia

Rapper Kanye West spoke out against homophobia at his Madison Square Garden concert last week.

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How Dita von Teese murdered burlesque

When you can buy nipple pasties on the high street and burlesque-esque pop bands are gyrating on MTV, has burlesque become boring? Jane Bradley interviewed some queer-friendly burlesque stars to see what they thought…

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Gay asylum seekers using Facebook to enter Canada

Facebook is being used to help support gay refugee’s claims to asylum in Canada, according to the Canadian Press.

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Darlington Gay Pride

Darlington has its own Gay Pride tonight (Monday 11 August).

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Lindsey Lohan and Sam Ronson get matching tattoos

The world’s favourite celebrity lesbian couple, Lohan and Ronson are now officially married. Well, not ‘officially’ officially, but lesbi-officially. They’ve done a Sharmen (Shane and Carmen – keep up!) and got matching tattoos.

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Will Madonna be snogging Katy 'I kissed a girl' Perry next?

The Metro newspaper certainly thinks so, and its gossip writers have reached this conclusion after careful examination of the following evidence:

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Will Madonna be snogging Katy ‘I kissed a girl’ Perry next?

The Metro newspaper certainly thinks so, and its gossip writers have reached this conclusion after careful examination of the following evidence:

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How to stretch your food pennies

If you think ‘credit crunch’ is a new kind of biscuit, you might want to check out Queercents’ new weekly feature on how to stretch your food dollar (or pound, or euro, presumably). This week’s tip will have all the [...]

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Britney to play killer lesbian in new Tarantino film

Britney Spears will play a murderous stripper in a remake of the 1965 cult film Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, according to the Telegraph.

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"I figured I had to be gay" – Cyndi Lauper

We heart Cyndi Lauper. And she hearts us. In a recent interview for the Times, Cyndi couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved the gay community, and how much she didn’t appreciate George Bush’s homophobia:

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“I figured I had to be gay” – Cyndi Lauper

We heart Cyndi Lauper. And she hearts us. In a recent interview for the Times, Cyndi couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved the gay community, and how much she didn’t appreciate George Bush’s homophobia:

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Middlesbrough goes SuperGay again

The SuperGay Weekend is returning to Middlesbrough in September after a massive success in 2007.

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Would you wear a police-issue bra?

German policewomen are to have special police bras, reports the BBC. The bras are designed to be worn with bullet-proof vests, as they don’t have metal or plastic features that could be pushed in the body by the force of [...]

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Ani DiFranco playing London in Oct 2008

Ani DiFranco’s seemingly everlasting tour schedule reaches Europe this Autumn.

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Lesbian hair: the secrets untangled

Do you really need lesbian hair to be a lesbian? Faith Bosworth investigates… As much as I love Cher, she was wrong about one thing: it might not be in his kiss, but it’s most definitely in her hair. You [...]

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'Liberal US to blame for Anglican rift'

Liberal North American churches are to blame for the current turmoil in the Anglican church by blessing same-sex unions and consecrating gay clergy, according to The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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‘Liberal US to blame for Anglican rift’

Liberal North American churches are to blame for the current turmoil in the Anglican church by blessing same-sex unions and consecrating gay clergy, according to The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

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Exclusive new articles to appear every Monday

Hello lovely readers! As you no doubt realise, Lesbilicious publishes L/bi news stories every day from Monday to Friday. We also have opinion pieces, reviews, interviews and in-depth articles, which appear once a week, more or less. Well there’s more… [...]

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81% of Protestants think homosexuality is a sin

A new poll of 517 Protestant Christians in Britain has found that the majority believe homosexuality to be a sin, and that practicing gay men should not be ordained, reports the Times Online.

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£5k compensation for couple outed by estate agents

A lesbian couple outed in a bizarre estate agent advert have won £5000 in compensation.

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UK Pride events in August

Here’s the round-up of all the Prides taking place across the UK in August. And crikey there are a lot of them. As ever, if we’ve missed any out do let us know!

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Sex-testing for 'suspicious-looking' female Olympic athletes in Beijing

Women athletes who might secretly be men (or, as the Times Online charmingly phrases it, “suspicious-looking” woman athletes) will be forced to take a sex test in the Beijing Olympic Games, reports Milly Shaw.

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Sex-testing for ‘suspicious-looking’ female Olympic athletes in Beijing

Women athletes who might secretly be men (or, as the Times Online charmingly phrases it, “suspicious-looking” woman athletes) will be forced to take a sex test in the Beijing Olympic Games, reports Milly Shaw.

