LGBTQ+



Finding self-acceptance as a double minority

23rd February 2021

In honour of LGBTQ+ history month, Alexander Benjamin discusses the particular prejudices he has experienced as a Black man in the gay community. While I’m now an out and proud member of the LBGTQ+ community, this hasn’t always been the case. Torn apart by family’s expectations regarding sexuality, masculinity, and religion on one side, and ...


Steamy, sinful or stereotyping?

23rd February 2021

Gay sex deserves to be treated as frankly as straight in modern media. During the pandemic, streaming services have provided us with an opportunity to escape the monotony of our daily lives at home, taking us on socially distanced adventures from our living rooms. When casual dating is limited to a socially-distanced walk in Kelvingrove ...


Friends from the other side

14th January 2021

Navigating friendships across the political spectrum. Is it possible to maintain friendships with people on the other end of the political spectrum? It’s an important question in today’s politically charged world. Politics often revolve around human rights issues, such as LGBTQ+ rights, abortion and feminism; other prejudices such as racism, ableism, anti-semitism and Islamophobia are ...


The Matrix is about trans people – and so is every other movie

22nd November 2020

Goose Masondo explains the significance of trans allegories in our favourite films. When you think of queer cinema, what comes to mind? Perhaps Brokeback Mountain, the classic gay cowboy romance? Or Blue is the Warmest Colour, the catalyst for lesbian awakenings everywhere in the early 2010s? Or perhaps even more recent additions to the canon, ...


New report examines mental health of rural LGBTQ+ Scots

2nd November 2020

Discrimination, isolation, and Covid-19 all said to be factors affecting mental health of LGBTQ+ people living in rural Scotland. A new report examining the experiences of LGBTQ+ people living in rural areas of Scotland has recently been released. The report, titled “Further Out: The Scottish LGBT Rural Equality Report” and which was published last month ...


Review: The Boys in the Band

19th October 2020

 A nuanced and urgent portrait of the lives of gay men in the early 1970s. Based on Mart Crowley’s disruptive 1968 play of the same name, Joe Mantello’s The Boys in the Band transports his acclaimed 2018 Broadway revival to the small screen for Netflix. Released before the gay liberation movement gained traction, Crowley’s play ...


Picking a bone: the word ‘q****’

16th October 2020

Why we shouldn’t be using “queer” as a catchall for the LGBTQ+ community. Growing up keenly aware of my complicated relationship with gender and sexuality definitely changed how I viewed myself as a teenager – alongside with how others viewed me. I was never fully open to anyone but a few close friends in my ...