Nonbinary person tells Will Young about being bullied by rugby coach in front of teachers



A nonbinary person has revealed that they were bullied by a rugby coach in front of other teaching staff at school.


Alex called into James O’Brien’s show on LBC, which also featured singer Will Young.


They said a rugby coach had bullied them when he realised they were wearing makeup.


The coach had mocked them in front of classmates before continuing to another member of staff.


Speaking to O’Brien and Young, Alex said: “When I was around Year 8 I was gender non-conforming and used to wear makeup to school.


“One day the rugby coach took me aside because I really ballsed up a pass. He looked at me for a couple of seconds and said ‘Are you wearing makeup’?


“He stopped training for everyone and put me in front of the team and said: ‘Look, Alex is wearing the makeup. Isn’t this shocking?'”


They went on to say that the rugby coach had a later conversation in front of Alex with a teacher, when he said it was “hilarious” and “stupid” that they were wearing makeup.


“Until 2013 my school had section 28 [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell] as official policy,” continued Alex.


Will Young looked on shocked.


O’Brien told Alex: “There’ll be people listening to this now who simply know there is someone else who is going through, or has gone through, what they’re going through at the moment and that becomes a help, because I sense you didn’t have that.


“You must’ve felt so alone.”


To which Alex replied: “Yeah.”


Watch a video of the call below:



The segment followed research for LBC and The Diana Award which revealed that 16% of bullied children had suicidal thoughts.


Source: Pink News

Drag Superstar Velma Celli Comes To The Epstein Theatre


Iconic - A Brief History Of Drag Celebrates The Most Iconic Drag Moments Of Film, Stage And Popular Culture


With a triple threat of heavenly vocals, theatrical swagger and razor-sharp wit, drag superstar Velma Celli comes to The Epstein Theatre on Thursday 28 June celebrating the most iconic drag moments of film, stage and popular culture in Iconic – A Brief History Of Drag.


Direct from 5-star sell-out performances in Australia and across the UK, the show delivers an electrifying cabaret featuring the legendary music of Queen, Bowie, Boy George, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner and more.


Forget lip-synching for your life, supported by an on-stage band and backing singers, this is singing for your soul – from one of the West End’s top performers.


Velma Celli is the alter-ego of Ian Stroughair who has performed in the hit musicals Cats, Fame, Chicago and Rent, where he received critical acclaim for his portrayal as Angel.


As Velma Celli he had a two-year long residency at The Hippodrome, London and enjoyed sold out shows at 54 Below in NYC, and London’s Charing Cross Theatre.


Ian recently appeared on EastEnders and in Lucy Rose’s music video, Nebraska, opposite Danny Dyer and filmed a guest spot on the new American series Piss off, I love You. Ian was one half of hit show Divallusion (with American impressions star Christina Bianco) at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they won the Three Weeks Edinburgh Award.


Ian Stroughair said: “After an amazing reception in Australia, I am thrilled to get to share Iconic - A Brief History of Drag back home. This has been a passion project for such a long time and I can’t wait to bring a touch of glamour to theatres across the UK!”


Watch the show trailer here

For more information visit: Twitter: @VelmaCelli

Facebook: VelmaCelliCabaret

Produced by Joe C. Brown and Robin Rayner

Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande's sexy new song Dance To This


Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande have debuted their incredible duet, Dance To This. Youth singer Troye Sivan stars teased the collaboration, posting a snippet on his social media channels.


Dance To This is taken from Troye’s upcoming album Bloom.


The sexy track features lyrics like ‘We can just dance to this, push up on my body’.


The openly gay singer has already released three songs from the album: the titular track, The Good Side and the hit My! My! My!


Bloom is released on 30 August. It follows his critical smash Blue Neighborhood, released in 2015.


Troye confirmed news of the duet back in February.


He tweeted at the time; ‘Yes!!! The rumours are trumours!! @arianagrande is my pop queen and i can’t wait for you guys to hear our song.’


Ariana recently reached number two in the UK singles charts with No Tears Left To Cry. It furthermore reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and also number one in multiple territories such as Australia, Norway and Singapore.


Ariana's album Sweetener is also due in August.






Organisers of the annual LGBT+ festival Homotopia have today revealed a jam-packed and eclectic programme for 2018 when the festival returns to take over the city from Friday 2 November – Saturday 1 December.


First launched in 2004, Homotopia celebrates local, national and international LGBT+ arts and culture.


Theatre, contemporary dance, visual art, music, debate, youth and community participation, heritage and film all form part of the diverse programme from one of the key cultural festivals in the region.


Highlights for this year include shows from cult legend John Waters; Ru Paul favourite Jinkx Monsoon; LGBT+ activist and performance artist Travis Alabanza; artist Scottee; and collaborative exhibition Threesome.



The month-long festival kicks off in extraordinary fashion on Fri 2 November with the Homotopia Festival Launch Party. The free event at Hinterlands will include entertainment from House of Suarez and Ashleigh Owen, as well as top DJ’s to keep guests dancing until the early hours.


Theatre has a strong presence on this year’s programme with something on offer for all.


Dietrich: Natural Duty the intoxicating one-(wo)man show comes to Unity Theatre on Tue 6 November direct from Edinburgh Fringe. An intoxicating mixture of theatre, cabaret and drag revealing the life of the legend Marlene Dietrich.