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Calls for homophobic MP to step down

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking for the Prime Minister to reprimand a Northern Ireland MP who believes homosexuality is worse than child sex abuse.

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HIV drugs increasing life expectancy by more than a decade

People with HIV are living longer and have a lower likelihood of dying of the disease than ever before, according to new research.

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Mars axes controversial Snickers advert

Mars Inc has decided not to show a new Snickers TV advert widely criticised for being homophobic.

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'Silence' is Waterstone's book of the month

Author Josie Henley-Einion will be reading from her new book, Silence, at Waterstone’s in Cardiff on Saturday 26 July, at 6:30pm. Silence is Waterstone’s new Welsh book of the month.

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‘Silence’ is Waterstone’s book of the month

Author Josie Henley-Einion will be reading from her new book, Silence, at Waterstone’s in Cardiff on Saturday 26 July, at 6:30pm. Silence is Waterstone’s new Welsh book of the month.

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Things shaped like vaginas

There’s more to being a lesbian than sex, and there’s more to sex than vaginas. However, what self-respecting lesbian/bi lady could resist 3 foods, 2 soft furnishings and a mode of transport shaped liked vaginas? Not you, that’s for sure!

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Today's homophobic TV ad: Snickers

The other week is was Heinz pandering to homophobes and pulling a mildly gay advert for mayonnaise, this week it’s Snickers’ turn to tell gay people they’re worthless. Snickers have a new advert in which an effeminate speedwalking man is [...]

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Today’s homophobic TV ad: Snickers

The other week is was Heinz pandering to homophobes and pulling a mildly gay advert for mayonnaise, this week it’s Snickers’ turn to tell gay people they’re worthless. Snickers have a new advert in which an effeminate speedwalking man is [...]

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Lesbians rejoice as Lesbos locals lose legal battle

Three residents of the Greek island Lesbos has lost their case to ban gay women from using the word ‘lesbian’.

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The L Word to have spin-off show

Season 6 might be the end of The L Word, but, producers Showtime have revealed that there will be a spin-off show starring one of The L Word characters.

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‘Tension between religion and homosexuality is exaggerated’

Religious people tend to hold far more moderate views on homosexuality that is commonly assumed, reveals new research from the University of Leeds.

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Katy Perry: 'I kissed a girl and I exploited it…'

So after months of airplay in the USA, Katy Perry’s ‘I kissed a girl’ has finally reached the UK mainstream! Ladies, set your hearts to ‘flutter’ and/or your stomachs to ‘puke’ and get set for some seriously catchy bicurious pop:

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Katy Perry: ‘I kissed a girl and I exploited it…’

So after months of airplay in the USA, Katy Perry’s ‘I kissed a girl’ has finally reached the UK mainstream! Ladies, set your hearts to ‘flutter’ and/or your stomachs to ‘puke’ and get set for some seriously catchy bicurious pop:

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Gay pride group offers to pay 'South Carolina is so gay' $5000 debt

In a hilarious twist on the ‘South Carolina is so gay‘ story, the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement has decided to raise the $5000 needed to pay the debt the state owes a London marketing company.

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Gay pride group offers to pay ‘South Carolina is so gay’ $5000 debt

In a hilarious twist on the ‘South Carolina is so gay‘ story, the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement has decided to raise the $5000 needed to pay the debt the state owes a London marketing company.

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So… Lindsay Lohan really is a lesbian. Do we care?

Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson’s relationship is finally out in the open, with Samantha uploading a picture of the pair kissing on her Myspace (along with a pre-emptive comment ‘calm down’).

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"South Carolina is so gay" adverts spark anger

Posters in London’s Tube network proclaiming ‘South Carolina is so gay’ have infuriated politicians in the conservative US state.

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“South Carolina is so gay” adverts spark anger

Posters in London’s Tube network proclaiming ‘South Carolina is so gay’ have infuriated politicians in the conservative US state.

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British army pledges to be more gay-friendly

Eight years ago the British army sacked soldiers for being gay; now the army has joined the navy and airforce to actively promote gay rights.

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Candy Bar loses venue

London’s most famous lesbian bar no longer has a permanent home. Candy Bar’s Carlisle Street premises are reportedly ‘no longer suitable’ and the club has been forced to take up temporary residence at a number of gay-friendly venues around London [...]

