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Gender neutral changing rooms: The Future?

Fashion
What do you think about stores having gender neutral fitting rooms?   It is extremely important for anyone using a changing room to feel safe. Male and Female separate rooms ensures privacy. However, after recent complaints by a transgender customer at Topshop, it seems like many other high-street retailers have decided to follow this gender-neutral policy in their fitting rooms. This new approach can seems very risky as it allows room for other indecencies and reduces the level of security for underage customers. On the other hand, many customers prefer this new approach: 'It is a pain having to carry a pile of clothes from the top to the bottom floor. I would rather have a good experience whilst shopping not an inconvenient one'. - Vanessa Bailey   We deci...

The London live events industry for women: Band guys and cable ties

Entertainment
Words: Kiera Chapman | Subbing: Bernadette Galbraith Not every 21-year-old can work a high vis - nor can they say they've worked with some of the most exciting talent 2017's music scene has to offer. From Nothing But Thieves, to Fickle Friends and Declan Mckenna, Joanna Chidgey has witnessed them all, radio at the ready. Having graduated from Buckinghamshire New University with a degree in Music and Live Events management, Joanna has blossomed from pupil to professional. She now goes by the official title of Events and Promotion Assistant and yes, a badge does come with that. She kindly invites me in from a piercing November chill into her cosy home on the outskirts of London, and I am quick to ask her if she can recall her CV off by heart. "Reading Festival, Barn On The Farm, 1

Queer fashion: it was always there, now it is out there

Fashion, Featured, LGBTI+
Queer fashion is now taking over the industry to prove that the world is not black and white. “A boy can look like a girl. A girl can look like a boy. I think it doesn’t matter so much anymore. - Stephanie Cooper, fashion lecturer at the University of Westminster The world of fashion constantly changes and year after year we see how boundaries slightly disappear. Not long ago, gender was one of the barriers that society imposes. Now, however, we can spot the liberty of the XXI century right there, on the catwalk. Brands like Nicopanda or JW Anderson care less and less about gender and show it on their fashion shows. Queer fashion, however, is nothing new. In fact, it has always been there, waiting for the time to came out and be accepted by the public. And now, when the tim
Sam Smith is latching on to his Gender Fluidity

Sam Smith is latching on to his Gender Fluidity

Celebrity, Entertainment, Music
Words: Demi Bailey-Paul | Subbing: Bernadette Galbraith Sam Smith states he doesn't put a label on his gender identity saying he is 'as much woman' as he is man. With his new album The Thrill Of It All set to be released on November 3rd and the leading single Too Good at Goodbyes topping the charts, Sam Smith has truly made a comeback, rightfully reclaiming his throne as the Pop King. This return comes after a hiatus of three years, in which we were all patiently awaiting his return. Smith said: "I do not know what the title would be, but I feel just as much woman as I am man" in an interview with The Sunday Times. He opened up about gender identity and the gender fluidity he feels, now he has become more comfortable in his own skin since coming out as gay. In the past, Smith has ...
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