Ben Charlie Smoke

LGBTQ

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?
Ben Charlie Smoke
4.11.19
Homelessness

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.
Ben Charlie Smoke
3.13.19
Sex

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.
Ben Charlie Smoke
3.7.19
DRAG

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.
Ben Charlie Smoke
1.17.19
Brexit

Leavers and Remainers Told Us How They Feel About May's Failed Deal

I shook Anna Soubry's hand earlier and said, "Anna, it's very bad that you have been harassed by hooligans, but let's crack on and get Brexit sorted."
Ben Charlie Smoke
1.16.19
mental health

Students Hanged Dummies Off Westminster Bridge to Highlight the UK's Ongoing Mental Health Crisis

All 20 of the students involved had either attempted or considered suicide before the age of 18.
Ben Charlie Smoke
1.14.19
remembrance day

The Things We Forget to Remember on Armistice Day

On the centenary of World War I, the digital project 'Cause and Effect' is telling the stories that have been overlooked to suit Britain's narrative of red poppy patriotism.
Ben Charlie Smoke
11.9.18