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'Religious rights trump gay rights' – court ruling

An orthodox Christian registrar who refused to carry out same-sex civil partnerships has won a legal battle against her employer, Islington Council.

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‘Religious rights trump gay rights’ – court ruling

An orthodox Christian registrar who refused to carry out same-sex civil partnerships has won a legal battle against her employer, Islington Council.

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Gay website-blocking software could cause employers to break law

Can you access Lesbilicious at work? If lesbian and gay websites are blocked at your work, your employer could be breaking the law, reports the Pink Paper.

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"Sex is the easy part!" – Interview with Tristan Taormino, open relationships expert

Is sex the difference between a friend and a lover? Is anyone capable of an open relationship? Do people run to polyamory to avoid relationship problems? Tristan Taormino – author, editor, sex educator and adult film director – took time [...]

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“Sex is the easy part!” – Interview with Tristan Taormino, open relationships expert

Is sex the difference between a friend and a lover? Is anyone capable of an open relationship? Do people run to polyamory to avoid relationship problems? Tristan Taormino – author, editor, sex educator and adult film director – took time [...]

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Tank Girl returns to UK comics

Tank Girl, the ultimate punk dyke pin-up, is back in a graphic form for the first time in 12 years. British comic Megazine will be featuring the anarchic anti-heroine from mid August 2008. The new story will be called ‘Skid [...]

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Take part in a couples sex survey

Felice Newman, author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book, is looking for lesbian, bisexual and queer women couples to fill in a questionnaire about their sex lives. The questionnaire is anonymous and confidential, and will help Newman research a new [...]

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Last chance to win Water Lilies on DVD

Here’s a quick reminder that the Water Lilies competition ends tomorrow (Thursday 10 July 2008) at midnight London time. Set in the competitive world of synchronised swimming, Water Lilies is a beautiful and brilliant portrait of female adolescence and same-sex [...]

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Lib Dems speak out against homophobic bullying in schools

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, is the first major political party leader to back a national anti-homophobia strategy.

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Transphobia from The Guardian, again

What is it with The Guardian newspaper and trans-bashing? A few weeks ago they used a transgender woman as a comical freakshow in the Work section, and this week one of the regular columists is disgusted by Thomas Beatie.

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Thomas Beatie gives birth

Thomas Beatie, the pregnant man that hit the headlines around the world a few months ago, has given birth to a baby girl. It was a natural birth, and both father and daughter are said to be healthy and doing [...]

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“Beautiful and depressing” – review of Water Lilies

A gorgeous portrayal of French teenage lesbian longing – Stone Franks reviews Water Lilies.

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Win one of 3 'Water Lilies' DVDs

The critically acclaimed movie Water Lilies is released on DVD on July 7… and we have 3 copies of the DVD to give away! Set in the competitive world of synchronised swimming, Water Lilies is a beautiful and brilliant portrait [...]

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Win one of 3 ‘Water Lilies’ DVDs

The critically acclaimed movie Water Lilies is released on DVD on July 7… and we have 3 copies of the DVD to give away! Set in the competitive world of synchronised swimming, Water Lilies is a beautiful and brilliant portrait [...]

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Surprise surprise: out gay workers are happy gay workers

LGB people who are open about their sexuality at work – and supported by colleagues – are more productive, according to research announced today by Secretary of State for Business, John Hutton.

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Lesbilicious needs 2 volunteers at Northern Pride on 12 July

Attention ladies in Newcastle (or surrounding area): we need 2 lovely volunteers to help us out at Northern Pride on Saturday July 12th.

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UK Pride events in July

Our month-by-month look at the Prides taking place in the UK continues. June is over, so here is the July set. If we’ve missed any out feel free to tell us via a comment!

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US army lesbians disproportionately affected by ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ law

Women make up only 15% of the armed forces in the USA, but they account for nearly half of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharges, according to research from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

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US army lesbians disproportionately affected by ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law

Women make up only 15% of the armed forces in the USA, but they account for nearly half of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharges, according to research from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

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On Facebook? Be our friend!

On Facebook? Of course you are. How else would you get the gossip on who’s snogging who, efficiently stalk your ex or tell everyone you’re hungry/bored/’ready 4da weekend already LOL’? So let’s be friends. You like us, we like you, [...]

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'Twist of Lemon' play on tour in North East

A play created from the real-life experiences of lesbians in the North East of England is touring this summer.

