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Paris Lees

ALL THOSE BIGOTS CAN HAVE MASS DEBATES WITH THEMSELVES...

I’ve just got back from a lovely weekend in Nottingham where I didn’t think about work, the news or social media for four days. I went with my new boyfriend. It was hot and I wore summer dresses most of the time. Not once did I feel as if anyone perceived me as trans.

I’m lucky. My family accepts me as a girl. My mum welcomed me as her daughter. My heterosexual boyfriend accepts me as a woman. In shops, I was “Miss” or “Madam.” And none of this was done in a patronising or insincere way. For one hot, long weekend I enjoyed my passing privilege: the privilege to walk about “undetected.” Back in London, I logged on and saw people posting on blogs about North Carolina and the anti-trans bathroom laws in America.

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About Attitude

The Orlando attack is one of the most violent acts perpetrated against a gathered group of queer people in the West. Attitude presents a passionate analysis of the event, with guest writers from the Latin, Muslim, Christian, Black and Trans communities asking the question: What have we learned from Orlando? Elsewhere in this issue: Three years before Stonewall… there was the riot at Compton’s cafeteria in San Francisco. Attitude commemorates 50 years since the queer community fought back against an oppressive police force. 20 years of Girl Power. Spice Girl Emma Bunton recalls the highs and lows of life as part of the world’s most famous girl groups ever. Out gay Iraqi activist Amir Ashour on why he’ll never stop fighting for LGBT liberation in his homeland. Pop’s new sensation Shura on why she doesn’t want her music compartmentalized as a queer artist. Willam reveals why he has no love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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