Wednesday , 19 January 2022


Glasgow Film Festival features seven queer films

Glasgow Film Festival

The 12th edition of the world renowned Glasgow Film Festival starts today, and will run until February 28, bringing to the city’s big screen lovers, a programme packed with UK, European and World premieres, and the festival’s trademark pop-up cinema events making new use of some of the city’s most unusual venues. 60 of this year’s films are UK premieres including ...

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Belief Matters … or Not? Imbolc: Where Faiths Converge and Merge!

An Imbolc Fire Festival (Photo: Pagan Wiccan)

  This week saw the Festival of Imbolc, which is a Pagan and Wiccan Festival. Imbolc is one of the four major Pagan and Wiccan Sabbats or Festivals – it celebrates the transition from Winter to Spring and occurs on or around the 2nd February which is half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring equinox. Its origins go ...

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Jeffrey Marsh, Di(vine) Star

Jeffrey Marsh - VINE STAR -

  Jeffrey Marsh identifies as genderqueer and is an LGBTI+ advocate, host and author. Jeffrey is big on social media, creating Vine Videos with a positive, inclusive message. In 2015 Jeffrey was named “Red Carpet Correspondent” for MTV/LOGO and GLSEN. In August of this year, Penguin/Random House will publish Jeffrey’s first book, How To Be You. Stuart Russell spoke to Jeffrey Marsh ...

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Dating Apps, WCs, PCs, and the Rise and Fall of Cruising

A West End Cottage

Recent studies have suggested that LGBT-dating ‘apps’ have a significant effect on the way in which people interact or seek sexual or romantic partners. With the launch of your ‘app’; be it Gaydar or Grindr (amongst many others) you are presented with profiles, locations and concise biographies which set the parameters of potential assignations. In Australia the availability of these ...

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David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)


In 1983, “Karma Chameleon” spent six weeks at the top of the British charts, becoming a world wide hit. The following year, it was voted Best British Single at the Brit Awards. The band, Culture Club, and its leader, Boy George, would probably not have existed without the influence of David Bowie. The song’s title could easily have been a ...

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The literary life of Jackie Kay


  Jackie Kay is one of Scotland’s most accomplished writers, equally at home with drama, poetry, fiction, memoir and children’s writing. She is also a broadcaster, columnist and librettist. She is of mixed race (a Highland mother and Nigerian father) and was adopted by a Marxist Glaswegian couple. She is both a mother and a lesbian. Her writing features English, ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – she is


  Priscilla Queen of the Desert, based on the 1994 hit movie of the same name, comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse. Its simple, feel good plot – two drag queens and a transsexual riding a big pink bus through the Australian bush – oozes flamboyant charm. The show is a camp riot through the wilderness, with a lot of heart. ...

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Belief Matters … Or Not? The Winter Festival of Yule

Yule Log - from Bianchis Barn

Celebration of the Winter Solstice The Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) was originally around the 15th December but is now celebrated between 20th and 23rd December depending on the year in the Gregorian Calendar. Traditionally the 21st December is the shortest day of the year and the darkest and the beginning of the new solar year. Yule is also ...

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SQIFF presents: I Do?


  Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) is putting on a season of cinema to mark the first anniversary of Equal Marriage in Scotland on 16th December. Four events lead up to the anniversary date at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. Films have been chosen to offer a variety of perspectives on marriage and LGBTIQ issues and include: ...

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Pride Edinburgh opens Winter Festival


  Pride Edinburgh yesterday opened its first ever Winter Festival. The festival, which will run from 1st December (World AIDS Day) until 6th December, aspires to commemmorate diversity in “all its colours” and showcase the best that Edinburgh’s LGBTI community has to offer from a social and cultural perspective. The Winter Festival kicked off yesterday with a winter ball, hosted ...

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