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Orlando: Queer Black Lives Matter

QUEER LATINX ARTIST MARCIA X REFLECTS ON THE DEVASTATING MASSACRE OF QTIPOC CLUBBERS IN ORLANDO
PHOTO SOPHIE ELLIOTT

How do I even begin?

When I finished watching Roots, a remake of the original 1970s miniseries which follows an African-American family through enslavement over four generations, I logged onto Twitter. Immediately tweets about Orlando began to circulate. As the time passed, I couldn’t handle it any more and left the house. I needed air, I needed distraction, I needed a hug, I needed to cry, to scream – to exorcise this pain somehow. I’m a lonely Boricua (indigenous Taino word for inhabitants of Boriken, Puerto Rico) in a land where there aren’t any other Boricuas around.

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Our August issue cover star is former Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh. Also in this issue: Brexit: how could leaving the EU affect lesbian and bi women? After Orlando: why the world needs to change Iconic lesbian poet speaks to DIVA about being an outsider Wentworth is back – we speak to your favourite inmates Edinburgh Festival: we select this year's best LGBT shows Eleanor Margolis asks what makes lesbian music sound so, um, lesbian? Berlin: lesbian historian Cyd Sturgess steps through sapphic time in the German culture capital Chitra Ramaswamy on her compelling new book about pregnancy Forget “gaydar” have you got “bi-fi”? Do social attitudes surveys about LGBT people tell us all we need to know? Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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