As DIVA celebrates its 25th anniversary, the state of Illinois celebrates 200 years

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Last year, Illinois turned 200 years old. Join in on the celebrations by checking out the State’s all-year round festivals… BY ILLINOIS OFFICE OF TOURISM In the 200 years since it became a state, Illinois has been home to a countless number of people. Everyone and everything that has been built, born, and grown here [….]

Melissa Etheridge: Rock and soul

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The singer-songwriter talks DIVA through her legendary career, from hanging out with Ellen in the early 90s to headlining WorldPride this summer WORDS BY ROXY BOURDILLON, PHOTO BY LAUREN DUKOFF In 1993, one year before DIVA hit newsstands, rock icon Melissa Etheridge made queer herstory by coming out publicly as a lesbian. Far from bringing [….]

Happy birthday, DIVA! It’s our 25th anniversary and we’re celebrating in style

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The celesbiantastic new issue features Kehlani, Melissa Etheridge, Adele Roberts and more PHOTO BY LINDA BLACKER Step back in time with this special issue of DIVA magazine, celebrating not just our 25th birthday but also our history as lesbian, bisexual and queer folks. Our three gorgeous covers, shot by Linda Blacker, pay homage to the women who came before us. From the patrons of the famous Gateways nightclub to the Rebel Dykes of the 80s, their bravery and visibility enabled us to live the lives we do today, so join us and take a minute to remember them. Also in this issue… Kehlani: “People gave me a label I never gave myself and got mad when I didn’t fit into it” Melissa Etheridge talks DIVA though her legendary career  Rosie Jones on comedy, coming out and being unapologetically herself Tomorrow’s wild: Queer life in 2044 It started with a kiss: From Brookside to Berena, 25 years of lez/bi TV  Gay for play: Battle it out to be crowned queen of the queers with our exclusive board game Plus travel, style and much, much more! #DIVA25Years Make sure you grab a copy of the April 2019 issue of DIVA, available now via the links below. Only reading DIVA online? You’re missing out. For more news, [….]

Kehlani: Mother Earth

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The R&B superstar opens up to Roxy Bourdillon about sexuality, serenity and survival Photo by Arturo Torres Kehlani is a Grammy-nominated R&B powerhouse who scored a dizzying 753 million Spotify streams last year alone. Kehlani is a cutting edge queer icon with a back catalogue including sapphic-drenched smash hit Honey (“I like my women like [….]

Remember me… it’s time to swot up on your lez/bi herstory

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To celebrate our 25th birthday, we’re paying homage to the magnificent queer women who paved the rainbow path before us PHOTO BY LINDA BLACKER Step back in time to London’s legendary Gateways nightclub where butches and femmes reigned supreme. Meet the politically – not to mention sexually – charged Rebel Dykes of the 70s and [….]

Gay in the 90s: Section 28, “filthy queers” and lesbian chic

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As DIVA celebrates its 25th birthday, Georgina Turner reflects on how much – and how little – has changed since the magazine was first published in 1994 Words Georgina Turner For the queer community in Britain, the 1990s was a decade inflected by Section 28 – pearl-clutching horror at the notion that school children might [….]

One from the vaults: Growing up under Section 28

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Thirty years since the introduction of Section 28, Danielle Mustarde looks back at her school days under the amendment 🍎 BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the UK’s Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland, and on [….]