All around the world: queer films you absolutely have to see

There’s something for everyone on this list. I spent my closeted youth indulging in some of these films, and I’m glad I finally have people to share them with. One thing I’ve made sure NOT to put on this list…

Can a free a Lula stop Brazilian fascism?

(Written by LSE Alumnus Pedro Llullier Rosa) After 580 days of being a political prisoner in a federal precinct in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was released on the late afternoon of…

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: a rickety paving stone

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw That Girl) gets its title from a classic 90s love song, sung from a man’s perspective. It revels in earnestly romantic imagery, comparing his lover to a…

Queerness and the Qur’an

I was thirteen when I first realised I wasn’t straight. I had a “best friend”— if best friend were code for “I haven’t realised I have a crush on you yet because I thought I was only supposed to feel…

Gay London – where to go out in the big gay capital

When it comes to going out LGBTQ+, London is the place to be. From wild, scandalous nights out with your friends to funky drag shows and comedy nights, the capital has nightlife to suit all interests. However, navigating the scene…

Heteronormativity: the underpinnings of LSE culture

Heteronormativity can be understood as the assumed normalcy of heterosexuality where social norms presume that all people fit neatly into two complementary genders. This presumption is such that all other expressions of sexuality and gender are reduced to mere ‘others’…

30 years of uneasy Pride Week alliances

A 1993 leaflet showing activities for ‘Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Awareness Week’, the predecessor to Pride Week. Courtesy: LSE Library Archives Pride brings together lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and asexual groups with allies in ‘uneasy alliances’. It is…

Muxes: the Mexican ‘third gender’

Latin American countries – Mexico in particular- are not places known as advocates for progressive LGBTQ+ rights. Although Mexico City was the first place in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, the region is still known for its violence and…

Divorced, Beheaded, Live In Concert – Tudor Queens Pop Revolution ★★★★

Are you a fan of British history? Do you unapologetically stan female pop sensations? Do you believe that we should be demystifying the landscape of musical theatre by introducing popular cultural forms that speak to a wide range of audiences?…

LSESU Business and Investment Group wins ‘Impact on Campus’ award

By Jeffrey Wang On Monday, 25 November, LSESU’s Business and Investment Group (BIG) announced that it won the Bright Network’s 2019 award for Impact on Campus. BIG is a product of the merger between LSESU Investment Society and LSESU Business…