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‘Twist of Lemon’ play on tour in North East

A play created from the real-life experiences of lesbians in the North East of England is touring this summer.

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L Word competition winners

Congratulations to Lesley from Teesside, Emma from Gloucestershire and Amanda from Norfolk, who all win a copy of The L Word Season 4 DVD.

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1 in 5 gay people are victims of hate crimes

20% of lesbian and gay people in the UK have been victims of homophobic hate crimes at least once in the last three years, according to a YouGov survey of nearly 2,000 gay people. Three quarters of those who have [...]

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Win one of 5 'Female Agents' novels

Female Agents, starring Sophie Marceau, follows a five women commando unit who are parachuted into occupied France during the second World War in order to protect the secret of the D-day landings. To coincide with the release of the film [...]

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Win one of 5 ‘Female Agents’ novels

Female Agents, starring Sophie Marceau, follows a five women commando unit who are parachuted into occupied France during the second World War in order to protect the secret of the D-day landings. To coincide with the release of the film [...]

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New indie-folk night in London

Like indie-folk? Live in London? Get down to the delightful new indie-folk night ‘Kick the Plug’, which next week has live music from Catriona Irving, Superman Revenge Squad and Moonshine-Moonshine. Wednesday 2 July: Kick the Plug, Catch, 22 Kingsland Road, [...]

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'Boycott Heinz for removing gay ad' – Stonewall

Gay rights group Stonewall are urging a boycott of Heinz products after the food company withdrew a TV advert that featured a kiss between two men.

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‘Boycott Heinz for removing gay ad’ – Stonewall

Gay rights group Stonewall are urging a boycott of Heinz products after the food company withdrew a TV advert that featured a kiss between two men.

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London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on tour around UK

The 22nd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF) is touring the UK this summer with 8 films:

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Men! Kissing! On TV! To sell mayonnaise!

The GAYS have STRUCK AGAIN! HOMOSEXUALS have been pushing mayonnaise to innocent CHILDREN, but after 200 complaints from morally robust Concerned Citizens, this affront to common decency has been BANNED.

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New women's archive for Scotland

Scotland is to have its first women’s archive. A £410,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will fund the scheme, which will include suffragette photos, family planning leaflets and a rare edition of the 1920s classic ‘Well of Loneliness‘, one [...]

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New women’s archive for Scotland

Scotland is to have its first women’s archive. A £410,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will fund the scheme, which will include suffragette photos, family planning leaflets and a rare edition of the 1920s classic ‘Well of Loneliness‘, one [...]

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'Iran is safe for discreet gays' says Home Secretary

LGBT asylum seekers can be safely deported to Iran as long as they live ‘discreetly’, believes Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

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‘Iran is safe for discreet gays’ says Home Secretary

LGBT asylum seekers can be safely deported to Iran as long as they live ‘discreetly’, believes Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

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Smokers denied IVF treatment

It’s not a good week for the NHS. After last week’s news about the NHS failing lesbian and bisexual women, The Observer reports that many primary care trusts are discriminating against women who smoke by denying them fertility treatment.

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L Word DVD competition ends today – last chance to enter

Entered the L Word DVD competition yet? If not you have 24 hours left to do so. The competition ends today (Monday 23 June) at midnight London time. Enter the competition here – all you have to do is tell [...]

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Gay brain research: Lesbilicious speaks to the experts

Are gay people really born and not made? Is this the end of the nature vs nurture debate? Lesbilicious spoke to some experts to find out more…

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‘Gay people are born, not made’ suggests brain scan research

New brain-scan research published this week indicates that being gay or straight is a biologically fixed trait.

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kd lang tours UK in July and August

Veteran singer-songwriter kd lang is touring the UK this summer to promote her new album, Watershed. Tickets at around £35, and some venues are already sold out, so be quick.

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'Lesbians 50 times more likely to self-harm than straight women' – results of shocking new UK lesbian health survey

Lesbian and bisexual women are at a much greater risk of suicide, self-harm and heavy drug and alcohol use than straight women, according to the greatest ever health survey for queer women in the UK. Many lesbian and bisexual women [...]

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‘Lesbians 50 times more likely to self-harm than straight women’ – results of shocking new UK lesbian health survey

Lesbian and bisexual women are at a much greater risk of suicide, self-harm and heavy drug and alcohol use than straight women, according to the greatest ever health survey for queer women in the UK. Many lesbian and bisexual women [...]