(Not) Coming Out: What cancelling Pride means for the LGBTQ+ community and how COVID-19 has impacted the LGBTQ movement

The rapid escalation of the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of hundreds of Pride events around the world. Even now, despite restrictions gradually easing, events are still being disrupted. Brighton Pride has announced its cancellation for the second year in a row. As one of the biggest and most popular Prides in the country, this has come as a blow to members of the community.

Falling in love with a country: Visit Malta

Malta is a small country with a long, rich history, a place like no other in this world, daintily perched on the periphery of Europe; it lies south of Sicily, north of Africa, a strategic position which made the archipelago a contested region during the Second World War. That being said, it is the country’s military history which initially embedded it into the lives of my family. Prior to its independence in 1964, Malta was occupied by Great Britain, and the British armed forces retained a presence in Malta until 1979.

Ready, Set, GO: ‘Green list’ countries revealed

Yesterday, on Friday 7th May, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealed which countries will appear on the ‘green list’ as foreign travel restrictions gradually begin to be eased. The twelve countries on the list do not require holidaymakers to quarantine, but they must take a coronavirus test both before and after their trip. This news was bound to be an exciting moment as many people around England eagerly awaited the news of where they could escape to, and whether the dream of a summer holiday abroad will come true.

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