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Denai Moore’s music puts a middle finger up to the restrictions of genre

Dread is a feeling we’ve all become far too accustomed with over recent months. If you weren’t already feeling it because of the political landscape, global warming and right-wing extremism, you’re probably feeling it now a pandemic has put the world in lockdown. So while many artists delay their albums in the hope for a more positive climate to celebrate their music, now feels like the perfect time for Denai Moore to release her third studio album Modern Dread. “I wanted to contextualise what it means to be alive right…

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Rebecca Black on coming out as queer and finding her own sound

There’s nothing queer people love more than seeing someone overcoming adversity and emerging stronger on the other side. We see it with our favourite queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race, we saw it when Cady Heron overcame the Plastic’s reign of terror in Mean Girls, and perhaps most importantly we see it with our favourite female pop stars. So it’s no surprise that Rebecca Black has won the title of ‘gay icon’. Her 2011 viral hit Friday may have been a low-key banger that we love to quote even today, but…

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Supergirl star Nicole Maines is the real-life trans hero the world needs

Nicole Maines is paving the way for a new generation of LGBTQ youth both on-and-off screen. As well as being the anonymous plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Doe vs Clenchy, where she fought and won the right for transgender children to use the school bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, Nicole made history when she became the first transgender superhero on TV as Nia Nal aka Dreamer in The CW’s acclaimed adaptation of DC Comics series Supergirl – and she’s using her voice to push the show to do…

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British pop enigma La Roux is back and bolder than ever

After a tumultuous six year hiatus that included (but was not limited to) getting dropped from her label, ending a decade-long relationship with her girlfriend and ultimately scrapping an entire album that had been three years in the making, Elly Jackson has finally returned to the spotlight with a brilliant new record, Supervision, and the confidence to talk openly about her sexuality, an aspect of her private life she’s previously hesitated on. It turns out having your life flipped upside down and going solo can actually be a good thing,…

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Vanessa Williams on the legacy of Ugly Betty and living through the AIDS crisis

The Tony, Emmy and Grammy-nominated star is making her West End debut. “I’m sure she’d probably vote for Trump just because she was probably at the wedding and he owes her a favour,” Vanessa Williams says of her iconic Ugly Betty character, Wilhelmina Slater, to a room full of disappointed Mode-obsessed gays. “She probably hooked Melania up with her inaugural outfit too!” We’ve just spent the past two hours on set watching the Tony, Emmy and Grammy-nominated icon prove why she made history as the first African-American woman to win…

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Allie X on her fresh new sound and being a lifelong friend to the gays

With her alternative anthems and avant-garde sensibilities, Canadian singer-songwriter Allie X has made a name for herself as an icon for queer music fans. Her songs have always embraced the big pop staples – as far as irresistible hooks and beats you want to bump in the club go, she’s got it down – but there’s always been something slightly off-the-wall and unconventional about Allie’s music. Early dark-pop standout Bitch with its distorted vocals and eery synths sounded like it belonged in a low-budget 80s sci-fi series, while the sugary-sweet…

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Emily Hampshire on how Schitt’s Creek helped her come out as pansexual

“I had to ask Dan what pansexuality was, I didn’t know at all. Cut to five years later, definitely pan!” Although her fan-favourite role as sarcastic, deadpan motel manager Stevie Budd on Schitt’s Creek is coming to an end next month, Emily Hampshire doesn’t feel depressed – LIKE THE REST OF US – she feels excited to have been part of history. Since its 2015 debut, the Canadian series has been hailed as one of the greatest comedies on television thanks to the ensemble cast and numerous viral moments, such…

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Jillian Mercado won’t stop until queer and disabled people get the representation they deserve

The trailblazing model is making history (again). “My whole career path is essentially about representing us in the correct way, in the way that we see ourselves, whether it’s any form of media, TV, magazines, editorial, movies, I’m in,” Jillian Mercado tells us minutes before her photoshoot, and just a couple of hours after it was announced that the sequel series to groundbreaking queer drama The L Word, Generation Q, has just been renewed for a second season. The actress and model, who was one of the first with a…

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Miles Jai: The legendary YouTuber spills the T on our current social media climate

Eight years ago, self-described “professional weavologist” and “relatable queen” Miles Jai became a viral sensation after the release of LIKE MAH STATUS; a two-minute clip in which he critiques and parodies ‘like4like’ culture on social media. Like Christina Aguilera’s Bionic, it was ahead of its time, because the state of social media now? It’s… changed, we’ll just say that.  “I used to have so much fun on social media, it was like a game, but now I want to escape it,” Miles tells us over the phone. “Social media in…

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The queer year in review 2019

What a year it has been. For our Queer Year In Review, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest moments, groundbreaking achievements, but also the challenges that LGBTQ people continue to face in their fight to equality. Overall, 2019 has felt like a year of firsts. Lil Nas X, Disney Pride, and Billy Porter are just a few who have made history, while Drag Race and Pose continue to push authentic queer narratives firmly in the mainstream. Below we take a look at 15 queer moments from 2019 that are…

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