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Sea Without Shore – a love story in extreme conditions

11 Feb 2015

Dance film shot in rural Sweden tells the story of the love of two women

A lot of things can happen between rehearsal studio and final performance, as Brazilian choreographer and co-director Fernanda Lippi discovered when working on her new film with André Semenza, Sea Without Shore. After creating the movement in advance…

Briefs: The Second Coming

5 Dec 2014

Australian boylesque troupe bring their high-camp Christmas extravaganza to the Spiegeltent

Mention burlesque and what image springs to mind? A voluptuous, raven-haired woman, stripping out of vintage corsets? Fire-eating and tassel twirling? Happy to subvert female-dominated cabaret, the chaps from Briefs sashay back with their inimitable…

DIVE presents Untamed is latest addition to Edinburgh's LGBT club scene

11 Nov 2014

‘An alternative performance party for curious creatures’ at Summerhall

Everyone's favourite offbeat venue Summerhall plays host to ‘an alternative performance party for curious creatures’ when popular Sunday night queer disco DIVE debuts Untamed, its quirky new Friday night event that is unlike anything you've seen…

Opinion: Green Carnation Prize 2014

10 Oct 2014

Our LGBT editor discusses this year's longlist including Kirsty Logan and Kerry Hudson

The 2014 Green Carnation Prize features a bumper crop of titles. This award for LGBT writers has previously resulted in writers such as Catherine Hall and Andrew Solomon scooping the top prize, and this year the longlist is full of Scottish talent.

Highlights of Glasgow's LGBT celebration Glasgay 2014

9 Oct 2014

Including Cardinal Sinne, Ron Athey, Vikki Stone, Mouse & Reservoir Ducks and Sara Pascoe

Cardinal Sinne A cardinal has to prove his heterosexuality in this religious comedy. Writer Raymond Burke and director Grant Smeaton have created an awkward situation for those most esteemed of men. Tron Theatre, Wed 22 Oct--Sat 1 Nov. Ron…

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Student Guide 2014: a guide to the LGBT scenes in Edinburgh and Glasgow

10 Sep 2014

From university societies to the best gay-friendly bars and clubs, we've got you covered

Whether you’re just out of the closet, questioning your sexuality or out to everyone you know, university can be your chance to have that hectic social life you’ve always wanted, and meet the love of your life – or at least, of this week.   Luckily…


8 Sep 20143 stars

Bill Nighy and Dominic West star in a fizzy, feel-good take on an inspiring 80s campaign

Imelda Staunton rolling around a bed with a red dildo laughing is one of the gleeful high points of Matthew Warchus’ unashamedly fizzy, cheering take on the 'Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners' campaign which involved a unique coming together of two…

Multimedia exhibition SEEP II: Mirrors & Mires explores identity and intersectionality

27 Aug 2014

Liz Cronin, Sad Little Man, Greygory Vass and Felix Lane are among the contributing artists

A multimedia exhibition highlighting the work of artists fighting discrimination on multiple fronts is opening in Edinburgh’s Patriothall Gallery in September. ‘The show is vital because what's often highlighted as important to the gay community doesn't…

Interview: Erasure's Andy Bell on attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

6 Aug 2014

The vocalist stars in 'raving, sexy' song cycle Torsten the Bareback Saint

Can you sum up your show in five words? Raving, sexy, bloody good yarn! For anyone still on the fence, what’s a surefire selling point? I wear black sequinned hot pants and heelless black crystal stilettos. What part of the Edinburgh festival do…

Stephen Bailey: Neon Heart

1 Aug 20142 stars

A charming but stereotypical 'coming out' comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Stephen Bailey has had his heart broken and, from the looks of his outfit, all signs indicate it bleeds glitter. The camp Manc takes us through the ups and downs of his love life, spinning rejection and heartache into a charming confection. We hear of…

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31 Jul 20143 stars

Uplifting and unchallenging verbatim piece about LGBTQ experiences, performed at Edinburgh Fringe

Outings is cheerful and at times poignant celebration of how far LGBTQ rights have come in the UK. The selections of stories, far from being anguished tales of parental rejection, are mostly upbeat, as friends and relations disappoint expectations of…

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: a guide to the city's LGBT scene

22 Jul 2014

Visiting the Fringe this August? Here's an insider's guide to the local LGBT nightlife

