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Before I Was A Bear : an engaging and funny story about growing up

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  Before I Was A Bear ☆☆☆ By Eleanor Tindall The Bunker Theatre, London Nestled unobtrusively next to Menier Chocolate Factory, its more showy neighbour, is the Bunker Theatre. This former underground carpark is a welcome addition to London’s Off West End with a committed team and an eye for fresh new writing. Eleanor Tindall’s … Continue reading



“Closet Cases: Queers on What to Wear” reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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  Sartorial innovation has become something of a trademark, even a cliché or stereotype, of the (in)famous ‘homosexual sensibility’ (think Queer Eye). In Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, ‘Notes on Camp’, she writes: “A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about.” Better, perhaps, to show rather than tell, … Continue reading



Drag: The Complete Story looking at the History & Culture

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Drag: The Complete Story Simon Doonan From Danny La Rue to Chi Chi Larue, from Rome to the Renaissance, right up to Rupaul’s Drag Race, and beyond, drag has played a major role in subcultures and sometimes the mainstream. Our love of cross-dressing has been a major component of queer culture for centuries, and this … Continue reading



Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ; and so does Queerguru’s Jonathan Kemp

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  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ☆☆☆☆ Union Theatre, London Directed by Sasha Regan Anita Loos’ 1925 novel (famously championed by James Joyce) was first turned into a stage musical in 1949, and must have seemed dated even then, much of the original novel’s caustic indictment of the Jazz Age already softened or lost on its postwar … Continue reading



Golnoosh Nour: The Ministry of Guidance & other stories ‘queer in the truest & most profound sense’

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As this book’s dedication asserts, these stories are “for all the queers”, and a queerer collection of short stories you’re unlikely to encounter this year. These tales are queer in the truest and most profound sense, existing at the dangerous and fertile intersection of gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality. In the first story, set in … Continue reading



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