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Making room for difference

A ROW ABOUT THE DEFINITION OF LESBIAN GETS CHARLOTTE COOPER THINKING

Do you like your lesbianism open or closed? Do you think that you need to present certain signifiers in order to claim the label of lesbian? Perhaps les bians can only be cis women, or women who have never had sex or any kind of romantic relationship with cis men, or women who have committed their lives to lesbian feminism. Or maybe lesbian can include trans people, or people who have sexual and romantic relationships with different-gender people, or people of a certain sensibility. Where do you stand? The evergreen lesbian debate-slash-perpetual-war rages on, and recent comments by Joan Nestle have prompted a surge in hostilities.

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Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Carol, 12 Years A Slave) talks with refreshing openness about her work, her relationships and inadvertently coming out in our in depth interview with her. Also in this issue: BFI Flare - Our pick of this years festival. Kaitlyn Alexander. Will "the lesbian Netflix" change the face of lez and bi culture? Transgender parenting. Interactive artist and activist Maya Choudhury. What is life like for those who are queer and autistic? LGBT history in museums. DIVA's history quiz. Jacky Fleming. Why has bi-activist Charlotte Dingle befriended her school bully? Meet the couple behind lesbian card company, Slamsister designs. Travel with us to Spanish lesbian resort, Bambu or find romance in New York. Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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