Edinburgh’s gay scene converges at the top of Leith Walk, where the city’s most infamous gay club, CC Blooms has had a bit of a revamp in recent years. A club so gay it was named after Bette Midler’s character in Beaches, what was once Edinburgh’s…

Heather Peace, Lucy Spraggan and Steptastic among the highlights of Pride Glasgow 2014

11 Jul 2014

The day of LGBT celebration includes a parade, live music, workshops and a club night

Forget the teeming, rainbow-covered streets of Soho; ignore Manchester’s glitter-strewn Canal Street – this year's best Pride events are taking place in Glasgow. Led by all-female drumming ensemble SheBoom, the parade starts at 9.30am from Clyde…

Interview: Lip Service star Heather Peace on new album The Thin Line

11 Jun 2014

‘It’s for every kid that has ever messaged me on social media to say they are being bullied'

After locking lips on Lip Service with Laura Fraser then with Daniela Denby-Ashe on Waterloo Road, Heather Peace has turned back to her first love – music. Following a sell-out tour with her 2011 debut album Fairytales, Peace is back with The Thin Line…

Andra Simons, Lake Montgomery and They They Theys lined up for Who's Your Dandy?

13 May 2014

The event coincides with the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Who’s Your Dandy? promises to be a riot of LGBTQ music, poetry and short film. By coinciding with the Edinburgh Dyke March and the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Sandra Alland has curated an event designed, she says, to…

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Interview: Ste McCabe on queer/feminist festival Pussy Whipped

22 Apr 2014

'We’re the people who Stonewall shudder at. We’re the ones "giving LGBT people a bad name"’

Pussy Whipped co-organiser Ste McCabe has a perfect soundbite to hand which sums up the ethos of this weekend-long extension of his (and Lukasz Waclawski’s) queer and feminist-focussed music night. ‘We want to inspire people to do shit themselves rather…

Interview: Canadian comedian Mae Martin

21 Mar 2014

The comic discusses labels, Berlin and trying to look as cool as Jack Kerouac

Having won over Fringe crowds for the last two years running with her perfectly pitched combination of wit and angst, Canadian comedian Mae Martin returns to Scotland to try out some new material on the locals. 'I'm talking, broadly, about labels and…

Interview: The founders of Edinburgh LGBT club night Dive!

19 Feb 2014

The Annabels aim to present 'something inclusive, accessible and unique... A proper dance party!'

'The scene is too quiet! It needs a shake-up,' claims Miss Annabel Sings. And a shake-up is exactly what eclectic underground queer party Dive! promises. February marks the annual LGBT History Month, featuring a programme of art, dance, literature…

Interview: film director Alain Guiraudie discusses Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 2014

The film is a provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set against a gay cruising area

His name may not be as familiar as his two openly gay French director colleagues François Ozon and André Téchiné, but Alain Guiraudie is emerging from the shadows thanks to Stranger by the Lake. His provocative tale of love, passion and treachery set…

Stranger by the Lake

14 Feb 20144 stars

Alain Guiraudie's gay cruising thriller is an unusual and intelligent film

A mixed-up tone is customarily a negative trait in a film, but here the combination of gentle comedy, racy sex and murder works extraordinarily well, delivering a sophisticated, unpredictable and original modern noir. Pierre Deladonchamps plays Franck…

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Short film programme Notes from the Underground to explore LGBT life in Russia

10 Jan 2014

The Glasgow Short Film Festival event will feature films from Milena Chernyavskaya and Seva Galkin

A one-off event during the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Notes from the Underground: Queer Russian Cinema is part of the New Cinema 4 project, curated by Marc David Jacobs of Edinburgh Film Guild. Examining the current state of LGBT cinema, Jacobs has…

Hot 100 2013: 79-70

11 Dec 2013

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 59-50

11 Dec 2013

Young Fathers, LuckyMe and Rally & Broad among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2013: 19-11

11 Dec 2013

Armando Iannucci and Boards of Canada among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

Interview: Laurie Brown on Tranny and Roseannah's subversive panto, A Gay in a Manger

9 Dec 2013

‘There’s fights, there’s booze, there’s offensive relatives. But there can be negative stuff too.'

Laurie Brown, one of the team behind The Arches’ adult Christmas show, says that A Gay in a Manger began with a serious inspiration. ‘It originally came from a desire to see something at Christmas that wasn’t a family show. Christmas is so often a time…