author: A, LGBT+, politics

Who is Bolsonaro and Why Does He Matter?

Boshemia columnist A writes about American politics from behind the scenes of Congress in Washington, D.C. Image via ABC.

On Tuesday,  March 19, Donald Trump met with is Brazilian doppelganger, Jair Bolsonaro. This is Bolsonaro’s first foreign state visit since his election last fall, and it is not surprising that he chose the United States for this occasion. Bolsonaro has been called “Little Trump” by Brazilians, not because of his small hands, but because of his seriously scary policies. Continue reading

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author: alex, author: alex n, fiction, LGBT+

Small: A Queer Love Story

Short fiction from Alex, our Contributing Editor, exploring the stagnancy of mid-twenties life and the change that can be made in a single day by a single enigmatic stranger.

Ripples from raindrops spread over the surface of the ocean, and bounced off the umbrella in my hand. The air smelled of salt and seaweed. I shivered and adjusted my scarf. Checked my phone, but the buzz just told me I should have charged it hours ago. Long grass whipped around in the wind that buffeted my body as I stood still. My hands shook, and I closed my eyes.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Tears fell when I stopped holding back. I turned away from where the water met the horizon, and walked towards the town.

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author: sarah q, beauty, bleeding, LGBT+, pop culture, Topical

Manila Luzon’s Period Queen Gown is Not About Taste

Hey Kitty Gurls! Who’s watching RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4? So far, no major complaints. It’s already miles better than All Stars 3, and hopefully, it’ll keep up the momentum. Continue reading

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author: alex n, film, LGBT+, pop culture, reccomendation, recommendation, review

Does the Perfect Gay Rom-Com Exist?

Boshemia columnist Alex Nolan is on a quest to find the perfect gay romcom.

I love classic romcoms. Give me every iteration of Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson you can and I’ll still eat it up. Those films are great because they make you feel good. Queer romances, however, tend to be on the depressing side. Someone dies or goes through something horrific, and while there’s a place for these stories, it can be a slog. So where are the fun light-hearted flicks? Do they exist? I’m gonna take a dive into Netflix/my catalogue of ancient DVDs and see whether I can dig up a good old gay movie that’s gonna make you smile.

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author: alex, LGBT+, pop culture

Yas Hunty // Unpacking Gay Culture with Tom & Alex

Friends of Boshemia and partners Tom Holmes and Alex Nolan unpack the toxic, tragic, fabulous and fierce aspects of gay pop culture.

Tom:

I don’t like Madonna.

Sure, the odd song, such as Vogue’ and ‘Beautiful Stranger’ takes my fancy, but I certainly don’t “stan” her as a great deal of gay men do. While I feel that her contributions to gay culture and the world of music are certainly noteworthy, I think she is a bit of a lucky karaoke singer.

Some of you may be gasping, hand clutched to breast at the outrageousness of the above paragraph, but that is exactly what I want to address. I don’t like Madonna, and that’s alright. I don’t want you to stop liking her, nor do I believe that my views are clever, funny, “cool” or, indeed interesting. Despite that, many gay people must think that I do not fit in, am just trying to be non-conformist.

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author: alex, LGBT+, Personal Essay, Queer history

On Being Proud // remembering Pulse nightclub, two years later

This piece originally appeared in Boshemia Magazine: Issue 01 in June 2017. Friend of Boshemia and writer Alex Nolan wrote a response to the Pulse nightclub massacre. We share his words again the week of the two year anniversary of the tragedy. Photography by Matias Rengel.

They’re never going to stop killing us, are they?

Thin, strangled words that crawled out of my throat when I read news of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Trembling spread outward from the core, as I drew my knees up to my chest and wrapped my arms around my legs.

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Author: Sarah L, boshemia magazine, Boshemia Staff, LGBT+, long read, Q & A, Queer history

Straight Outta Narnia // A Symposium on Coming Out

L interviewed her close friends on their experiences of coming out. “Straight Outta Narnia” appears in Boshemia Magazine: Issue 01 from June 2017. The ages of the interviewees have been updated to reflect the year which has lapsed between the original publication of this symposium. All other details remain unaltered. Photography by Sharon McCutcheon.

Somebody recently said to me:

“I don’t mind people being gay, but they should just keep it to themselves and do it privately. I don’t feel like they need to go around telling everyone about it”.

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