Who needs Sarah Waters? 3 historical movies every lesbian should watch

Daphne November 3rd, 2011

It’s unlikely there are many people - gay or straight - who haven’t heard of Tipping the Velvet, writes Hilary Wardle. It created a generation of lesbians who can’t hear the words ‘oyster’, ‘mermaid’ or ‘Rosie’ without instantly being whisked back to the camp, bawdy world of the music hall and their first glimpse of lovely Keeley Hawes in her birthday suit. (more…)

Is dating a friend a good idea?

couple holding hands October 20th, 2011

It has become a cliché at weddings, writes Daniela Baker. A teary-eyed bride saying she married her best friend. It’s a romantic notion that two people are so much in tune with one another that they want to be together forever. Many will scoff and close the door on ever harboring romantic thoughts for a friend, while others will more than entertain it. (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…)

Gay marriage: the homophobia is in the small print

Gay marriage September 26th, 2011

Gay marriage might be a step closer to equality, but homophobia still lurks under the surface. H. J. Lucas explores the issue… (more…)

Is lesbian TV going downhill?

Lip Service September 17th, 2011

Lesbians are everywhere on TV these days. But has quantity triumphed over quality? After a summer spent liveblogging the latest lesbian reality TV, Hilary Wardle is ready to investigate…

Independent lesbian cinema: a new era?

Busk Films September 9th, 2011

It may only be only six months old, but BuskFilms, the niche online video-streaming site, has already developed a large following of fans.

Siobhan McGuirk reports on a project bringing independent lesbian cinema to new audiences, giving filmmakers their dues and building an international community.


Sleep schedules, chores and colour-coordinated shirts: a guide to living with your girlfriend

Two pairs of boots September 9th, 2011

Congratulations! You’re moving in together, writes Jade Evans. Either the financial troubles have gotten to you both, and you’re being practical about the benefits of having a roommate, or you are well and truly on your way to love - the forever type. (more…)

Why councils ask about your sexuality, and why you should be glad they do

Diversity September 5th, 2011

The Government has announced an end to council diversity surveys, writes Milly Shaw. Or, as the Daily Mail preferred to phrase it, “town hall ‘sex snoopers’ will be banned from bombarding people with intrusive questions about their private lives.”

Residents seeking to access basic services are, according the tabloids, “grilled” about their sex lives, religion, disabilities and ethnicity, and have to reveal such detailed personal information “just to get their bins emptied or take out a library book”.

So well done Communities Secretary Eric Pickles! What a victory for common sense and decency, in this political-correctness-gone-mad world.

Except, of course, that it’s nothing of the sort.

Competition: win Heavenly Creatures on DVD

Heavenly Creatures September 3rd, 2011

Cult classic Heavenly Creatures is re-released on DVD and Blue-Ray on 12 September 2011, and to celebrate we have 3 copies of the DVD to give away. (more…)

WoW London lesbian boat party: review

WoW boat party August 26th, 2011

Women on Women Events are a London-based company who promise “something different for professional gay women to network, socialise and have fun” - and based on last Friday’s boat party on the Thames, they certainly deliver, writes Kaite Welsh.

A collaboration with Diva, this was the perfect way to end the summer. We boarded HMS Lesbian Party Time (not it’s actual name) at Embankment, and set sail down the Thames to the strains of ‘I’m Every Woman’ - pop classics, a boat full of booze, and lesbians - what could possibly go wrong? Nothing, as it turns out. (more…)