Books & Art

Homotopia festival taking place in Liverpool throughout November

Liverpool October 28th, 2011

The city’s eighth annual festival opens on 1 November with the theme of ‘Cruising For Art’.


Women gain ground in Independent’s annual Pink List

Jessie J October 25th, 2011

Schoolteacher Elly Barnes topped the Independent on Sunday’s Pink List this year, joining Jessie J, Clare Balding, Sue Perkins, and Heather Peace in the Top 10. However, the list remains broadly male-dominated, with women occupying less than a third of the 101 places. (more…)

Thousands occupy Westminster Bridge in NHS protest

Block the Bridge Block the Bill demo. Photo: Loz Pycock October 10th, 2011

Up to three thousand people joined a UK Uncut demonstration against the government’s plans for NHS reform yesterday. A spokesperson for the group described the protest as the “biggest act of mass civil disobedience against the cuts so far”. (more…)

Top 5 lesbian tattoos

Bound tattoo October 7th, 2011

You’re hanging out at a straight bar, or fundraising for an animal rescue centre, or queuing for Eliza Dukushu’s autograph at a Buffy the Vampire convention, writes Gina M. Corkibush. You’re chatting to a really nice girl, waiting for the chance to indicate your Sapphic persuasions. But the pleasantries are dragging on. (more…)

Popular queer cafe to close

First Out Cafe-Bar October 5th, 2011

London’s First Out Cafe-Bar is due to close on the 29th of October following an increase in rent and other changes to the lease for the property. (more…)

Lesbilicious Comedy: Jen Brister, Lady Garden, Sajeela Kershi

Jen Brister September 16th, 2011

Lesbilicious Comedy comes back to Newcastle upon Tyne in October. Starring on Thursday 27 October 2011 will be:

Jen Brister (“A splendid hour full of laughing till your face hurts” – The List),
Lady Garden: (“One of the top five sketch acts to see in the UK” - The Independent) and Sajeela Kershi (“Extremely funny and thought provoking” - ThreeWeeks).

Full details can be found on our Lesbilicious Comedy page. (more…)

Straight authors again eligible for Lambda Literary Awards

Books September 1st, 2011

Two years ago participants became eligible for the prize only if the authors self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This has been altered to make all books with LGBT subject matter once again eligible.


LGBT businesses hit in London as Birmingham’s Gay Village mostly escapes second night of rioting

Riot vans on Hurst Street. Photo via August 10th, 2011

The country’s only LGBT bookshop and a queer-friendly film distributor have both suffered losses during this week’s riots. However, the Gay Village in Birmingham was largely spared a second night of violence. (more…)

Homotopia arts festival given funding reprieve

Homotopia poster August 2nd, 2011

Liverpool’s queer arts festival Homotopia has been awarded a three-year Arts Council England grant after successfully appealing the claim that they were ineligible to apply. (more…)

DC Comics explain Batwoman prominence

Batwoman July 19th, 2011

Rejuvenated comic series will have a distinct focus on LGBT characters.