When I started dating the first woman I ever dated shout out to my wife , I was moderately terrified. There are so many unspoken rules, it would take a cryptologist to decipher them. A lesbian cryptologist. Mainly because women are complicated, but in the best way. Either way, the best thing to do is to just ask. Which of course can be super awk, but only if you let it.
Girls of Paper and Fire is a stunning work of fantasy fiction. Set in a realm divided by caste, humans fall at the very bottom of the hierarchy. Known as the Paper caste, they are forced into menial jobs and manual labour by a class system that props up the powerful Moon caste. Growing up in a rural village, Lei has been sheltered from the conflict by small town life — except for one devastating military raid that took away her mother and broke her family apart. Until the horns sound and the military returns. Intrigued by rumours of a golden-eyed girl, General Yu has come to fetch Lei to the palace. Court intrigues and power politics are a world away from the small village where Lei grew up, but she has to find her footing — and quickly.
Together, they created a stunning photo shoot that transcended borders and brought together divided nations. The photos show Anjali and Sundas in exquisite traditional gowns in Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, and under an umbrella on a rainy day in Chelsea. We spoke to Anjali and Sundas about the shoot going viral and the positive reaction that it has elicited. With great virality also comes great trolling and for these two, that has meant homophobic abuse. The couple, who live in New York, are thankful for living in an environment where queerness is accepted.
The genderqueer artist celebrates her divine same-sex romance over an unexpected synth-pop soundscape, her NSFW hymns punctuated by a funky bassline. Over a percussive plane of skittering new wave beats, Kelela sings about the delicate dance between two would-be, could-be lovers, growing more confident and determined with each sensual verse. Kehlani likes her girls just like she likes her honey: sweet.