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Singer Jamie Barton: ‘Can we do a queer Don Carlo? Or a lesbian Orfeo?’

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It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the classical music world fell in love with Jamie Barton. Perhaps it was the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World competition, when as an up-and-coming mezzo-soprano from Rome, Georgia, ...

A moment that changed me: The haircut that liberated me as a butch lesbian

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The hairdresser steadied my head as I sat in the swivel chair, face mask on, staring into the mirror. In December 2020, another lockdown loomed, and nearly 12 months earlier I had made it a New Year’s resolution to ge...

‘Sex workers, reggae girls, squatters, all the ones who didn’t fit in’: how Rebel Dykes reveals a secret lesbian history

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“Rebel dykes” is a new term for an old mood. It was coined retrospectively to describe a sprawling group of acquaintances who partied and protested their way through London in the 1980s. And it is now the title of a r...

Married lesbian couple launch discrimination action against NHS

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A married lesbian couple are launching a landmark legal test case against a branch of NHS England’s fertility sector, claiming it discriminates against LGBT+ families. Influencers Megan Bacon-Evans, 34, and her wife W...

‘They fought hard and all for love’: the lesbian couple who started a family in the 80s

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There’s a supernatural element to motherhood that can’t be articulated, only experienced. Legend has it that imperiled babies can unlock untold reserves of mom-strength sufficient to lift a car, but the emotional equi...

Joan Rivers and Barbra Streisand: the myth of their lesbian play

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In the late 1950s, a 25-year-old struggling actor named Joan Molinsky – later to become better known as the acerbic comedian Joan Rivers – landed a small part as a lesbian stalker in an off-off-Broadway play called Se...

Polygamy in Senegal, lesbian hookups in Cairo: inside the sex lives of African women

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Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah has a face that smiles at rest. When she is speaking, it is with a constant grin, one that only falters when she talks about some of the difficult circumstances she and other African women have g...

Russian supermarket faces backlash after pulling lesbian couple advert

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An upmarket Russian supermarket chain has issued a public apology after it posted an advert featuring a lesbian couple who shopped at its store. VkusVill’s decision to pull the ad has provoked an angry backlash from M...

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) review – lesbian romcom could do better

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It could have been a sweet, gay coming-of-age story about a girl whose sexual awakening is complicated by unwelcome gay mentorship from the ghost of her lesbian aunt. But there’s a disconnect between the naive but wel...

Ahead of the Curve review – in praise of the pioneering lesbian magazine

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This fervently supportive documentary about the iconic lesbian magazine Curve and its founder-publisher Frances “Franco” Stevens is directed by Stevens’s wife, Jen Rainin, and it’s both energised and hindered by her p...

‘The sex-toy stuff would not fly today’ – the mag that gripped ‘lesbian mecca’ San Francisco

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In 1991, Franco Stevens was 23, broke and working in an LGBT bookshop in San Francisco. She thought the world needed a glossy lesbian magazine, but she didn’t have the money to launch one. So she took out 12 credit ca...

‘I’m a black lesbian woman’: Sam Jay looks to disrupt late-night comedy

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When Sam Jay got a deal with HBO for her own talkshow, she was clear on what Pause, her six-episode, half-hour series premiering this Friday, would not include: no desk and no straight-to-camera monologue. Those stapl...