Get a first glimpse of Love The Life You Live, Live The Life You Love in an exclusive scratch performance at Unity Theatre on Wed 7 November.


Do not miss the immersive show Rent Party also at Unity Theatre on Wed 7 November. Winning a string of 5* reviews this part show, part party is inspired by the 1920s Harlem Renaissance rent parties.


Emerging LGBT+ artists and performers will present a collection of fresh and exciting performances at Homotopia’s Emerging Talent: Scratch Night at Unity Theatre on Sat 10 November.


A sensory and immersive exploration of the world of conversion therapy and gay exorcism is brought to the Unity Theatre stage on Tue 13 – Wed 14 November in Mina, an innovative retelling of Nataly Lebouleux’s award-wining film Paper Thin.


Theatre meets the fabulous world of Vogue dance culture on Thu 15 – Fri 16 November when Fittings Multimedia Arts present the UK premiere of Mop The House: A Short Guide To Vogue, at Unity Theatre.


Alabanza, one of the UK’s prominent trans voices, presents Burgerz – a powerful piece of theatre exploring the way trans people are seen in society and dissected in public, coming to Hope Street Theatre on Sun 18 November.


Ru Paul’s Drag race favourite Jinkx Monsson comes to The Epstein Theatre on Wed 21 November with lyrical genius Major Scales in their new tour The Ginger Snapped – a witty, biting look at the dark side of Drag fame.


One woman show Alaska from writer, poet and performer Cheryl Martin will take audiences on a funny, magical trip to the moon. One woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression comes to Open Eye Gallery on Fri 23 November.


Vaudeville and cabaret are also on the Homotopia bill with a fabulous selection of variety entertainment – including a headline performance from John Waters who comes to Liverpool in his only live UK performance of the year.


The director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian and all-round cult legend will present his one-man show – John Waters: This Filthy World at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Sat 10 November.


In the build-up to John Water’s performance, don not miss Eat Me #10: A Commiseration of John Waters: A Life in Bad Taste on Fri 9 November - a drag dinner cabaret extravaganza filled with debauchery, deviance and depravity. Then dance late in to the night with the disco after party Preach.


Other cabaret highlights include comedy Hip, Hip I’m Gay! at Unity Theatre on Fri 9 November which follows real-life stories of ‘coming out’; and Kings and Queens of The Underworld featuring all the charm and eccentricity of classic vaudeville, on Sun 25 November at Constellations.


The work of 28 artists are brought together in Gay of the Dead, the first of 5 exhibitions throughout the festival. Honouring LGBT+ lives lost to hate crime worldwide, it opens at The Black-E on Sat 3 – Sun 4 November.


Threesome, a collaborative exhibition exploring the creative relationships of three renowned lesbian painters Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls and Sarah Jane Moon is on display at The Gallery from Sun 4 November – Sun 2 December.


Two collections of works will feature at Open Eye Gallery championing every persons right and freedom to choose who they love; Where Love Is Illegal and Ren Hang will be open from Sat 17 November.


Tales From The City continues at the Museum of Liverpool, with over 200,000 visitors since its launch during last year's festival.


The festival also presents a dance double-bill! The first, Rockbottom on Wed 14 November sees successful performer Stuart Waters make his debut as an independent artist in this moving self-portrait dance solo. Then on Sat 17 November a dance show about flab, double chins and getting your kit off in public comes to Unity Theatre with Scottee: Fat Blokes.


There will also be an exciting collection of talks, workshops and participation events throughout the festival.


The creative networking event Queer Hub will return for a Homotopia Special on Sat 17 November, where participants will explore this year’s festival theme I Will Survive through discussion and activities.


As Homotopia’s Guest Curator for 2018, Cheryl Martin will lead the in-conversation event LGBT+ Women in Writing on Tue 20 November. Cheryl, and panelists Juno Dawson and Kerry Hudson will discuss what it takes to establish and maintain a career as a successful female writer.


Join trainer and coach Sonya Welch-Moring and artist Ria Hartley on Mon 26 November as they present a day long workshop Ancestral Constellations which explores identity and belonging.


Following on from the success of 1967: Where Are All The Lesbians? enjoy another mysterious women-centric night of interactive conversation on lesbian visibility, this time bringing the topic right up to date with 2018: Where Are All The Lesbians? on Fri 30 November.


This will be followed by the Lez Be Avin It Homotopia Special after party – a regular alternative and inclusive lesbian night at Invisible Wind Factory.


Other festival highlights include Queercentric Music Night at District on Thu 22 November. Liverpool Queer Collective present a night of sumptuous music and spoken word from LGBT+ musicians and artists.


Bring the whole family to Sefton Park Palm House on Sat 24 November for Drag Queen Story Time where storyteller The Nightbus will bring children’s stories to life capturing the imagination of all.


A night of film shorts from some of the UK’s most forward thinking filmmakers will be celebrated when Shorts and Sweet comes to Frederiks on Wed 28 November.


Homotopia will be supporting a World AIDS Day Vigil taking place in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall on Sat 1 December; featuring speeches, poetry recitals and moments of remembrance for those who have lost their lives from HIV.


Now in it’s 15th year, Homotopia returns to Liverpool from Friday 2 November – Sunday 2 December in a spectacular celebration of LGBT+ art and culture.


More info can be found on the website


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