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The word “queer” remains controversial, but while some still do find the term derogatory, most LGBTQ+ people have proudly reclaimed the anti-gay slur and use it in a positive light.
In the English language, queer dates back to the 16th century, and was possibly derived from the German word ‘quer’, which translates as ‘oblique’ or ‘perverse’.
Originally defined as “odd”, “strange” or “peculiar”, the term “queer” took on a more sordid meaning from the mid-20th century when it was used to pejora...
For many feminist historians, lesbian porn did not begin until the 1980s, when lesbian erotica actually started being produced by queer women instead of by men.
It was during this time that pro-sex queer women reacted to the anti-porn dialogue at the time.
These women were fed up with mainstream porn that was primarily designed for straight white men and began rejecting anti-porn politics.
Realted: How do lesbians have sex
These queer radicals set out to rid women of their shame for watching ...
Meet Kay Lahusen – more commonly known as Kay “Tobin” in the gay rights movement – who is the first openly lesbian photojournalist in the US.
Between 1964 and 1966, Lahusen’s photos appeared on the cover of The Ladder, the first nationally distributed lesbian publication in America, while her partner Barbara Gittings was the editor.
The photojournalist then went on to help with the founding of the original Gay Activists Alliance; contributed articles and photos to the New York-based paper Gay...
After teasing fans on social media, Smashing Pumpkins have finally announced that they’ll be releasing a “reunion” album and embarking on a long-awaited, 36-city tour, kicking off this summer. The comeback will be the first time three out of the original four of the Chicago-born band – Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha – have played together since 2000 (the group’s bassist D’arcy Wretzky will not be joining them). To mark the occasion, we’ve put together 50 geeky facts about the i...
Campaigners from marginalized communities played a critical role in getting women in the UK the right to vote—but their contributions have been erased. We spoke to several historians trying to change that.
Feb 5 2018, 7:29pm
Rosa May Billinghurst used her tricycle chair to ram police at protests. Photo courtesy of LSE via Flickr
This year, Britain celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage, with events from London to Manchester and Belfast. But a quick glance through some of ...
Shannon & The Clams had just started writing Onion when, in December 2016, a fire shook their home city of Oakland in California. The blaze engulfed the Ghost Ship warehouse – a hub for local artists and musicians – and killed 36 people.
Understandably, the disaster had a profound impact on the band, and they’ve dedicated their latest album to the victims of the fire. There is a deep, underlying sadness throughout the record. Third track ‘Backstreets’ encompasses singer Cody Blanchard’s respo...
On top of ‘starchitects’ like Norman Foster and the late Zaha Hadid, London is brimming with up-and-coming designers, whose creations include pop-up theatres, rooftop bars and pavilions. Here’s our round-up of the best young architects in the capital.
"In an ideal world, we wouldn't need a pride – we wouldn't need a black pride. But we don't live in an ideal world."
Feb 20 2016, 12:00am
Old habits die hard in the "spiritual home of the Order of the British Empire" (Photo: Uwe Aranas via)
Each year, Britain relives the decaying glory of its former empire by giving out Orders of the British Empire. It's the reason we're supposed to call Elton John "Sir Elton John" or slap "KBE" onto the end of Bob Geldof's name (he's not actua...
“It’s tempting to think it’s a male story, but the stigma around homosexuality affected lesbians just as deeply.”
Daisy Asquith is set to make waves across the LGBTQ+ film industry when she opens the Sheffield Doc/Fest tomorrow – one of the world’s leading documentary festivals – with the world premiere of her film Queerama.
The documentary, about a century of gay rights and desire, marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality. Using BFI National Archive f...
South London is a reasonably-priced haven for young creatives and artists – so it’s no surprise that this area has plenty of studios offering workshops where you can make your own crockery, clothing and prints. Here’s our guide to the best design classes and workshops south of the Thames.
London is bubbling with creatives, designing everything from chair seats made from woven extension cords to funky bowls decorated with pieces of coloured porcelain. Here’s our round-up of the top emerging designers in the capital.
Nottinghamshire Police made headlines when it announced its plan to treat gender-based street harassment as a hate crime—but only 100 reports have been logged so far. Broadly investigates why the crime remains so underreported.
Aug 14 2017, 5:41pm
Photo by Mauro Grigollo via Stocksy
"As I walked past the building site there was a group of men, and one of them screamed at me, 'Hey, lady, nice arse!'" recalls Rosemary. "He had to shout it over the traffic, which I thought was agg...
So on top of the pay gap and the tampon tax, women pay more for pink razors and jeans. Bravo, capitalism
Everything’s pretty in pink, the colour of choice for gender segregation. Perhaps a more accurate phrase would be: “It’s pretty expensive in pink”. Earlier this week, it was revealed that women are charged, on average, 37 per cent more than men for the equivalent products. In other words, there’s nothing fundamentally different about the pink razor blade as compared to the blue one – but you can bet you’ll pay more for it.
The research in question, carried out by The Times, analysed hundreds ...
London is constantly growing and changing. And, although the Big Smoke has been around for two millennia (the first major settlement was founded by the Romans in 43AD), new architecture is continually incorporated into its cityscape. Here’s our walking tour through the best contemporary landmarks in London.
If you don't wear a poppy, you're sent to the social guillotine. Is this what British soldiers died for?
The Poppy Appeal was left red-faced on Monday after Downing Street added a digital poppy to a questionably unblemished photograph of David Cameron on its official Facebook page. The blunder let Twitter users run their imaginations wild. Soon memes were being posted and pig-gate’s sequel was aired: #Poppygate.
But somewhere – wedged between mockery and an embarrassed Prime Minister – a sinister truth emerged. The Poppy Appeal has gone too far. The cultural pressure to wear a poppy is now so gr...