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It was early summer, and I’d been sitting on the sofa, sort of reading a novel, when the text came. “Do you fancy going out sometime?” it asked. I was thrilled; it was from a guy I’d recently met who I was hoping would ask me out. But before I could answer, another text came through. “Maybe grabbing some lunch?” he asked. That’s when I freaked out. Severe anorexia had taken over my life for a long while, and although I wasn’t better yet, not by...
On Wednesday, City Girls—with some assistance from Cardi B—released the visual for “Twerk,” and it did not disappoint. The video had been anticipated since November, when Yung Miami, one half of City Girls, issued the “City Girls 25K Twerk Challenge” in search of the world’s best twerker. The top 20 hopefuls would be “flewed out” to her hometown of Miami to be featured in the video, and the winner would be awarded $25,000. For those who are less familiar with City Girls and more familiar with...
SHARON VAN ETTENRemind Me Tomorrow(Jagjaguwar) Sharon Van Etten hasn’t released an album since 2014, but you’ve probably seen her around—perhaps on Netflix’s sci-fi drama The OA, or in the much-praised Twin Peaks reboot. Thankfully, her foray into Hollywood hasn’t dampened Van Etten’s ability to make a killer album. Like Are We There (2014) and Tramp (2012) before it, Remind Me Tomorrow is packed with emotional shredders anchored by Van Etten’s deep, swooping voice. On “Comeback Kid” and “Seventeen,” Van Etten abandons the sparser sound of her...
  In December 2018, US Netflix released the UK-hit series Derry Girls, and it has since attracted a worldwide viewership. Set in Derry, or Londonderry, “depending on your persuasion," in Northern Ireland in the early 1990s, the show follows teenagers Erin, Clare, Michelle, and James (Michelle’s British cousin) on their adventures. While teenagers getting into trouble is a well-worn TV trope, Derry Girls convinces because it tells a local story with universal appeal, and puts teenage girls front and center. The show taps into '90s nostalgia, as evidenced by its...
  Bisexual. Sometimes it can feel like a “bad” word, both in queer culture and in heteronormative society. You might think that bisexuals would feel at home both worlds, however, many bisexual folks feel excluded or erased from both straight and queer communities. Writer/director/actor Desiree Akhavan's own experiences led her to feel the need to tackle “the bisexual” dilemma in her new Hulu series, released in October 2018.  In a Q&A during the New York LGBTQ Film Fest, Akhavan explained that when promoting her first film, 2014's...