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FIGHTING A GOOD FIGHT

AS LESBIANS AND BI WOMEN WE ARE LIKELY TO FACE TIMES OF CONFLICT ON A PERSONAL AS WELL AS A COMMUNITY LEVEL. HOW CAN WE PUT THINGS RIGHT?

Recent mass murders in Paris, Mali and Beirut are reminders of how conflict is a constant presence. Human beings create conflict all the time, but we are also able to survive it. After the Paris attacks, Pink News reported a story of a gay Muslim who was abused on the gay dating app Grindr and was decried as “an ISIS motherfucker” and told to “go back to Iraq”. The man was actually Lebanese. We know two things about this online abuser: they were gay and ignorant. These bombings illustrate how fragile concepts like “community” really are when conflict arises within and between them.

Lesbian author and activist Sarah Schulman’s forthcoming book, Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility And The Duty Of Repair, advocates what she calls a “radical openness” as a means to take back the responsibility of conflict resolution into the community sphere. Radical openness is a way of being that places listening to the struggles of others centre-stage. It’s about checking the facts carefully. It’s also about being self-reflective and taking responsibility for harm or pain that we cause to others. And it’s about not “overstating harm”. Doing so, she argues, is a way of justifying ever increasing state intervention to resolve conflicts.

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In the new issue Ellen Page talks to us – and you – about coming out and playing gay in her new movie Freeheld, alongside the great talent that is Julianne Moore. We've also spoken to Carrie-Ann Moss (AKA Trinity from The Matrix) about her role as a lesbian lawyer in the new Netflix series Jessica Jones. Our First Ladies feature looks at the world's most influential LGBT political figures in the corridor of power. Charlotte Cooper talks Fat Power and why fat activism is important to anyone who cares about social change. Sarah Outen shares her rowing home to marry story. Also in this issue: Alicya Eyo Bi-commodification Cherry Jones Sober Start Margaret Cho Find Your Balance Big Joanie Stay protected online Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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