Ben Charlie Smoke

General Election 2019

The Tories Won This Key Marginal With 31 Votes. Can Students Stop Them Now?

Southampton Itchen went to the Conservatives in 2017 thanks to a handful of votes. Labour are hoping to change that.
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'Occupy Parliament!' – Protests Last Night Showed Democracy in Action

Among the demonstrators invited to speak to the crowd of thousands, one – a man who gave his name as "citizen" – said, "This is about so much more than Brexit. If it comes to it, we will occupy Parliament."
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Manchester's Drag Scene Is Lively as Hell

There's no way that queer venues can survive without heterosexual patronage, but does that mean that the LGBTQ scene loses something as a result?
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street politics

Anti-Deportation Activists Are Blocking Coaches to Charter Flights

We watched Reclaim the Power members blockade the depot of a coach company that transports people due to be deported on charter flights.
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Drag Me to Hell

Does UK Drag Have a Misogyny Problem?

With 'Drag Race UK' and 'Drag Lab' set to hit primetime TV this year, it's worth looking at how prejudices fostered by mainstream representations of drag can trickle down into day-to-day scenes.
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My Trial as One of the Stansted 15 Taught Me a Sad Lesson About the UK Justice System

Sitting on the runway, wearing an adult nappy, I could never have predicted that things would turn out as they have.
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oral histories

An Oral History of Dalston Superstore

The east London LGBTQ institution is celebrating its tenth anniversary, so we asked some of the people who know it best to tell its story.
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The Messy Heart of East London Drag Still Beats in Sink The Pink

Over 11 years Sink The Pink grew from a small club night into one of the UK's biggest LGBTQ+ events – but what does this mean for its formative community?
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The Full Story Behind That Letter Telling a Person with Mental Health Issues They're 'Resilient' Enough to Be Homeless

We called Torbay Council to ask for an explanation.
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The Do's and Dont's of Golden Showers

Yesterday, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro asked Twitter what golden showers are. Here, Jair, is a beginner's guide.
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we saw this

Troye Sivan’s Live London Show Made Me Feel Seen

Queer people are so unused to our stories being told by us, and for us, that when it actually happens, it tends to come as a shock.
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The Radical Art of Lip Sync

Straight people are into drag now, which is cool. But let's not forget that, for queer people, lip syncing goes way beyond entertainment.
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