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Not dead yet

JAY BERNARD ANTICIPATES THE CALL THAT WILL TELL HER OF THE DEATH OF HER GRANDPARENTS

A few weeks ago, I realised I had been caught up in a perverse personal experiment. Whenever my parents rang me, I’d watch the phone for a moment, then invent a reason as to why they might be calling. The reasons I invented were usually bad: something earth-shattering had happened in the neighbourhood, one of our relatives had just done something unthinkable. A more banal one was that one of my grandparents, on my dad’s side, had died. Don’t worry, it’s not as morbid as it sounds. They are both on their way out, have been for a while now, everyone is expecting it. Suddenly they couldn’t take the bus alone; then they were less able to work the cooker; then to walk. And since then, I have studiously avoided visiting either of them more than I have to.

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Our cover star, Hannah Hart, has over two million fans who log into her quirky YouTube cookery show and it’s not hard to see why. Funny, talented, stylishly androgynous (and let’s face it, it’s still rare to see a show fronted by a boyish girl) and big on smarts, Hannah is our kind of woman. In her interview with DIVA she also shows us other sides to the goofball host who counts Jamie Oliver as a fan. While we’re fangirling, it seems a good time to mention actress Sophie Ward who talks about her part in the stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World. Elsewhere in this issue, we address racism in our LGBT communities and what we can all do to challenge and eradicate it. Our communities have a proud history of pulling together to support each other, whether that was lesbians and bi women supporting gay men during the AIDS crisis or gay and bi women challenging inequality in respect of class or disability, and we have a duty to work alongside queer people of colour who experience overt and covert racism daily. As we approach National Coming Out Day on 12 October, we present tips on how and when to let people know. Our wedding feature is chock full of suggestions for wedding and honeymoon venues and destinations, so whether you or someone you know is planning for their big day, we hope you’ll find it useful. Also in this issue: Queer baiting on TV Eurogames in Stockholm With same-sex marriage rights won, what's next for the USA? WEGAN tell us all about their new dating site, Find Femmes Amy Dillwyn: Victorian writer, industrialist and cigar smoker Scene: Brighton's Traumfrau And all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV
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