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Sapphic in Seattle

HAVING SPENT THE EARLY NOUGHTIES LIVING THE PUNK ROCK DREAM, NHATTALEAH NICHOLS RETURNS TO SEE IF SEATTLE HAS CHANGED AND TO EXPLORE WHAT IT HAS TO OFFER QUEER TRAVELLERS

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I said I would never move back to the Pacific Northwest. I lived here in the early 2000s, sharing a house in the Fremont area of Seattle with a gang of skip-diving anarchist radicals, my girlfriend was a Lance Bass impersonator and I baked in a veganfriendly coffee shop. I filled my free time by taking part in a rogue marching band and silk-screening political patches for my friends to wear on their thrift-store denim jackets. My life was basically one long Portlandia episode when I decided to leave; I was ready to grow up and be taken seriously and I felt like there was no way that was possible in the Northwest. So I moved to London and became a little disparaging about my hometown, a city many Londoners seemed to swoon over. But nearly 15 years later I’ve some how found myself back in Washington State and I decide it’s time to see if, like me, this place has grown up.

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Our June issue kicks off the countdown to OITNB S4 Also in this issue: Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson on coming out as bisexual OITNB: Things get a whole lot darker in Litchfield in S4 Selling sexuality: DIVA challenges ad agencies to create ads for us Nequela Whittaker spills on her life as a former gang girl Susan Calman wants you to stop telling her to "Cheer up, love" Are sex toys & apps making us less intimate? Why local Pride events are life-changing EU Referendum: which way will you vote on 23 June? Is Scotland the best place to be LGBT? Jack Monroe on ghosting Eleanor Margolis wonders who would make the best date in Litchfield Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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